Sometimes in life, a sharp right-hand turn is necessary. That was certainly the case for London-based Eva Sonaike, a former fashion journalist who saw a gap in the market for high-end African interiors brands. And what began as a side-hustle cushion collection for friends while she was on maternity leave, very quickly became a going concern.
What are your favourite pieces in the collection?
I absolutely love our pouffes. They are so versatile, and clients (and me) use them as seating options, footstools, side tables or even bedside tables. They are handmade in Britain and are an easy way to add a touch of colour to any home.
Are there any Instagram interiors accounts that you love?
I am obsessed with Kit Kemp’s design thread (@kitkempdesignthread) as I love her use of colour and pattern. Another Instagram account that inspires me is AAKS (@a.a.k.s), a Ghana-based company that specialises in handwoven bags and baskets. Not solely interiors, but I love the colours and the ethos and am a big fan of the brand.
Where do you find the inspiration for your prints?
I usually travel a lot and find inspiration for my prints and colours when I am abroad, especially on the African continent. When I am out there, I’m like a sponge, picking up any form of visual information, be it fashion, art, architecture or everyday life. There is beauty in everything. When I am back in London, I translate all this into my prints.
What is the key to combining printed fabrics in your home?
One of the key elements is to develop a colour scheme that complements your style and personality. If you are unsure of how to start, use one feature colour and add printed fabrics in this hue into your scheme. If you are more confident, try mixing different colours and patterns, but make sure you always have one focal point or statement piece that integrates with the overall scheme.
Where is your ultimate staycation?
I have friends in the Chew Valley, just outside of Bristol, and love the area. It is perfect for long country walks, and the villages out there are very picturesque – great pubs and restaurants, too. A perfect change of scenery from busy London.
Shipping costs are based on the Item and Region:
Please note: Pouffes and Lampshades are made to order within 15 days. Shipping time is not included in the 15 day production period.
United Kingdom (2-3 working days)
Please note international orders may be subject to the relevant import taxes and customs duties and fees of the destination country.
Europe (2-3 working days)
Rest Of The World (7-10 working days)
Bank Holidays + Weekends are not included as delivery days.
Eva Sonaike Ltd will accept the return of any items ordered through our website so long you contact us within 7 days of receipt of your item to inform us that you wish to return the item. Then ensure that the item is received by us no later than 14 days from the date on which you received the item and returned in an unused and re-saleable condition with the original packaging.
Goods are returned to Eva Sonaike Ltd at your own expense. We will also offer you the option of exchanging the item for something else in stock. If you receive a faulty or damaged item, then you must notify us within 7 days of receipt and we will offer you the choice of an exchange or full refund (including of your delivery charges). The item must then be returned by you to us, the reasonable costs of which we will also refund.
Refunds will be made by the original payment method within 28 days of the receipt by us of the item. We recommend using recorded post and retaining proof of Postage as we do not accept responsibility for items lost, delayed or stolen in transit.
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