More than one thing about this guest room, created by Waldo Fernandez for legendary rug designer Ben Soleimani, reminds us of the seminal 1985 film, Out of Africa. If you haven't gotten into the film yet, you have something quite life-changing ahead of you. Meryl Streep plays a Danish baroness who has a passionate love affair with a free spirited big-game hunter, played by Robert Redford, in British East Africa. The story begins ins 1913 and is a beautiful period piece filled with cloche hats, safari-chic furnishings, and - of course - jodhpurs. The reason this room recalls the film is that it pairs European tradition with African eclecticism. If you're looking for a similar pairing in your bedroom, take a trip with the following tips. The core furnishings of this room can be classified as traditional. The carved lines of the dark wood canopy bed, nightstands, and chair legs give a sense of refined craftsmanship. Also, accents like white linen drapes, pleated striped lamp shades, and natural linen bedding add a lighter flair to the space. Keep your traditional furnishings tailored, though. This isn't the place for overstuffed upholstered sofas or tassel-trimmed valances. A polished sense of tradition is what we're after here. Make sure that your more manly counterpart, be it a big-game hunter or not, will also feel comfortable in this traditional space. Do so by incorporating man's best friend: leather seating. In this space there is both a leather wingback chair and a leather settee. Although the leather is different colors, they pair nicely together because their style is similarly simple. Look for pieces that are tufting-free and have relatively slim profiles. The character of this room comes from its details. A hand-crafted wool rug, Ethiopian influenced stools, and a photo of prowling lions on the plains serve as more than just souvenirs from a safari. These items provide interest and intrigue, while also remaining more minor accents that don't distract from the room's overall light and airy appeal.
Photo: Roger Davies
|Vienne French Four-Poster Bed, from $1375, Restoration Hardware||Leather Wingback Chair, $5500, 1st Dibs||Marra Rug, $1155, Restoration Hardware|
|Set of Three Classic Nesting Tables, $300, Chairish||Vintage-Washed Belgian Linen Bedding, from $35, Restoration Hardware||Oromo Stool, $600, Africa Infinite|
|Emery Linen/Cotton Drape, from $87, Pottery Barn||Tan Checkered Empire Shade, $80, Lamps Plus||Professor's Leather Double Chair, from $1270, Restoration Hardware|