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Interiors: Suno Kay Osterweis Idyllic Lamu Retreat

Claudio Modola for Suno Kay Osterweis [Kenya] [Image credit: Claudio Modola Home for Suno Kay Osterweis – Tim Beddow/Architectural Digest] Whilst browsing the blog Afritecture I came across this stunning home located off the Kenyan coast, on the beautiful island of Lamu. The home of Suno Kay Osterweis and her son Max, the founder of SUNO NY, is the definition of an idyllic retreat; and is the place Suno goes to a few months out of the year for reading, healing and restoration, and connecting with nature. Suno first visited Lamu in 1996 and was instantly captivated by the Island’s laidback living, […]

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Architecture: Luxury Modern Living and Stylish South African Interior Design Style

Okha / Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects [South Africa] [Image credit: First Crescent – Okha] Happily sitting with the curtains or blinds open long into the night I find lingering by a window gazing at the twinkling lights of the city at night, or snatching glimpses of the world going about its day is one of life’s simple pleasures. And is probably the reason that when it comes to contemporary architectural features; an expanse of glass giving the illusion of having no walls, just floor to ceiling windows in the form of movable glass doors is a dream feature. Opened […]

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Interiors: Fashion Designer Azzedine Alaïa’s Parisian Loft

Azzedine Alaïa [Tunisia] [Image credits: Azzedine Alaïa Apartment Interior – Alexandre & Emilie, Persona Production via Yatzer] I recently came across a feature into the interior style of Tunisian fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa, who converted a 300 square metre loft in a traditional 17th-century building into three separate apartments. Located in Rue de Moussy, Marais, one of Paris’ most exclusive districts, Azzedine wanted to create a boutique hotel feel giving guests to his home a taste of his style and appreciation for art and design, as well as a feel for Parisian life from his point of view. The apartments are also located close to […]

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Interiors: Peacock Pavilions on Elle Decor

Peacock Pavilions [Morocco] [Image credit: Peacock Pavilions Guest Bedroom – Simon Upton/Elle Decor] Maryam Montague is probably best known as My Marrakech, the inspirational blog she established documenting her life in Marrakech, Morocco running the boutique hotel, also her home Peacock Pavilions; which she designed, built and decorated from scratch with her architect husband Chris Redecke. You can take a peek into Peacocks Pavilions as the home is featured in the April issue of Elle Decor, which celebrates beautifully, decorated homes from around the world as part of their international issue.

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Architecture: Forest Town Long House Contemporary South African Architecture and Interior Design Style

Forest Town Long House [South Africa] [Image credit: Exterior, Forest Town Long House – studioMAS/Tristan Mclaren] I love the element of surprise (as long as it’s a good one of course!!), and the Forest Town Long House located in Johannesburg, South Africa rises to the challenge…resembling a large shipping container, this house doesn’t look like much from the entrance approach; however, swivel round to the back and what you get is an impressive expanse of open spaces maximising on light, and views that take in a forest of trees and an extensive garden covered with dense foliage. What drew me to the house was […]

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Interiors: Celebrating the Style, Taste, and Culture of Africa

Diane Tevoedjre [South Africa] [Image credit: Diane Tevoedjre Home, Exterior – Habitat] A blend of African, European, and Asian cultural influences underpins the elegant style of interior designer Diane Tevoedjre, whose contemporary design solutions draw on her upbringing, travels, and life experiences. The daughter of a diplomat, Diane is of Malian and Beninese heritage and was born in Ghana, and has lived in the US, Italy, Germany, Belgium, France, the Far East, Central, and West Africa, and Switzerland to name a few. Starting her professional career as an art dealer and interior designer over 15 years ago after studying in Geneva, Dallas and Paris, […]

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Interiors: Christian Louboutin’s Egyptian Retreat

Christian Louboutin [Africa Inspired] [Image credit: Christian Louboutin’s Egyptian Retreat – Elle Decor US edition] Doing a bit of light reading I was flicking through Camilla Morton’s ‘A Year in High Heels’ when I happened to land on the page about Christian Louboutin on Egypt. The French shoe designer has a home there, in the desert near the city of  Aswân, and inspired by the beauty and tranquility of his surroundings is the place he goes to draw all his shoe collections, I guess away from all the distractions of modern living and fast-paced glamour of the industry he operates in. Recalling his first visit to […]

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Interiors: Fashion Designer Amsale Aberra’s Monochrome Interiors

Amsale Aberra [Ethiopia] [Image source: Amsale Aberra – Loft Interior] If you spent most of your days working with the various shades of a single colour; in this case white and ivory, you could forgive one for assuming that it would be natural to leap at the chance of introducing a splash of colour into other areas of your life, be it dress or living space. Not a theory to be applied to Amsale Aberra, the Ethiopian designer of exquisite bridal gowns, whose New York loft is a free-flowing space defined by a monochromatic colour palette that is predominately white; the […]

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Interiors: New York Design and African Décor Meet in Italy

New York Design and African Décor Meet in Italy [Africa Inspired] While looking around for interior inspiration I came across a feature on The New York Times online showcasing a home where New York meets Africa in Italy. Loredana Tarini, born in Zambia to Italian parents and her husband, New York-born architect Adam Gaon opened their doors to reveal a living space where chic New York style loft living provides a canvas for contemporary African elegance.

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Architecture: A Home Built in Celebration of Love

Joe Osae-Addo [Ghana] [Image credit: dwell/Dook – September 2007] Building your own house is a dream for many and it is always so interesting to see what people come up with, spanning the range of beautifully inspired interiors to what were they thinking. Whilst browsing one of my favourite blogs – alifemorefabulous – I came across the stunning and innovative home of Ghanaian-born architect Joe Osae-Addo and was immediately struck by the abundant use of natural materials and how open, light and airy the space is. Osae-Addo’s home is a showcase of contemporary African architecture at its best.

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Interiors: Ethniciti Interiors Inspired by Africa

Ethniciti [Africa Inspired]       [Image credit: Ethniciti] The days are starting to get a bit longer, with spring just a couple of months away and for me; a time when the urge to have a good clear-out and reorganisation strikes – I have already started to feel the itch! And looking back on the few months since I started African Daydreams I have come across some truly beautiful and inspiring products that I wouldn’t hesitate to use to refresh my home. Our homes and what we put into them say so much about who we are, but it […]

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Interiors: Interior Elegance Inspired by Africa

Aline Matsika [Africa Inspired] [Image credit: Aline Matsika] Interior designer Aline Matsika is known for her impeccable sense of style and discerning eye for detail that draws on her African heritage, seamlessly blending contemporary and antique French chic with traditional African elegance. The results are gorgeous inviting spaces where diverse cultural accents co-exist in unison. [Image credits: Aline Matsika] Starting out in Paris with her boutique, Concept Ethnic, Aline Matsika brought her unique take on old and new to the heart of New York’s Soho district in the form of Mosaic. Her signature style sees unique furniture such as Louis XVI chairs covered […]

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Textiles: Royal Hut Inspired by West African Textiles

Royal Hut [Africa Inspired] [Image credits: Royal Hut] Crisp white cotton brought to life using colourful fabrics that are handmade and hand-block printed in West Africa, Royal Hut is a luxury home furnishings brand whose stylish interiors and lifestyle products reflect the heritage of the region from which they originate. The late Mary Vinson Blackwell, who was inspired to create the brand after seeing attire worn by the legendary Nigerian musician King Sunny Ade and his band in concert, founded Royal Hut in 2001. Working with a network of artisans from around West Africa, Royal Hut creates a sophisticated, desirable range of bedding, bath […]

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