As Western lavishness collided with striking native elements in the vast reaches of the East African savanna, the Safari style was born. Blending ethnic African with colonial European, the look emphasizes relaxed yet luxurious living, drawing on an elemental approach to texture, color, and pattern, and on indigenous materials and design. Exploring 21 spectacular homes in glorious color, Safari Style takes us on an expedition through a fantastic Moorish residence in Kenya, a hotel in Zanzibar masquerading as a Persian palace, an Italianate villa on a former coffee plantation in Nairobi, a tree house hideaway perched in the Ngong hills, and a host of other extraordinary dwellings. Though most of us will never live anywhere so unique, we can certainly find countless great ideas here to incorporate into our own more humble abodes. This is about a lot more than a few animal-print pillows and some swags of mosquito netting; it's about Old World elegance and evocations of the pleasures of exotic travel, even if we only get to enjoy it from the comforts of a cushy mudcloth-covered armchair. --Amy Handy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. This is a lavish presentation of the best of Southern Africa's interior design. Aptly named "Safari Style", it is an eclectic mix of native and imported styles. From the native bandas to Lutyen-style English mansions, the designs reflect the origins of the colonialist settlers and wealthy holidaymakers at the turn of the century: Dutch, German, English and Italian. Moorish overtones insinuate themselves into homes such as that belonging to the Corses, with central courtyards, wooden shutters and whitewashed walls. Native influences abound in every home with wooden carvings, beaded bottles and woven rugs making appearances either minimally or dictating the whole house style like the De Boers' magnificent island hideaway. From safari camps to private homes, this is a photographic portfolio of a style at once exotic yet homely, perfectly in tune with its surroundings and now becoming popular in Britain with the increased interest in third world countries and their peoples. - Lucy Watson
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