As a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist based in London, Natalie Manima has recognised the importance of one’s home environment, in coping with issues such as anxiety and low mood levels for many years. Being of Ghanaian descent, the african inspired homeware designer Natalie grew up being surrounded by vibrant colours and prints, which she found to be uplifting, as a child. This was part of the inspiration behind launching Bespoke Binny, an eclectic home decor brand rooted in African expression. Bespoke Binny is a British based business offering a range of handmade homeware and gifts items made from West African fabric. The product range includes pillows, lampshades, aprons, oven gloves, table runners and card holders.
Home is where the heart is’ and having a home that is a reflection of you is essential to your well-being.
When the african inspired homeware designer Natalie Manima initially started Bespoke Binny it was not supposed to be a business. Sewing was therapeutic for her whilst she juggled the intensity of managing a busy job in the NHS and caring for her ill mother who she is very close to. From her background as a CBT therapist Natalie knew the importance of self-care and using the craft of sewing to make cushions, lamp shades and more using wax print, African material gave Natalie a new lease on life. After receiving compliments about the things she was making for her home she decided to try a few craft markets in 2013 and the business grew from there.
Today, I’m delighted to introduce you to Natalie Manima, a talented homeware designer who has taken some time to talk with Frolicious about her business, inspirations and challenges.