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33 Living-Room Décor Accents From Black-Owned Businesses

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If you’ve perused our (ever-growing) list of Black-owned businesses to shop, you’ve probably noticed a big chunk of it is dedicated to companies focused on home décor. To help shoppers get an even better sense of those companies’ many wares, we combed through their inventories in search of living-room décor that’s as delightful as it is useful, whether it’s a throw pillow that can instantly revive a tired couch, a patterned runner that adds texture to a table-scape, or a new cool candle to add to your collection. (If you’re looking for more products from Black-owned businesses, check out our guides to the best ceramicscandleswall artbeautyskin-carehair-care and, of course, gifts.)

Goodee, a shop founded by twin brothers Byron and Dexter Peart, sells items made by artisans around the world. It also has its own in-house line of pillows, tote bags, towels, and more. We love this striking throw pillow made in Africa in collaboration with the Ethical Fashion Initiative, the United Nations’ fair-trade division. According to the brand, Goodee worked with weavers in Burkina Faso to create the limited-edition cushion, which is made from Burkinabe and Malian textiles and sewn in Kenya.

At her Philadelphia-based interior-design studio and store, Yowie, founder Shannon Maldonado stocks funky, not-seen-everywhere tchotchkes from vases to candles to bath mats to ceramics, like this mug from artist Sara Ekua Todd. The lovely flower-like handle gives it a whimsical (yet still practical) touch.

We love the versatility of this cushion-like pad from Karen Jai Home, an emporium of décor and other furnishings founded by Dallas-based entrepreneur Janelle Langford. Made of water hyacinth, you could use it as a shrunken coffee table, a meditation pillow, or extra bohemian seating for guests.

This cotton mattress is basically a giant floor pillow, making it ideal for anyone who prefers to lounge (or nap) elsewhere than the couch. (Reviewers say it’s also great for kids to play on.) Its hand-dyed indigo cover is filled with kapok, a natural and hypoallergenic fiber. Tensira is based in the Republic of Guinea; its founders Hamidou Diallo (whose mother was an indigo-dye artist) and Tuulia Makinen Diallo work with West African artisans to produce many of its offerings.

Laura Hodges, an interior designer who works in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., is also the woman behind Domain, a home-décor shop that sells fair-trade pieces sourced locally and globally. This intricate, handmade ceramic rose is one of them; as for where to put it, we suggest on a bookshelf or even hung on a wall (it comes with a notched keyhole on the underside for easy hanging).

At 54kibo, you’ll find an array of contemporary African designs sourced by its founder, Ghana-born Nana Quagraine. This geometric wall hanging follows in the tradition of Maasai beading and is handmade in Tanzania with glass beads.

Founded by Atlanta-based LaToya Tucciarone, SustainAble Home Goods offers a curated collection of fair-trade and ethically sourced items from around the globe, including this flat-weave rug from Morocco. We think it’s simple (but still interesting) enough to go just about anywhere in a home.

This speckled incense holder has an equally eye-catching black-and-white motif. It comes from Black Pepper Paperie Co., a Washington, D.C.-based art and design studio founded by Hadiya Williams, who works in both clay and paper media.

Maggie Holladay started her Claude Home business on Instagram and sells vintage furniture and design objects, like this mixed-clay sculpture by Le Minou Studio. Things tend to sell out fast, so don’t dillydally.

Atlanta-based artist Rochelle Porter sells a selection of headscarves, activewear, pillow covers, and other home décor in bright patterns and prints that she creates herself. This table runner (made with an organic cotton and linen blend) features a graphic geometric print that would add a bit of dimension to your meals.

This storage tote looks great placed anywhere, and holding anything — blankets, shoes, books. It comes from Bedford-Stuyvesant–based boutique Peace & Riot, a home-décor store founded by interior designer Achuziam Maha-Sanchez and her husband, Lionel Sanchez, to showcase their tastes, inspired by their African and Caribbean heritages.

Designer Tiffany Thompson of Portland’s Duett Interiors says her collection of cheeky PVC-covered throw pillows is “inspired by grandma.”

Bolé Road, founded by Brooklyn-based interior designer Hana Getachew, sells beautiful textiles made by artisans in Ethiopia. This small rug (perfect for the foot of your bed) is handloomed in 100 percent Ethiopian wool with a terraced design that’s inspired by the rises and plateaus of the Bale Mountain Range at sunrise and sunset, according to the website.

Here’s a table runner made from denim that would look just as nice on a picnic table (as shown) or in your dining room. It comes from Mi Cocina, a San Francisco–based kitchenware company founded by denim designer Ulrich Simpson.

When it comes to delightful décor that’ll make you (or a lucky recipient) feel better every time you glimpse it, these black-and-blue metal sculptures of Africa’s malachite kingfisher bird don’t disappoint. Zimbabwean sculptors weld each from recycled metal, and we think they would look adorable perched on a book shelf or placed in a nursery. The sculpture comes from Mandinka Home Shop, an Africa-based home-goods store founded by Fatoumata Makadji that showcases work by the continent’s artisans.

