I came across Safari interiors while writing Exotic Collections’ series. Safari Interiors referring to exotic rooms make total sense. The word “Safari” in swahili means to take a trip or journey. I really beleive that ethnic spaces really make one travel. Travel in your home by hanging ethnic dishes, bowls, and plates. African plates are handmades and they look elegant, eclectic, country to some and contemporary to others. The ethnic plates add textures on walls. Here are some inpirations on where to put them in your home. The possibilities are endless.
Play with sizes and mix different shades and tones, it creates an interest in the space . From Decor4All
This dinning space is stunning. You see how the plates and rug work so well together. I really love the look of beautifully arranged ethnic plates.From Decor 4 All.
Create unique look in your space. Look how the plates are incorporated in this bedroom here.
Add color in your space with ethnic plates. From Justbaustralia
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I hope you enjoyed Mud Cloth’s inpiration. The second Exotic Collections in my list is – African baskets. African baskets is not just basketry, it is an Art. In North America/Europe, It came around as interiors’ trend. In Africa, It has been around the continent for centuries. Most African baskets are carefully hand made with beautiful colorful patterns. It requires high level of craftsmanship to bring in some stunning patterns. Africans consider their baskets as commodities and not a trend. For this reason, it is mostly used to carry food from the open market/crops from the field and people like to store some of their valuable items in these baskets. In the west, we see these baskets more in home Decor. Be inspired with these pictures.
How beautiful is this basket? I love everything about this Zulu basket. I can see this basket being used to store throws, extra pillows, and even kids’ toys. From Zanzibar.
The beautiful yellow Senegalese basket has its place in this home office. It appears as if it is used as a trash basket. I am ashamed that I’m unable to remember the source of this picture.
Don’t neglect the plants in your space. Style them with an African Basket, it is stylish. I beleive this picture is from West Elm. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.
I have a soft spot for many things. Most times, I keep this as my little secret. This secret gets me in “lala land”. Seriously, I know this may sound a bit cliche but when I see exotic things, I go “oh la la!” I Love exotic things, not just because of my origins (side eyes). But really, I admire handmade things because of the labour of love that is put into them, their uniqueness, the hard work, and every little details that come out of it. I want to present you a series of “My Exotic Collections” for interiors as inspiration posts. First in my list is Mud Cloth. Be inspired.
The Mud Cloth is used as a throw. It is very unique and crisp in this space. The white lines/patterns are in harmony with the neutral palette in this room. From Elle Decor.
The African fabric is used to upholster this chair. This space looks eclectic with the mixture of beautful patterns. From The Lovely Lifestyle.
And there was a Mud Cloth Pillow. Bright hue chair with this pillow works so well together. From Pinterst.
Mud cloth on floors. It adds a character. From Design Files
Prettify your tables. The last two picture here, black and white Mud Cloth are used as table runners. Basically, there is no limitation when it comes to using the Mud Cloth. From Ruffle Blog.