Home Décor

In researching Black-owned home-décor businesses, we consulted existing lists on websites and publications including Shoppe Black, Essence, the Maria Antoinette, and Byrdie (whose list was written by Strategist contributor Sydney Gore) and also talked to our writers, editors, and friends about the places they patronize when outfitting their homes. —Lauren Ro

228 Grant Street Candle Co. These candles, made with all-natural soy wax, braided cotton wicks, and scented oils, are hand-poured and packaged in Baltimore. Alexandra Winbush In 2018, Alexandra Winbush founded an eponymous tea and candle company dedicated to wellness and self-care. Their soy-based candles and seasonal loose-leaf teas can be purchased individually or as a bundle package, which includes a candle, 25 tea bags, and a curated playlist to match the mood. —Leah Muncy AphroChic Interior designers and husband-and-wife team Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason began AphroChic as a blog and have since launched AphroChic Magazine, “a curated lifestyle publication of the African Diaspora showcasing creatives of color across a range of industries and fields.” In addition to their publication, the couple also design a collection of pillows and rugs and have collaborated with companies including Moroccan lighting brand Dounia Home and removable-wallpaper company Chasing Paper to create special collections that are available on their website. The Black Home Neffi Walker, interior designer to celebrities like Yvonne Orji and Porsha Williams, not only offers design services but sells her own line of hand-poured candles and flatware. —Jenna Milliner-Waddell Black Pepper Paperie Co. Washington, D.C.–based mixed-media art and design studio and lifestyle brand Black Pepper Paperie Co. was started by Hadiya Williams. It offers handcrafted wearable ceramic art, home décor, paper goods, and apparel “rooted in memory and cultural influences from across the African diaspora.” Bolé Road Textiles Bolé Road Textiles, started by Brooklyn-based interior designer Hana Getachew, offers handwoven goods, including pillows, rugs, and other linens, made by artisans in Ethiopia. Clare Clare is a home-paint company founded by Nicole Gibbons, an interior designer and television personality who has appeared on HGTV and OWN. Clare was started to make shopping for paint as straightforward as possible and offers designer-curated colors, mess-free paint swatches, and premium quality paint that’s free of VOC (volatile organic compounds), shipped right to your door. Claude Home Claude Home, started by 23-year-old Maggie Foster, sells a particularly well-curated mix of vintage furniture. —Casey Lewis Effortless Composition The L.A.-based home-décor store, founded by Brittiny Terry, offers a curated selection of artisan-made products and in-house designed goods for the eclectic home. Goodee Goodee, a curated marketplace showcasing minority artisans from around the world, was founded in 2017 by designers, creative directors, and twin brothers Byron and Dexter Peart, after they left WANT les Essentiels, which they co-founded. Everything on offer at Goodee, from furniture to throws to accessories, is ethically made and transparently sourced. Ilé Ilà Ilé Ilà, a Nigerian lifestyle and furniture design company, was founded by architect Tosin Oshinowo in 2017 to celebrate her native Yoruba culture. Every piece, which features gorgeous, vibrant upholstery, is handmade in Lagos, Nigeria. Johanna Howard Home Johanna Howard, who has Swedish roots, pulls inspiration from Scandinavian design and combines it with the creativity she’s discovered during her travels around the globe. Her alpaca dip-dyed throw is particularly striking — it’s hand-dyed in pots over an open fire, giving each throw its own character. Jungalow Interior designer Justina Blakeney’s home-décor line Jungalow started as a blog back in 2009 and has since grown into one of the best-known places to shop for bohemian décor. Her designs are colorful and global-inspired, and with each purchase, two trees are planted. —J.M.W. The Lam Label Lam’s love for vintage and treasure hunting started when she was a child and has since evolved into a full-grown business: The Lam Label. The Louisiana-based (online) shop sells a curated collection of vintage ceramics, with one-of-a-kind finds from Art Deco vases to novelty salt-and-pepper shakers. —Leah Muncy Lichen Part home store and — during normal times — part coffee shop, Lichen sells artful home goods and furniture. Until you can visit the Williamsburg boutique, you can buy its stuff on Instagram (though be warned: Most of it sells out immediately). —C.L. Linoto Linoto, which makes luxurious-feeling linen bedding right in New York State, was started when founder Jason Evege couldn’t find nice linen sheets that cost less than a grand. (In our deep dive on linen sheets, one Strategist editor said they have “the right ratio of soothing to crisp qualities.”) —C.L. Lit Bklyn Lit is a luxury soy-candle