Interiors inspiration: modern safari

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A long while ago (during my twenties) I was lucky enough to visit Kenya and stayed in some amazing hotels like the Mount Kenya Safari Club. Looking back it was the trip of a lifetime and the grandeur of the interior style has long-since stayed with me, though I’ve never been brave enough to emulate it in my own home. But the trend for ‘modern safari’ (in both fashion and interiors) is set to be a big one again next year and I’ve started to realise that it is quite do-able with the right key pieces.

One company that does this luxurious and eclectic look well is Pavilion Broadway, particularly with their Eichholtz range of products. Some items are, admittedly, at the more investment end of the scale such as the beautiful pieces of furniture and lighting but there are many more affordable accessories too. Here are a few of my favourites and some ideas on how you can create the look yourself.

PicMonkey Collage2Details: Image source / Deer skull set / image source / St Louis cabinet

The safari look doesn’t have to mean dark, heavy, colonial furniture and taxidermy overkill. Nowadays it’s more about abstract prints, natural materials, muted greys and browns, metallic accents and objects of interest to personalise the space.

PicMonkey Collage3Details: Image source / abstract chevron cushion / hurricane lamp / zebra cushion / Goldwyn bag

An easy short cut to the modern safari look is through accessories and soft furnishings. Think animal print cushions and rugs, monochrome and rich, earthy tones, elegant understated crockery and classic, sumptuous mix and match pieces of furniture.

PicMonkey Collage4Details: Cable cup and saucer set / Taylor photo frame / image source / Camden chair / side table

The look also works well in a bedroom where the modern luxury, natural materials and layers of texture can create a cosy but stylish sleeping space that’s also very unisex (if you’re struggling to find a boudoir scheme that suits everyone!). Look for wooden or basket-weave furniture then lift it with metallic or glass lighting and soften with wool or sheepskin throws.

modern-safari-interiorsDetails: Image source / Greenwich table lamp / image source / Cirrus cushion / lambswool throw

Do you think you could go for the modern safari trend in your home?


Disclosure: This is a collaborative post. All words and opinions my own, as always.




Fiona //

Oooh I bet Kenya was amazing, so jealous! I love this trend, very pretty. Anything that allows for more elephant pictures in the home can only be a good thing x

Kathryn //

Agreed Fiona and my little girl LOVES elephants so I don’t think she’d argue either! x

Alison //

ooh LOVE those cushions but I must stop buying them as I’ve bought far too many in the last couple of weeks!!

Gill Crawshaw //

Kenya must have been amazing, what an experience. I thought the top photo was your house for a minute – ! Really like the modern twist on this, it stops it from being too themey x

fritha //

wow Kenya must have been amazing! My mum is South African but I’ve never been to anywhere in Africa! Like Adele I’m nervous around animal prints still but I love the monochrome! x

Alice //

I’ve been to Kenya as well and just loved it – I don’t remember the interiors at our hotel being this chic though 😉 I love the muted tones with the black and white and animal prints, so classic.


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