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Tour a Textile Designer's Colorful, Artsy London Flat

British textile designer Eva Sonaike brings a unique cultural and design perspective to her bold, bright digs.

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A Crossroads of Culture

Eva Sonaike exists at a fascinating crossroads of cultures. Sonaike was born and raised in Germany to Nigerian parents and lives in Finchley, a leafy suburb in North London. There, among other things, she is the founder and creative director of her own brand of textiles and products produced for the home market. Like the designer herself, the brand is a self-professed blend of African and European aesthetics. With a focus on color and pattern, Eva brought the same energetic style to designing her beautifully renovated four bedroom, Thirties-era, semi-detached house.

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An Enticing Entryway

Sonaike sees telling a story as central to the creation of her luxury home products. The same storytelling approach can be seen in the designer’s home. Starting with her entryway, Sonaike used an understated blend of white and gold to set the stage. The area rug and pendant shade are both from the designer’s own collection, and create the perfect marriage of luxury and a global perspective, two elements she sees as key to her design sensibility.

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Start With a Classic

Colorful textiles are a perfect way to liven up a classic piece, and Sonaike has done just that with a bold display of pillows on a Chesterfield sofa that define the color story of her living area.

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Speaking Through Art

Bold art is one of the biggest statements in Sonaike’s living room.

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