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8 Books Featuring Black Art And Design To Add To Your Home

I have curated a list of my favorite art and design books highlighting African Americans. If you are looking for some inspiring heritage-inspired art and decor, look no further. Whether you want to add to your collection, need the perfect coffee table book, or gift a friend, these books full of stunning interiors and soulful art are for you.

Furnishing Forward: A Practical Guide to Furnishing for a Lifetime by Sheila Bridges | Bulfinch
Sheila Bridges shares both professional and personal anecdotes, as well as information to help home and apartment dwellers, make the transition from Ikea to eclectic, from milk crates to furniture that will endure for years. Furnishing Forward guides the reader through finding and implementing a personal style within a realistic budget, with advice on where and how to shop for quality pieces as well as working with design professionals to create the look you want. With its witty narrative tone and its design-by-personality-type approach, no other decorating book is as useful for a younger audience while displaying a timeless style.

Cecil Hayes 9 Steps to Beautiful Living by Cecil Hayes | Watson-Guptill
Beauty, elegance, and attention to the smallest detail. These are the hallmarks of rooms created by acclaimed interior designer Cecil Hayes, the first African-American to be named one of the country’s Top 100 interior designers by Architectural Digest. She has worked her magic in the homes of countless celebrity clients, including Samuel L. Jackson, Ty Law, and Timbaland. Now readers can use Hayes’ nine steps to transform their ordinary rooms into dream spaces. Inspiring yet practical, the ideas and techniques she shares in this easy-to-follow guide—now in paperback for the first time—give everyone the confidence to live beautifully.

Remix: Decorating with Culture, Objects, and Soul by Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason | Potter Style
AphroChic bloggers and designers Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason along with Lonny co-founder and photographer Patrick Cline take you into homes where cultural, global décor breathes beauty and soul into contemporary interiors. Whether you love to source pieces from your travels or simply wish to evoke the destination of your dreams, Remix shows how bold color, unique patterns like ikats and suzanis, original art, and handcrafted furnishings and accessories can help you express your cultural experiences in stylish, unforgettable rooms.

Wild Interiors: Beautiful Plants in Beautiful Spaces by Hilton Carter Book | CICO Books
Hilton Carter brings his unique eye and love of plants to show you how to create luscious interiors that not only look amazing but are good for your well-being, too. Hilton first guides you through his plant journey, inspirations, and top ten favorite house plants. He then takes you on a Journey in Greenery, where he showcases the homes of 12 inspiring plant parents that demonstrate the versatility of decorating with plants. From a tiny house in Venice, California, and a light-filled loft in New York City, to a Berlin apartment decorated with vintage finds, and the Barcelona home of a ceramic artist, there are ideas for all types of spaces and budgets. Hilton then sets you off on your very own plant journey, taking you room by room, profiling the plants that are most suited to each. Packed full of interior design advice, Hilton shows you how to bring houseplants into your home to create an immediate impact.

The Art of the Gullah Spirit by Jonathan Green | University of South Carolina Press
Jonathan Green is best known for his vibrant depictions of the Gullah life and culture established by descendants of enslaved Africans who settled between northern Florida and North Carolina during the nineteenth century. For decades, Green’s vividly colored paintings and prints have captured and preserved the daily rituals and Gullah traditions of his childhood in the Lowcountry marshes of South Carolina.

While Green’s art continues to express the same energy, color, and deep respect for his ancestors, his techniques have evolved to feature bolder brush strokes and a use of depth and texture, all guided by his maturing artistic vision that is now more often about experiencing freedom and contentment through his art. This vision is reflected in the 179 new paintings featured in Gullah Spirit. His open and inviting images beckon the world to not only see this vanishing culture but also to embrace its truth and enduring spirit.

My Soul Has Grown Deep: Black Art from the American South by Cheryl Finley, Randall R. Griffey, Amelia Peck, and Darryl Pinckney | Metropolitan Museum of Art
My Soul Has Grown Deep considers the art-historical significance of contemporary Black artists working throughout the southeastern United States. These paintings, drawings, mixed-media compositions, sculptures, and textiles include pieces ranging from the profound assemblages of Thornton Dial to the renowned quilts of Gee’s Bend. Nearly 60 remarkable examples are illustrated alongside insightful texts that situate them in the history of modernism and the context of African American experience in the 20th-century South. This remarkable study simultaneously considers these works on their own merits while also making connections to mainstream contemporary art.

Style and Grace: African Americans at Home by Michael Henry Adams | Bulfinch
Take an extraordinary glimpse at African-American homes of style and beauty! The first book of its kind, Style and Grace: African-Americans at Home beautifully presents the African-American tradition for flair and creativity in home design and decoration. Readers will peek inside the impeccable homes of Russell Simmons Gordon Parks Charles Rangel Sylvia Williams And more! With stunning photography alongside delightful accounts of each domain and its inhabitants, this gorgeous volume paints a rich portrait of home elegance. A true celebration of distinctive style!

Restoration House Creating A Home That Gives Life And Connection To All Who Enter by Kennesha Buycks | Zondervan
Kennesha Buycks is the creative behind Restoration House; a dream realized while living on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. A proud Southern girl originally from Guntersville, Alabama, Kennesha realized very young she had a knack not only for the creative but for connecting the hearts and minds of the communities with which she had the privilege of sharing life through those very talents. In Restoration House, home decor and lifestyle guide Kennesha Buycks of Restoration House blog shows you how to embrace your home and your story as you create mindful spaces that give life to you, your loved ones, and all who enter. Home is meant to be a place to belong. A place to gather and connect. A place of beauty. A place to restore your soul.


Michiel Perry is the founder of Black Southern Belle, a lifestyle brand focused on African-American women with a Southern connection. See more of her work for aspire design and home here!

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