Patrice J. Williams
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As the end of the year approaches and temperatures start to plunge, it’s the perfect time to add a few cozy, comfortable touches to your house or apartment. Plus, you don’t need to buy a new couch to make your space feel warmer. A piece of art here and a planter over there are inexpensive ways to revamp your space.
Also, there’s no shortage of Black-owned businesses offering home goods that you’ll love. Some of these brands might be new to you, but they’re top-rated and have stellar reviews. The options range from a chic refillable candle to exotic plants to a cleaning scrub that comes with an awesome playlist.
Below, you’ll find 12 home items from Black-owned businesses that you’ll want for yourself or to give as a gift. Either way, they’ll absolutely set the vibe for a stylish, warm abode.
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1. A stylish gemstone coaster
Let’s be real. There’s nothing sexy about coasters. They’re more functional than fashional, well, unless you have coasters from Mercia Moore. This four-set of handmade coasters features the stylish look of agate stones that are guaranteed to wow anyone you hand one to. You can choose between a gold, silver, or copper edge finishing to truly up the chic factor. The line also features cutting boards, incense holders, and wall art.
2. A stylish planter
Being a plant parent is bigger than ever now that we’re spending all our time at home, and this Jungalow planter is a stylish option to house your little leafy baby and watch it bloom. The woven design features hoops around the top and is the perfect size for a small plant, but it can also house other small knick-knacks. At six inches tall, this basket would look great on a shelf or even tucked away in a corner. Plus, this piece truly feels like a one of a kind, as each raffia basket is handmade in Rwanda.
3. Gorgeous prints for a gallery wall
For beautiful, inspiring prints to brighten up any space, Paige Studios offers a variety of small prints. The prints work well hanging alone, but would also work well incorporated in a gallery wall. All of the images feature Black women, and on the company’s site, the owner says her main reason for starting the brand was “for black women to feel connected to their purpose by highlighting their individuality through art.” The prints, particularly the “Lean on Me” print, would be a great gift for anyone on your list. Just frame it up and watch the recipient’s face light up. Or you can keep it for yourself.
4. Dryer balls that make laundry enjoyable
LooHoo’s wool dryer balls are made in the U.S. from just one simple item: wool. The balls are a chemical-free alternative to dryer sheets and said to cut down on drying time and make clothes softer. The Linen & Lavender gift set will upgrade any laundry routine, and includes three dryer balls and a two ounce linen mist that can be used on sheets, curtains, or even the balls.
5. Stunning stemware for entertaining
Stephanie Summerson Hall, the founder of Estelle Colored Glass, describes these glassware products as “jewels for your table.” The line is inspired by her grandmother who always used colored glassware for Sunday dinners. That same vintage vibe is apparent in the collection that features cake stands, decanters, and stemware. This set of six rose-colored wine glasses are hand blown and the perfect, vibrant finishing touch for any table. Your favorite vino deserves a glass like this.
6. A non-toxic cleaning scrub
Cleaning products that get the job done, while also being free of toxic chemicals? A major win! North 24th Home’s line of scrubs, cleaners, linen sprays, and candles all smell amazing and come packaged in amber glass bottles that make cleaning look beautiful. One of the popular all-purpose scrubs, in particular, has notes of lavender and patchouli. A little of this stuff goes a long way when cleaning a tub or sink, but what really makes the brand stand out is all purchases include a QR code that opens a cleaning playlist to make your least favorite chore a little more fun.
7. A serving board made for charcuterie
This stylish serving board is the key piece for perfecting your presentation of any appetizer. The durable teak wood of this board from Whitney J Decor measures almost a foot long, so you’ll have no problem adding your favorite bites or even a charcuterie board. The tray also comes with a knife and an etched-in space to keep the utensil secure. Even when not in use, this board will look gorgeous on your countertop.
8. Niche plants to add to your collection
Tennessee Tropicals is based in, you guessed it, Tennessee, but the shop offers shipping across the United States. The plant store goes beyond the everyday plants you can pick up at any nursery or mass retailer, and specializes in rare, tropical plants like this Alocasia ‘Black Velvet.’ Because of that, the inventory is ever-changing and can be limited, so this is a site and social media you want to keep tuned into for first dibs. Before you add to cart, you can see how many varieties of a plant are currently available and if express shipping is recommended.
9. A candle that can be reused
Lighting a candle, or 10, is a great way to set the vibe whether you’re home alone or with your significant other. Gilded’s Nero candle is sure to stay lit. You can choose between almost a dozen scents including fig tree, tobacco and cider, or peach for a candle with a burn time of up to 40 hours. But what really makes this candle stand out is that the gorgeous marble container can be refilled. This is a great way to reduce waste and keep your home smelling amazing.
10. A laundry basket that’s actually pretty
A beautiful hamper like this one from Expedition Subsahara might just make laundry day a bit brighter. The basket is available in large, XL, and XXL, which measure 20, 25, and 30 inches tall, respectively. But this pretty storage basket can also be used as storage for pretty much any item you want out of site (like extra pillows or throws) but easily accessible. Each basket is handmade and takes 30-40 hours to make by the artists, so don’t expect fast shipping. But you can shop happily knowing a portion of all sales goes toward an educational fund for a school for girls in Senegal.
11. A fun, bright lampshade
Have an old lamp that can use a major upgrade or maybe a second hand find that needs a little love? A new lampshade is a perfect solution. This top-rated Etsy shop has more than a dozen colorful options to choose from, all of which are handmade and sure to stand out. This stunning shade measures 30 centimeters in diameter, but the seller will offer a 40-centimeter option if you drop them a message. The print is bold and fun, but the royal blue can accommodate quite a few decor styles.
12. A tray that upgrades bathtime
x“Self care is an experience.” That’s the Macklin Bath and Home motto. The company has plenty of bath accessories like towels and robes, but it’s the signature bath tray that should be on every tub. The 100 percent bamboo tray has a secure slot to safely hold a cup or wine glass. Want to watch an episode of your favorite series or read a few chapters? There’s a removable console that safely props up a book or tablet. Your baths will never be the same.
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