Our homes are some of the most sacred places in our lives. From the artwork adorned on the walls to the linens draped over the beds, every product in our home means something to us - whether we know it or not. After being home for 12 consecutive months, we're all taking better inventory of the pieces and spaces we give energy to.
We often think of our homes as our temples, our refuge from the world, our safest among safest places. And in this day and age, we are reminded just how fragile our space can be. And how important the pieces that reside in it, match the person who does as well.
There's nothing like stepping into a new season with a full spiritual cleanse. Harvested in California and assembled in Atlanta, this white sage cleansing kit is ideal for eliminating negative energies for yourself, your home, or any space before the new season starts. This one even comes with the Palo Santo wood stick and the cutest shell!
We are obsessed with scents that instantly transport us to the nostalgia of summer even as we experience it in the present. This Candle Smells Like Summer by The Collins House is exactly that. With top notes of mango, orange, and apple, and base notes of passionfruit and raspberry -- this candle is undoubtedly the vibe you're waiting for.
For those of us channeling our inner Erykah Badu vibes with our incense on deck, R-KI-TEKT has the perfect home decor find. You can thank us later because this wooden incense holder will be the cutest thing displayed in your home all summer long. It's available in LIGNE as well as RAHA and is perfect for any small space.
Two things that children struggle with: encouragement and eating healthy. With this product, parents are killing two birds with one stone. Available in a bevy of professions, parents can personalize any plate to give their children continued encouragement, even while eating their greens.
If you're looking for an easy way to add something new to your space this summer, look no further than Nifteenest's lampshades. Ranging from minimalist to eye-catching prints, these lampshades are handmade featuring African prints and fabrics. This geometric lampshade with monochromatic hues is perfect for brightening up any space and adds a dynamic layer to an otherwise basic home decor item.
Inspired by the sweet heartbeat of Harlem, this luxury candle reflects the spirited soul fostered by Lenox Avenue and the seductive magic of the famed thoroughfare. With notes of tangerine, coconut, vanilla, and sandalwood, you couldn't pick a better candle to burn on those sweet summer days with lovers and friends.
In one's humble opinion, you can never go wrong with a set of stylish small plates, and these turquoise porcelain appetizer plates are no exception. Handmade in Jamaica and inspired by nature, you'd be hard-pressed to find a chicer set of plates. But don't let the title fool you; the flexibility of small plates in your home is endless. They can be delicately placed on a nightstand for jewelry, alongside an entryway table for keys trinkets, or merely on a bedroom vanity for aesthetic purposes; the possibilities are endless.
You'll be the talk of your dinner party crew with this marble and wood Amara serving set. From picnics in the park to romantic dinners with your partner, these marble and wood spoons are perfect for any occasion.
A collection fit for a queen, the Nzinga Family Set is a modern and bold take on traditional dining sets. This particular pattern is inspired by Queen Nzinga, the mighty Warrior Queen of Angola, and symbolizes a commitment to family and community. Plus, with a set of 20, there's no limit to who you can invite over!
At the moment, woven baskets are having a huge moment. Perfect for dirty clothes or general storage, the traditional coil-style weaving technique is an essential summer style. This handmade basket from Expedition Subsahara is woven with elephant grass and recycled plastic for sustainability. On top of that, 20 percent of every sale is earmarked for the building of a girls' STEAM school in Senegal, which will empower young women and give them the opportunity, confidence, and education to choose their path in life.
We all know our good sis Jackie Aina doesn't play when it comes to delivering the goods, and that's especially true when referring to her candle line, Forvr Mood. The new Sprung SZN collection is full of vanilla, citrus, and all the summer scents we yearn for.
What's better than one planter? Two *in my Beyonce voice*. The stoneware planter by The Fond Home is a striking accent piece that will elevate any space, adding a bold and eclectic vibe. With two sections for greenery, it keeps your home lively for summer.
With graphic prints being a huge summer trend this year, the Limon throw pillow cover is a perfect accessory to brighten up your living space. Whether in your living room or one of your bedrooms, this hand-sewn pillow cover is a great piece to elevate any space.
A great smelling candle with customizable sayings? Sign us up. The Sage candle from Lonez Scents is an earthy, herbal scent with notes of sweet apple. The best part? There's a variety of sayings available ("Culture anxiety is racism, Black and Transparent") to personalize your candle even more.
Set the summer mood for your home from the onset by purchasing a fun welcome mat from Kicky Mats! They also make the perfect gift for housewarmings, newlyweds, or birthdays.
If you ever wondered what summer Sundays in Brooklyn smell like, look no further than this candle right here. A soy blend with notes of lemongrass and wild basil, this candle has a burn time of 70 hours with beautiful minimalist packaging that compliments any personal space.
Quite possibly one of the best-smelling candles in 2021, the Namaste Luxe candle is a personal favorite and must-have for the summer season. This hand-poured candle is packed with vanilla and sandalwood with woody undertones; the perfect scent for a calming summer.
Beautiful black art, who doesn't want that in their home? The Victoria from Naledi Tshegofatso Modupi is a stunning print that would enhance any space and comes in a variety of sizes.
Words by Courtney Simpson
Featured image designed by Kyra James