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Looking at your local home decor store, you’re likely to see countless wall hangings featuring glamorous white celebrities like Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. The same, however, can’t be said for Black icons. But Don’t Sleep Interiors wants to change that by creating home decor items that celebrate Black activism.
Based in Atlanta, Don’t Sleep Interiors was created to bring unapologetically Black home decor to the market. The Black-owned business operates under the tagline, “Free your mind and liberate your space.” To embody this mantra, the brand sells products celebrating historic people and places in Black history.
“Don’t Sleep Interiors started from a desire to combine interior decor and culture from the African diaspora with social and political consciousness,” the brand’s website reads.
While the company sells products like wall hangings and mugs, Don’t Sleep Interiors’ pillows, which feature quotes and portraits of Black visionaries like Angela Davis and James Baldwin, are seemingly gaining the most attention on social media. And it’s easy to see why these radical pillows are making people take notice.
“The hope is that these pieces will not only add to the style of homes, offices and businesses, but that they will also invoke meaningful conversations, promote free thinking and encourage exploration into our collective past,” the brand explains.
Check out some of Don’t Sleep Interiors’ home decor items that will bring activist sensibility to your home. Who knew a decorative pillow could be so powerful?
Shop: James Baldwin Pillow, $42
Shop: Angela Davis Pillow, $42
Shop: Nina Simone Pillow, $42
Shop: Stokely Carmichael Pillow, $42
Shop: H. Rap Brown Pillow, $42
Shop: Marcus Garvey Pillow, $42
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