Monthly Archives: July 2010

From Runway to Hallway: ethniciti Sketches

Always looking to advance the notion of the connection of apparel to home fashion, we have created a series of ethniciti Sketches that form the basis of our online interior design service.

We are interested in how you might approach the design of of African-inspired interior spaces. Send us your ideas:

Let ethniciti inspire your room makeovers in our unique, African-inspired style.


Colors from theTable

Inspiration for color palettes sometimes comes from the most unexpected places.  A look at the work of Tricia Guild in “Colors from the Painted Country” opens up new perspectives.

Just think, you get a chance to devour you inspiration.

Colors by Sherwin Williams.

Renaissance Remembered

The growing and changing complexion of Harlem is a cause for both sadness and optimism. The progress made in creating what Harlem might look and feel like in the future is mixed with a certain familiarity and remembrance as to what it meant and how it was to live it during the golden age.

The history of Harlem, and for that matter that of blacks in America, cannot be considered without acknowledging the the work of Harlem’s most celebrated photographer, James Van Der Zee.  As captured in “Harlem Renaissance Art of Black America” by the Studio Museum in Harlem, his unique style of storytelling captured the essence of family groups, activism, and lifestyle of the Harlem community photographed to show their beauty, pride, and dignity.

Gifts from the Sea

If you haven’t tried ceviche here is a simple and delightful start. Enjoy.

From  The Caribbean, Central & South American Cookbook, Jenni Fleetwood and Marina Filippelli.

Artful Artifacts

Those who collect African art are a passionate group. However, it is not difficult to become overwhelmed with a collection. Often the best way to feature important artifacts is to integrate them seamlessly into the overall theme of the room rather than building mini-museums.

These examples from South African private worlds show how dramatic the approach can be.

Interiors are from the book “South Africa – Private Worlds” by Desmond Colborne, photography by Solvi Dos Santos.

Table Dressing

Nothing enhances the impact of a table setting more than the choice of the textile coverings. Forgotten in the rush for the dramatic place settings and props, an  elegant table cover sometimes is all you need.

For more home textile ideas, see “Textile Style” by Caroline Clifton-Mogg, photography by Andrew Wood.

Fusion in Paris

If you are looking for unique interpretations of urban African-inspired design, look to Paris – a city known for fashion has long ago embraced a cultural-fusion approach to interiors.

This apartment by Christian Louboutin highlighted in New Paris Interiors (edited by Angelika Taschen) is a great example of how to marry a traditional urban space with a personal cultural aesthetic.