Where you choose to spend money can speak volumes. As protests across the country fight to dismantle systemic racism, many people are donating to causes like the Black Lives Matter movement, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Reclaim the Block and community bail funds. And many are also looking to discover Black-owned businesses that they can support now and in the future, from bookstores to restaurants to clothing brands. We've gathered some of our favorite Black-owned home decor brands where you can thoughtfully update your home with new pillows, throws, wallpaper and more.
Dunham Pillow, $170 APHROCHIC
Started in 2007 by designer and longtime HGTV contributor Jeanine Hays and her husband, Bryan Mason, AphroChic is a brand that focuses on highlighting culture, design, arts and more within the African American community. AphroChic originally started as a blog but has since expanded into an interior design firm, magazine, podcast, decor brand — the list goes on.
Shop AphroChic's pillows, rugs, wallpaper and lighting, and check out the couple's book, REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul, published in 2017. Plus, browse some of our favorite home tours with Jeanine and Bryan right here on HGTV.com.
BLK MKT Vintage The Big Ass BLK MKT Tote, $35 BLK MKT VINTAGE Brooklyn natives Kiyanna Stewart and Jannah Handy founded BLK MKT Vintage in 2014. The Bed Stuy, Brooklyn shop features collectibles and vintage finds (magazines, decor and more) that represent the richness of Black history. Everything is thoughtfully curated by Kiyanna and Jannah, and the collection is available via their brick-and-mortar store, as well as their online shop for non-New Yorkers. Buy It
Bolé Road Textiles
Solid Throw (Pumice), $160 BOLÉ ROAD TEXTILES
Bolé Road Textiles is a Brooklyn-based design studio specializing in vibrant home decor with a focus on supporting African artisans. Each piece is handwoven in Ethiopia within a fair-trade environment. We love their butter-soft throw blankets, but you can also shop everything from cotton bath mats to leather coasters.
Headspace Paint Color, $59/Gallon CLARE
Clare is on a mission to make paint shopping easy — and dare I say, fun? — with designer-curated colors, mess-free swatches and supplies delivered right to your door. Clare's founder, Nicole Gibbons, is an interior designer, lifestyle expert and TV personality with years of experience under her belt and a penchant for picking the perfect hue. Take the Clare Color Genius quiz to get personalized paint color recommendations for your space, or shop Nicole’s top color picks. This calming blue-green hue, aptly named 'Headspace,' is considered one of Clare's bestsellers.
Cloth & Paper
Quilted Leather 6-Ring Agenda, $130 CLOTH & PAPER
Founded in 2015 by Ashley Reynolds, Cloth & Paper offers leather planners, paper planner inserts, foiled dividers and exclusive stationery items that are both luxe and minimal. In fact, the company’s logo is, “There is Luxury in Simplicity.” Ashley is still the head designer, working with a small creative team based in Richmond, Va. And for those that can’t get enough paper goods, Cloth & Paper offers subscription boxes — Penspiration (pens, of course!) or Planning+ Stationery. Every month (or quarterly or biannually), subscribers receive a box full of Cloth & Paper exclusives, stationery goods, planner accessories, hard-to-find pens and other fancy lifestyle items. It’s a life organizer’s dream!
DOMAIN by Laura Hodges Studio
Wide Bulb Vase, From $60 DOMAIN BY LAURA HODGES STUDIO
Laura Hodges Studio is a boutique interior design firm located in the D.C. area. Owner and principal interior designer Laura Hodges is known for her tailored yet eclectic aesthetic that incorporates vintage finds, curated art and natural elements. Her home decor shop, DOMAIN by Laura Hodges Studio, offers a curated collection of local and globally-sourced sustainable home decor and one-of-a-kind pieces. Both DOMAIN and Laura Hodges Studio are located in historic Catonsville, Md., or you can shop online.
Don't Sleep Interiors
South African Zulu Shield, $58 DON'T SLEEP INTERIORS
According to the brand’s Facebook page, Don’t Sleep Interiors combines “interior decor and culture from the African diaspora with social and political consciousness." In designer Kori Miller’s Don’t Sleep Interiors Etsy shop, you’ll find coffee mugs, artwork and pillows featuring famous quotes from influential Black activists, artists, writers and more.
