April 14, 2020 4 min read

You’ve just moved into your new home and you are looking for items to furnish it with. Although all the home decor on some of the major retailers look highly appealing, something about them just doesn’t quite fit with your aesthetic. You can get the color scheme down, sure, but none of the pieces – whether throw blankets or linen bedding – really speak to you. Not to mention, ordering from mass producers may conflict with your values, as their items are often are produced by individuals living off less than minimum wage and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.

The best option, in this case, would be to shop instead with a small business that features authentic, handcrafted home decor items. This way, you will be supporting sustainable, humane production, and can commission unique pieces that fit perfectly with your home design.

Reasons to Decorate Your Home with Handmade Decor

Decorating your home is not a one-time thing. Your personality and interests change over the years, and your decor reflects that growth. Having an empty home – or even one with filled with paintings, decorative pillows, rugs, and other items that don’t reflect who you are – can be quite alienating. Where are you to feel comfortable and in your element if not in your own space?

Opting for handmade decor over the repetitive, plainly-designed mass-produced items available in franchise department stores is one of the best ways to make a house feel like a home. Listed below are a few additional benefits you can experience when decorating your home with handmade items.

Reflect your authentic personality

Handmade home decor displays your personality much better than mass-manufactured home goods. Anybody can purchase a wine rack or other home appliances from Walmart or Target, but unique pieces are created when you purchase or commission the work of an artist.

For instance, if there is a particular design or color combination that resonates strongly with you, your best opportunity at finding those pieces is not in the droves of look-alike pillows and throw blankets offered by a major retailer. No, your unique decor needs are best met by sourcing your products from the designers themselves and their selection of authentic crafts.

Part of the frustration in shopping at major retailers is finding a design you love but not quite having the execution that would make that piece perfect for your home. Pieces made directly from the artist can be tailored to your exact desires and needs to make your home the perfect getaway.

Make every element of your home design unique

With handmade crafts, you can highlight the smallest details of a household. Instead of door and cabinet handles being an overlooked part of your home design, make the space your own by commissioning an artist to create pieces that are reflective of your lifestyle and personality. Even the slightest changes have the potential to transform a living space.

Do you dream of achieving that perfect boho aesthetic throughout your home, but can’t overcome the drab brass or silver of your cabinet and door handles? Get these pieces handmade to get that consistent theme you’re looking for without having to scroll through pages and pages of mass-produced, disingenuous items.

Revitalize your space

Have you been looking for a way to revitalize your home? There’s only so much life you can bring into a space when you purchase home decor items that everyone has. Your boho throw blanket may be beautiful, yes, but half the people on your block probably own one that looks exactly like it. Make your space unique by decorating your living spaces with handmade items.

For example, you don’t want to settle for those plain Jane comforter sets to decorate your bedroom. No, you need something special to spice up your most precious resting area. Instead, purchase some handmade throw pillows that are reflective of your unique interests and style. Pair them with a full bohemian bedspread to jazz up your space even more. With handmade home decor pieces, you can make each room present its own statement, achieving a modern, edgy (or retro!) appearance wherever you prefer.

Support small businesses

This is perhaps one of the most important benefits of using handmade items for home decor: You get to support small businesses! When you buy from a major department store like Ross, Target, or other retail franchises, you are simply shoveling money over to a large corporation that already makes millions – perhaps even billions – of dollars.

Purchasing authentic, handmade items that come from small businesses will allow you to support individuals whose lifestyle and family may depend on that income. You can help others to better their lives and support themselves when you purchase from a small business owner.

When you purchase handmade goods like bohemian throw blankets and boho throw pillows from Or & Zon, you support communities such as our weavers in Mali. Your purchases help to reduce better the lives of the families and youth supported by Le Ndomo, an enterprise aiming to address unemployment for those who did not have access to educational opportunities.

Environmentally-friendly production

Purchasing handmade items is much more environmentally friendly. Instead of supporting a corporation that mass produces its items with factories that continue to contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, you can instead shrink your carbon footprint by purchasing from local artists in your community.

Research the company from which you are buying to ensure the following:

  • That your funds are going not only to the decoration of your home but to a cause greater than yourself
  • Your items are made with business practices that benefit, instead of hurt, the world.

Using handmade items in your home decor can transform the look and feel of your home, allowing you to make your living space more reflective of your personality. Your items will also support small businesses and the families that manage them. They will also help to reduce carbon emissions by sourcing your decor locally instead of from major corporations. Shop through Or & Zon’s selection of handcrafted decor items to find that perfect piece that speaks to who you are and can add life to your living spaces.