aesthetically speaking: african bogolan mud cloth

we love seeing how people incorporate traditional cultural items into contemporary settings! for some, it’s a way of honoring their heritage and for others it’s simply a way of adding character and style to their personal space. one of those items in particular is the african bogolan mud cloth. we love its simplicity and the hand painted geometric lines which give it a graphic, modern feel while still maintaining its rustic nature. lately, we’ve been seeing this motif in both design and fashion, so we wanted to share some of our favorites!

african mud cloth via kishani perera blog

an african mud cloth hangs behind a bed to resemble a headboard via amber interiors

african mud cloth via kishani perera inc.

you can also add it over a headboard to add a graphic element via kishani perera inc.

eric hughes bedroom via kishani perera blog

this african coverlet looks great at the foot of this bed via elle decor

african mud cloth runner via kishani perera blog

we love how this african mud cloth functions as a table runner in this gorgeous table setting via ruffled

afrique collection via kishani perera

afrique fashion collection via nicci hou

geometric stairs via kishani perera blog

mud cloth inspired looking stairway via musee robert tatin

mud cloth inspired vegan clutch via kishani perera blog

love the creativity here! hand painted bogolan mudcloth vegan clutch purse via tribal immunity

kokomo collar 2 via kishani perera blog

your pets can have fun accessorizing with it too! via beast + babe

mud cloth quilt via kishani perera blog

this almost looks like tile, but it is actually a handmade mud cloth quilt via judy dominic

mud cloth chair via kishani perera blog

 a traditional chair looks fresh and modern reupholstered in mud cloth via burley katon halliday

jen smith bedroom via domino

don’t be afraid to layer mud cloth with various other textiles, you’ll be amazed how beautiful it can look! via domino

brooke holm home via kishani perera

you can always add it as an accent underfoot via the design files

african mud cloth via kishani perera inc.

an african bogolan mud cloth available via rummage

looking for more inspiration? be sure to follow us on pinterest! we have a board dedicated just to african mud cloth where we’re always sharing more ideas.

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hunt & gather: favorite five fridays

we can’t believe christmas is less than a week away! the team has been so busy as we close out the year and prepare for some exciting new projects in 2015! if you didn’t catch the story on chris meloni purchasing the ozzie and harriet house that kishani designed earlier this year, be sure to check out the los angeles times, curbed la, and variety for more information. we happen to think he and his family are going to enjoy all the wonderful updates that kishani made possible while still keeping some original features of this famous television home. as we were putting this week’s favorite five, we were thinking of the ways that even small updates can transform a room, whether it be new lighting, flooring or even a decorative accessory that keeps everyone talking. we think these items will fill a space with joy and keep the conversations flowing well into the new year!

 regina andrew lighting artifact wall sconce via kishani perera blog

regina andrew lighting artifact wall sconce via layla grayce

apache rug via kishani perera blog

 apache rug via furbish studio

elegant grecian bronze ewer via kishani perera blog

elegant grecian bronze ewer via zinc door

serape pillow via kishani perera blog

serape pillow via leif

noir lighting bronze sconce via kishani perera blog

noir lighting bronze sconce via layla grayce

hunt & gather: favorite five fridays

we hope you’ve enjoyed kishani’s holiday gift guides (for her, for him, for kids and for the host) this past week! did you have a favorite? let us know in the comments section for each! hopefully, each gift guide has given you some great ideas for what to buy during this joyous season.

for today’s favorite five, we’ve rounded up an assortment of wonderful finds! this week, our eyes seem to have been drawn to lots of black and wonderful combos of black with brass or gold. black never goes out of style! it can be a very bold and dramatic statement in a room on its own. when it is paired with brass or gold, you immediately get this luxe feel that we enjoy seeing especially around the holidays. take a look and compare below!

 l'objet bibliotheque gold candle via kishani perera blog

l’objet bibliotheque gold candle via neiman marcus

adelaide chest 1 via kishani perera blog

adelaide chest via ethan allen

sterling industries zebra bookends via kishani perera blog

sterling industries zebra bookends via bellacor

ostrich table via kishani perera blog

ostrich table via global views

weathered brass swing arm wall lamp via kishani perera blog

 weathered brass black shade swing arm wall lamp via lamps plus

hunt & gather: holiday gift guide for kids

one of our favorite holiday gift guides to put together every year is the one for kids, they are so much fun to shop for! we love finding ideas that help spark their imagination, sense of wonder, creativity and awakens the magic they feel during this joyous season. i hope you’ll agree that these ideas for kids are what make the holidays so much fun to celebrate with little ones around.

