December 20, 2012

Spreading the Christmas cheer!

Safari Fusion blog | Spreading the Christmas cheer! | Season's greetings from Safari Fusion
We are taking a short break over Christmas and New Year so the Safari Store will be closed from 3.00pm Friday, December 21 and will re-open again on Monday, January 7.

December 17, 2012

A renovation and a Bamileke

Safari Fusion blog | A renovation and a Bamileke | An amazing Brisbane home renovation featured in Queensland Homes magazine and a Safari Fusion Bamileke Feather Headdress (Juju hat)
A Safari Fusion white Bamileke Feather Headdress {source: Queensland Homes via Pinterest}

I just love it when our customer's share their home with us!

I received an unexpected email the other day from a customer who had been busy renovating her home back in 2011. Well it all came to fruition in spectacular style with her beautifully renovated Brisbane home featuring in the Spring 2012 edition of Queensland Homes.

I think her Safari Fusion purchase, one very lush white Bamileke Feather Headdress, looks fantastic in the kitchen dining area.

You can view more of her home on the Queensland Homes website.

December 13, 2012

Pinned: Elephant on an ostrich

Safari Fusion blog | Elephant on an ostrich | Ceramic African elephant sculpture displayed on an ostrich table
Beautiful ceramic elephant sculpture displayed on an ostrich table {source: House to Home}

December 10, 2012

A Safari Fusion Christmas

Safari Fusion blog | A Safari Fusion Christmas | Unique handcrafted African Gift ideas for under $30
"Have you started your Christmas shopping?" is the question that is being asked frequently amongst my family and friends.

With only 14 days until Christmas (it is Christmas Eve in 2 weeks time, yikes!) I thought I would put together a little Safari Fusion Gift Guide to help you select a unique African handcrafted gift for a friend or loved one.

Make sure you place your order by Monday, December 17 to ensure you receive your gift in time.

Happy shopping!

Safari Fusion blog | A Safari Fusion Christmas | Unique handcrafted African Gift ideas for under $70

Safari Fusion blog | A Safari Fusion Christmas | Unique handcrafted African Gift ideas for under $180

Safari Fusion blog | A Safari Fusion Christmas | Unique handcrafted African Gift ideas for that special friend or loved one

December 6, 2012

Pinned: Basket envy

Safari Fusion blog | Basket envy | Colourful African inspired baskets displayed on the wall
I just love these colourful baskets! {source: VT Wonen}

December 4, 2012

Adore Home giveaway!

Safari Fusion blog | Adore Home giveaway | Win a Safari Fusion Bamileke Feather Headdress!
Make sure you visit the blog of our friends at Adore Home magazine as we have a Bamileke Feather Headdress to giveaway this week....just in time for Christmas!

November 30, 2012

Safari Fusion shopping day

Safari Fusion blog | Mailing List exclusive shopping day today at the Safari Fusion online store

It's not too late....

Join our Mailing List now and I will email you the special promotional code for you to shop with today. 

Happy shopping!

November 29, 2012

Pinned: Blues & greens (again!)

Safari Fusion blog | Pinned: Blues & greens (again!) | Africa Meets Neon by Interiors Editor & Stylist Irina Graewe
Africa Meets Neon by Interiors editor & stylist Irinia Graewe

November 22, 2012

Giants of Zambia

Safari Fusion blog | Giant of Zambia | In love with the African Elephant
I have a tumultuous love affair with the African Elephant. When on safari I can sit for hours just watching them interact with each other; fascinated at how similar their nature and behaviour is to us humans.

They can also have a temper like us, and I have had my fair share of let’s just say 'uncomfortable situations’ where only a vodka, lime and soda could remedy my nerves!

Safari Fusion blog | Giant of Zambia | In love with the African Elephant

Safari Fusion blog | Giant of Zambia | In love with the African Elephant

Safari Fusion blog | Giant of Zambia | In love with the African Elephant
Images: Photographs © Kellie Shearwood 

November 19, 2012

Safari inspirations

Safari Fusion blog | Our new images to help inspire you to decorate your home with a touch  of Africa | Bamileke Feather Headdresses & Juju Hats
We have been super busy behind the scenes here at Safari Fusion...along with launching our beautiful Cape Eclectic collection we have done a big spring clean of our online store image gallery Safari Inspirations.

