I first discovered the artist Mickalene Thomas at the Dress Codes triennial show at the ICP in NY. The artist creates Blaxploitation-style photos and paintings of lush 70s environments augmented by badass African American women.

Photos by Mickalene Thomas


The mix of textures, vibrant colors, vintage and animal prints really works, so we put together an African Modern version of the look. If you’re feeling wild, use it as a base to add more of your faves into the mix.


The new rattan chair from Ikea has a high back, giving it a stylized update from the usual rattan stuff.

STORSELE Chair high, natural, rattan $119.00


Faux animal fur pillows come in different prints, buy as many as you need at $18.99 a pop.

Animal Fur Pillow 18 x 18, $18.99


The Khandahar Jewel loveseat is a handsome, cozy little lounger covered in the perfect print.

Skyline Furniture Armless Loveseat in Khandahar Jewel, $509

I like the Safari Rug from West Elm, the subdued zebra print ties all of the patterns together without the harsh look of the usual black and white version.

Safari Rug, $99-249


A funky tapestry like this one from Urban Outfitters could be used as a throw or wall hanging.

Scarf Medallion Tapestry $39.00


Loving this silk pillow cover in a watercolor print, on sale!

Luli Watercolor Pillow Cover, $19.99





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