Welcome back to reality, everyone! Hope you had a relaxing holiday weekend. I was in Miami (which was somehow cooler than NYC!) getting a little R & R. One of my favorite things to do in Miami is go to 125th street in North Miami; it’s a great stretch of about fifteen mid-century modern vintage furniture stores. Many of the stores buy from some of the most high-end estate sales in Palm Beach and Miami where houses are full of goodies. I’ll share some of my Miami finds later in the week, but the best piece was probably a Frances Elkins dining table covered in Capizi shells (so glam!!). One accessory I’m always on the look our for when I go antiquing is Juju hats. The Juju hat is an African headdress made from bird feathers. Found throughout Cameroon in West Africa, the feathers are sewn onto a tight raffia base and covered with wood or cloth. Each hat is painstakingly constructed by a group of up to 4 artisans for about three days. Juju hats are worn by prominent members of the Bamileke tribe as well as dignitaries and Bamileke tribe Juju dancers. Interestingly, Juju hats have become popular among interior designers who use them as wall art. Below, an orange JuJu hat above a bed in House Beautiful magazine. I found this Juju hat, below, at one of my favorite vintage furniture stores on N 125th Street this weekend. Look at how intricate the design of the feathers is: I think Juju hats look beautiful on their own above a bed or mantle or even as part of a gallery wall. I love the textured, sculptural quality they bring to a space. Below, a Juju hat in a little girl’s nursery.