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Where we choose to spend money is an actionable step that we can all take to relieve the socioeconomic challenges that African American companies face in our country. While I talked about some Charleston home related businesses to support these companies are small, black owned shops that provide goods via the web. We all love to shop online so next time your’e searching for home decor keep these noteworthy boutiques in mind.

Rochelle Porter Design Atlanta-based artist Rochelle Porter creates bold, vibrant patterns for printed products, including apparel, home decor, electronic device cases, packaging, stationery and much more. Her brand combines her passion for patterns with her commitment to social responsibility.

Rochelle Porter Design
Rochelle Porter Design

Southern Elegance Candle Co. Self proclaimed southern belle, D’Shawn Russell crafts her scents to conjure up a slower, more simpler time. With names like Back Roads, Front Porch, and Summer Bliss these divinely packaged small batch candles are created in Raeford, NC.

Southern Elegance Candle Co.
Southern Elegance Candle Co.

AphroChic Interior designers Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason, curated their online shop with striking pillows, poufs, rugs and lighting. This husband and wife team is dedicated to exploring the intersection of modern design and global culture across diverse populations.


Reflektion Design This home accessories brand is geared to culturally inspired people who love to express their authentic self through design. Sourcing products with a discerning eye for pattern, designer Anitra Terrell offers products that help you create a home that feels collected not decorated.

Reflektion Design
Reflektion Design

Tackussanu Senegal Jasz Dio and Cheikh Biaye bring handmade basket decor by Senegal artisan women to the United States market. Their neutral and colorful wares come in wide variety of sizes and styles so finding one to complement your decor is easy.

Tackussanu Senegal
Tackussanu Senegal

Bolé Road Textiles Born in Ethiopa, Hana Getachew, brings a diverse collection of products to the home decor market. This Brooklyn based designer’s love of color is evident in this expansive home decor shop that helps customers create spaces they love, while supporting economic development in Ethiopia.

Bole Road Textiles
Bole Road Textiles

Effortless Composition: This one-stop shop for eclectic home decor is carefully curated by owner Brittiny Terry. Sourcing from Istanbul to Los Angeles, she partners with skilled artisans to bring fresh designs to life. 

Effortless Composition
Effortless Composition

More fabulous finds can be found on this extensive list compiled by Shoppe Black. Happy Shopping!

Mr. H says: A big business starts small-Enjoy!

Top Three Spring 2016 High Point Market Trends

The Spring 2016 High Point market featured the best new products and ideas for the home.  These are three of the biggest trends spotted at this season’s furniture market.

The Color Blue

So many of the showrooms were awash in shades of blue.  Indigo, cobalt and cerulean made appearances in fabrics, lighting and accessories.

The very blue Duralee showroom

Duralee High Point Showroom

Capel Rugs “Flash” rug in indigo

Capel Rugs "Flash" Indigo

Taylor Burke Home navy pendant light

Taylor Burke Home Navy Pendant

Lacquer Furniture

Straddling the line between traditional and modern, lacquer furniture adds instant glamour to any decor.

Worlds Away orange lacquer desk

Worlds Away orange lacquer desk

Moes Home Collection black lacquer cabinet

Moes Home Collection black lacquer cabinet

John Richard red lacquer cabinet

John Richard red lacquer cabinet


Both faux and real was the biggest trend at this Spring’s market.   Providing deep texture, fur is playful yet sophisticated.

Moe’s Home Collection fur pillows

Moe's Home Collection fur pillows

Fur backed chairs chairs from Currey and Company

Currey and Company fur backed chairs

Interlude Hone featured luxe acrylic and fur benches

Interlude acrylic and fur stools

Not sure whether to sit or pet this luxurious Glassimo fur and glass chair

Glassimo fur and glass chair

High Point Furniture Market can be tiring to even the most seasoned visitor!

High Point Furniture Market dog

Mr. H says:  The best trends are the ones that make you look and feel great-Enjoy!

Get the Look: Art Nouveau

Flowing curves, organic forms, and plant-inspired motifs characterize the Art Nouveau style. Look for items with highly stylized designs in lighting, furniture and many other home interior products.

Hubbardton Forge Lighting’s hand crafted organic shapes are made in Vermont.

Hubbardton Forge Antasia Lamp

The legs and antiqued mirror inlays on this Uttermost console table offers deference to the Art Nouveau style.

Uttermost Almont console table

Stylized motifs are found in these on trend Schumacher fabrics and wallpaper

chumacher Fontenay Vase fabric

Schumacher Rampura wallpaper

Paint colors were fairly somber with mustard yellow, sage green and brown predominated with pops of peacock-blue and purple for interest.

Art Nouveau Color Palette

Beautiful Art Nouveau tiles can be incorporated in a kitchen tile back splash or a fireplace surround.

DuQuella Tile Daisy Motif

DuQuella Tile Tulip

Still a vibrant design style, Art Nouveau organic, nature inspired details fits perfectly into today’s modern interiors as seen in this Karastan rug.Art Nouveau style rug

Mr. H says: The thing most long for is a beautiful house-Enjoy!

Independent Style

“Ours is the only country deliberately founded on a good idea.”  ~John Gunther
As our country gets ready to celebrate our 235th year as an independent nation its time to show off our national colors of red white and blue to honor the occasion.  Here are some hip ways to incorporate this dynamic combination.

Patriotic pillows from World Market

World Market flag pillows

It doesn’t all have to be stars and stripes as shown in this casual, Williams Sonoma, table setting in our country’s colors.