Los Angeles–based mixed-media artist K’era Morgan sells textiles and notebooks based on her designs. This striking woven throw with a jacquard-weave fabric is made to order (making its price seem pretty reasonable) and finished by hand. Our senior editor Anthony Rotunno bought one after seeing it on this list and can attest it is as big (and striking) in person as it appears in the photo.

Artist Kenesha Sneed works under the name Tactile Matter and sells a selection of prints, like this one, framed in natural wood with UV-shielding plexiglass. You can get it in a couple of larger sizes, too, all of which come with hanging hardware. (Sneed also sells unframed versions of the print, which start at $45.)

The Black Home was founded by interior designer Neffi Walker, whose work has been featured in publications like Elle Decor, Essence, and Domino as well as on Bravo. In addition to design services, Walker sells tableware and candles, like this one with notes of lilac and sandalwood that’s hand-poured in New York City. (Head here for more candles from Black-owned businesses.)

Husband-and-wife interior-design team Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason started AphroChic as a blog. The company has since expanded into a lifestyle brand that publishes an eponymous magazine and sells a collection of home goods, including lamps, rugs, removable wallpaper, and pillows, like this one that’s printed with a contemporary take on the batik patterns of the Yoruba. The cover is made of an oyster cotton-linen blend, and the price shown includes a pillow insert, too, making the cost seem more reasonable.

This cute, chubby-ish chair is made from recycled materials and designed for kids (up to 7 years old). Its blue hue is an instant mood elevator and the speckles make the chair look more like it’s made of trendy terrazzo.

This hand-painted planter with a free-form blue line comes from xN Studio, a Brooklyn-based lifestyle shop founded by D.C.-area native Nasozi Kakembo. In addition to accents like the planter, xN sells a small collection of fair-trade goods from Uganda, as well as mud cloth and indigo textiles, and furniture that is all made on the East Coast.

Ariene Bethea’s Dressing Rooms Interiors Studio is a Charlotte-based shop that sells both vintage finds and modern pieces, like this globe vase (which is shown as a trio but sold as a single). Each one is hand-painted with abstract lines reminiscent of Jackson Pollock.

Kendal Brown started 228 Grant Street Candle Co. out of his kitchen in 2016. The company now sells candles made with all-natural soy wax, braided cotton wicks, and scented oils, with no other additives or dyes. All of them are hand-poured in Baltimore County, and this sweet-orange-and-morrocan-spice-scented candle comes in one of the brand’s signature apothecary jars.

Jungalow, the home-décor line founded by Justina Blakeney, is known for its colorful, textured pillows, throws, rugs, and more. It recently released a line of removable wallpaper in fun, vibrant patterns, like this one called “Ganjalow” that features a cheeky collage of lips, clouds, and a certain herb that looks awfully familiar. Thanks to that herb, the pattern would definitely bring a laid-back vibe to any room it covers. And for every product purchased, Jungalow, in partnership with Trees for the Future, promises to plant two trees in sub-Saharan Africa.

For a more permanent type of wallpaper, consider the iconic Harlem Toile pattern from veteran interior designer Sheila Bridges. In addition to the multicolor option shown, it’s available in a range of colors, including yellow, cherry, and white and black.

From the L.A.-based shop Effortless Composition (a home-goods boutique founded by interior stylist Brittany Terry) comes this rustic and textured jug. The organic piece would look quite handsome atop a fireplace mantle or a coffee table.

This cotton-chenille throw from Swedish-born designer Johanna Howard sports a bold, Art Deco–inspired design that would make quite a statement when artfully tossed on the back of a sofa. It’s machine washable and available in blue, gray, and a teal color called “peacock,” in addition to the black shown.

On her website, interior designer Marie Burgos curates a collection of modern lighting, furniture, and mirrors (some of which she makes herself), in addition to other small goods, like this candle from the Martinique-based company Ysnay. It comes in a handmade ceramic vessel that would make a beautiful bowl once the wax is gone. The candle itself is made from natural soy and beeswax and has a wood wick.

Another way to dress up a bare wall would be with one of the graphic, text-heavy posters from Don’t Sleep Interiors, an online store started by designer Kori Miller that also sells mugs and pillows. All of the items are inspired by Black culture and thought leaders throughout history; this modern take on a traditional barbershop poster features an African proverb.

Store your knicknacks in this basket peppered with swaths of color from Harlem-based shop Tackussanu Senegal. Started by friends Jasz and Cheikh, it specializes in handmade baskets and other décor made by female artisans from Senegal.

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Expedition Subsahara, a St. Charles, Missouri–based store founded by former photographer (and Senegal native) Sofi Seck, also focuses on Senegalese home goods. This basket is handwoven with elephant grass and recycled plastic and could just as easily hang on a wall (thanks to an included loop) or hold a bowl of fruit on a kitchen counter.

Chantal Bradley founded Modish Decor Pillows in 2015 and has since expanded her brand to include candles and coasters, like this set made from black agate marble that look a little more unusual than those white-marble coasters we’ve seen everywhere.

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33 Living-Room Décor Accents From Black-Owned Businesses