With March comes the end of winter, the start of spring, and, best of all: International Women’s Day. This year, the honorary day fell on March 8, 2022, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate all month (or year) long.
In celebration of women-owned brands and businesses, we turned to some of our favorite designers to ask for their suggestions and recommendations on the female-founded brands they love. These design pros—all of whom are women business-owners themselves—more than delivered.
Consider this guide the ultimate go-to for your spring home refresh while supporting a woman-owned business—a total win-win.
Anna Franklin of Stone House Collective
- Bespoke Binny: “Bespoke Binny has an amazing selection of home goods with prints on everything from aprons to lampshades.”
- Emma Make Studio: “Emma Hall’s contemporary art prints are full of florals, animals, and geometric shapes, all of which add a peaceful, modern element to the walls.”
- Tal & Bert: “These unique geode planters and candles are a go-to gift and become the talking point in any room we use them in.”
- Lolly Lolly: “I love how playful, yet organic Lalese’s work is. Her story is very empowering. I particularly love all the matte black she uses in her work.”
- Parachute: “Parachute offers a natural and organic vibe that has a very laid back look and is beautiful in any type of home. In addition to looking great, you can’t beat the softness of their products—something I think we all crave to live in.”
- District Loom: “These vintage rugs are handmade and tell an artful story from the decades they come from. In addition to offering beautiful products, the individual behind this brand is equally as beautiful. She shares her heart and soul daily, which has made watching as she has grown her business over the last few years a really fun process.”
Parachute Cloud Cotton Duvet Cover Set
Leia T. Ward of LTW Design
- Intimate Living Interiors: "I have been a fan of Intimate Living Interiors for years. When I was starting out, I met Kari and Tory at Market in Las Vegas and they showed me how to 'do market' along with their favorite vendors. They are truly one of my favorites. I love how they mix old with new, how the spaces they create feel warm yet modern and inviting as though they could have been there for many years. They have this magical way of incorporating old pieces with new ones along with adding very rich layers. They are truly an inspiration."
- Stowed: "Elissia is a powerhouse. She has created an incredible business while having three young children at home. (I can relate!) We immediately hit it off after working together on an LTW project. Her story is amazing—she was a lawyer on Wall Street and made a complete pivot. She is now following her dream and has created a thriving business in the design field.”
Brooke Wilbratte of Tribe Design Group
- Supply Showroom: “This is our go-to local showroom for fabrics and wallpapers. Callie Jenschke, Kim West & Kristin Gish have sourced amazing textiles from all over the world from whimsical and colorful down to the basics. I’m there for hours when I get to run in there and source for my clients.”
- Wildflower Organics: “This is a local home goods store that is our absolute go-to. Ariana Whiting has an excellent eye for sourcing exquisite bedding, all kinds of home furnishings, accessories, tabletop needs, the best mattresses you can buy, amazing towels…really everything you need for your home, plus an adorable baby section!”
- Good Company: “90% of my wardrobe is from Good Company. Mallary Carroll not only has the best eye for women’s fashion but she also designs her own brand called SBJ Austin that fits every woman so well! She also has a Home store next door with amazing vintage finds from upholstery to rugs to glassware and everything in-between.”
Supply Showroom Scallop Wallpaper
Ginger Curtis of Urbanology Designs
- Heather Essian: “Dallas-based abstract artisan, Heather Essian, is a favorite of ours. We consistently source from her for art, textiles, and plaster sculptures.”
Kristin Bartone of Bartone Interiors
- In2Green: “In2Green is a favorite supplier of beautiful blankets made from recycled water bottles—and it's also women-founded, which is another great opportunity to support other female-owned businesses in our industry.”
- Lacefield Design: “Lacefield Design is a pillow company that is our number one resource for their pillows and textiles inspired by the human spirit, nature, relics, and culture. Many of their designs are inspired by their travels and life experiences!”
Emma Sims Hilditch of Sims Hilditch Designs
- De le Cuona: “Beautiful fabrics and fine craftsmanship make this female-owned brand (founded by Bernie de le Cuona) stand out. We use only the highest quality materials in our interiors and the attention to detail in de le Cuona’s linen is second to none.”
- Chelsea Textiles: “Founded by Mona Perlhagen, Chelsea Textiles is a never-ending source of traditional Gustavian and 20th-century style furniture and beautifully embroidered fabrics. These pieces bring plenty of character to a home and work well in both old and new properties.”
- Penny Morrison: “Founded by interior designer Penny Morrison, this British brand has a beautiful range of fabrics in a collection of fresh and uplifting colorways which work perfectly in a city or country home. We recently used a Penny Morrison fabric to upholster the ‘Emma’ armchairs in our Cotswold studio; these are part of our new capsule furniture collection with George Smith.”
Penny Morrison Blue and Green Chintamani Large Plate
Stephanie Purzycki of The Finish
- Dorset and Pond: “Dorset and Pond is a women-owned business that just launched their first line of beautiful fabrics, designed and made locally in Connecticut. I can't wait to use their new line of products in one of my projects.”
