It’s no secret that design and lifestyle magazines—Country Living included—need to do a better job of showcasing the wonderfully diverse makeup of our country, and the crafters, designers, quilters, and makers within our communities. And because we know many Country Living readers are looking to support Black-owned companies and Black voices—and, as always, are particularly interested in the people and the stories and the cultural influences behind the products—we’ve assembled a list of some of our favorite Black makers, crafters, designers, gardeners, musicians, and other country creatives you can follow on Instagram right now (some of whom you may
When Ella begins a new project, she looks at her inspiration, then draws out her design in the rendering software SketchUp. But Ella isn’t a professional interior designer—she’s the insanely talented 13-year-old behind @life.in.a.dollhouse, an Instagram account and online store where she shares the detailed miniature rooms and furnishings she creates in the basement of her Minnesota home.
It all started two years ago: “When I was 11, I started watching tiny kitchen videos,” Ella tells House Beautiful on a phone call after school one day. “And I thought it was the coolest thing. So I started making miniature boxes.”
Now more than ever, we’re looking to our homes for a sense of calm and serenity—and bedrooms are the ultimate sanctuary. A complete and utter respite from the outside world (or, your office/coffee table), they’re designed specifically for sleep and relaxation. While we’re tempering anxiety on the daily, turning our bedrooms into cozy hideaways is all we want right now.
Of course, there’s an art to designing a perfectly dreamy “bedscape” that’s equal parts stylish and functional. It’s not enough to simply curate an Instagram-friendly space (complete with the coziest sheets and comfiest pillows)—it should provide both mental