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12 Black-owned home décor brands you'll covet in 2021

From vegan candles to handmade coasters

Credit: Tackussanu Senegal / Vela Negra

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No matter if you prefer a bold, eclectic look or a modern, minimalist approach to your interior design, upgrading your home décor in the new year can add a refreshed touch to the place where you live.

But, finding the right home décor brands to shop can be tough, especially if you want to support small businesses and under-represented groups in the process.

February is Black History Month, a great time to combine these efforts by putting your money into Black-owned brands while redecorating. We’ve compiled a dozen Black-owned home décor brands that you can shop online, whether you seek out art, rugs, candles, or covetable knickknacks.

If you’re looking into small businesses beyond home décor and furniture, check out the sites like Official Black Wall Street app, The Nile List, and Beyoncé’s Black Parade Route for directories of Black-owned businesses online or near you.

1. 54kibo

54kibo
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The Lady Leopard Pillow, featuring a colorful print from South African design house Shine Shine, is available at 54kibo.

Founder Nana Quagraine brings a contemporary twist to African design at 54kibo. Born in Ghana and raised in South Africa, the now New-York resident founded her company because she wanted to make the contemporary African design items she loved more accessible to the world.

Today, she brings underrepresented creativity and talent to U.S. shoppers and beyond with a wonderful array of bright and vibrant accents for the home, including furniture, lamps, rugs, art, and more. Each item is made by a unique designer—you can read their bios on her site to get to know their work better.

Some of 54kibo’s newest arrivals include this mesmerizing double panel artwork made by designer Lisa Hunt, a Brooklyn-based artist who often uses a wide range of African and Eastern textiles in her work.

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2. The Fond Home

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The Fond Home offers lovely accessories like the Abstract Face Line print and a jute fringe pillow.

While we as humans are full of experiences and stories, our homes are the true story-teller of our lives—this is, at least, The Fond Home’s mantra.

This Black-owned, fully-online boutique offers home products meant to reflect “where we’ve been, and where we’re headed.”

Thoughtful minimalist accents like abstract prints, neutral pillows, and elegant vases for the home are in-store, including these beautiful pump bottles that are meant to replace the less-than-aesthetically-pleasing soap and hand sanitizer bottles you may have sitting by your sink.

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3. Vela Negra

Vela Negra
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Vela Negra's handmade fragrance candle sits snug in a Mexican dough bowl.

Vela Negra should be on your radar if it isn’t already. The Black-owned candle company creates ethically-made luxury candles with a powerful meaning behind them.

Inspired by elements of founder Aisha Cort’s Afro-Cuban and Guyanese heritage, Vela Negra crafts its candles specifically with black wax. According to Cort, the color black is meant to absorb and dispel negative energy as the candlelight brings clarity and new beginnings.

Each is individually hand-poured using 100% vegan coconut wax and made with ethically sourced wooden wicks, fragrance, and dye.

Cort says her favorite fragrance is Morena. “If ‘Brown Skin Girl’ were a fragrance, this would be it! It’s a blend of creamy cocoa and vanilla bean topped off with nutty hints of roasted almond, golden honey, and fresh berries.”

She continues, “It definitely fills a room, and I always keep one burning in the house.”

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4. Home by BE

Home by BE
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Home by BE designed the Kensington sofa, an elegant velvet couch with tapered brass legs.

For curated pieces from a designer’s eye, look no further than Home by BE, an online marketplace created by seasoned interior designer Brittaney Elise Minton. She also owns and runs BE by Brittaney Elise, her interior design services firm.

Minton has worked on interior design projects spanning from California to the South of France and beyond, and has even worked with celebrities like Selena Gomez and Zendaya.

Home by BE is Minton’s shoppable extension of her design expertise, offering curated furniture and home décor items that you can buy online.

Minton’s vision for chic, contemporary elements blended with traditional detail can be seen throughout the marketplace, with modern essentials like this square oak coffee table and this matte black sandalwood candle.

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5. Rayo and Honey

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Inspired by an iconic scene in "Scarface," this pennant is handmade by Rayo and Honey.

Chances are you may have already seen Rayo and Honey’s pennant flags splashed across your Instagram or Pinterest feed this past year. They’re just that popular—and completely worth the hype. Rayo and Honey’s inspiring tote bags were even featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things 2020 list.

Brand founder Roachele Negron creates “goods with positive intent,” bringing witty pop-culture references, powerful quotes, and daily positive affirmations to wall pennants, tote bags, pins, and more. There are plenty of handmade canvas pennants to choose from, including those featuring the uplifting words of Maya Angelou and an ever-so-relevant ode to washing your hands.

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6. Made By Rheal

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Credit: Etsy / Made By Rheal

The concrete Hands catchall, perfect for rings, keys, and other small trinkets, crafted by Made By Rheal.

If your home needs an extra boost of personality, Made By Rheal’s shop of handmade goods is your go-to for functional art pieces. This Black-owned Etsy shop based in Oakland, California, makes minimalist plant pots, dreamy marbled glass coasters, and most notably these beautifully unique hand holders for your jewelry and other tiny trinkets.