Fourth of July table Williams Sonoma

Fly Old Glory.  Check out the protocol for flying the US flag at this web site:

Fourth of July flag

The furry friends can sport the colors too.

Fourth of July dog

Create a festive cocktail: The Yankee Doodle

1 ½ oz  SKYY Infusions Grape vodka

1 tsp. Sugar

4 slices of fresh peeled ginger

Top with Soda

Muddle grapes, ginger, and sugar in pint glass. Add ice and SKYY Infusions Grape Vodka. Shake vigorously and strain into cocktail glass over fresh ice. Top with soda and garnish with raspberries & blueberries!

Mr. H says: America is a tune that must be sung together-Enjoy!

Anniversary Gifts

Three years of wedded bliss.  Check out these traditional and contemporary gift meanings.

The traditional gift for the third year of marriage is leather.  Durable, strong, yet resilient are all qualities that make a happy marriage.

A classic leather recliner

Leathercraft chair

A gorgeous white leather jacket

White leather jacket

The modern third year gift is crystal loved for its dazzling, but fragile beauty.

A modern Schonbek crystal chandelier

Schonbek crystal chandelier

A lovely Lenox decanter for your fine spirits

Traditional 3rd anniversary colors are jade green

and White

The Sunflower is the traditional 3rd Anniversary flower representing loyalty and longevity

Sunflower in vase

Mr. H says: A spouse is someone who’ll stand by you through all the trouble you wouldn’t have had if you were single-Enjoy!

Design School: Color Blue

In our continuing Design School series on color we are spot lighting blue today. Blue evokes feelings of calmness or serenity and is often described as peaceful, tranquil, secure, and orderly.  People are more productive in blue offices and it is great for weight loss since it is the least appetizing of colors.  Many people, especially men, consider blue to be their favorite color.

The Blue Room in the White House has been the traditional place for presidents to formally receive guests. Designed in the French Empire style, The Blue Room has sapphire blue fabric draperies and furniture that is similar in color to fabric used in the room in 1800’s.

White House blue room

A blue room I designed for a ASID/CSOL Charleston Designer Showhouse features dark navy blue walls set off by bright white trim.

J. Rhodes Interior Design Blue Room designer showhouse

In a project on the Isle of Palms, we used a lighter blue for the walls to set off the clients art and rug collection.

J. Rhodes Interior Design Blue Room

J. Rhodes Interior Design Blue Dining Room

Blue velvet Worlds Away arm chair

Worlds Away Cameron arm chair with navy velvet

Decorative tableware is an easy way to add blue into your decor

Mr. H says: If the sight of blue skies fill you with joy, imagine how this color would feel in your favorite room-Enjoy!

Yearning for Yellow

Yellow.  It evokes sunshine, smiley faces, daffodils, baby ducks….and who couldn’t use a little bright light on this gray first day of February.

If a yellow room is not your style or redecorating is not in the budget here are some tricks to incorporate yellow into any room of your house.

A designer staple-Eastern Accents Pillows!

Eastern Accents beetle pillowEastern Accents monarch pillowEastern Accents finch pillow

Serve up your favorite libation with this sunny set-As the web site says “it does not get any cheerier than this!”

Pier 1

You’ll love your smiling reflection in this yellow mirror

Yellow Mirror

Create your own sunshine with a bright yellow lamp

Robert Abbey

And who wouldn’t want this arrangement to arrive at your door on a dreary day

Yellow flower arrangement

Mr. H says: Flowers speak when words escape-Enjoy!

Amazing Astrology

With all the recent chatter about the astrological chart shifting and that great big full moon last night, I hunted out some campy celestial ideas for your home.

A giclee print from the Catalan Atlas: Detail of the Signs of the Zodiac, by Jafunda and Abraham Cresques in 1375

Toast your sign with these wine glasses


A sweet Limoges box with your astrological sign to hold some trinkets

Mr. H particularly likes these zodiac sign dog bowls

 Zodiac dog bowl

Set a heavenly table with these crescent moon place card and candle holders

A moon and star wind chime for the garden

Mr. H says: Who needs astrology when we have fortune cookies-Enjoy!

Icicle Inspired Design

In Charleston, it’s fairly rare that we get this kind of weather and as dangerous as the roads are there are still some nice things to glean from it.

Here’s a shot of our flag frozen stiff with ice and the pretty icicles that have appeared on our bushes.

J. Rhodes Interior Design

It’s easy to incorporate the icy look into your home decor (and I don’t mean turning the heat down!)

Light a few candles in these sparkly candlesticks from Orrefors

Orrefors Carat Candlesticks

Cuddle up with this pure white throw from Cricket’s Hand Knits

Crickets Creations throw
Crickets Creations

Light up the night with this elegant prism cut crystal chandelier from Sparkle Decor

Sparkle Decor Crystal Chandelier
Sparkle Decor

Toast the icy weather with these Waterford champagne flutes.

Waterford Lismore flutes

Mr. H says: That while the roads are icy one absolutely cannot get to the office but can always manage to get to the bar-Enjoy!

Funky design Charleston

While out and about last evening a snapped these photos of some interesting decor at the Tattooed Moose.

I liked the jaunty hat on this one

J. Rhodes Interior Design

and take a really close look at these bandits

J. Rhodes Interior Design

These darlings were perched up high

J. Rhodes Interior Design

We also checked out the new Molly Darcy’s where I found some interesting design in the ladies’ room.  I really liked how they incorporated the “wood” tile on the walls and the pebble tile floor was fun too.

J. Rhodes Interior Design

J. Rhodes Interior Design

Mr. H says: Decorating has always been about making simple objects precious-Enjoy!