By Jessica Dailey

Published on January 17, 2018

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Good Morning friends and Happy Saturyay! So yesterday the @dominomag Design Blog Award winners were announced and I’m so incredibly honored to have been named by the editors at Domino and the creative team at Tribute Portfolio Hotels as the Editors Pick/Modern Maverick Award winner!!!🎉. I was and still am in complete shock. I may or may not have shed a real tear or two. #idefinitelydid. I was in the running in the Small Space Category and had NO IDEA this was gonna happen. This was a not an award that the public voted on, but rather one specially chosen by the folks behind the scenes. It was created to honor the blogger who encapsulates colorful and unconventional design and shares a desire to discover and share new experiences…all while keeping design chic, inspiring, and accessible. You guys….did you see that lineup….like all 40+ of the lineup? I mean….. 😳 THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your votes and all the love you pour out to me on the daily. I know each of you share this space with me for different reasons and whatever those reasons are I’m hella happy to have you! What a fantastic way to end the year!!!! Drinks all around! 🎉🍾🥂🎊. I’d also like to wish a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to the other winners as well😘. 📷: @thekachetlife. #sodomino #tributehotels #gimmeallthechampagne #designblogawards

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Last week, Revolve, an e-commerce fashion site, came under fire for its lack of diversity after the brand posted an Instagram photo of a group of influencers that excluded darker skinned and plus-size women. The photo sparked a backlash, and an outpouring of responses from women of color about the serious lack of representation, not just at Revolve, but in the entire influencer and blogger community.

Valerie Eguavoen, founder of the plus-size fashion and lifestyle blog On A Curve, was among those women; she commented, messaged Revolve, and took to her own blog: “Hundreds of black women and other women of color express their frustrations on this topic every single day—through the comment sections, on their platforms, and through emails and DM’s to the brands themselves. Our voices are out there, but they are not being heard. That is, until today.”

In response, Eguavoen started the Instagram account You Belong Now to showcase and highlight “influencers who are content creators, and who work hard to produce content, but are consistently overlooked because of the color of their skin, their ethnicity, their religion, their gender, their size.”

While You Belong Now is largely geared toward the fashion industry, bloggers of color in the design world are speaking out, too. Shavonda Gardner, creator of SG Stye and the Modern Maverick winner of Domino’s first Design blog awards wrote in her Instagram stories: “It’s about time that what we are clearly noticing and talking about amongst ourselves as influencers and content creators gets talked about and discussed. And that’s a blatant lack of diversity, visibility, and opportunity.”

She went on to note, “It’s about what is celebrated on a larger scale, and what is not. When what you see being shared and praised and reposted and pushed out by brands and companies and media is the same look, aesthetic, and people, it tells a very clear story and sends a very clear message.”

And it’s not just about race—Gardner makes the point that this is about diversity of styles, too: “This is why the visibility is essential, and why representation matters. And it’s why I show up and share my life and try my hardest to inspire everyday.”

Instagram’s own algorithm is part of the problem. The “discover” feed is based on people that you follow, so you’re only going to find accounts that are similar to what you’re already seeing.

But there’s an easy solution: Diversify your Instagram feed. You can start by following these 47 creative people of color, who are sharing their beautiful, inspiring designs every day. Many thanks to Gardner who highlighted some of these accounts in her own feed.

Have another designer to add to the list? Let us know in the comments.

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Hi friends! Happy Monday! It’s been the rainiest and gloomiest day here at #thecottagebungalow, but Naomi and I have been making the most of it. Namely by me tackling my inbox and Nay doing some cleaning. We took a little break and were happy to have @jilliangormanphoto come by with a @mavenmarketbox to share with us. It was filled with wonderful kitchen bits and it basically had me at copper cups and Brie💛. We had the best time eating all the cheese (me) and enjoying Moscow Mules! Here’s to one more sleep until the kids are back in school from holiday break! Hope everyone is staying dry and warm out there… . . . #navonda #gatherwithsoul #thecottagebungalow #ourdownsizingjourney #smallhomebigstyle #smallspaceliving #smallspacestyle #teamlivesmall #lesshousemorehome #myhousebeautiful #fearlesshome #theeverygirlathome #SODomino #shoplocal #shopsmall #handmade #giftideas #giftwithintention #shopsmallsac #lgbt #lovewins

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Shavonda Gardner


Designer and founder of SG Style, a blog dedicated to small space living, boho vibes, and colorful spaces.


Neffi Walker


Interior designer, owner of home decor shop The Black Home Design.


Ariene Bethea


Owner of the colorful and eclectic vintage furniture boutique Dressing Rooms Interiors in Charlotte, NC.

Carmeon Hamilton

Memphis-based interior designer and stylist, founder of Nubi Interiors and the blog Cohesive Randomness.