holiday gift guide for kids via kishani perera blog

  1. maileg rolling scooter & sidecar set via barneys new york
  2. petit pehr felted wool mobile via smitten for the wee generation
  3. babylit book set via juniper books
  4. viddy pinhole camera kit via the pop-up pinhole co.
  5. hector serrano’s finger puppets via a+r
  6. toothbrush buddies via uncommon goods
  7. a teepe to call your own via land of nod
  8. woven play star feather headband via lost & found


hunt & gather: holiday gift guide for him

most tend to think that men are very hard to shop for during the holiday season, and for the most part we would tend to agree! but, this year we actually had trouble narrowing down the options we found for that special guy in your life. this round up actually has items that you’d even welcome seeing in his man-cave or borrowing yourself. we hope these ideas help ease the experience when shopping for him this year!

holiday gift guide for him via kishani perera blog

  1. connor snake paperweight via barneys new york
  2. oon power outlet via okum
  3. the bluetooth gramophone via gramovox 
  4. haptic lab’s ghost ship kite via a+r
  5. v-room navy face towel via lost & found
  6. backgammon via papersource
  7. etched walnut wooden bow tie via uncommon goods
  8. himalayan salt tequila shot glasses via sur la table


hunt & gather: holiday gift guide for her

when shopping for her this holiday season–whether it be a sister, mother or girlfriend–remember that you don’t necessarily have to dazzle them with jewelry, you can dazzle them with your imagination by selecting items that are unexpected and original. show them you’ve gone out of your way to find a gift that is truly unique like her.

holiday gift guide for her via kishani perera blog

  1. geometry brass bowl via by april and may
  2. wall hanging via heather levine (prices vary depending on size and availability)
  3. round brown clay thrown bells with african stars via mquan studio
  4. indigo dye kit via little paper planes
  5. lumino gilded multicolored coasters via uncommon goods
  6. paseo silver notebook via calyspo st. barth
  7. italian espresso cup with gold decorations via le petit atelier de paris
  8. pyramid planter via leif


hunt & gather: holiday gift guide for the host

today we’re starting off our yearly round up of holiday gift guides and we’re so excited to share what we found with all of you! feels appropriate that we’re starting it off with gifts for the host since a lot of us are being invited to holiday parties or hosting them ourselves. so, what better way to acknowledge the hard work of a wonderful host then with gifts that speak to their wild imagination and ability to put on a memorable party! don’t forget to check back into the blog every day this week for more gift guides!

holiday gift guide for the host via kishani perera blog

  1. white duck feathers via mineral and matter
  2. yumi yumi’s creature cups via a+r
  3. diana f+ honeycomb camera via lomography
  4. kitchen knives block set via bodie and fou
  5. brass plated coaster via by april and may
  6. foodie dice via abe’s market
  7. brazilian soapstone grill via lost & found (prices vary depending on size)
  8. homemade gin kit via terrain


hunt & gather: favorite five fridays

this week we’re officially in the home stretch and final moments of the year! we don’t know about you, but everyone around us seems to be getting in the holiday spirit and we’ve caught it ourselves! we’re excited for what the new year will bring! one of our favorite ways to keep the holiday season looking beautiful is with home decor. some of the following items add warmth to a home all year long while others add that extra layer of sparkle or charm when entertaining guests during this festive season. we hope you enjoy this week’s favorite five fridays list and look out next week for the holiday gift guides. we’ve already had a sneak peek and they look fabulous!

bridgeton credenza via kishani perera blog

bridgeton credenza via century furniture

arte italica vetro gold collection via kishani perera blog

arte italica vetro gold collection via bergdorf goodman

patterson collection via kishani perera blog

patterson collection via filmore clark

dante good and bads bar cart via kishani perera blog

dante good and bads bar cart via barneys new york

gypsy sconce via kishani perera blog

gypsy sconce via plantation