21 of the best Black-owned home design brands and boutiques

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Aphrochic started as a blog, founded by the husband and wife design team of Byran Mason and Jeanine Hayes. Now they produce a magazine, a podcast, and a slew of home design products, like this excellently graphic pouf.

Linoto was founded by Jason Evege, and the brand produces linen bedding, like this gorgeous duvet cover, in a multitude of glorious colors. You can also look to them for cool linen towels, curtains, and even boxer shorts.

I am so in love with the goods from Estelle Colored Glass, which was founded by former attorney Stephanie Summerson Hall— these hand-blown wine glasses are just divine.

XN Studio was founded in Brooklyn by Nasozi Kakembo, and I really dig their ecelectic collection of goods, like this brilliant Obama pillow.

Goodee supports sustainable black-owned brands. They carry stylish goods for every room in the house and beyond—like this spiff bicycle basket.

Some of the best prints I’ve seen lately are on the Eva Sonaike site—everything from pillows to poufs to cosmetic bags to this gorgeous lampshade are emblazoned with colorful, happy patterns designed by Sonaike, who is a graduate of  the London College of Fashion.

Global Attic, founded by Kabria Cummings, stocks masks, paintings, sculpture furniture and home goods—like this beautiful bowl—from Africa and points beryond.

K-Apostrophe was founded by L.A.-based mixed media artist K’era, you can find pillows, throws, notebooks, tapestries, and prints like this one, all based on K’era’s designs here.

Johanna Howard Home was founded by a Swedish native of the same name, and I really dig their selection of  throws, candles, scarves, and really attractive pillows, like this one.

Dressing Rooms Interior Studios is a design boutique in Charlotte, North Carolina founded by Ariene Bethea. Their vintage finds, like this waterfall coffee table, are truly inspired.

I could decorate my home with only items from Jungalow, by Justina Blakeney, and be perfectly happy. The designs are stylish and well-priced, and there is much to want on their site, starting with this cool quilt set.

Livvy & Neva traffic in bright, color-saturated pillows, like this excellent specimen.

Marie Burgos is an ultra-stylish interior design company and commerce site that offers chic lighting, wall decor, textiles and more, like this nifty bowl.

Bolé Road textiles was founded by Brooklyn-based designer Hana Getachew, who works with mainly Ethiopian fabrics to create stunning items like this bath mat.

Malene Barnett is founder of the Black Artists + Designer’s Guild and a talented artist in her own right. I think this portrait is just stunning.

Harlem Candle Co was founded in 2014 by  Teri Johnson, a travel and lifestyle expert who was inspired by jazz, Harlem, and fragrance. I think this citrus candle would be a perfect summer scent.

Peace & Riot is a boutique in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn owned by Achuziam Maha-Sanchez and her husband Lionel Sanchez. The selection is the best kind of eclectic, with everything on offer from $1000 leather chairs to $50 salt and pepper mills. I’m particularly partial to this spiff laundry bag.

Sheila Bridges Design is run by, surprise, Sheila Bridges, who was named America’s best interior designer by CNN and Time magazine. Bridges has designed homes and workspaces for many prominent names, including Bill Clinton, whose Harlem offices she oversaw. I’m a huge fan of her Harlem Toile wallpaper.

Tackussanu Senegal specializes in Senegalese baskets, like this gorgeous one.

Eclectic Home is a New Orleans boutique where you can find elegant furniture, lighting, accessories, textiles, and artwork, like this black and red print.

Rochelle Porter is an Atlanta-based brand specializing in some seriously funky activewear, and bold, statement-y pillows like  this one.

 

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17 Thoughts on 21 of the best Black-owned home design brands and boutiques
    Suju
    22 Jun 2020
    10:28am

    Gorgeous choices!

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    c.w.
    22 Jun 2020
    8:37am

    What a well thought out curated list! Most excellent rabbit hole! I found something on every site that I want. Linen sheets and towels will probably take priority.

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      Boerumama
      22 Jun 2020
      9:11am

      totally a rabbit hole! saving to delve into after work.
      also there’s a typo in Senegalese.

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        Kim France
        22 Jun 2020
        9:33am

        Ugh thanks. Fixed.

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    susanm
    22 Jun 2020
    2:33pm

    Love these recommendations, thank you. Please also look at owlnwood in Oakland–https://owlnwood.com/–a fav spot of mine. I just ordered a top and leggings from Rochelle Porter, they are great.

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    Tanya Hahni
    22 Jun 2020
    2:39pm

    A beautiful collection of items! If I my livelihood was tied into shopping I would redecorate every 3 months. As it is, I think I may be ready to splurge on a grown-up candle.

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    Sala P.
    22 Jun 2020
    2:58pm

    Such a winning roundup. Thanks, Kim!

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    Dana D
    22 Jun 2020
    12:41pm

    I love this list…

    I’ve fairly successfully de-colonized my bookshelf. Now I would love to focus on the walls. The Malene Barnett work is beautiful and that Obama pillow is everything…

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    Nicky
    22 Jun 2020
    10:32am

    I can personally vouch for Harlem Candles. Every scent is sophisticated and delicious. The candles are really long lasting.

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    Mimi A.
    22 Jun 2020
    10:53am

    Thanks for the fabulous resources, Kim. In case anyone missed them, there are a few stunning Liberty print pillows among the selection at Livvy & Neva.

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    Kathy O
    22 Jun 2020
    12:48pm

    Hi, I have a comment, but I’d like to make it privately. Is there a way to do that? Kathy

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    Samantha Zutler
    23 Jun 2020
    9:53pm

    So gorgeous! That painting is fantastic.

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    skb
    22 Jun 2020
    9:07pm

    Kim, I love how you have been showing up on your blog these past weeks in support of Black lives. I am new to following you, and very glad to be here.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    23 Jun 2020
    12:26am

    I feel like a kid in a candy store – a really cool,artistic, luxe candy store! I’ll take one of each, please.

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    Teresa
    22 Jun 2020
    4:22pm

    Nice job! Thanks for doing the legwork on this. All of these products look amazing. Can’t wait to dive in for a closer look.

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    Stephanie
    22 Jun 2020
    4:47pm

    That toile wallpaper is excellent. Doesn’t it appear behind some famous person we sometimes see on tv? Anyway, I highly recommend going to the website and clicking on the whole Harlem Toile section — many cool cool products there!

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