Stacey-Ann Blake (@designaddictmom)
If you're anything like me, being at home a lot more than usual this past year has made you rethink a lot of things in your home that you see every day, like the clutter (oh, the clutter), the keepsakes, and the bedspread you've had for years. But in addition to just looking at my stuff a lot more closely, I also moved, which made me go through everything with a more critical eye. Your home is meant to be your safe space, a true oasis, and a place that sparks joy, and finally having a new space that I could call my own meant that I could really decorate to my liking (and my partner's, of course . . . kind of).
It wasn't just a room in a house full of roommates and hand-me-down furniture anymore. I now had an apartment to decorate and a lot of design to rethink, so I began to do some digging. Pinterest has always been my go-to for inspiration, but I've found that Instagram also has some really amazing home-decor influencers. As I was scrolling through and searching for new people to follow, I noticed that among the hundreds of popular and verified accounts of white interior designers and home stylists, there weren't that many Black women.
It was important for me to find my inspiration and enjoyment of home decor from these women. Yes, everyone's home should be their safe space, but sometimes for Black women, it's our only safe space. And I wanted to see how other women like me transformed their homes. No kidding, I really had to dig to find them. But I'm so glad I did. Once I found a few, my world of home decor on Instagram opened up to more and more Black women who are killing it on the home-decor front. What we can do with a space is magical.
This simple act of scrolling showed me that there is, like in so many areas of the world, a lack of representation. But these 11 amazing Black women ahead are changing the game (and helping my apartment) for the better. Keep reading to learn more about them and why you'll want to hit the "Follow" button immediately.