This past year, we’ve all prioritized practicality, putting frivolous or impulse clothing purchases on hold and instead buying items that will improve our daily life in one way or another. When it comes to finding something special for Valentine’s Day, the same mentality still applies. While a box of chocolates or bouquet of roses are traditional gifts, why not take a break from those clichés and say “I love you” with a beautiful jewelry box? Not only can she use it well after February 14, but it also doubles as decor that can liven up your home

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Lakay Designs, LLC is a small business of African print designs for home as well as everyday life. This Home Decor Business has sold over 50,000 Comforters, Pillows, and Beddings.

It may have been a slow burn, but the fashion world’s ever-watchful eyes have finally started to turn towards African artistic designs and unique patterns. African textile designs and arts are representative symbols of African society. Their design creations and arts are known for unique geometric patterns graced with a beautiful choice of bright colors. The skills and aesthetics of African textile have been appreciated by many people and used

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Naina, a litigation associate and Joshua, a resident ENT surgeon, met in their first week as freshman at the University of Maryland College Park. Joshua was eating with his roommate in the basement lounge of their dorm when Naina approached them and introduced herself, with a bowl of popcorn in hand. For their first official date, they went to see Where the Wild Things Are in Bethesda, and almost nine years later, Josh proposed during a walk along the water on a weekend trip to the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels. Afterwards, they celebrated with champagne, a cheeseboard,

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Etsy has long been a top destination to shop for unique, handmade decor, but it’s easy to get lost in the pages and pages of clickable products. So we wanted to take this moment to showcase the work of some of our favorite Black artists.

From African-inspired textiles to handcrafted farmhouse furniture, we’re pretty sure this list has something for everyone. Without further ado, here are six amazing Black-owned Etsy shops you can support during your next decor binge.

1. Macrame magic

Pink Lady wall hanging

Etsy

Macrame has been making a comeback in home decor for quite some time

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Pasadena Antique Center 

“I love poking around the different vendors at the Pasadena Antique Center and then going down the block to check out TL Gurley and across the street to Revival. I especially love their early California furniture.” —Frances Merrill

480 S. Fair Oaks Ave.

Pop Up Home 

“I’m obsessed with finding soulful pieces for our projects and Pop Up Home is a place I’ll always find something. From vintage rugs and ceramics to Gio Ponti mirrors and Vladimir Kagan sectionals, they’re a guaranteed hit.” —Adair Curtis

927 N. Sycamore Ave.

Pop Up Home

Photo: Ace
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