Anita Yokota


SoCal-based blogger and interior designer with plenty of plant knowledge, named Domino’s Best New Design Blog for 2017.


Forbes + Masters


A full-service interior design firm based in Atlanta and run by two young designers, Tavia Forbes and Monet Masters, who bring a fresh, eclectic aesthetic to every project.

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With the new year finally here, we all have purging, organizing, and simplifying on the brain. 🤯 In an effort to declutter my house, I’ve decided to get rid of everything except my rugs. ___ Cause all you really need is a Hamedan like this one from @esalerugs. AMIRIGHT? Every meal would be a picnic, every movie would be viewed from the floor, and every party would involve sitting Indian-style. I think I just invented a new way of living. Who’s with me? 😂 ___ #authenticliving #eclectichome #realhomes #interieurs #interiors4all #midcenturydecor #howwedwell #finditstyleit #currenthomeview #colourmyhome #myhyggehome #myaastyle #howyouhome #thisiswhyihavetothriftshopeveryday #myhometoinspire #myhomevibe #myhousebeautiful #mycuratedaesthetic #bohointeriors #interiormilk #midcenturybohemian #smmakelifebeautiful #smpliving #interior4you1 #apartmenttherapy #cottonstemheartspink

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Emily Blanchard


Product stylist, brand influencer, and blogger from Rhode Island with a thing for DIYs and her pitbull, Opal.


Stacey-Anne Blake


Army wife, mama of three, and creator of Design Addict Mom with a penchant for color.


Angie True


The original plant mom living in Northern California. Owner of The Decor Adobe, a vintage etsy shop.

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|| Forever Evolving || I have been on a journey to find myself in this ever changing season as a mother. It’s been two years since I’ve had my first and in four months I will have my second. I desperately need to resurface my dreams & desires. It’s so easy to hide and forget about yourself when little ones come into the picture. This past week I allowed myself to start this journey, it took the form of completely rearranging my living room BUT I believe that was HIM shadowing what’s to come in my heart. I need to adjust within, not necessarily starting new but starting with what I have, who I am and who I am called to be. Diving into HIS word, being around other women, and yes, even going to therapy. Once again I am allowing myself to evolve and gosh, am I excited to flourish!!! // And, I am loving the direction this space is going….😏 #mystoryindecor • • • • • • ___ #howyouhome #showmeyourboho #mybohovibes #walltowallstyle #theeverygirl #designsponge #currentdesignsitutation #ourtruehaven #curegatedaesthetic #howwedwell #lovewhereyoudwell #yourgatheredhome #dstexture #dailydecordetail #bohoismyjam #apartmenttherapy #sodomino #finditstyleit #bhghome #dslooking #showusyourdecor #myeclecticmix #mypopofcolor #theeverygirlathome #cornerofmyhome #uohome #smallspaceliving #motherhoodunplugged #myleneraspado

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Mylene Raspado


Chicago-based interior design consultant with an eye for texture, founder of Mylene Raspado Design.


Justina Blakeney


Lifestyle blogger, designer, best-selling author, and creator of The Jungalow who brought boho to the everyday masses with The New Bohemian series.


Hilton Carter


Artist, small-space dweller, and plant lover, Carter shares greenery-filled photos and inspiration on his feed and sells handmade products on Things by HC. Take a tour of his home here.


Nicole Gibbons


Blogger, interior designer, founder of Nicole Gibbons Studio, and TV personality currently living in New York City.


Dani Arps

Arps has become the go-to designer for start-ups, so you’ll find a lot of minimalist lofts and co-working spaces on the feed of this NYC-based designer.


Stephen Burks


Product development consultant and founder of Stephen Burks Man Made, a design-driven studio that puts authentic handmade goods and production first.

Brandy Brown

Creative director, graphic artist, DIYer, expert entertainer, and founder of Marabou Design.


Ishka Designs


Brooklyn-based husband and wife design duo known for their hospitality interiors and clean, minimalist designs.


Danielle Colding


New York-based interior designer and founder of her eponymous full-service design firm. She was also the winner of HGTV’s Design Star in 2012.

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Don't ask me how or why, but we just started calling her Ms P. Maybe because of the look in her eyes, you know the look…a woman who has lived through it. Her frame is slight but her backbone is made of steel and her will is shakable but not breakable. Ms. P holds up both halves of the sky! Pastel 36”x 48” #mywork 📷 @juliahembreephoto . . . #artforsale #artforsalebyartist #artistlife #createart #expressyourself #portraits #workinprogress #creativeart #lifedrawing #talent #doitfortheprocess #creativityfound #mycreativebiz #mybeautifulmess #artgram #blackart #blackartist #blackartmatters #africanamericanartist #caribbeanart #caribbeanartist #colorrich #artstudio #workathome #pastel #portrait #studiolife

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Malene Barnett


New York-based artist and founder of Malene B. Atelier, an art and design practice specializing in fine art, limited edition prints, textiles, and design products.


