My Favorite Blogs for Design Inspiration
Dress Up Your Décor
Decorating enlivens spaces, invigorates the soul and transforms the energy of rooms to fit a season, mood or style. Whether you have a strong sense of personal style or an eclectic range of tastes, interior design inspiration blogs are a delight for the eyes. Here are a few of my favorite interior design blogs that are great for keeping up with trends and seeing inside model homes. In any form, design inspiration can give you the impetus to redecorate your space and make decorating a lifestyle thing.
A list of interior design blogs wouldn't be complete without mentioning Apartment Therapy. Their features are modern, practical and intensely inspirational. As the name implies, they focus on people who lives in apartments and rented spaces yet manage to create diverse designs that many homeowners would be envious of.
What could be more inspiring than before and afters, tutorials, home tours and lots and lots of pictures! The site's only shortcoming is its immense size, which makes it a little difficult. If you get lost in its pages and regional sub-blogs, you'll only find more inspiration.... Visit Apartment Therapy today.
My favorite features are the budget-living posts, small space tips and before and after.
This is the blog's top-rated book, although they currently have several other titles, including the newly released Complete and Happy Home.
Decor8 serves up a daily helping of stylish delight. This exceptional blog is accessible, well-written and definitely inspiring. Decor8 was created by expat freelancer Holly Becker, who is from New Hampshire can currently resides in Hannover, Germany. Holly shares home tours, inspiring projects and design products to transform any space.
Her style is modern, comfortable and naturally elegant without seeming overly planned or contrived.
Stop by Decor8 for inspiration today.
Decorate by Holly Becker
World-class photos and design advice from Amy Butler, Jonathan Adler and home decor gurus pack this book from cover to cover. In keeping with the naturally sophisticated style perpetuated on the design blog Decor8, freelancer Holly Becker compiles a tremendous amount of inspiration with the help of acclaimed photographer Debi Treloar and lifestyle writer Joanna Copestick.
Bloesem Living is a collaborative effort between a well-traveled team of two credentialed design lovers.
Sleek and utterly modern, Bloesem showcases a variety of trends, innovative products and inspiring interiors.
Raised in Europe and Africa, the Bloesem design team puts a unique spin on design ideas and trends from around the world.
Discover the Bloesem style today.
With 150,000 subscribers, 75,000 unique visitors a day and countless fans, Design*Sponge is one of the most popular decor blogs on the web.
The site's creator Grace Bonney has a knack for inspiring and create posts that showcases a natural aesthetic style is modern yet not ridged, organized yet not contrived and always eclectically comfortable. With paper design publications dying out a few years ago, Bonney decided that blogs were the future and she needed to go all-in. We're all grateful!
My favorite features are the tutorials and the beautiful photos. Visit Design*Sponge to see what I'm talking about.
Design*Sponge: The Book
Billed as a home decor bible for fans of Design*Sponge, this classic book features tutorials, projects, real home tours and inspiring advice that have become hallmarks of Grace Bonney, the design mastermind and creator begin the outstanding design blog.
Design Addict gathers inspiration for all parts of the world and many eras. This diverse blog puts a truly global perspective on design and art objects. Whether it's a rustic wooden table or a set of sleek bookshelves, Design Addict gathers the best of the best to delight its readers. Soak up inspiration from Design Addict.
SF Girl By Bay
Created with a unique West Coast-perspective, SF Girl By Bay provides an eclectic source of inspiration that is modern, Bohemian, rustic and exceptionally at the same time.
Chock full of inspiring photos and interiors, this unique blog is a great resource for anyone developing their own eclectic style.
Get inspired by SF Girl by Bay today.
From modern skyscrapers to interior designs, Dezeen is a design magazine with global reach. This sprawling blog features an immense range of inspirational photos and features on everything from architecture to design objects.
Drop by Dezeen to gather inspiration for your interior.
