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African Interior Design: Zipping Off To A compound Of Palm-Thatched Cottages In Kenya

Traditional African Interior Decor A little over a month ago, we kicked off a fun blog series that allows us to look at interior decor & designs around the world. Up to date, we've already visited Spain, Thailand, Greece and Italy! This week, we're headed to Kenya to take a closer look at interiors that Suzanne Kasler complete and they're stunning! Suzanne, if you're reading this, I'd gladly accept a trip out there to re-visit your awesome clients...

This blog post is from House Beautiful - it's just too incredible not to repost.

A compound of four palm-thatched cottages with rounded walls pays homage to traditional Kenyan villages; an Indiana couple built it on the grounds of the Sirikoi game lodge, on the northern slopes of Mount Kenya. The main living areas occupy the open-air central cottage, which offers prime viewing of elephants, zebras, lions, and a parade of other fauna from the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Suzanne Kasler's luminous interiors ease the airy flow of space onto the lantern-lit lawn.

African Inspired Interior Design

 To balance the drama of the soaring, tent-like ceiling, the rugged materials, and the sweeping views, Kasler arranged the living room furniture along calm, classic lines. A neutral linen sofa and armchairs offset a striped ottoman, a bold Jim Thompson pillow, and beaded baskets from Nairobi. Artist Sue Fusco made the ostrich-egg chandelier.

Inside Scoop On This Room: Suzanne let us know in a presentation of hers earlier this year in PDX that she was able to get the wall height raised just a little bit to make the room seem bigger, which is one of the positives of working with an interior designer early on in the process!

Dining Room

Across the dining table from a pair of East African Canvas Companyleather director's chairs, an antique crewelwork bench evokes Kenya's British Colonial past.

Eclectic Master Bedroom

Via House Beautiful

Raoul Textiles print, suzani embroidery, and a Helios Antelope carpet add pattern to a guest room. The bedside Mayfair steamer trunk from Restoration Hardware and the upholstered camp chair harken back to earlier generations of adventure travelers.

Look No Closet - Here's How You Can Have A Makeshift One

Roll-up canvas wardrobes tucked behind the headboard partition offer a safari-chic alternative to standard closets.

Eclectic Bathroom Ideas

In the master bathroom, Kasler insisted on double sinks for owners, the Fehsenfelds, a transatlantic amenity she knew they would miss. She found the vivid rug in the crafts market at Karen, a Nairobi suburb named for Karen Blixen, a.k.a. Isak Dinesen, the author of Out of Africa. The vintage bathtub is from the same Nairobi firm that supplies the tubs for guest tents at Sirikoi. As in the bedrooms, windows have canvas shades and zippered screens to thwart mosquitoes.

African Open-Air Shower

More thatch overhangs the curvaceous, open-air shower-with-a-view.

Outstanding Porch In Africa

Sinewy columns cut from fallen trees at Maralal flank South of Market outdoor sofas. No glass or other barrier separates the porch from the living room.

Final Words On Our African Trip

I hope you all enjoyed our mini vacation to Kenya - until next week! I'd love for you to share some additional places you'd like to visit in the coming months, so feel free to share them.