Africa

Go Colourful

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Many of us may be sick and tired of boring old beige but apparently it’s still the safe shades of oyster, stone and cream that remain the nation’s favourites. Which is sad because although people are scared of making mistakes with colour, bland interiors can be very uninteresting. So let’s have less of the snoring boring and more of the creative colouring. And when it comes to adding colour to your home here’s our to top 5 favourite tips collected from some of our favourite British interior designers:

  1. Be free and full of gay abandon the it comes to colour. Why stick to one colour palette? Look at nature for inspirational colour combos:  take the happy and uplifting greens and lilacs in the Spring, or bright blue skies at sunset splashed with vivid oranges and reds. Colour will make your home more interesting and add intrigue to your interiors.
  2. Experiment. See what works for you. Deep reds create warmth and a convivial atmosphere. Blues are relaxing and perfect for bathrooms, bedrooms and wherever else in your home you head to unwind. Dark greys and blacks create glamour and sophistication and purples lend a luxurious feel too. And green is smart, harmonious, lush and hopeful and in the bedroom it’s fabulous combined with pink.
  3. Why are ceilings always white? Try painting them the same colour as your walls. Your walls will look less stumpy and it will help create that stunning, sumptuous atmosphere you’re looking for.
  4. If you’ve reservations about splashing colour across your walls (and ceilings) then why not simply add a spot of colour with accessories instead? Think bold lampshades, patterned throws, rugs, and colourful cushions and bowls. It’s fun and it’s the small touches that create instant personality and tell your story.
  5. Remember when it comes to accessories, make sure you combine the old with the new. All new looks generic and lacks character. Small vintage touches gives your home spirit. Be bold..and have fun with your home!

There’s currently 25% off our colourful recycled bowls and trays until Sunday 26th February 2017. Simply use the voucher code africa1 when you shop with us at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk.

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Celebrating Fair Trade Fortnight

IMG_7686It’s ‘Fair Trade Fortnight’! So what a perfect time to be celebrating the arrival of our fabulous new Kiondo sisal baskets from Kenya. Colourful, unique, practical and oh so pretty, these baskets are one-off beauties and we just wanted to say that it’s a pleasure for us to support the work of the weaving cooperatives involved in creating these one-of-a-kind treasures.

Take a peek: all available now at http://www.ibbidirect.co.ukIMG_7659

 

 

Beautiful Bowls: Brought To You From Senegal

Attachment-1-5In the republic of Senegal on the West African coast, communities are becoming increasingly creative when it comes to matters of recycling. Orange peel is used to create perfume. Cola, coffee and beer cans are used to create a whole host of home accessories including mirrors and ashtrays. And apparently there are even dancers just over the border in Mali who make costumes from them. Metals are constantly being recrafted in so many beautiful ways and at ibbi right now we are thrilled to be able to bring you a fabulous new collection of metal bowls from Senegal, made from creatively recycled oil drums. These highly polished beauties come in a vast range of gorgeous colours and each one is unique. Seriously, no two bowls are the same. We think they look wonderful on coffee tables and in hallways, piled high with Christmas pine cones, walnuts or delicious tangerines and they make perfect presents if you are looking for something slightly different. We hope you like them too.

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New Arrivals From Africa

IMG_9633At ibbi we love our products: they’re not only beautiful but they all have stories to tell. And our new collections of Kiondo baskets from the weaving groups in Kasigau, Kenya are no exception. By buying these products which have been created by small scale crafts people, you’re helping to uplift communities, create employment and support sustainability. The arid rural area of Kasigau is home to many talented weaving groups. Most of the weavers are women, who tend to be the main breadwinners for their families. Their primary source of income is through subsistence farming but when the rains are late or don’t come at all, it is devastating for them. Creating alternative revenue streams through practices such as weaving is therefore of the utmost importance. We are so pleased to be supporting these extraordinary people through trade in a very small way. Every basket created is entirely unique in colour, size and pattern. No two are ever the same. Kiondo baskets add a fabulous splash of colour to your home. They make great Christmas gifts and are ideal for kitchens and bathrooms: store your spatulas and spoons, decant your veggies and fill them to the brim with your bathroom bits!

Available very soon at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk or get in touch with us at info@ibbidirect.co.uk if you’d like to discuss . We love hearing from you!