As we seek more and more to create spaces where we can fully express ourselves and feel safe, as the saying goes, there’s no place like home. In continuing our series on Black-owned brands to support right now, here are 28 interior design brands owned and operated by Black women whose furniture, light fixtures, textiles, and accessories will help you feel like yourself at home.
New York City native Chantal Bradley started Modish Decor Pillows In 2015. Having always had a passion for interior design, her pillows, like the gunmetal lustrous design above, bring her posh style to life in home decor.
Ariene Bethea’s decision to start Dressing Rooms Interiors Studio was “fueled by the thrill of the hunt for one-of-a-kind vintage pieces.” The boutique vintage furniture shop sits in Charlotte, NC, but you can also shop some of the pieces she’s found on design retail sites One Kings Lane and Chairish.
Robin Wilson’s personal struggles with allergies and asthma birthed her passion for Clean design. Having been raised with a focus on a non-toxic and hypoallergenic lifestyle, Wilson naturally fell into careers that expanded her knowledge of environmental pollutants and consumer interest. In 2000, she founded her eponymous real estate firm, focusing on project management for residential clients. And as clients began asking her to design their spaces, she started consulting with consumer brands and hospitality teams on eco-friendly options for consumers. In 2009 her own brand of cabinetry and textiles was launched.
“Estelle Colored Glass is a luxury brand of hand-blown colored glass cake stands and stemware in a mix of jewel tones and soft pastels.” The name of the brand is inspired by Founder Stephanie Summerson Hall’s grandmother Estelle and her love for antiquing throughout small towns in South Carolina.
LA-based mixed media artist K’era Morgan’s brand K-Apostophe sells original artwork, prints, blankets, pillows, “and anything else I can think of.” Having previously launched a photography based textile company with a fellow designer, K-Apostrophe is a manifestation of K’era’s desire to “return to the art of creating by hand without the aid of digital and hi-tech tools.”
Though she’s been a creator all of her life, it wasn’t until 2016 that Dana Baugh designed to make BAUGHaus Design Studio a full-time thing. The brand designs and makes Jamaican hand-made ceramics, lighting, furniture, and soft goods for the home. Its signature products are porcelain home goods and bespoke lighting fixtures inspired by the Caribbean.
Global Attic Founder Kabria Cummings launched her business of exotic home decor items with “style-conscious customers who want unique, one-of-a-kind merchandise that can’t be found at the typical home decor store” in mind. All merchandise is hand-selected or designed by Cummings and purchases help artisans around the world improve their quality of life.
LIVVY & NEVA is a vintage and contemporary collection of fashionable, one-of-a-kind, limited edition decorative pillows. New York City-based interior designer Keita Turner named the company after her great grandmothers, Olivia and Geneva, and the brand symbolizes the marriage of her love of fashion, interiors, and textiles.
Based in Washington D.C., Black Pepper Paperie Co.’s mixed media design art studio creates wearable art and home decor and paper goods. The focus is on one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces that are inspired by cultural influences from across the African diaspora.
When Nicole Gibbons recognized brands weren’t offering an easy or convenient way to shop for paint, she decided to do something about it. The interior designer launched Clare and offered consumers a “whole new paint shopping experience with designer-curated colors, technology to guide you, mess-free paint swatches, and the highest-quality paint and supplies, delivered.”
Sheila Bridges is a veteran in the interior design world, having founded her own firm in 1994. The Creative Director has designed residences and office spaces for many prominent figures, most notably the 8,300 square foot Harlem offices for former President Bill Clinton and his staff. Every day men and women can shop her creations through the Harlem Toile brand.
Mother-daughter duo Penny Francis and Casi St. Julian are the operators behind Electric Home. Their 7,000 sq. ft. showroom/design center in New Orleans, established in 2000, offers customers a one-of-a-kind shopping experience as they peruse furniture, light fixtures, and more.
