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Caribbean-American Interior Designers To Support This Caribbean-American Heritage Month

June 8, 2023 at 4:22 PM PST

June marks the start of summer in the United States and, fittingly, Caribbean American Heritage Month. This month we celebrate Caribbean Americans’ vibrant culture, rich heritage, and incredible contributions to the U.S. It would be remiss if we didn’t highlight Caribbean Americans making major strides in the world of interior design. Supporting Caribbean American interior designers helps to amplify their talent and creativity while adding new perspectives to your home.

These are the Caribbean American interior designers you should know and celebrate this Caribbean American Heritage Month and beyond.

Nicole White, Nicole White Designs

Nicole White is a Jamaican native whose work is inspired by the vibrant colors and textures of the Caribbean. White is the president and principal designer at Nicole White Designs Interiors, an award-winning design firm. White’s work incorporates Caribbean elements throughout her designs.

Laura Hodges, Laura Hodges Studio

Laura Hodges’ love for interior design began as a child. With a Jamaican father, British mother, and Norwegian grandmother, Hodges developed a deep appreciation for travel and diverse cultures. She is the principal of Laura Hodges Studio, a boutique design firm in Baltimore/Washington, D.C. Her design aesthetic is eclectic, clean, and tailored.

Maryline Damour, Damour Drake

Maryline Damour is native to Haiti. Her love for interior design began after purchasing a 19th-century home in upstate New York. Along with her partner Fred Drake, Damour is the co-founder of Damour Drake, an interior design and construction firm based in Kingston, New York. She is also the founder of Kingston Design Connection, connecting makers, vendors, and contractors to clients and colleagues in the design field. Damour has been actively involved in interior design projects in her native country of Haiti since the earthquake of 2010.

Malene Djenaba Barnett, Black Artists + Designers Guild

Malene Djellaba Barnet is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist, textile designer, and the founder of the Black Artists + Designers Guild, a collective of independent Black designers and makers. She proudly shares her African Caribbean heritage through tapestries, mixed media paintings, sculptural ceramic installations, and vessels. She is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.

Taj Hunter Waite, All Things Taj


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Taj Hunter Waite is an award-winning Jamaican-American interior designer known for her work merging global influences with modern luxury. Her design aesthetic can be described as organic, modern, and bold-neutral. Her firm offers interior design, virtual design, and creative consultancy services. She shares her work on her design blog, All Things Taj.



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