company started by Denequa Williams in 2015, and everything is hand-poured in Brooklyn. Love Notes Nya Kam founded Brooklyn-based aromatherapy company Love Notes, which makes “custom blended” all-natural soy wax candles. Their curated fragrance collections contain notes from jasmine and cocoa to black amber and gardenia. —Aisha Rickford Malene B Multidisciplinary artist, designer, and activist Malene Barnett creates ceramic tiles and sculptural vessels, mixed-media paintings, and handwoven rugs, combining her modern Black experience with the heritage of art in the African diaspora. She also founded Black Artists + Designers Guild, a collective of independent Black artists, makers, and designers. Marie Burgos Collection In addition to her interior-design work, Marie Burgos designs and curates a collection of modern lighting, furniture, and mirrors that are rich in texture and color. Natty Garden We’ve written about Natty Garden, a Brooklyn-based nursery owned by Joel Mahfood, a Jamaican native, which is operating throughout the pandemic. It also has an online shop that sells a selection of plants, pots and planters, soil, fertilizer, gardening tools, and more. Peace & Riot The Bed-Stuy boutique was founded by interior designer Achuziam Maha-Sanchez and her husband, Lionel Sanchez, combining their global sensibilities and style to their shop, which offers gifts, home décor, and design consultation. Pottery by Osa Osa Atoe started Pottery by Osa with a pottery wheel in her New Orleans kitchen after taking community pottery classes in 2013. Her one-woman operation is now based in a Baton Rouge studio, and she sells her earth-tone bowls, mugs, pitchers, and vases (which are beautifully and painstakingly detailed) via Etsy. Ten percent of her sales are donated to the Baton Rouge Food Bank and the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, and she takes custom orders too. Her work goes fast, but she restocks her Etsy shop regularly and posts pre-drop sneak peeks on her Instagram. —Leah Muncy PUR Home Clean Angela Richardson founded PUR Home, a company devoted to laundry detergents and household cleaning products, after becoming passionate about eco-friendly living and soapmaking. The ingredients are plant-based and nontoxic, and the products come in fun, biodegradable containers.A.R. Robin Wilson Home As an experienced project manager, real-estate developer, and business owner, Robin Wilson started her own brand of textiles — which includes sheets, comforters, and towels — in 2009, and it is now stocked nationwide in Bed Bath & Beyond. Rochelle Porter Atlanta-based Rochelle Porter designs vibrant décor and fashion textiles based on her own artwork, like this pillow cover that’s printed with a watercolor design, or this bright-pink face mask featuring a limited-edition, hand-designed textile. See Line Ceramics Strategist writer Nikita Richardson moonlights as a ceramicist — and the founder of See Line Ceramics — making beautiful planters, vases, and marbled tumblers. Sheila Bridges Veteran interior designer Sheila Bridges created her own riff on traditional French toile first as a wall covering and has since expanded the collection to include fabrics, glassware, and more. You can purchase the Harlem Toile de Jouy wallpaper (which is in the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s permanent wallpaper collection) and the rest of the line on her website. Silked Another favorite of Elisa Johnson, Silked was founded in Los Angeles by Phoenix Gonzalez and Sandra McCurdy and offers locally sourced, environmentally responsible cotton, satin, and silk eye masks and pillowcases (and now face masks) that reduce frizz and calm skin. —L.M. SustainAble Home Goods Inspired by a childhood surrounded by African art and music, LaToya Tucciarone founded SustainAble Home Goods with the intention of stocking handcrafted pieces from around the world as a way to promote financial stability to the artisans. That includes Oaxacan pottery crafted by some of the best potters in the region, hand-dyed baskets by Rwandan basket weavers, and bronze sculptures molded by a lost wax-casting method in Burkina Faso. Tackussanu Senegal Harlem-based shop Tackussanu Senegal specializes in handmade baskets and other home décor made by artisan women of Senegal. Tactile Matter Los Angeles native and multidisciplinary artist, designer, and creative director Kenesha Sneed makes art, ceramics, and textiles under the name Tactile Matter. xN Studio D.C.-area native Nasozi Kakembo founded xN Studio in Brooklyn in 2011 and carries furniture, mudcloth and indigo pillow covers, and other homewares as well as fair-trade goods from Uganda. Yowie Founder Shannon Maldonado stocks Philadelphia shop Yowie (which has been featured everywhere from Bon Appétit to Architectural Digest to Domino magazine) with bright home goods (zebra-print towels, colorful glassware), banana jam, camo-print totes, and bread-based zines. —Hilary Reid

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