As the site states, Lolly Lolly Founder Lalese “is Lolly and she makes everything on the site.” The Columbus, Ohio-based artisan sells a variety of mugs with unique handle designs that include chains, spikes, and other unique detailing.
Ghanian-born, South Africa-raised Nana Quagraine founded 54kibo to share “the vast creativity and talent the African diaspora has to offer the world.” Noticing how underrepresented African designers are in the interior design landscape, she, along with a team of executives, investors, and advisors launched the brand to be a premier destination for contemporary African design.
Bolé Road’s modern textiles for the home are designed in Brooklyn and handwoven in Ethiopia. Hana Getachew, who was born in Addis Ababa, started the brand to “merge her love of Ethiopian handwoven fabrics with her career in interior design” and her designs are an homage to her culture.
Jeanine Hays and her husband Bryan Mason started Aphro Chic in 2007. Initially, a blog, the brand quickly expanded into interior design, product design, fashion, and even a magazine. Home offerings from Aphro Chic include lighting, rugs, poufs, pillows, and wallpaper.
Jannah Handy and Kiyanna Stewart founded BLK MKT Vintage as a collection of “Black collectibles, cast-offs, and curiosities.” Items in the Brookly shop include Black cultural artifacts such as vintage literature, vinyl records, clothing, art, housewares/decor, furniture, and other goods.
Nasozi Kakembo’s xN Studio, founded in Brooklyn, is all about blending. Designs intersect between “classic and modern, East and West, innovative and subdued,” while using traditional textiles and techniques to create patterns. Even the furniture is intended to serve multiple purposes.
Johanna Howard grew up in Scandanavia watching her mother make dresses by hand. It’s no surprise that as an adult she moved to America to attend fashion school where she built a successful career as a clothing designer. Now, turning her attention to interior design, Johanna’s home brand mixes “Scandinavian design with multicultural artisan traditions to make really cool sustainable pillows, throws, and scarves.”
Born and raised in Paris, Marie Burgos’ collection of contemporary lighting, furniture, and decorative accessories draws inspiration from French design and her family’s native home of Martinique. As she chooses shapes, textures, and colors to enhance clients’ spaces, Burgos focuses on harmony, comfort, and abundant style.
As its Instagram bio states, Expedition Subsahara sells “one of a kind Senegalese home goods and accessories for fierce humans.” Founder Sofi Seck is a former photographer based in St. Louis, MO, who was born and raised in Senegal. Concerned about the low income rate and educational opportunities in her native home, she launched the social enterprise to provide opportunities for African artisans who craft the brand’s handmade goods.
As a sculpture and mixed media artist, Malene Barnett is “redefining what it means to be Black and female in the contemporary art world.” Using natural materials like wool, silks, pastels, and clay, Barnett shares her African heritage with the world through her ceramics, paintings, and handwoven rugs.
Laura Hodges Studio is a boutique full-service interior design firm located in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area. The Domain home decor shop features collections of local and globally curated fair trade and sustainable textiles, ceramics, vases, and original art
Yowie is a home and life shop located in Queen Village, Philadelphia. Founded by Shannon Maldonado, the brand focuses on curating small collections from friends, independent artists, and designers. Maldonado also offers consulting services “in the form of prop styling, art direction, interior design, and programming.”
Nicole Crowder has been upholstering furniture for her clients since 2013 and officially opened her Washingon, D.C.-based studio in 2017. The design business services residential, commercial, and hospitality clients, and emphasizes slow creation and design.
Atlanta-based lifestyle brand Rochelle Porter Design specializes in “vibrant, happy home décor and fashion textiles derived from the founder’s original artwork.” The brand’s Red LALA Pillow cover is one of its bestselling home decor items and the print carries over into its mask and activewear collections.
A 2006 trip to Ghana laid the foundation for Reflektion Design, but it wasn’t until Founder Amar Chokhawalawas was laid off in 2013 that she revisited her love for Ghana and decided to share her passion for African textiles and culture with others. It was at that point that the brand was launched and began selling “decor and accessories that reflect who you are.”