I had so much fun compiling my wishlist of must-have globally inspired items for 2016 back in January. And as this year seems to be whizzing by pretty quickly, I thought it was a good time to take stock to see exactly what I’ve managed to tick off, what new items I’ve added and whether there is anything on the wishlist that might now need to be taken off. I know, I know its highly unlikely! I also thought that you might appreciate a bit of an update on how things are looking and how I’m displaying my global treasures at home.
Wishlist Item 1: A Dutch Design Classic
So, as you can see from the image above, my Dutch Tomado shelves arrived and are a welcome addition to the kitchen. I’m currently using them to show off a variety of kitchenware that we’ve collected from our travels – Bulgarian ceramics; FIKA cups from Sweden; a Japanese inspired cast-iron teapot that we actually picked up in Warsaw; some of our Royal Copenhagen fluted contrast mugs from Denmark; and our Villeroy and Boch decanter that was a thoughtful gift from friends in Brussels. I am confident that the shelves will look different again in about a week’s time – no displays are static for long in the NMC household!
Wishlist Item 2: Tantalising Tribal Style
Next up, the item I basically talked about EVERY.SINGLE.DAY until I finally got one. My Cameroonian Bamileke Headdress, otherwise known as my Juju hat. I should offer a public apology to my family who probably curse the day I ever discovered this feathered wall-adornment. As well as the day I was outbid on a massively discounted one on e-bay by five pounds. Five pounds!! Can you imagine how much I grumped and grumbled about that!? But you know what? I am glad because if I had won that hat, I would never have met the lovely Marlie who sold me my hat and who I hope will be selling more of them soon for extremely reasonable prices on her Etsy shop. Weird world, huh?
Wishlist Item 3: African Indigo Cushions
These beauties were already en route to me when I published my wishlist. And they did not disappoint. The cushions from Spilled Paint Design were extremely well made and they were just what I needed for my globally inspired spare room redesign. The deep denim-y blues still look lovely and have proven to be fantastically versatile – they work in a variety of schemes which means I can put them in different rooms and they’ll still work. Excellent.
Wishlist Item 4: Icelandic Sheepskin
I spent a loooooong time deliberating over which of the two Icelandic sheepskins I was going to buy in a Reykjavik store. Would it be the one with the grey streaks running through it? Or the one with the deep brown tones? It was agonising. And whilst my usual solution to these situations is to give in and buy both, these babies don’t come cheap. I opted for the the one with the hints of grey as you can see in the shot above. I have no regrets. It looks wonderful on the old rocking chair that I liberated from my mum’s and I like that it also works with my leather Moroccan pouffe. Mix and match global styling in action!
Wishlist Items 5 and 6: Mexican Brights
I have not yet satisfied my yearning for a Mexican otomi table runner (or perhaps I will get an Otomi cushion instead – highly likely….!) or a Day of the Dead skull. But I do still love the bright, cheery colours of Otomi prints so I know that they will feature in my home at some point in the near future. And in the meantime, if you want any further inspiration on the many and varied ways you can use Otomi in your home, then check out this great post on Otomi by the Interiorista. It brought the fact that Hygge and West have collaborated with Emily Isabella to create Otomi wallpaper. My life is now truly complete!
Wishlist Item 7: Sophisticated Scandi Style
Alas, the Kubus by Lassen is another one of the items from my wishlist that I am yet to own. But on a brighter note, I am definitely planning another Summer trip to Copenhagen and there is still time to save! Whoop! Obviously I won’t be getting the 8 candle holder like in the image above – I’d need to remortgage – but I still have my eye on the 4 candle holder and I remain torn on whether to go for black, white, copper or bronze… #firstworldproblems
Wishlist Item 8: Hammam Towels
I haven’t yet used it, but I did make good use of the exclusive NMC 15% discount code – find it here – at YONDER.Living to treat myself to a mini-Hammam towel in Indigo, like the one in the shot above. I also indulged in a woven Moroccan Sahara pot too but let’s save that for another day. I intend to use this towel in the kitchen as an uber indulgent tea-towel due to its fabulous absorbency and I’ll be sure to let you know how I get on.
Because I only have 8 items on my wishlist and I’ve managed to tick a few off, I felt I should add in a couple more….
Wishlist Item 9: Bwa Sun African Mask
So some of you may remember my post focused on Apartmentf15. And because I basically have the biggest girl crush on her interiors style, I have had no choice but to add two new items to my 2016 wishlist. First up, is the amazingly statement-y sun (or is it an owl – I can’t find a definitive answer – if you know, do drop me a line) mask made by the Bwa tribe in Burkina Faso that is showcased in the image above. Bwa masks represent or embody bush spirits and are traditionally made from leaves or wood for use in a variety of traditional ceremonies. There are a number of different designs, but I especially like the detailing on this one which I think will work really well in my living room….
Wishlist Item 10: Out with the old, in with the new
Move over Moroccan Handira (Moroccan wedding blanket), there’s a new kid on the block! Above is a Nigerian Fulani wedding blanket. It’s a new discovery for me and I absolutely love it. Subtle, earthy colourways and distinctive tribal motifs make a gorgeous end of bed or over-sofa statement. And as ever, this kind of blanket can add subtle texture to even the most contemporary interiors scheme. I haven’t yet tracked down where to get my hands on one, but I’ve met a few lovely people recently who import a number of traditional African items so you shouldn’t have to wait too long before I can update you.
Well there you have it folks. I’m sure you’re completely shocked that nothing has been taken off the wishlist (haha!), but I think I’ve been very restrained by only adding two new items…for now. And note the lack of cushions guys – I’m clearly turning a corner. Nothing at all to do with the fact that I have absolutely nowhere to put any new down-filled additions. Oh no.
Is there anything more you think I should add to the wishlist? Go on and let me know in the comments below….
Happy travels, and shopping