If you've been a Dwell by Cheryl reader for a while, you know that I've been obsessed with African JuJu hats for some time now. I blogged about them years ago in a post called, Fiending for a JuJu. At the time, I couldn't pull the trigger on purchasing one so I resorted to painting a few for my Color Theory class project. I liked the project so much, it actually hangs in my office's gallery wall today.
I finally decided this past Christmas that I was going to finally bite the bullet and buy myself one (they aren't cheap). It would be my gift to myself culminating a year of hard work and awesome achievements. I was all prepared. The timing was even perfect considering Charlotte Home and Garden would be coming to shoot my bedroom for their winter issue. So, I rushed to Metrolina Tradeshow and Expo on the first weekend of December to seek out the African art vendor who I'd passed a dozen times before. Wouldn't you know, he was NOwhere to be found. I patiently waiting, thinking he'd return the following month, and each month he was again M.I.A. That is until this weekend.....
I can't tell you how excited I was to walk into Building C and spot those JuJu hats displayed on the back wall as they had been in so many months past. I made an immediate bee line to the vendor and decided on the perfect white one for my master bedroom.
I couldn't get home fast enough to hang it. JuJu hats are completely collapsible and you can adjust the width by pulling a string on the back side and creating a flush mounted or 3-dimensional affect.
I went with something in the middle. Can I just say that it was totally worth the wait. I absolutely love it.
As I woke up this morning, I felt like an African Princess sleeping in the palace beneath this traditional headdress. : )
It's the perfect finishing touch, and just one more reason to love my space.
Until next time...