Originally Appeared on MYMOVE.COM
There’s a lot going on in the world today and it can be difficult to show your support for the causes that matter most to you, especially when confined to the walls of your home.
Whether you’re looking to show support for the Black Lives Matter and anti-racism movements with some IG-worthy statement pieces, or you’re just looking to uplift the community, check out some new and established Black-owned home decor brands that you’ll want to shop sooner rather than later.
AphroChicIf the name AphroChic sounds familiar, that’s because husband-and-wife duo Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason have been around since 2007. They’ve also been featured in major publications like The New York Times, Elle Decor, and Architectural Digest as one of the top interior design firms in New York City. Check out custom fabrics, pillows, rugs, wallpaper, lighting equipment creations with a focus on the “intersection of modern design and global culture across diverse populations.”
Don’t Sleep InteriorsLooking for a stylish conversation piece? Don’t Sleep Interiors combines interior decor, African diaspora culture, and political consciousness to make designs that are as thought-provoking as they are visually impactful. As seen in Essence, Oprah Magazine, and Apartment Therapy, shop pillows, framed wall art, and mugs you’ll want to gift to your entire family.
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Expedition SubsaharaWith a mission to radically respect traditional African goods through thoughtful storytelling and eye-catching design, Expedition Subsahara’s home decor feels like a modern ode to our ancestors. Colors and craftsmanship bring a fresh take to all things woven — from decorative lidded baskets to placemats, platters, and vases.
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JungalowBrace your bank account for the discovery of Justina Blakeney’s Jungalow. The Los Angeles-based lifestyle and home decor brand is an entire vibe and will inspire you to redecorate your home. Blakeney’s products are all about sustainability, upcycling, and international sourcing. Fill your cart with an assortment of planters, vases, wallpapers, rugs, and more guilt-free. For every Jungalow product you purchase, they’ll plant two trees.
Candice Luter | Art + InteriorsAs a featured designer on Etsy’s Black-owned brands to watch, Candice Luter’s brand is a bit smaller but her fan base is quickly expanding as she debuts new styles and color combinations of her macrame wall art. When it comes to Luter’s designs, think “clean, texture and flow.”
In five years, Luter says she sees herself expanding into more areas of interior design including lighting and furniture.
“ I like to think of interiors as a whole when I design a wall hanging and how they fit together,” Luter says. “Since woodworking was where I first began, I would love to take things back to those roots! I may have a few pieces in the works ready to launch for Spring.”
Items are handmade and inspired by Luter’s grandmother and her love of fiber art. We recommend the “Vibrato,” a striking fringed accent wall piece and a personal favorite of Luter.
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SustainAble Home GoodsFounder, LaToya Tucciarone, grew up with African artifacts around her parent’s home, and it’s evident in the unique pieces featured in her home goods and accessories shop. Tucciarone partners with artisan entrepreneurs around the world to showcase one-of-a-kind home decor, sustain jobs and provide dignified jobs to creators in every community. Choose an interior design category or one of your favorite artists to get started.
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The Black Home If you’re a fan of black, pops of color, and the opulence of a good gold accent (guilty as charged), Neffi Walker’s Black Home is for you. From candles to wallpaper, Walker’s unique take on minimalism celebrates the Black community as well as the timeless color in more ways than one.
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LinotoWhen it comes to the comforts of home, sometimes the things you can’t immediately see are what really make the experience. That’s where Jason Evege’s Linoto comes in. High-quality linen napkins, tablecloths, sheets, and towels in bold color offerings make Linoto a staple you’ll be returning back to for all your basics for the bed, bath, and beyond.
GOODEE WorldThink of GOODEE World as the virtual home decor marketplace you never knew you needed. Co-founders Byron and Dexter Peart feature work from designers that have earned the official GOODEE stamp of approval. That means you can guarantee every product is transparently sourced, ethically made, and designed to last. A portion of proceeds also goes towards aiding disenfranchised groups central to the brand’s mission.
Jeanetta Gonzales Art & DesignIf you’re looking for a paint-free option to spice up your white walls, check out Jeanetta Gonzales Art & Design for prints with big impact and big things to say about the culture.
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Peace + RiotAchuziam Maha-Sanchez and husband Lionel have combined interior tastes to offer an eclectic selection of global home decor picks. Maha-Sanchez’s African and Caribbean heritage is apparent in the styles included in the Brooklyn boutique, from art and decor to bar and tableware.
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ClareNothing says “home refresh” like a fresh coat of paint on the walls in an eye-catching color. Shopping for the right hue is a complex process made easy with designer-curated options from Clare. Once you’re ready to start, Clare’s interactive Color Genius will point you towards the right pick with a few questions. Try on your picks at home with Clare’s Perfect Color Swatch peel and stick swatches to eliminate the guesswork of online shopping.