It is now all refreshed and updated with wonderful new images to help inspire you to decorate your home with a touch of Africa.

You can view the gallery here.

Safari Fusion blog | Our new images to help inspire you to decorate your home with a touch  of Africa
Langazela Cushions (chevron) by Safari Fusion

Safari Fusion blog | Our new images to help inspire you to decorate your home with a touch  of Africa
Kudu Head (leather) by Safari Fusion

Safari Fusion blog | Our new images to help inspire you to decorate your home with a touch  of Africa
Cape Wire Bowl (yellow) by Safari Fusion

Safari Fusion blog | Our new images to help inspire you to decorate your home with a touch  of Africa
Telephone Wire Cone Bowl by Safari Fusion

November 15, 2012

Pinned: Textured bowls

Safari Fusion blog | Pinned: Textured bowls | A gorgeous display of African handcrafted Telephone Wire Bowls
A beautiful vignette of textured shapes and telephone wire bowls {source: House to Home}

November 12, 2012

Cape Eclectic in store now!

Safari Fusion blog | Cape Eclectic in store now! | New arrivals in the Safari Fusion online store | African cushions, stools, vases, animal heads, crochet cactus & telephone wire bowls

I have had fun the past five months creating this colourful (and a little quirky!) collection; and now all can be revealed.

Each gorgeous piece selected is chosen with love and are things I would use to decorate my own home; all handcrafted by exceptionally talented artisans from Southern Africa...a Tretchikoff Cushion has already made it into my guest bedroom and two Batonga Stools are stacked in my bathroom!

Take a look at our new collection as I would love to know what you think.

Safari Fusion blog | Cape Eclectic in store now! | New arrivals in the Safari Fusion online store | African cushions, stools, vases, animal heads, crochet cactus & telephone wire bowls
Crochet Cactus by Safari Fusion

Safari Fusion blog | Cape Eclectic in store now! | New arrivals in the Safari Fusion online store | African cushions, stools, vases, animal heads, crochet cactus & telephone wire bowls

Safari Fusion blog | Cape Eclectic in store now! | New arrivals in the Safari Fusion online store | African cushions, stools, vases, animal heads, crochet cactus & telephone wire bowls
Wired Lace Platters by Safari Fusion

Safari Fusion blog | Cape Eclectic in store now! | New arrivals in the Safari Fusion online store | African cushions, stools, vases, animal heads, crochet cactus & telephone wire bowls
Langazela Cushion (chevron) by Safari Fusion

November 8, 2012

Just map it!

Safari Fusion blog | Just map it! | Africa type maps, wall map decals and wooden block maps
Bold & Noble | Africa Type Map in sheer slate
Safari Fusion blog | Just map it! | Africa type maps, wall map decals and wooden block maps
African Lookbook | The Building Blocks of Africa 

Safari Fusion blog | Just map it! | Africa type maps, wall map decals and wooden block maps
Dali Decals | Giant Africa Mural Wall Decal
Safari Fusion blog | Just map it! | Africa type maps, wall map decals and wooden block maps
Etsy Steven Mattern | Africa Map Puzzle in Birch Plywood

November 1, 2012

Pinned: Crisp white, blue & grey

Safari Fusion blog | Pinned: Crisp white & blue | Scandinavian style meets Africa in a house in Bo Kaap Cape Town, South Africa
House in Bo Kaap Cape Town, South Africa {source: 79 ideas}

October 29, 2012

Snap happy Friday

Safari Fusion blog | Snap happy Friday | Tretchikoff Cushion, Batonga Stool, Crochet Cactus & Bamileke Feather Headdress by Safari Fusion
Tretchikoff Cushion, Batonga Stool, Crochet Cactus & Bamileke Feather Headdress by Safari Fusion
Last Friday was a fun filled day as the talented Marsha Golemac and Brooke Holm styled and photographed our gorgeous new pieces.

Marsha's Scandinavian aesthetic was the perfect fit for our colourful new finds and we were spoilt with the amazing location of Lyn Gardener's (of Empire Vintage) location 426.