Tubular Cup, $42 EKUA CERAMICS
Ekua Ceramics, founded by artist Sara Ekua Todd, offers a stunning selection of hand-crafted ceramic pieces that are beautiful and functional. Her work has been exhibited at the A+D Museum in L.A. and can now be ordered through her online shop. We especially love this forrest-hued tubular stoneware cup.
Habiba Wall Basket (Blue), $69 EXPEDITION SUBSAHARA
Through Expedition Subsahara, founder Sofi Seck’s mission is to build and maintain a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) school for young girls in Senegal, where she was born and raised. Every product is authentically made by African artisans (including Sofi!), and 20 percent of each product sold is put into an education fund for the school. And during the current pandemic, 20 percent of profits will be donated weekly to a different charity in Sub-Saharan Africa to help with COVID-19 relief efforts.
Johanna Howard Home
Cozi Throw, $175 JOHANNA HOWARD HOME
Formerly a successful clothing designer, Johanna Howard now focuses on designing beautiful home products for Johanna Howard Home. Through her travels, Johanna collaborates with talented artisans — from Peru to Portugal — to craft refined products that still feature traditional craftsmanship. We love this soft, gauze throw made of warm wool and light cotton.
Peace Vase by Justina Blakeney, $79 JUNGALOW
We’ve been swooning over designer Justina Blakeney’s boho-chic style for years, starting with her Jungalow design blog that’s since developed into a beloved lifestyle brand. From planters (duh!) to wallpaper to art, Jungalow has become a go-to shop for “jungalicious” home buys and decor inspiration. Jungalow is also on a mission to practice more sustainable business practices, donate to non-profit organizations and plant at least two trees with every single order.
Linen Sheet Set, From $299 LINOTO
Frustrated with the sky-high prices for real linen sheets, Jason Evege launched his own brand, Linoto, in 2013. Linoto makes real linen sheets, towels, curtains, napkins and tablecloths sourced from some of the finest mills in Italy and Belgium and all for an affordable price. Linoto offers an extended array of colors — like graphite, burgundy and turquoise — along with exceptional workmanship and a New York-based production facility. With 13 bed sizes, 25 colors and various pillowcase and sheet styles to choose from, you can truly create a custom, luxury linen sheet set.
LooHoo Wool Dryer Balls Wool Dryer Balls Starter Pack, $30 (Pack of 3) LOOHOO WOOL DRYER BALLS In 2010, Cyndi Prince created LooHoo Wool Dryer Balls as a healthier, safer alternative to dryer sheets. She was determined to use only domestic wool to support American sheep farmers and the farming industry. True to her starting goal, LooHoos are all made in Camden, Maine with 100-percent domestic wool, and they’re produced using a unique manufacturing technique that makes them so durable they will last for hundreds of laundry loads. Continuing her commitment to sustainability, Cyndi ensures all packaging is plastic-free and can be recycled. Beyond LooHoo’s original wool dryer balls, you can also purchase chemical-free stain sticks, wool pet toys and curated boxes for gifting. Buy It Marie Burgos Collection Maruzia Scented Candle, $69 MARIE BURGOS COLLECTION Multi-award-winning French designer Marie Burgos combines the principles of Feng Shui with her clients’ unique visions to create sophisticated, functional and balanced interiors. (You’ve probably seen her work on HGTV.com!) The Marie Burgos Collection is an extension of her intimate design knowledge, offering both designers and homeowners carefully curated lighting, furniture and decorative accessories. We’ve added this premium candle (that comes in a handmade artisan ceramic jar) to our shopping lists. Buy It
Nicole Crowder Upholstery
Book Studio, From $100 NICOLE CROWDER UPHOLSTERY
Nicole Crowder is an independent furniture designer and upholsterer based in D.C., where she has been upholstering for clients since 2013. Her one-of-a-kind upholstered chairs are currently all sold out, but you can book her 1,300-square-foot studio for your next event or production. It's beautifully lit and filled to the brim with stunning furniture and accessories.
peace + Riot
Natural Wood Beads With Jute Tassel, $14.95 PEACE + RIOT
Designer Achuziam Maha-Sanchez and husband Lionel Sanchez created peace & Riot to represent each’s eclectic and global tastes through a collection of goods from their African and Caribbean heritages. This Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn boutique and online store offers home decor, furniture, toys and more with a spotlight on local makers.