African-Inspired Bedroom

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With this makeover I wanted to create a room with a warm and exciting feel, I used Yoruba and Ashanti West African-style fabrics with pieces from North Africa and threw in some vintage finds for a room full of colour and texture.

I have spent a lot of time in North Africa as I am half-Moroccan, and my home growing up was filled with West African art as my parents travelled there often, so a cosy room with these influences makes me feel both at  home and inspired. The addition of traditional English furniture styles and patterns into the mix adds another layer of eclectic interest for this ex-pat relocated to Los Angeles!

West African sculpture on sale in the medina

West African sculpture on sale in the medina

I love waking up to the punchy pink colour every morning, after painting this room I discovered this honeysuckle shade is the 2011 Pantone colour of the year!

I hope to add some of my West African art treasures from back home when I get hold of them. I also plan to display some enlarged photography pieces of mine and my husband’s – particularly some images from the souks in Marrakech,  for centuries a meeting place of cultural influences and trade between Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa.

I came across an exciting fabric find at a yard sale, turns out the lady selling it had Yoruba heritage, and the pieces are vintage. Thus far I have plans to use it to customise a lampshade, and perhaps some linen curtains I bought too (if I manage to get hold of a sewing machine!) I will also make a runner and some throw cushions, together with the yards of Kente and wax print fabric I acquired downtown at Ashanti Fabrics

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