Woven art throw blankets are the latest addition to Made By Rheal’s collection, bringing abstract designs and splashes of color to a cozy 100% cotton blanket. Best of all: It doubles as a wall tapestry, making it a perfect accent for a bedroom or living room.

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7. Linoto

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Linoto produces 100% linen sheet sets with material sourced from mills in Italy and Belgium.

If you love the look and feel of linen, you’ll quickly fall in love with Linoto, a Black-owned linen brand from Jason Evege that’s dedicated to creating high-quality linens with exceptional attention to detail in an array of beautiful colors.

While shopping for linens back in 2007, Evege realized the scarcity of simple and modern real linen sheets in the U.S. Fed up with waiting weeks for linen shipments from Europe, Evege decided to make his own. Since, Linoto has become a hub for 100% linen goods beyond sheets, including curtains, napkins, and towels. All the fabric is woven in Italy, but the items are made here.

Evege tells us to look forward to four new gorgeous linen sheet set colors arriving early April 2021.

“Copper plum, teal, sage, and harvest gold will be available in sheet sets, duvet covers, flat sheets, fitted sheets, and pillowcases,” he says. “This amazing yarn-dyed Italian linen is 190 grams per square meter and is woven 124-inches wide to accommodate all bed sizes.”

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8. Tackussanu Senegal

Tackussanu Senegal
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The Luxe Marmite Basket, handmade by artisan women in rural Senegal for Tackussanu Senegal, is perfect for storing grains and warm bread in the kitchen.

The art of basket weaving is a tradition that has been passed down for centuries, and Tackussanu Senegal aims to showcase this tradition.

The story started with co-founder Jasz Dio, who would receive woven baskets as gifts from relatives that traveled from Senegal. Feeling inspired to bring these woven goods to consumers around the world, Dio joined forces with co-founder Cheikh Biaye. Biaye was born and raised in the west African country and had connections with the artisan women living in Senegal. The partners brought these hand-woven baskets to the global market, and the rest is history.

Today, they still work closely with Senegalese artisans guaranteeing them a fair, living wage for their work. Additionally, all items are handmade from sustainable and eco-friendly materials like locally grown grass and recycled plastic strips.

Check out baskets, bowls, and more available to shop online. Tackussanu Senegal’s latest—the Winter Blues Collection—features baskets in soothing blue hues.

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9. Bespoke Binny

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Bespoke Binny's scratch-made African print drum lampshade is a nominee for the Etsy Design Awards.

For ultra-vibrant additions to the home, UK-based Etsy shop Bespoke Binny brings African patterns and prints to must-have home and kitchen items.

Founder Natalie Manima may be best known for her creation of this beautiful African wax print lampshade, as it made her a 2020 finalist for the Etsy Design Awards in the Home & Living category. But you’ll also find several other gorgeous goods, including this African print duvet cover and these colorful oven mitts.

If you love the Bespoke Binny lampshades, Manima also offers virtual lampshade making classes where you’ll be sent a fabric of your choice and the components you need to create your own lampshade.

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10. Jungalow

Jungalow
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The Chalos Sunset Rug created by Justina Blakeney x Loloi for Jungalow is made in Turkey with 100% polypropylene pile.

Initially a design blog, Jungalow is a Black-owned furniture store, décor destination, and lifestyle brand for the free-spirited and bold home decorator.

Justina Blakeney, Jungalow’s founder and creative director, brings good vibes to the home with décor items from her Justina Blakeney Home and Jungalow collections, along with curated goods from other makers around the world.

With the tagline “decorate wild,” Jungalow is home to playful designs and colorful accents for those with eclectic taste. Some of the must-haves include art prints, totally unique wallpaper, adorable clay plant pots and much more.

Plus, if you’re feeling inspired by Jungalow’s items, you can pre-order Blakeney’s upcoming book Jungalow: Decorate Wild.

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11. Goodee

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Coordonné designed this Shape Study wallpaper in navy, a playful pattern to liven up any living space.

From essential furniture needs to beautiful accent wants, Goodee is the curated marketplace for all things home.

After launching a successful luxury travel essentials brand, founders Byron and Dexter Peart wanted to move into conscious commerce with a focus on creating positive environmental and social impacts.

Goodee works with artisans and partners across the globe to provide high-quality home items, all while ensuring an ethical supply chain, proper labor standards, and an intentional ecological footprint.

At Goodee, you can shop online by the room you’re looking to decorate, by category, or even by brand. You’ll find intricate woven baskets from Ghanian artisans, beautiful cushion throw pillows made by hand in India, and much more.

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12. AptDeco

AptDeco
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AptDeco allows you to message back and forth with a seller (or buyer, if you're looking to sell) to learn more about the gently used piece of furniture before buying it.

If you’re on the hunt for pre-owned home goods and furniture, check out AptDeco, a Black-owned online community of sellers and buyers. Co-founders Reham Fagiri and Kalam Dennis noticed their fair share of headaches and dangerous encounters when it came to buying and selling furniture in New York City and envisioned a better experience.

ArtDeco streamlines the experience for all parties, putting in parameters for safe payments and even a professional delivery service team.

You’ll find furniture and accents from well-loved brands like West Elm, Ikea, Wayfair, and more available to buy. While this service is currently only available in select cities and counties, AptDeco is expanding fast as the platform grows.

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