It’s March, and we’re celebrating International Women’s Day (formally March 8) all month long.
In honor of the holiday, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite female-owned brands in the home decorating industry. Get to know these inspiring businesses and the businesswomen behind them, then find a way to incorporate their brand into your space, stat.
Bolé Road Textiles
Designer Hana Getachew is the driving force behind Bolé Road Textiles, a home goods company that offers handwoven fabrics inspired by traditional Ethiopian textiles. Born in Addis Ababa, Getachew’s own Ethiopian heritage adds a personal touch to each design, whether a bath towel, shower curtain, wall hanging, or pillow. Incorporate Getachew’s understated, chic designs into your space through pretty pieces like the Bale wall hanging, Kombolcha Lumbar pillow, or the Aman pillow. We also love the juicy pops of color from her simple but oh-so-chic leather coasters.
Based in Brooklyn and founded by Andrea Hill, TORTUGA Living is a clever, direct-to-consumer brand that emphasizes form and function. The company’s modular designs can be used alone or purchased in multiples to expand and transform. The perfect example? The STACKED stacking bench. Alone, it’s a bench (with cute cushion toppers), but stack up multiples and you’ve got an eye-catching console, shelving unit, or room divider. Another of Hill’s collaborations, this time with designer Oliver Haslegrave, has been making waves. The Wave Shelf would be a gorgeous and practical addition to a home office, living room, or even bathroom.
Ethically crafted home goods meet thoughtful design. The Citizenry’s founders (and friends!) Carly Nance and Rachel Bentley believe that an “object is only as beautiful as the environment in which it’s made.” No surprise, then, that their Dallas-based, socially conscious home goods brand focuses on celebrating the people behind the products. Carly and Rachel believe that “our homes should be reflections of the journeys we take.” These two have mastered the art of blending modern beauty with a bohemian flair, and we certainly dig the warmth of their beautifully curated collections. We know you will, too!
Malene Barnett wears many hats: activist, anthropologist, and, above all, artist. Offering sculptures, original paintings, and prints, Malene’s work hones in on the continued importance (and undeniable beauty) of art in the African diaspora. We love her colorful original paintings and textural sculptures as focal points for a bohemian-inspired space, but for a more budget-friendly way to own one of Malene’s pieces, pick up a print. Our personal favorites are the painterly, jewel-toned Makeda limited-edition print and the graphic, Batik-inspired Kumasi print.
When she’s not creating artwork, she’s collaborating with brands like S’well water bottles and Kravet — check out her dreamy, marble-like carpet designs.
The Inside is where “completely custom” is synonymous with “completely cost-effective.” Trust us, we didn’t think that existed either! Christiane Lemieux and Britt Bunn launched The Inside together “to bring the high-end experience of customizing fabric to furniture online at a cookie-cutter price.” All of their products are locally made in the U.S., and their endless library of custom fabric swatches are just a click (and a dollar) away. Once you’ve chosen your furniture style and the fabric to take your design up a notch, then you’re on the road to making your made-to-order dreams come true, without breaking the bank or spending hours searching tirelessly on the internet. The Inside’s bright, colorful patterns and vibrant furnishings will bring just the right touch of pizazz to any space.
Nicole Gibbons is the brilliant brain behind Clare — a direct-to-consumer paint brand. Nicole was an interior designer who saw an opportunity to make the process of paint a little less stress-inducing. Now, you can say goodbye to hours spent in the Home Depot paint department and hello to a whole new, whole lot more convenient way of discovering that perfect shade of gray. Clare has established an entirely new paint shopping experience, from choosing the right color to delivering the highest-quality paint and supplies to your front door (we call that a win-win!). We’re pretty certain once you use Clare, you’ll never turn back.
Neutral tones, clean lines, Cali-casual textures, and sheets so soft you’ll never want to get out of bed. Ariel Kaye, founder of Parachute, left her career in marketing to create a brand with the end goal in mind: “to bring more comfort to your world through premium, accessible essentials.” Ariel found a way to bring versatility to the world of modern bedding and bath essentials that will leave you constantly wanting to add more layers to your bed. Who says neutral design has to all look the same? With Parachute, the possibilities are endless.
Justina Blakeney (who you may know from her colorful design blog) turned her blog biz into a lifestyle brand showcasing her vibrant, colorful, bohemian aesthetic. Justina describes her style as “a combination of ‘Jungle’ and ‘Bungalow’ — Jungalow is a design style that celebrates color, patterns, and plants.” From planters to poufs to pillows, Jungalow offers a wide variety of stunning aesthetics. Their collection of colorful wallpaper will certainly bring a pop of joy to any space. Fun fact: when you “decorate wild” with Jungalow by purchasing from their shop, at least two trees are planted. More than 56,000 trees have been planted through their ‘Trees for the Future’ partnership.
Because kitchen essentials should be beautiful, too. Shiza Shahid is the founder of Our Place, a go-to brand for ethically made and stylish cookware. Also known for her efforts as co-founder of the Malala Fund, Shiza is a strong believer in the power of cooking and its intrinsic ability to bring people together. Shiza, a Pakistani woman, recalls her family as immigrants finding their place in America by cooking and sharing food with friends as a way of sharing their culture together. Our Place has become a source for modern, beautiful, and functional kitchen accessories. One of their best-sellers, ‘The Always Pan’ (known to replace the fry pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest) was even dubbed “the kitchen magician” by Oprah Winfrey. Whether you’re obsessing over salad bowls, main plates, or drinking glasses, Our Place products are kitchen essentials that are all too easy to become addicted to.
Last but certainly not least we pay homage to Havenly’s very own founders (and sisters!), Lee Mayer and Emily Motayed Lancaster. Lee discovered a personal need of her own when she moved to Denver and bought a house, which needed a bit more furniture than what she had collected from her tiny apartment in New York City. However, she was working long days, and felt like it was nearly impossible to find the time to try and figure out what to buy, and how to make it all go together. Lee wished for an online design service that simply didn’t exist. The solution? She called upon her sister, Emily, and they built it themselves.
The need for quick, convenient, and affordable interior design help was what sparked the idea for our very own Havenly, which has now become a go-to for online interior design services for any space, on any budget. Whether you’re creating your very own femme den or a space for the whole family, Havenly designers can help!