a tisket a tasket, a vintage african basket..

Sometimes, (ok truth be told, this happens to me a lot), an object speaks to you and it’s clear that it is coming home with you. This happened to me recently when a friend and I were on a little field trip to the malibu design center.  This place is a treasure trove of inspiration for people who love organic, natural, modern design! 😉  We spotted an assortment of various size vintage African baskets on a table.  It was love at first sight. I picked out a smallish one, and my friend chose two for herself.  I had no idea where mine was going to go, but knew it was coming to Santa Barbara.  The texture, the color, and yes, even the smell!  These baskets were used by African women to cook with.  You can still smell the fire and feel the soul of these women in every beautiful detail.

When I got home, my first thought was on the gallery wall.  I already have a large basket, front and center, and thought perhaps one more might be nice.

A Tisket, A Tasket, a Vintage African Basket...
Can you spot it way up there in the corner?

I lived with it for two days, but didn’t love it there.  It was too high up to notice all the beautiful details…which was the reason I fell in love with it in the first place! Down it came, with me walking it around the house searching for just the right place.  Of course! The mantel!  Here is what the mantel looked like before.

A Tisket, a Tasket, a Vintage African Basket
2 old French bottles, a small wooden house, an empty barn wood frame with air plant, stacked beach rocks, and an ammonite grace the mantel

I LOVE the basket on the mantel! But, as so often happens when I change something, it started a chain reaction of moving everything around.

A Tisket, A Tasket, a Vintage African Basket
So much better!!

Yes, you may have noticed the elephant table made a big move to the corner.  Remember he used to be between the two armchairs?

Summertime Blues
Before…
A Tisket, A Tasket, a Vintage African Basket...
After…

The cowhide rug also took a summer break. The black sugar gear table from Blaxsand (to the trade only) was hidden next to the Cloud sofa in the living room. I love the sculptural quality of it.

A Tisket, A Tasket, a Vintage African Basket
Simple vignette

Now I know some of you who love my elephant table are probably hating that he’s been relocated.  Nothing is forever!  But for now he’s so happy living in his own little mini jungle!

A Tisket, A Tasket, A Vintage African Basket
A happy little corner

The metal table that was here previously, moved beside the sofa where it’s height was perfect.

A Tisket, A Tasket, A Vintage African Basket
Musical tables…

One little change often leads to a slew of others, but I think that the little African basket will be on the mantel for a long time.

A Tisket, A Tasket, A Vintage African Basket
French bottles from Dreamy Whites, ammonite from Wisteria (no longer available)

4 thoughts on “a tisket a tasket, a vintage african basket..

  1. Dear Elizabeth,
    Gazpacho, sounds amazing! And I always use fresh vegetables and natural ingredients.
    That African basket, looks great on the mantel and I only can imagine the smell!!! ; I love visualization👍🏻
    Have fun…….. xo. Lynne @ cottagebythec

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