Interior: African-inspired decor
Taking that as her cue, Julie also wanted to respect both the culture and the wildlife of South Africa in the palette, fabric, furniture and accessories. So Christine set out to create the new look she calls “modern Africa.” She combined large-scaled patterns in bright red and chocolate brown with organic textures like the capiz chandelier and the grasscloth wallcovering. The showstopping red botanical print on the quilted coverlet and upholstered headboard was a risky choice for Christine and Julie. The dramatic result is bold and playful, lending the room an exotic vibe. “We looked for prints that felt organic and had some movement, providing graphic impact against the creamy ivory palette,” says Christine. The unique tiered shell chandelier also makes a statement yet is delicate and beautifully reflective at night.
Evoking South Africa The natural-coloured grasscloth, artwork and decorative felted sheep recall the organic beauty of the South African veld; this group of photos taken by Julie is one of her favourite features in the room: “These photos bring me back to the moment I took them,” she says; the African headdress evokes a specific locale but isn’t too literal.
Colourful impact The warm chocolate brown dresser complements the deep scarlet of the artwork and floral arrangement. That rich colour combo provides a standout contrast to the neutral-toned grasscloth wallcovering.
A bold bed At night, the chandelier casts a beautiful reflection on the coffered ceiling, creating a romantic, intimate ambience. The upholstered headboard and bold-patterned bed linens speak of a luxury well suited to this master bedroom retreat.
A balanced bedside table The feminine curves of the lamp balance the hard lines of the bedside table. Stacks of books are at the ready for nighttime reading for homeowner Julie Wiggins and her husband, Jeff.