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Animal Kingdom

People have long been drawn to exotic safari themed accents for the home and personal accessories.  Perhaps, it is because the beauty and color found in nature is perfection.  For me, it is also the idea of bringing the outdoors into my high-rise apartment.  Plus it is also a great way add texture and some excitement.  In this post, I will show you some of my favorite Safari themed home accents and inspirations.

The gorgeous new dinnerware pattern recently launched by Hermes, Carnets d’Équateur, embodies this Safari trend.  This exquisite Hermes tableware features lush depictions of wildlife in their natural habitat.  From exotic birds to big cats to jungle scenes, all are shown on celadon or white porcelain backgrounds.  In addition to the dinnerware and tea and coffee service, there are also some home accent pieces.


Carnets d’Équateur place setting above shown with Hermes Gold Attelage Flatware and Saint-Louis Crystal glassware.

Each piece in the Carnets d’Équateur pattern has a different design based on the sketches of artist and naturalist Robert Dallet.  Dallet’s lifelong passion was to sketch animals from around the globe and depict them in their natural habitat. Dallet said “Nature is so beautiful that adding to it serves no purpose”.


The sketches from Robert Dallet which inspired the Hermes Carnets d’Équateur Pattern.  I saw these on display last January at the Maison Objet show in Paris.

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The Tea and Coffee Service from the Hermes Carnets d’Équateur Pattern.


This Hermes Carnets d’Équateur Vase depicting a Tiger just arrived at our showroom.  This unique piece is a neutral accent that would work in many interiors.

038090PThe Hermes Carnets d’Équateur Vide Poche or change tray

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Clara, the iconic Rhino from Nymphenburg Porcelain epitomizes this trend.   I gave my husband the Rhino Clara and now she graces the fireplace mantel in our apartment.

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From Alain Saint-Joanis, the Africa flatware pattern is a great addition to any table, and it is dishwasher safe!


A perfect leopard print skirt from Bottega Veneta (one of my splurge purchases this year!)

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A collection of hand painted Nymphenburg Safari porcelain animals. All of these handcrafted animals are also available in ivory glazed and white or black bisque.

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A beautiful example of incorporating the Safari look into your home by the talented interior designer Jessica LaGrange.

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A Zebra style rug from Giobagnara (printed on cowhide).


The Kilimandscharo Crystal Glassware from Theresienthal.  Each animal theme can be made in any color glass.

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This photo (taken in my den) graced the cover of the Chicago Tribune Magazine. Nate Berkus and his fabulous team designed my apartment.  From the Zebra themed rug to the Nymphenburg leopard figurines, this photo illustrates how to introduce Safari into your home!











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