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What Denesuliné artist and fashion designer Sage Paul is coveting in home decor

A tapestry of Inuit life, scented candles from a Métis-founded brand, an onyx lampshade and more

What Denesuliné artist and fashion designer Sage Paul is coveting in home decor
Portrait by Vanessa Heins

Sage Paul grew up in an Indigenous housing complex in Scarborough, with artist parents who encouraged her creativity. She sewed her own traditional regalia for a powwow at age 11, and she’s been creating art and fashion inspired by her experiences as an urban Indigenous woman ever since. Her work, which has been shown at the AGO and the ROM, includes caribou antlers covered in red beads woven together with a traditional peyote stitch as well as an armour-like vest made of raw cowhide, which explores the idea of protecting one’s body. “For me, fashion is art,” says Paul. In 2018, she co-founded the Indigenous Fashion Arts Festival, where she currently serves as executive and artistic director. This year’s event includes a performance by two-spirit Canada’s Drag Race star Chelazon Leroux and a Roots collaboration with designer Justin Louis on limited-edition items. Here are the decor pieces Paul is loving right now.


Luminaire Authentik’s minimalist lighting designs are custom-made in Quebec. This lampshade is onyx.
Onyx lamp

Luminaire Authentik’s minimalist lighting designs are custom-made in Quebec. This lampshade is onyx. “I love the carving of the natural stone,” says Paul. “This would go beautifully in my all-pink bedroom.”


Nehiyaw Iskwew designer Rashelle Campbell makes colourful textiles, like this vibrant rug, from 100 per cent New Zealand wool.
Kooky carpet

Nehiyaw Iskwew designer Rashelle Campbell makes colourful textiles, like this vibrant rug, from 100 per cent New Zealand wool. “I’m so excited about these carpets. They really represent how I want my space to feel. I never want it to be restricted by a specific shape.”


This cushion cover was designed by Toronto artist Kinoo Arcentales, who takes inspiration from his South American Kichwa roots.
Graphic pillow

This cushion cover was designed by Toronto artist Kinoo Arcentales, who takes inspiration from his South American Kichwa roots. “I love the graphic elements. Red, black and white are my colours, and they’d fit in so well with my home. Plus, you can never have too many pillows.”


This tapestry is a collaboration between Nunavut graphic artist Andrew Qappik and weaver Igah Etoangat.
Northern tapestry

This tapestry is a collaboration between Nunavut graphic artist Andrew Qappik and weaver Igah Etoangat. “I love pieces from Inuit artists that paint scenes of their communities. Living in the city, it’s nice to have a sense of being grounded in the land.”


Jewellery brand Scout makes wall hangings inspired by bohemian style. This one is brass with a pyrite accent.
Celestial wall hanging

Jewellery brand Scout makes wall hangings inspired by bohemian style. This one is brass with a pyrite accent. “It reminds me of the moon and a supernova, and the blue of the pyrite next to the brass looks stunning. For me, it’s the little touches that add beauty to a home.”

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These handcrafted mugs were designed by Irish potter Nicholas Mosse, who uses a spongeware decorating technique that dates back centuries.
Floral mugs

These handcrafted mugs were designed by Irish potter Nicholas Mosse, who uses a spongeware decorating technique that dates back centuries. “There’s a lot of floral design in Indigenous work. These mugs are the only ceramics I’ve seen that have the quality of a textile—drinking out of them would feel like home.”


Land of Daughters is a Métis-founded brand that crafts items like candles, room sprays and perfumes.
Coconut soy candle

Land of Daughters is a Métis-founded brand that crafts items like candles, room sprays and perfumes. This candle is a blend of cedar, amber and musk. “I try to shop Indigenous-made, and these scents feel culturally relevant to me.”

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