Black History Month Is Here
There’s a lot to consider when it’s time to upgrade your home decor. Quality, affordability, and sustainability are some of the heavy hitters. But it’s also important to think about whom you’re supporting. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and many of these businesses are owned by underrepresented groups. When you support them, you help close the racial wealth gap, strengthen local economies, and foster job creation. The arrival of Black History Month offers a great opportunity to do some shopping with a few creative Black-owned businesses while freshening up your home at the same time.
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Harlem Candle Co.
One of the quickest ways to add a touch of elegance to the home is to light a gorgeous candle. Harlem Candle Co. is a luxury home fragrance brand inspired by travel and lifestyle expert Teri Johnson’s “love affair with fragrance, jazz, and Harlem.” There’s even a limited-edition candle featuring the iconic 1933 "A Night-Club Map of Harlem," rendered in 22-karat gold. After the candle finishes, you’re left with a classy cocktail glass!
Bolé Road Textiles
Interior designer Hana Getachew created Bolé Road Textiles to highlight her love of Ethiopian handwoven fabrics. The brand’s online shop is filled with a dazzling array of vibrant colors and graphic patterns that adorn rugs, pillows, coasters, blankets, towels, wall hangings, and more.
Based in Takoma Park, Maryland, Niftee Nest sells handmade African-print home decor and gifts. The firm’s dramatically geometric lampshades are especially popular. One Etsy shopper turned an old tripod into a base for her Niftee Nest lampshade, while another took an old swag light apart and added one of the gorgeous shades.
54kibo Home Decor
Realizing the influence African designers have on global design but witnessing how hard it is to access their creations, Nana Quagraine founded 54kibo Home Decor. Born in Ghana, raised in South Africa, and now living in New York, Quagraine, together with her team, sells an eclectic range of home goods, including woven necklace pendant lights, hand-crocheted stuffed toys, accent chairs, rugs, and more.
Inspired by her love affair with Ghana, Anitra Terrell founded Reflektion Design to showcase the vibrancy, history, and cultural significance of African textiles. Her product line now includes decor, tableware, handwoven baskets, and travel accessories. The Black-owned home decor brand ensures fabrics are ethically sourced from around the world, with products handmade in Los Angeles, California, and Atlanta, Georgia.
This distinctive dinnerware brand is a family-owned business conceived with the desire to highlight memorable moments around the dinner table. Every item is a stunner, featuring patterns that reference the power and sacred energy of Bògòlanfini (mud cloth), a time-honored source of beauty and form of communication.
Estelle Colored Glass
Take a break from staid, traditional stemware with the colorful creations of this Black-owned home decor brand. The Estelle Colored Glass collection consists of handblown glass cake stands and stemware in a mix of jewel tones and soft pastels that will make a stylish splash on the table, in your hand, or displayed proudly on a shelf.
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The Coy Collection
Offering uncommon items for the home, D&S Craftworks is the brainchild of DIYers, woodworkers, and scrap metal artists Don and Shanay. The couple turned their love of art and home decor into a business that caters to customers who value handcrafted items made with precision, detail, and a fair amount of humor. The brand makes everything from tables to cutting boards to wineglasses and accessories.
Diana Adams recycles interior design waste and discontinued market samples to make a range of home decor items, including planters and wall art. Her small-batch pottery incorporates motifs inspired by African Zulu wooden shields, which were used in battle by warriors as well as by dancers during ceremonies.
While paint isn’t a tangible home decor item, sometimes a fresh, simple accent wall is all the updating a home needs. Clare paint is a Black-owned brand founded by interior designer Nicole Gibbons with the goal of taking the guesswork and hassle out of paint shopping. All Clare paints are free of toxic, carbon-based solvents and are Greenguard Gold certified.
If you have the money to hire a handyman for every household woe, go ahead. But if you want to hang on to your cash and exercise some self-sufficiency, check out these clever products that solve a million and one little problems around the house. Go now!