Sheila Bridges


Interior designer, author, and entrepreneur best known for creating Harlem Toile de Jouy, a wallpaper and textile pattern featuring stereotypes of the African-American experience.

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I would like to express My Gratitude & Thanks to Everyone that wished me well on the Elle Decor Feature @elledecor and the Launch of Halden Interiors. I started designing in 2006, since then I’ve designed many beautiful spaces over the years but I have to say that I am finally embracing my style and voice as a Designer. The journey here has taught me to trust myself and that it’s okay to reach for more and raise the expectations. This has brought about Growth professionally and personally. Anyone who knows me, know that I’ve doubted myself many times along the way but I never Stop! The P.U.S.H is real… in the words of my friend @samthehypebeast Pray Until Something Happens and when It happens Give PRAISE!! Please visit my website (LinkInBio) and Say HI to HALDEN!! #IAmADesigner #Interiors #DesignDecor #Grateful #TheJourney #TheLivingExperience #TheTimeIsNow #Growth #FemaleEntrepreneur PhotoCredit: @christopherstark

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Kesha Franklin


Interior designer and founder of Halden Interiors. Projects range from a penthouse in Tribeca to an estate in San Jose.


Charlotte Bravo Cannon


Baltimore-based artist and designer crafting minimalist trays and coasters (which you can buy on West Elm), wall hangings, textiles, and prints. Founder of the Vintage Vogue.

Corey Damen Jenkins

Interior designer known for his use of bold colors, luxurious materials, stately furnishings, and intricate wallpaper to create elevated spaces.

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If you never forget why you started, your mission and goals can be always accomplished. With the New Year right around the corner, I'm looking forward to what 2018 has to bring. What are you looking forward to in 2018? 📷 @katieveephoto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #designerlife #stylediaries #fashioninspiration #ootd #hijabstyle #ootdsubmit #ootdmagazine #abmlifeisbeautiful #chichijab #fashionbombdaily #aboutalook #coveredgirls #simplycovered #fashionpost #hijabfashion #fashiondiaries #theeverygirl #stylist #outfitideas #fashionaddict #stylemepretty #lookbook #aboutalook #modestymovement #photoshoot #blackgirlmagic #influencer #blackgirlmagic #whowhatwear #fashionpost #abmstyle #fashionlovers #outfitinspo

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Saudah Saleem


Interior designer and fashionista working her magic in Baltimore.


Darryl Carter


Washington, DC-based interior designer, author of two design books, and owner of an eponymous home design shop.


Keita Turner


President and creative director of Keita Turner Design, an NYC-based firm serving both residential and commercial clients.


Nicole White


Based in South Florida and originally from Jamaica, White’s interior design work is inspired by the bold colors and textures of the Caribbean.


Dayka Robinson


Interior designer, life coach, and creator of curated travel retreats for women.


Katrina Blair


Blogger and small space maven constantly improving and styling her family’s home in Sacramento. She also has a super cute cottage studio, pictured here.


Hana Getachew


Textile designer and founder of Bolé Road Textiles, which works with artisans in Getachew’s native Ethiopia to weave colorful modern products that are ethically source.

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I was tagged by my lovely friends @coppercorners @natasha.meininger @design_it_vintage to share 20 facts about me. 1.I am not photogenic. I took about 100 pics to get this one shot before my battery went dead. 2. I have a love affair with floral busy patterns. 3.The uglier the item, the better… 4.I am not much of a geometric person in terms of style and decor. 5. I can listen to @palomafaith and Jessie Ware all day long👌🏽 6. My ideal vacation is touring Europe and soaking in all that rich history. 7. I am an army brat and lived in Hawaii for a total of 8 years. With that known, i am not a water/beach person. It is NOT my jam😬 8. I am obsessed with European interiors. I believe that they have such a bold impactful style. ❤ 9. It breaks my ❤ when I see perfectly good "old" homes get torn down and replaced with a new home. My soul aches every time😢 10. I was told that the cranberry red or Merlot is my go-to color to add that POP!!! 11. My husband and I are both mixed. Since ppl openly ask me this question….all 3 kids are mine. They all have the same parents despite the obvious differences. When you are mixed and have mixed babies, they come in all colors with different features.👊🏿 12. If you see random emojis from me on your comments, those came from my kids!😂 13. When I straighten my hair, i dont wash it for days. To add volume to my hair when it is straight, I put it in a top knot over night then take it down and roll with it. 14. I cut my hair in 2014 into a pixie cut because I was tired of prepping my hair. It went down to my behind. 15. My hair needs a dye job😬 16. I went to school for design and was the only girl in my field🙌🏽 17. I don't like to iron. 18. I like a mix of styles. >eclectic 19. I have a love hate relationship with the color white. 20. This is one hell-o of a list😬

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Jess Rey


Industrial and interior designer sharing her eclectic style, DIY, and secondhand shopping tips on her blog Domicile 37.