- Coco beans: “Coco beans is another women-owned business with a line of silk crib bedding. The patterns are adorable, but more importantly, they’re great for babies with sensitive skin and allergies. They also help reduce frizz, tangles, and heat rashes. We love them for our nursery designs!”
Dorset & Pond Cos Cob Throw Pillow
Alice Arterberry and Barrett Cooke of Arterberry Cooke
- Dearheart Miscellany: “Jenny McCormick makes beautiful jesmonite plaster home goods. Her goods, candlesticks, platters, and more are fun, whimsical, and liven up any space. Jenny is a wonderful craftsperson who also runs a cake company, Dearheart Confections, which makes truly special birthday cakes.”
- Amanda Friedman Prints: “Amanda is a brilliant photographer who just opened an affordable print shop. Amanda is an accomplished commercial and portrait photographer but the series she is selling in her print shop capture moody, non-typical LA moments. From foggy twilights to empty parkscapes, the images are very evocative of the quieter, less sunny, but still very present side of LA.”
- Pots by SAM: “Ani is an accomplished ceramicist and artist and she made some beautiful custom cups for us to give to our clients this holiday. Her work is influenced by her hometown of Miami and her multicultural upbringing. We love her bold aesthetic and unique designs. These are the cups she made for us, which we gifted to our clients for the holidays.”
- Collected Interiors: “We are so impressed by Petra’s work as an interior designer and talented artist. She helps bring warmth and “vacation mode” into all her furniture plans and works with clients to select art and furnishings that speak to their own sensibilities.”
- Urban Oak Photography: “Mandy is an excellent architectural photographer as well as an event photographer in Austin. We always trust her to capture our work in its best light.”
Mindy O'Connor of Melinda Kelson O'Connor Architecture & Interiors
- Trish DeMasi and ceramicist Teresa Chang: "Adding one striking textural sculpture or vase of fresh flowers in a beautifully crafted vase can completely change the atmosphere of a room and these are two of my go-to sources for finding such items.”
Susan Spath of Kern & Co
- The Vale London: “One of my favorite women-owned businesses to support is The Vale London, a textile and wallpaper company by the brilliant Melinda Marquardt. Melinda hand-draws all the designs and has them turned into fabrics and wallpaper that are just stunning.”
The Vale London Mao Tai Wallcovering
Emily Ruff of Cohesively Curated
- L'AVANT: “L'AVANT was founded by two Seattle moms, Lindsay And Kristi, and their products have completely taken off over the past year. Their hand soap, dish soap, and multi-purpose spray are must-haves, so it is easy to understand why. The scent is amazing and the products really work. I gifted them to my clients for the holidays and everyone loves them.”
- Heirlooms: “Nicki has such a great eye for unique rugs and the customer service of Heirlooms is fantastic. I've used her rugs in several recent projects and they truly transform the space with one-of-a-kind rugs that have beautiful patterns and vibrant colors.”
- Found Home Shop: “Natalie's collection of vintage and antique rugs, available on her Instagram shop, is soft and serene and all of her selections are so versatile. Whether you want to keep your space neutral or add pops of color, she continues to source amazing rugs and offers them at great price points.”
- Clad Home: “I've used Clad Home for years for custom sofas and their standard sofa offerings. The comfort level and quality of a Clad Sofa are unmatched anywhere else and their prices are very reasonable for the quality of sofa you're getting. Rosa is very transparent about her strong values for the company, which is inspiring.”
Tara Miller of The Heartland Interior Design
- Wax Buffalo: “Wax Buffalo has my favorite candle scents that I have ever smelled, I promise. They are even better than any of those bigger name-brand candles! I personally love the Verona scent, they even wear the fragrance version of it. You can really tell the extra care they put into their products and their packaging looks chic just out in your house!
- Candice Luter Art: “She creates incredible art. I put one of her mirror metal & fringe pieces in my son’s nursery, and he loves looking at it. Now she’s collaborated with Lulu & Georgia, West Elm, and Target. Way to go, Candice!”
- Estelle Colored Glass: “My hands-down favorite place to buy glassware is from Estelle Colored Glass—they have a color for every mood, from calm and chill to outrageous and wild. You can easily set the tone for your next ladies' brunch, holiday party, or happy hour with Estelle's amazing collection of colored glassware. I specifically love their pack of mixed colors because it’s fun and can pull in so many different colors on the table setting like floral arrangements, napkins, plates, etc. My personal favorites are either lavender or fuchsia. Go bold or go home."
Estelle Colored Glass Wine Glasses
Rebecca Hay of Rebecca Hay Designs Inc.
- The Collective Workspace: “This is a beautiful co-working space for design entrepreneurs with monthly community events, and my favorite thing to use: their podcast booth.”
- Abode: “Must-have product: the All Day PJ Set. I feel so put together whether I’m recording a podcast, meeting with my team on Zoom, or tucking myself into bed with an excellent book.”
- Ten and Co: “Their reusable sponge towels are great because they are compostable and cute enough to include in a client gift basket when we design a kitchen.”