Sheila BridgesSheila Bridges is a titan in the interior design industry and has been recognized by just about every big name just in case you’re looking for the receipts (Architectural Digest, The New York Times, Domino, and Traditional Home, just to name a few). Since we can’t exactly bring the expert to our homes for a personal consultation, we’re shopping the gorgeous wall decals, wallpapers, and fabrics from the legend herself instead.
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Dressing Rooms Interior StudioYou’ll be hard-pressed to find the exclusive home decor selections featured in Dressing Room Interiors Studio anywhere else, so keep a close eye on the shop for weekly inventory changes and new arrivals if you’re unable to make an in-store visit.
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K-apostropheK-apostrophe is another amazing spot for ethically-sourced, high-quality originals. Textile items are handmade to order, and artwork comes signed, dated and framed, or unframed based on your preference.
The Crafty SwirlThe Crafty Swirl was also named a Black-owned brand to watch by Etsy, and it’s not hard to see why once you get a look at their array of stylish and creative shelving solutions. If you’re looking to remove some clutter from your tabletops, think about going high with one or an assortment of hanging shelves from the growing Los Angeles-based brand.
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Eco VibesIf you’re looking for great, Black-owned furniture stores, this one’s for you. The appropriately-named Eco Vibes is focused on sustainable, ethical practices while pushing local, women, minority, and family-owned creators to the spotlight. One percent of online sales go to the nonprofit, 1% for the Planet, and offerings include everything from furniture and lighting to gardening supplies, planters, and stands.
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KaribeGood cooking is all about using quality ingredients and tools. New Jersey-based brand, Karibe, is a must-stop for cast iron sets, utensils, and skillets that will pass the test of time. Select your favorite kitchen staples, and then check out the Karibe The Culture cooking blog for some recipes to break in your new purchases.
Posh Candle Co.Every candle lover knows there’s no such thing as having too many. Add a few of these soy wax creations to your collections from a Black-owned candle company. With iconic names like “Rose Made Me Do It” and “When in Doubt, Relax,” these scents will make a statement at first sight and first smell.
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Rayo and HoneyCrafted in Brooklyn, NY, Rayo and Honey creates “goods with positive intent” that’ll keep you coming back for additions to your gallery wall and fun pieces you can hang, carry, wear, hold and reflect on.
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125 CollectionThe 125 Collection is perfect for candle fanatics looking to “add a little spice” to their light. This extensive collection features a mix of floral, clean, and cozy scents with fun quotes and designs to add to the vibe. The 125 Collection is based in Harlem, NY, and boasts products that are vegan as well as paraben and phthalate-free. You’ll get 80 hours of burn time from each lead-free cotton wick.
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Tackussanu SenegalTackussanu Senegal aims to put female Sengalese artisans in the spotlight and give them access to the global market. Add texture, color, and unparalleled detail to interior design with custom designs from the creators featured.
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BLK MKT VintageThere’s an authentic love for Black people, culture, and experiences evident in the home decor selection at BLK MKT Vintage. Shop the carefully curated selection at least once a week for new finds and one-of-a-kind pieces.
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Reflektion Design After multiple layoffs, founder Anitra turned her love for African design and artistry into a booming textile brand. Once you’ve found your favorite print, you can find just about any home decor item in the textile of your choice. There’s also wall decor, tableware, and African art if you’re looking for a mix of items.
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xN StudioPinterest-worthy homes aren’t simply purchased. They’re curated. D.C. native Nasozi Kakembo’s xN Studio is just the place to add to your home decor collection or to dive into this design approach for the first time. All the pieces you’ll shop are made on the East coast of the United States or in Uganda by local artisans.
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Why shop Black-owned home decor brandsBesides the obvious aesthetic lift to your home, supporting Black-owned businesses and creators, in general, goes towards a much bigger cause that goes back generations. Here’s why you should shop Black-owned before you head to IKEA for a decor quick fix.
Job creation:Many of the brands on our list showcase artists and designers on a larger platform than may typically be available. By supporting these businesses, you’re not only keeping them in business, but you’re also helping to create jobs for local creators in disenfranchised communities.
Celebrate Black culture:Most Black-owned home decor brands are inspired by African American culture as well as traditional African culture and design. Purchasing pieces that celebrate the Black community are a unique way to bring your personality and values to an otherwise empty wall or space.
Promote representation:You may not often think of it as such, but every dollar you spend is a vote towards the products and services you value compared to others. When you purchase your home decor, think of it as a signal to designers and companies that these are the types of products that you want to see going forward. More Black-owned buys mean more Black-owned goods.
Eliminate the racial wealth gap:The roots of the racial wealth gap go all the way back to the Jim Crow era; however, the outlawed, harmful practices like redlining and job discrimination are still affecting Black families in the U.S. Supporting small Black-owned businesses and Black entrepreneurs, we’re investing in our community’s wealth-builders and promoting others to do the same.
Ready to start shopping? Follow your favorite brands from the list above, and then make your way to the official site to get the items you love before they’re gone.
Hannah Testa, Eco-Warrior, and Environmental/ Animal Activist