When you can get the ball rolling on your interior design-related new year resolution
*and* support women
, it's a win for everyone. And with many of these shops showcasing other female makers and artisans, along with giving back to communities, there are countless reasons to feel good about spending your money to update your space with new goodies. Click through the slideshow for women-run stores to help make your home happy and show support for your fellow females.
: Abigail Cook Stone started out as an art buyer for Ralph Lauren, and after traveling the world in search of treasures to adorn the brand’s stores and restaurants, she decided it was time to launch her own venture. Cook earned her MBA and hatched the idea for Otherland, which brings the energy of art, design, and fragrance to every moment at home. It's nearly impossible to pick a favorite, but we're currently burning Rattan
($36), a sandalwood, amber, and moss blend.
: Jillian Punska founded this Portland-based ethical store in order to highlight and support female artists and makers. "Selling ethically made products created by women... is one powerful way to support and uplift women," says Punska. Every section of the store is a must-see, but be sure to click through the pages of their home section to see all of the interior gems, like this Virginia Sin Ceramics Coil Bowl
: Last year, Britt Bunn and Christiane Lemieux set out to change the way we order custom furniture, and they *nailed it*. With free shipping and an average lead time of three weeks, it's never been easier to score the custom piece of your dreams. Browse all of their fabric selections and silhouettes, and don't miss out on their A+ designer collaborations. Your living room and bedroom will thank you.
Armadillo & Co.
: Founded in 2009 by Jodie Fried and Sally Pottharst, Armadillo & Co. was born to create elegant, simple, and handwoven rugs with a social conscience. Each rug is made meticulously by hand, using only natural, sustainable fibers, and traditional weaving methods in India, where Armadillo & Co employs nearly 1,500 artisans. Their latest collection, Earth & Latitude
($220+), is inspired by aerial photography of the natural environment.
: Back in 2014, Rachel Bentley and Carly Nance built a company that empowers artisans around the globe. The Citizenry's name comes from a reflection of the collective of individuals — artisans, designers, and dreamers — who rally together across cultures and continents to craft collections.
You won't find any mass-produced items here; each piece is handcrafted, with 10% of proceeds invested back into artisan communities.
Year & Day
: Heads up: Stocking your kitchen cabinets just got a whole lot easier. Founded in San Francisco by Kathryn Duryea Wyndowe, Year & Day offers a no-fuss selection of dinnerware in a classic, streamlined silhouette. And to keep things simple, pieces are only available in four semi-matte, elemental colorways inspired by the California coastline: midnight, fog, daybreak, and moon.
: Stacy Longenecker launched Leif Shop in June 2011 as an online-only space with a focus on special, lesser-known gems and yet-to-be-discovered makers. Shop online or pop into their Brooklyn brick-and-mortar shop for vibrant jewelry, rich home textiles, and unexpected pops of color.
Favor The Kind
: Carley Seale opened her home, gift, and apparel boutique in Dallas back in 2007. Over 10 years later, there are four locations and counting. The company's mission is to always strive to spread the joy of the kind life by carrying homemade, sustainably produced apparel, gifts, and home items. Our favorite pick? The one-of-a-kind Moroccan Azilal Floor Pouf
($228) made from talsint carpet.
: Mimi DeMarquez finds inspiration in making functional objects, with a focus on color and pattern. Each piece in her Portland, Oregon, studio is hand-thrown on the wheel, kiln-fired to bisque, hand-glazed/decorated, and high-fired up to completion.
DeMarquez's favorite product to date? Her classic Macaroni Vase
($80). "I’ve been making it for 4 or 5 years, and it’s still really fun to make; I throw it on the wheel and then assemble it. That eventually led to the Circle Vase with a similar process."
The Yo! Store
: This Portland-based store, owned by Sarah Radcliffe, features lifestyle pieces for women, their homes, their BFFs, and their kids. With an impressive combination of vintage and new, along with a stunningly curated home section, your closets and homes are sure to be happy.
: In 2010, designer Ellen Van Dusen launched Dusen Dusen, a womenswear line known for its bold, original prints on versatile, wearable silhouettes. Five years later, the brand expanded with the launch of Dusen Dusen Home. Between the patterned towels, vibrant bedding (like the Cutouts collection
($160) above), and graphic pillows, we truly can't pick a favorite.
Brooklyn Candle Studio
: Tamara Mayne has been experimenting with candlemaking and scents when she started making them as gifts from a kit purchased at Michael's. Nine months later, a tiny Etsy store was born. "Scent is also such a powerful form of memory. It can instantly change someone's mood to smell something they love or that reminds them of a time, person, or place near and dear," explains Mayne. Candle enthusiasts, make sure to stay tuned for new travel-inspired releases in the next couple of months.
Block Shop Textiles
: Block Shop started as an art project in 2010 when Lily Stockman, a painter, was living in Jaipur and a mutual friend introduced her to the Chhipa family, who ran a small block printing studio in Bagru. Stockman began block printing oversized geometric compositions on sari yardage, and Block Shop was born.
The designs begin on paper and are printed with wooden blocks and then dyed in small batches. The results are gorgeous prints, scarves, and home textiles, with 5 percent of annual profits invested in their Bagru Women's Empowerment Program.
: After getting laid off from her advertising job, Karrie Dean decided it was time to do something with her art degree. Once she spent some time sketching and tracking down some awesome artisans, Happy Habitat was born. "Creating these blankets makes me truly happy, and I never get tired of hearing from boutique owners and customers alike that having them around makes them feel happy too," says Dean.
Dean fully embraces the concept of slow design and small business, so you can feel good about how the blankets are made and who makes them. Her favorite product at the moment is the Eco Throw
($160). "They are made from recycled cotton that would have ended up in a landfill. It’s spun into new yarn and then becomes throws! So something that would have been textile waste turns into a useful cozy throw," explains Dean.
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