Neffi Walker is an interior designer based in New Jersey who believes a beautiful life is one designed with intention. The founder and principal designer of The Black Home, Walker uses dark tones as the focal point in many of her designs—often accentuating black walls with pops of color or opulent gold mirrors. It’s a bold design approach that has won her accolades in Essence, Blavity, Domino, Elle Decor, Apartment Therapy, and more.
As a business owner and a mother of five, Walker is bridging the gap between family, creativity, and business—and her mission to highlight overlooked or undervalued beauties is mirrored in the way she approaches design. Check out her latest projects on Creatively here.
What is the first creative project you remember?
The first creative project I remember was creating a washing machine out of cardboard at the age of eight. I lined the insides with garbage bags and had the audacity to add water and soap while my younger sister stood inside and turned around, stomping her feet, “washing” for what seemed to be an hour. I remember water everywhere, and when my mother realized what I’d done, she was happy that I took the initiative to try in the first place.
Describe your aesthetic in your 3 words.
All. Black. Everything.
What has been the most fulfilling collaboration you’ve worked on?
I created comfortable environments for mothers and children in a family homeless shelter so they can feel as though their transitional space was still a home.
What’s one creative project that taught you something fundamental about yourself?
I once had a client who tested my every nerve. She did it with everyone so it wasn’t taken personally, but I realized my patience is a superpower and used to my benefit which helps move situations with love and ease.
Do you think creativity is something we’re born with or taught?
Both. I feel as though my eye and intuition for how something should make you feel has lead me through career and life as well I also applaud those who learn the details through schooling and execute them to create amazing works of art.
What’s the last dream you had?
I had a dream I was cooking lamb chops. I love a lamb chop!
100 years from now, what do you hope people will write about you/your work?
I want them to write: She was intentional with her design and she did it all for the culture.
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