It’s officially Pride Month! And while it’s always a good time to show your support to the LGBTQIA+ community, now is an especially opportune occasion to let your rainbow flags fly high.
In the market for some Pride Month-friendly decor month that will look gorgeous in your home all year long? From cheeky doormats to beautiful vintage lithographs and more, here are 10 cool decor items from LGBTQIA+ owned home accessories brands to help you show your support in style.
Let guests know you’re loud and proud with a tongue-in-cheek doormat by Otherwild. Founded in 2012 by self-identified queer woman Rachel Berks — who’s famous for bringing back the iconic “The Future is Female” tee-shirt — Otherwild is a one-stop-shop for quirky yet design-savvy art and home decor. Along with offering a variety of LGBTQIA+ inspired apparel and housewares, Otherwild donates a portion of their proceeds to organizations including Planned Parenthood, The National Center for Transgender Equality, The Lesbian Herstory Archives, and Black Lives Matter.
Vintage Lithographs and Books
Why waste valuable wall space on a mass-produced art print when you can show off original, and affordable, vintage lithographs instead? Founded by couple Jannah Handy and Kiyanna Stewart in 2019, Brooklyn-based vintage store BLK MKT Vintage specializes in one-of-a-kind, Black History-minded collectibles, including signed first edition books by famous Black feminists.
The only thing better than a chic throw blanket is one that supports local artisans and the LGBTQIA+ community. Self-identified lesbian Sara Berks launched MINNA in 2013 with a mission to create ethically produced home goods, by partnering with family-run workshops and independent co-ops. Today, the brand offers everything from hand-woven rugs and storage baskets to bath towels and more, in an effort to promote traditional craft techniques and create jobs that encourage growth and financial stability for artisans in developing countries.
A sustainably made candle in a unique scent can elevate both the aroma and the ambiance of your home. Founded in 2016 by partners Matthew Herman and David Kien, Boy Smells designs sophisticated coconut and beeswax blend candles infused with bold and unexpected notes including cannabis, suede, and tobacco, in an effort to create intimate objects that “simultaneously embrace masculine and feminine in a simple and straightforward way that isn’t overtly targeted to one gender.” Consider this rainbow-colored mini set of five of the brand’s best-selling candles to brighten up your home for Pride Month.
Based in Dallas, Texas, married couple John Erdos and Louis Koay opened their online furniture store Erdos + Ko in 2015 to bring “functional, beautiful, and affordable” home furnishings to the masses. The pair source objects from all over the world in an effort to support Indigenous artisans and their ancient craft techniques, including hand-thrown pottery and hand-loomed rugs. Come for the colorful glass vases but stay for the crushed velvet side chairs.
There’s no better time than Pride Month to let your rainbow-colored flag fly high. Founded in 2013 by Heather Smith, Domestic Domestic is an online and brick-and-mortar boutique based in Little Rock, Arkansas that specializes in ethically made, heirloom-quality gifts and objects ranging from tongue-in-cheek tea towels to pet products to colorful canvas wall banners that display — and send— a positive message any time of year.
A beautiful throw blanket or pillow can breathe new life into a tired living room sofa. Founded in 2011 by self-identified Black queer womxn Alyah Baker, Show & Tell is an Oakland-based concept shop that promotes socially responsible practices, authentic self-expression, and the celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community and people of color. Show & Tell’s online shop offers a handpicked assortment of handmade home goods, including feminist icon candles, indigo-dyed throw pillows, and colorful quilts handcrafted by Baker’s mom.
Based in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Material Life Photographs is a lesbian-owned, Afro-centric shop that Carla Williams founded in 2016. In addition to a thoughtful curation of coffee table-worthy books and postcards, Material Life offers a select assortment of frameable photographs by Black photographers, as well as ones that feature Black subjects, including old-school gelatin photobooth portraits and super cool vintage arcade photos.
Created by Los Angeles native Sabine Maxine Lopez, A Tribe Called Queer is a multidisciplinary brand that features a gender-neutral and size inclusive clothing line, as well as a variety of Black and Pride-promoting gifts and decor accents, including framed — and affordable — statement art prints and candles. In addition to their online shop, A Tribe Called Queer hosts community events, artistic projects, and collaborations with other BIPOC/QTPOC artists to raise money and awareness for a range of LGBTQIA+ causes.
Launched in March 2009 by Riese Bernard and Alexandra Vega, Autostraddle is an independently owned — and “progressively feminist queer and trans” people ran — online magazine and social network that serves as the world’s most popular website for lesbian culture. Along with up-to-date news, book reviews, and interviews about queer and trans-related topics, the site also boasts an impressive online merch shop, where you’ll find everything from she/her pronoun pins to queer word magnets, with sales proceeds that go right back towards funding the magazine.
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