Growing up, I always preferred boy friends over girl friends. I suppose there was something about the catty sleepovers and Barbie swaps that just didn’t register with me. (Not to mention I had two older sisters with their share of hormones in the house!)
Yet now, as an adult, I flock to girls whenever possible. I simply love watching women becoming empowered individuals and utilizing their talents to inspire others. And although there are dozens of women designers I could profile, my favorite five are below (oh it’s so hard to choose faves!):
1. Jeanine Hays, AphroChic
You might recognize Jeanine’s name from her HGTV column (hello, Jeanine!), but she also happens to run a successful textile and pattern-based homewares shop that continually blows my mind. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more on-trend pattern designer than Jeanine.
Love: The Vibe Pillow in Cerulean/White ($150)
2. Lisa Jones, Pigeon Toe
Portland-based designer Lisa Jones wins my heart for her heirloom goods and eye for simplicity. Her love for pottery is evident in the quality of pieces she curates for Pigeon Toe, and she continually produces top-notch ceramic work that will leave you breathless. Promise.
Love: Faceted Hanging Tray ($60)
3. Elisabeth Dunker, Fine Little Day
I escape to Elisabeth’s Swedish shop often and continually swoon over her quirky, illustrative style. From wallpaper to cutting boards, her work demands attention in the most subtle of ways.
Love: ‘Up’ Cutting Board ($33)
4. Christiane Lemieux, DwellStudio
DwellStudio is no stranger to HGTV.com (Sabrina Soto loves Christiane’s toss pillows for Target!), and we applaud her for juggling an active family life while maintaining a socially responsible (and deservingly successful!) brand.
Love: Draper Stripe Rug in Ink/Cream ($125)
5. Karen Young, Hammocks & High Tea
Inspired by tropical design, Karen’s skilled eye is evident in the patterned Dopp kits, drawer liners and tea towels she lovingly designs. Talk about bringing vacation home with you!
Love: Hammam Table Runner ($120)
Keep up the great work, ladies—we’ll be rooting you this month…and beyond!