Monday, 11 July 2016

An African inspired sideboard

Hi everyone

This is my busiest time of the year so unfortunately my blog has been neglected of late. However, I am always thankful for your company & for taking the time to read & leave a comment.

As mentioned in my previous post, I have had visiting cousins with our shared South African ancestry.

In anticipation of their arrival, I changed the conservatory sideboard to include some favourite African plates & art pieces.

I used a guinea fowl table cloth on the table - bought on my last trip to South Africa


 I love feathers & guinea fowls are my favourite bird. The cloth, a bowl & a very colourful tray cloth in the same theme ... 


These stunning plates are made by a South African ceramic artist & each are hand decorated with raised details & bright colour that I love ... 





Mfuneko Dingiswayo  has a distinct style of art which is very pleasing. He was born in the Cape Town township of Langa in 1979 and he has won several awards for his work. I am fortunate to have 3 different ones which are beautiful art works & I love looking at them. 

I love these two little dishes too - how could you not enjoy their vibrant colour? 


I bought these on a visit with my parents & they remind me of that visit.


A clay guinea fowl looks just right too ...


Candles & another South African ceramic bowl look right with the other bright items.


A bright & colourful bowl by Siti Creations that captures the vibrancy of Africa so well ....


My sister gifted this beautiful platter to me & it is a favourite with its beaded insert & traditional design. The 3 South African animals are frequently seen on my sideboard as I love them ... 


This platter comes from the same region & copies the beaded inset.


I  kept some of my Ralph Lauren pocket watch plates on the sideboard because they fit in so well. 


The completed sideboard with some favourite things 


The sideboard was perfect for the visit & I love looking at it & knowing that these items are all chosen by 'the same eye' (mine) so they reflect a part of my heritage & they are what makes my home special to me. 

Do you have a favourite item? What do you collect? Do you have somewhere to display them? 

Thank you for stopping by & taking the time to comment. 
Dee ~♥~

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