New Ankara Fabric in Stock!

One of my favorite aspects of owning Reflektion Design is sourcing beautiful fabrics from around the globe and bringing them to you!  I recently snagged several yards of Ankara Fabric aka African Dutch Wax fabric very popular right now in fashion and home decor. Check out our Etsy shop and grab your fabric before it’s gone! Would love to see what you make with it post a link to your creations in the comment section below.


Lamp Revamp With African Dutch Wax Fabric

Have a boring lamp that needs a little pizzaz or saw a lamp in the store and thought, “I’d buy that lamp if the shade wasn’t so boring!”  I’ve got a fun and easy solution using my favorite fabric…Ankara aka African Dutch Wax fabric.

Tools You’ll Need:

1. Mod Podge

2. Scissors

3. Ruler or measuring tape

4. Light color pencil or tailors chalk

5. Ankara fabric

6. Lamp shade (for this project a fabric lamp shade seemed to work best)

Nowadays you can get Ankara fabric from a number of places in stores or online check out my Etsy shop for Ankara fabric by the yard. One of the things I love about Ankara fabric are the vibrant colors and styles.  When shopping select a pattern that speaks to your style and current color scheme.

I recieved the lampshade in the photo as a gift and immediately love it! The size and shape were perfect for a side table I have that desperately needed lighting. So I plugged her in then it hit me…you know what would make this lamp even more amazing fabric! So I looked through my fabric stash and found this beautiful burgundy, gold and black Ankara fabric.

Here’s the steps: (detach lamp shade before starting)

1. Measure the fabric to fit the lamp shade (use the color pencil/tailors chalk to outline where you’ll cut) allowing for an extra half inch to wrap the fabric around the edges of the shade.

2. Apply a generous amount of mod podge to the back of the fabric (not the shade) tightly and slowly wrapping it around the shade right side facing out.

3. Smooth the fabric out as you go to avoid lumps, bubbles or wrinkles. I used a wide stir stick but you can use a variety of things with flat edges/surface.

4. Once you have applied the mod podge all the way around apply a little extra at your seam.  Set the lamp shade aside to dry for about 2 hours.

5. Once dried, apply a second (or third coat depending on the color of the fabric and how well it stuck) of mod podge to the outside of the fabric to seal it in. Give it another 3 hours or more to dry.

6. Re-attach to lamp shade and plug in

There you have it an easy, fun way to take a lamp shade from blah to bam!

If you try this project share photos, links in the comments would love to see what you create!


How to Incorporate Global Chic Home Accessories Into Your Space

Designing a space with a Global Chic design aesthetic can feel overwhelming . Ikat or Mud Cloth, furniture from Africa or Indonesia the patterns, textures and styles are so distinctive and beautiful it can be tough to figure out what will work in your space.

First take a deep breath and know that as long as the pieces you choose resonate with you you’ll be happy. Second, if you are not ready for a full blown design overhaul select one or two pieces, introduce them to your space and see how well they play with the other items in your home. Great items to get you started include throw pillows, drapery, coffee table, rugs, or an ottoman.  Don’t be afraid to mix and match – an indonesian rug with an African bench or Ankara pillows.

Other tips:

1. Select decor from a place you’ve traveled to or aspire to go to someday. Nothing better than coming home and being reminded of a great trip you took or a place you can’t wait to visit.

2. Refer to country specific design books, blogs or magazines for inspiration. Some of my favs are Sprit of African DesignIndian Style and Design Loves Blog.

3. Pinterest is a also a great place to find beautiful ethnic design ideas. I could spend hours browsing the boards!

If you have a favorite book, blog, or store to find ethnic design inspiration leave in the comments section below. Have fun and remember your home should be a reflektion of you.

A Quick Guide to Ethnic Textiles

Dwell On Design Hits LA!

The way children wait up all night on Christmas Eve in anticipation of the toys they’ll receive I get equally excited each year when Dwell Magazine  hosts its annual Dwell On Design conference in Los Angeles.  This year was no exception!  Dwell On Design (DOD) is the largest design event in the country and features everything from furniture, appliances, paint and landscape design to a wide array of jewelry designers and more.

One of my favorite elements of the three day event (which took place from Friday, June 20th- Sunday June 22nd at the Los Angeles Convention Center)  is the array of pre fab model homes on display.  Several were on hand fully outfitted with furniture, lighting, appliances and textiles.  I loved being able to explore them and get a tiny glimpse into what it would be like to live in one.

Equally exciting are the variety of workshops offered with topics that would appeal to the new and seasoned designer. I was fortunate enough to check out a workshop featuring everyones favorite TV host/carpenter: Ty Pennington.

DOD is my go to place for design inspiration and a look at what trends are on the horizon.  I volunteer every year it’s a great way to get an up close and personal look at the event while contributing to its success.   What design events or publications do you look forward to attending or seeing? Share in the comments below.  Here’s a few photos I took at the show.