8 Spring Black-Owned Decor Must-Haves To Bring Color And Character To Your SpaceApr 27, 2022 04:00PM ● By Boitumelo Masihleho
You made it to spring! Sometimes that means a complete overhaul of your decor, and other times that just means getting a few new statement pieces that bring some extra personality to your home. The home decor industry is predominately white-owned, but several Black-owned brands are bringing a fresh take to home decor with quality textiles and materials. From brightly colored coasters, pillow covers, and beaded lighting, you’ll find something special to add to your home as you usher in warmer weather. Here are eight spring Black-owned decor must-haves to bring color to your space.
Inspired by the poppin’ painted houses of South Africa’s coastal Bo-Kaap neighborhood, this dazzling pillow cover brings beach vibes all year round from a Black-woman-owned brand Rochelle Porter Design. Rochelle Porter Design is a lifestyle brand and design house that brings bursts of joy to the everyday. Rochelle Porter is a lifelong lover of global design traditions. The Atlanta-based artist takes cues from the breezy hues of her Caribbean roots, the stark simplicity of Scandinavian design, and the boldness of West African weaves to create vibrant, eye-catching textiles for athleisure, accessories, and home decor. Her travel-inspired patterns feature joyful, unexpected bursts of color, and classic motifs with a fresh, modern twist.
Whether you’re choosing a carafe for your registry or gifting it to someone else, this stunning Beaded Water Carafe by Siafu Home is sure to bring magic to the table, with sustainable credentials to boot. Made in Kenya from recycled glass and meticulously hand-beaded with glass beads by local artisans, this is a piece that will look equally pretty on a festive holiday table and a summer dinner al fresco. The story of Siafu is one of collaboration and tradition materialized in colorful pieces for the table. The brand was born out of a friendship between Gladys Macharia, a Nairobi-based designer seeking to preserve Kenyan craftsmanship practices, and Niccola Milnes, a Canadian Vermonter with a passion for homewares who once called Nairobi home. Siafu, meaning “ant” in Swahili, epitomizes the role of women in community building.
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Add “jungalicious” personality to a living room, patio, and kitchen alike with this collection of illustrative tropical motifs. Created in collaboration with Loloi Rugs, the Pisolino Collection is the perfect pop of color for any space. Born out of designer Justina Blakeney's blog of the same name, Jungalow offers colorful home accessories that reflect her bold and plant-filled style. Justina is a designer, author, mama, founder, and creative director of Jungalow®. She believes that good design increases the quality of life and that creativity is the key to having an amazing home. The shop features signature Justina Blakeney and Jungalow collections designed in our Los Angeles studio as well as a curated ensemble of creative, colorful, modern goods from around the globe. They are also proud to offer an exclusive, rotating selection of high-quality, limited edition art prints from an international group of artists.
Create an elegant African setting with the green Ijoba pouffe from Eva Sonaike’s Aburi Rise collection. Inspired by the Aburi Botanical Gardens in Ghana, West Africa, this hand-made pouffe features a green circular design with pink accents and is perfect for bringing a splash of color to your interior. Eva Sonaike is a London-based interiors company specializing in luxury home textiles and soft furnishings with a distinctive and vibrant West-African aesthetic. Creative director Eva Sonaike graduated with an MA in Fashion Journalism from the London College of Fashion, where she specialized in contemporary African fashion and textiles. “Our mission at Eva Sonaike is to help people create unique homes full of color and elegance. All our products are created with unique patterns and gorgeous colors to bring our passion for the beauty of African Luxury right to your home - because life is always better with color!” says
Colorful, concentric circles build on one another to create this stunning piece fit for a wall installation. Crafted using generations of weaving techniques, elephant grass, and recycled plastic, Senegalese artisans intricately weave using a traditional coiling method. Senegalese-American Sofi Seck founded Expedition Subsahara with two goals: to bring colorful African decor to the American market and to provide an income for African women. "We are Expedition Subsahara and we translate handmade goods into girls' education," Seck says. “Expedition Subsahara was created as a love letter from us to the world. In sharing our culture and craftsmanship with the world, we aim to revolutionize the way African products are spoken about, bought, and sold.”
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An ideal entryway chandelier, the Liz Beaded Turquoise entryway chandelier is inspired by centuries-old Zulu beading tradition in South Africa. Designed by a studio that is dedicated to preserving traditional Zulu craftsmanship, each Liz entryway chandelier lighting is handcrafted by Zulu artisans using beads and yarn to create a balanced yet bold beaded outer pattern with a solid woven interior. Born in Ghana, raised in South Africa, and now living in New York, the founder, Nana Quagraine always loved the unique contemporary African design items she found on trips home. But while African designers often inspire global design, she realized these designers' creations were largely under-represented and hard to access globally. Nana founded 54kibo along with a team of executives, investors, and advisors committed to sharing the vast creativity and talent the African diaspora has to offer the world.
Protect your table with our burgundy raffia coasters. Intricately woven in sets of 4 by artisans in Uganda. You can protect your table with these burgundy raffia coasters by Reflektion Design, which are intricately woven in sets of 4 by artisans in Uganda. Founder Anitra Terrell is an Atlanta-based creative entrepreneur and business owner with over 15 years of experience producing exhibits and cultural events in the arts, music, and product space. Reflektion Design began in 2006 in Ghana, West Africa. It is an Afro-modern lifestyle brand for people who love cultural, heirloom-quality decor with heritage and story. She works directly with artisans in Ghana, Kenya, and Uganda to produce an assortment of handmade wall art, tableware, throw pillows, jewelry, baskets, and more.
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During his travels to Ghana to study cultural drumming, musician Gregory ‘Ayinedollah’ MacCarthy fell in love with the country’s vibrant culture and craftsmanship. Holding the vision to bring Ghana’s handmade products to his native Canada, Baba Tree was born. Years later, the brand prides itself on being the fairest trader in Bolgatanga, providing its many employees with competitive compensation and job opportunities, while providing its customers with a peerless collection of colorful, handwoven baskets native that symbolize Ghana’s creativity, hope, and inspiration. The Baba Tree’s world headquarters are based in Bolgatanga in Ghana’s Upper East Region where Gregory is surrounded by a beloved team of endearingly dedicated employees who suffer his presence daily.
Boitumelo Masihleho is a South African digital content creator. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Rhodes University in Journalism and Media Studies and Politics and International Studies. She's an experienced multimedia journalist who is committed to writing balanced, informative and interesting stories on a number of topics. Boitumelo has her own YouTube channel where she shares her love for affordable beauty and lifestyle content.
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