Ron Woodson


Co-owner of Woodson and Rummerfield’s House of Design and Save Iconic Architecture, an organization that aims to spotlight significant sites in need of preservation.


Minetta Archer


New York City decorator with a love of bold colors and vintage rugs

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Still working on your holiday decor? Myself and several blog friends have some gorgeous holiday decorating ideas (budget friendly!) we'll be sharing with you via an Insta Story tip tour today at 7pm EST. So be ready to pop over to my stories for my holiday decorating how-to! Can't wait! (Tagging the awesomely talented cuties who are also sharing their tips). #holidaytiptour⠀ ⠀ #christmastime #happyholidays #christmasdecor #holidaydecor #instastory #instatour #holidayready #decorate #instahome #howyouhome #homewithrue #seasonalhome #seasonalhomedecor #howto #holidayhome #floral #flowers #decoratewithflowers #floralbouquet #bhghome #floralarrangement #floralfix #myplantlovinghome #floral_perfection #flowerstalking #inspiredbynature_ #interiordesign #homehome #styling

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Ursula Carmona


A self proclaimed “handy wannabe” Ursula is a fabulous DIYer who makes the inexpensive look luxe. Tons of her genius ideas can be found on her blog, Home by Carmona.


Nicole Jackson-Bertrand


Based out of West Palm Beach, Jackson-Bertrand’s style is full of bright colors, pretty pineapples, and seaside vibes.


Tiffany DeLangie


Stay-at-home mom of three, photographer, and talented party planner, DeLangie makes sure all her tips and decor tricks are budget friendly.


Yuni Min


Mother, blogger, and interior designer who embraces real-life messes and down-home, easy meals. Yuni shares her homelife ideas on Love Your Abode.


D. Bryant Archie


A New York-based textile design studio that works with women cooperatives in Guatemala.


Rooshad Shroff


Working with luxe Indian materials and styles like teak wood and jute, Shroff creates modern, bespoke furniture with a traditional twist. His work with Spanish architecture firm Inaki Abalos has also influenced his designs, featuring a minimalist twist with some loud accents.

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INTERIOR DESIGNER: I’ve genuinely always been curious about this so today in my stories I’m asking wether you think it’s ok to call yourself an interior designer if you have had no formal training ( in the U.K. that is)? It’s been really interesting reading the replies – turns out a lot of people have been thinking this too! I would love to know what you think if you haven’t messaged already. . . The #myhometrend girls @bethshehata @hornsby_style @ageofreasonstudios are asking to see our statement pieces this week- this mid century dresser I upcycled from @emmausuk is mine! . . . #interiordesign #pocketofmyhome #currenthomeview #sodomino #myhouseandhome #bohoismyjam #interiorandhome #theverygirlathome #stellarspaces #smallspacesquad #homewithrue #sharemysquare #mybhghome #yourdecorstyle #allthingsmetric #myhomevibe #lovewhereyoudwell #myeclecticmix #seasonofsimplicity #interiordetails #finditstyleit #apartmenttherapy #bohostyle #abmathome #howyouhome #showhouse #purposeinstyle #smallspaceliving

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Medina Grillo

Founder of diy blog Grillo Designs, and winner of the Pinner’s Choice Award in the inaugural Domino Design Blog Awards.




You’ll find clean, monochromatic home decor, craft tips, and more on the blog Fearfully and Wonderfully made by Carli.


Stephanie Watkins


Globally influenced home and lifestyle tips from a homemaker to a biracial and bilingual family. Home DIYs, decorating guides, and more can be found on Casa Watkins Living.


Joy Moyler


Fashion and detail-obsessed celebrity interior architect, decorator, and founder of Joy Moyler Interiors.


Monica Benavidez


Glamorous, affordable decor and tasty recipes plus tons of black, white, and floral combos from Monica Wants It.


Erika Ward


Atlanta-based interior designer Erika Ward shares her latest projects and design inspo.


Carol of CAD interiors


Turning fixer-uppers into cozy interiors is Carol’s specialty. She shares renovation stories, decorating tips, and design projects on her blog.


Morph Design Company


The brainchild of India-based, Cornell-educated Anjum Jung, Morph Design Company focuses on timeless spaces infused with traditional Indian maximalism.