Q: I am drawn to African influences since having gone on safari, but have no desire to incorporate stuffy furnishings, taxidermy and rugs made of animal hide. How do I incorporate traditional African elements without turning my home into an outpost? A: Interesting conundrum. There are two directions you can take — traditional or contemporary. Either way, embossed leathers, faux hides and animal prints will be available. Some traditional furniture brands have created spot-on replicas. However, in avoiding the “stuffiness,” consider a more contemporary approach. African-inspired elements translate well in contemporary pieces that incorporate more color and convey a more cosmopolitan style.