Photo: The home of Malene Barnett by The Selby

Hi everyone! It’s Nicole from So Haute – a blog about decorating and living with style- and I’m excited to be guest blogging for Ally today! She asked me to talk about a favorite design trend or obsession and I immediately thought of the home of my friend and carpet designer Malene B. Recently I was perusing the blogs and came across photos of Malene’s Brooklyn brownstone which was featured on The Selby a while back. Malene’s home is vibrant and colorful but what really gives her space its personality and soul is her amazing collection of African sculptures, masks, textiles and other objets d’art. It reminded me of how much I love traditional African textiles and accessories. From Kente and Kuba cloths to tribal prints and batiks, the rich and vivid patterns of Africa are truly beautiful and totally inspiring. Above is a perfectly composed vignette from Malene’s home and below are 10 ways you can bring this look into your own space. Enjoy!

1 & 3. Josef Chair – Anthropologie, $1698

2. Dutch Wax Ottoman in Green Diamonds – Anthropologie, $198

4. Kuba Cloth Pillows – Wisteria, $229

5. African Graphic Printed Basket – West Elm, $99

6. Iman Home fabric collection – Calico Corners, from $24.99

7. Bamileke Juju hat – Table Tonic, $650

8. Walof Rug – Malene B – for info

9. Africa by Herb Ritts (One of my favorite photographers and favorite books ever), $61

10. Hand Carved Stool – for similar, around $65



the enchanted home

Love the Antropologie chairs…..they are like classic wing chairs with the twist of funky fabrics…great looking!
Glad I found this blog..its a lot of fun.
Anyway new to blogging, glad to have found you! Plesae visit me, started a new blog about the building of our new home and my love for design/decor…also doing my first giveaway, a gorgeous french chair.

Lila Ferraro

I don’t know if there has been anything from Anthropologie that I haven’t liked. That Josef chair is awesome!
Lila Ferraro


MMM, these are yummy choices! I rarely think of tribal when I’m thinking home decor (so stuck in my neutral ways) but this would add such an easy pop of interest and color. Banking for future reference!

Erika@BluLabel Bungalow

This is my first intro to Malene B. and I cannot wait to peruse her selection of rugs! Loving Iman Home for Calico Corners. I also appreciate the colors and textures in traditional African textiles as even more when I see them merge with a modern, rustic mix! Simply beautiful!


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