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Showcase: Handmade Gifts and Homewares with Heart from Zambella

Zambella - Handmade Monkeybiz dolls

For Ria Ford of local business Zambella, living in South Africa for 10 years exposed her to the beaded arts movement. Using recycled items to create handmade gifts, it supports a community of more than 450 artists. The best part? The products are now selling on the Down That Little Lane website and I’m showcasing them (and other wares) today on the blog.

Creating a new artwork - Zambella Beaded Homewares

“It is such an amazing project and the artists make the most amazing creations,” Ria tells me of the Monkeybiz beaded arts project. “It should come with a warning – you will fall in love and want to start your own collection”.

Not only does Zambella sell the gorgeous handmade creations of South African artists, but it also boasts a range of paper art and linen from local Creatives.

“Simple Intrigue is all about giving new life to things that would otherwise become trash,” Ria explains. “The golden origami earrings must be my most current favourite from this range”.

I’m also particularly gaga over the linen from Yum Yum, with the Love Bug tea towel below a clear standout (isn’t it the cutest thing in existence?).

Golden cranes from Zambella on Down That Little Lane Love Bug Tea Towel from Zambella on Down That Little Lane

“All the gifts and homewares I stock are from friends or projects that I am involved in,” Ria tells me. “Part of my creative outlet is helping artists to get their products our there and get recognition for their work”.

Jump onto the Down that Little Lane website and check out the full collection from Zambella. 

And drop me a comment below if you’d like to share your thoughts!

I love Books  - Keri Muller - Available Through Love Bug Tea Towel Zambella on Down That Little Lane

Outside of writing the TLC Interiors blog, Chris is an interior stylist and author. You can also catch him on your TV screens as a designer on Channel 10's Changing Rooms. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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