STYLEBEST- A LITTLE LOCAL COLOR: INDEGO AFRICAN BASKETS

by Marisa Marcantonio

I love a good pop of bright color, pretty much anywhere.  A shot of color adds a bright ray of sunshine to a room needing a lift. All of January has been a deep freeze, so it makes me like it even more. Decorative accessories like bowls and trays are an easy way to inject a room with a shot of uplifting color.  Woven by skilled women in Rwanda, Africa, Indego artisan baskets have a wonderful graphic geometric pattern, painstakingly woven out of fine threads of dyed plant material. The effect is smile-inducing, making an age-old traditional craft modern and fair trade in today's color palette.

Photos courtesy of Indego 

Burst Plateau Basket in red white and blue.

Color The World Platter with handles makes it great for cocktail hour hors d'oeuvres.

Orange Burst Plateau Basket paired with a zesty teal 

Olive Burst, in a chic olive drab and cream combo

CONTAIN YOURSELF!

by Marisa Marcantonio

With the arrival of spring comes cleaning, changing over to the spring wardrobe and bringing fresh colors into our homes. Here are some ways to get it together, and store your stuff in style.

Powder coated metal baskets from Lostine keep small things in order. The tri-level baskets keep things at eye level. These age great for fruit and vegetables in the kitchen.

Lostine also creates larger baskets that resemble those farmers have used for ages to collect potatoes, these in bright colors to add some zing to office or children's rooms.

With a large caning pattern,  nesting Skalny baskets have a delicate look and do their job with elegant ease.

Photo courtesy of West Elm

This dipped basket from West Elm is terrific looking. Made of rattan that is dipped and woven together, the baskets have a fresh take with an ethnic and modern sensibility.

Bamboula Ltd Turkana ethnic woven baskets are made in Kenya. These richly textured baskets come in a variety of colors and can be used as waste baskets or to store tools. They add such a great dose of pattern.

 Bamboula's red and white Sisal Cylindars in Poppy come in a set of 3 and work well for small things.

 Teal is such a popular color this version would be at home in so many interiors.

The orange is pretty great too.

Using mod geometric fun patterns to create tabletop items and cotton canvas storage bins, Pehr Designs creates square and round bins to keep it together, and even fit on Ikea shelves.