Here is a sneak peek of some of the new images along with behind the scenes snaps (by me!).

Safari Fusion blog | Snap happy Friday | Behind the scenes at the Safari Fusion photo shoot

Safari Fusion blog | Snap happy Friday | Behind the scenes at the Safari Fusion photo shoot

Safari Fusion blog | Snap happy Friday | Wired Lace Bowls by Safari Fusion
Wired Lace Bowls by Safari Fusion

Safari Fusion blog | Snap happy Friday | Behind the scenes at the Safari Fusion photo shoot
All images © Safari Fusion

October 25, 2012

Monkeybiz

Safari Fusion blog | Monkeybiz | Beautiful handcrafted quirky African beqd animals & dolls made with love in South Africa
One of South Africa’s most inspiring projects is the non-profit organisation, Monkeybiz. I have been a huge fan of this project for more than 9 years, adding to my collection with each visit to Cape Town.

Monkeybiz supports more than 450 women in Cape Town’s township communities; many of whom are affected with HIV.

With training, beads and materials provided, the women craft one-of-a-kind Bead Animals and Dolls; all with the distinctive fun, colour and humour that Monkeybiz has become renowned for!

Click here for more on the Monkeybiz story.

Safari Fusion blog | Monkeybiz | Beautiful handcrafted quirky African bead animals & dolls made with love in South Africa

Safari Fusion blog | Monkeybiz | Beautiful handcrafted quirky African bead animals & dolls made with love in South Africa
Bead Zebras by S.M. Napakade & Nokude Mpakati

Safari Fusion blog | Monkeybiz | Beautiful handcrafted quirky African bead animals & dolls made with love in South Africa
Bead Zebra by Victor Mvinjana

October 18, 2012

Pinned: Neon Pink

Safari Fusion blog | Pinned Neon Pink | Africa Meets Neon by Interiors Editor & Stylist Irina Graewe
Africa Meets Neon by Interiors editor & stylist Irinia Graewe

October 15, 2012

Abigail Ahern Masterclass

Ahern Masterclass | Tips and tricks on how to create your own eclectic style home
I was fortunate over the weekend to participate in Abigail Ahern's Masterclass here in Melbourne.

Designer, stylist and owner of one of London's leading interiors stores, Abigail shared her tips and tricks on how to create your own eclectic style without it looking like a complete flea market disaster.

She does not follow rules she breaks them, and encourages us all to decorate by following our heart and not trends.
"The more visual friction you create, the more interesting a space."
With that in mind, I am now all inspired to create lots of visual friction in my home and just maybe paint one room (walls and ceiling) a moody colour!

Ahern Masterclass | Tips and tricks on how to create your own eclectic style home

Ahern Masterclass | Tips and tricks on how to create your own eclectic style home

Ahern Masterclass | Tips and tricks on how to create your own eclectic style home
Images: Atelier Abigail Ahern & Graham Atkins-Hughes

October 8, 2012

Desert Oasis

Safari Fusion blog | Desert oasis | Saharan architecture with classic modern furnishings at Al Tarfa Desert Sanctuary, North Africa
I have a thing for the Sahara Desert - the constant changing light and sand colour, the endless vistas, the date palm oasis and that feeling of peace and tranquility of being so far removed from civilisation.

I came across the beautiful lodge Al Tarfa Desert Sanctuary recently, located in the remote Dakhla Oasis in western Egypt, and decided it must go on the 'must visit one day' list.

The lodge interiors are a mesmerizing mix of typical Saharan mud architecture and modern yet classic furnishings - simple but so effective.

Safari Fusion blog | Desert oasis | Saharan architecture with classic modern furnishings at Al Tarfa Desert Sanctuary, North Africa

Safari Fusion blog | Desert oasis | Saharan architecture with classic modern furnishings at Al Tarfa Desert Sanctuary, North Africa

Safari Fusion blog | Desert oasis | Saharan architecture with classic modern furnishings at Al Tarfa Desert Sanctuary, North Africa

Safari Fusion blog | Desert oasis | Saharan architecture with classic modern furnishings at Al Tarfa Desert Sanctuary, North Africa
Images: Al Tarfa Desert Sanctuary