A lifestyle blog with an Ethiopian spin on design, food and everything in between


Hey, thanks so much for taking the time to check out what House North of Addis is all about! My name is Astere Justine Haile and I’m a mama to four boys, as well as a crazy lady who decided to launch a lifestyle blog and a line of ethically-made homewares pillow covers out of Ethiopian textiles, all during my fourth mat leave. If you, like me, have been looking for a fresh twist on food and design, then this Ethiopian-infused lifestyle blog will keep you coming back.

Ethiopian blankets

What started it all
I grew up in Montreal to a French-Canadian mother and an Ethiopian father, and ever since I visited Ethiopia in 2012, I’ve been dreaming of showing the world the beauty of its culture, its culinary heritage and its amazing textiles. I also dreamed of enhancing the lives of the many artisans who keep ancestral weaving traditions alive. I wasn’t sure just how to do that until I started sewing pillow covers out of ‘gabis’, those traditional handmade cotton blankets used to keep us warm in high mountain altitudes. By partnering with people who care about artisans and deal with them in a fair trade and ethical fashion, I’m hoping to bring a bit of Ethiopian beauty into homes while supporting traditional weavers.

Weaver in Dorze village

A little bit about me
As for my life these days, well there is never a dull moment around here! I have a husband who grows palm trees in harsh Canadian weather and happens to be the love of my life. Together, we have four beautiful sons, two Great Danes and a home we have been renovating, for like ever. My life is always busy, sometimes crazy, and that’s the way I like it!

Lalibela trenches

I am a trained journalist, though these past years, I have been working full-time as a copywriter, while taking on occasional magazine writing assignments, as well as translation contracts. I’m also somewhat of an artist and a lover of good design. Many years spent in experimenting with various art forms, having worked six years as a fashion developer and having grown up in a multicultural family have all shaped my personal aesthetic into an eclectic sense of style. I continue to experiment and evolve with every new discovery.

And when I’m not sewing, painting, writing or spending time with my family, you can be sure to find me in the kitchen.

So, are there any lifestyle topics surrounding you’d like to read about over at House North of Addis? Whether it is fashion, food, travel or design-related, I’d love to know!