Established in 1999, DesignBoom is an important publication for aspiring designers, amateurs and established pros. The blog's features span the worlds of art, architecture and design. They are also one of the premier sources for design competitions. Recently, readers helped design a logo for Moleskine Italy as well as the latest Renault vehicle. Visit DesignBoom and get your inspiration on!
I just love the innovative architecture featured on the site, especially the sustainable home designs.
Sweet Paul was first brought to my attention on the Etsy Storque. Whether you're searching for design ideas or a delicious dessert recipe, you'll fine a complete selection of lifestyle ideas on this blog, which is affiliated with the creators Sweet Magazine.
Paul himself, the magazine's creator, is a Scandinavian import, food stylist, prop curator and a real gem. Discover the Sweet Paul style here! Scrumptious!!!
Sweet Paul is great because the owner is actually sweet and because his magazine is full of luscious recipes and fabulous craft tutorials that are simple, beautiful and accessible.
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Design Books for Stylish Homes
I know Amy from her gorgeous fabric lines, but she also have an equally stylish mid-century, midwest home, but the best part is her garden. I, for one, can take plenty of cues from her. The Amy Butler website also have a plethora of inspiring photos.
More Design Blogs and Resources
Lessons and inspiration for decorating modern spaces.
- Design Milk
A roundup up of exceptional products, trends and design ideas.
- Moco Loco
A design compendium for art, architecture and interior design along with job listings and more.
A Swiss design maven shares the musings, means and design ideas.
Nature, art and design are combined to create a calming blog full of ideas and resources.
- Alvhem and Makleri
Swedish real estate brokers, interior designers and shop owners Alvhem and Makleri are creating a lifestyle with their unique approach to interior design. Their website includes a grand catalog of inspiring photos.
A Decor Buying Guide - Favorite Retail Outlets for Design Lovers
- Ikea U.S.A.
IKEA Home furnishings, kitchens, appliances, sofas, beds, mattresses
- CB2 (Crate and Barrel)
CB2 is a modern decor outlet created by the folks at Crate and Barrel.
- Anthropologie House and Home
In addition to creating marvelously eclectic clothing, Anthropologie has a tremendous range of home furnishings. If there isn't a store in your area, discover the Anthropologie style online!
- Urban Outfitters
Urban Outfitters isn't only for teens looking for hip clothes. Their web store includes a tremendous selection of items to decorate any home or apartment.
- Modern Furniture, Home Decor & Home Accessories | west elm
west elm offers modern furniture and home decor featuring inspiring designs and colors. Create a stylish space with home accessories from west elm.
Formerly known as Full Upright Position, HIVE concentrates on ultra-modern haute design items with price tags to match.
- Garnet Hill - Original Clothing, Bedding and Home Decor
Shop Garnet Hill for delightful designs in clothing, bedding and home decor. Garnet Hill Kids, a spirited collection of girls' clothing and kids' bedding.
Created by gallery owner and artist advocate Jen Bekman, 20x200 includes a tremendous variety of accessible and affordable art prints, including many from artists featured in her photo competition, Hey Hot Shot!
More Resources for Design Inspiration
Here are several more of my favorite publications and resources for gathering design inspiration.
- Marie Claire Maison
This French-language website features decorating ideas, interiors and inspiring projects with a unique European touch.
- Martha Stewart Living
Good ol' Martha receives a lot of criticisms, but that doesn't stop her team from creating a comprehensive compendium of fabulous decorating ideas.
- Elle Decor
Fans of the now defunct Metropolitan Home (MetHome) will be delighted to discover its replacement, Elle Decor. Discover how the stars live and how professional designers create their magic in this classic design and decorating publication.
Discover DIY projects for every part of your home and inspiration from across the web.
- House Beautiful
Makeovers, photos galleries and design idea. Find them all at House Beautiful.
- Better Homes and Gardens
Decorate or re-decorate your home inside and out with ideas from Better Homes and Gardens
- Country Living
Decorate your home an an elegant country chic style. The online home of this popular magazine is full of decorating ideas, crafts, DIY projects and inspiration.
Words from the Wise
"A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery (author of the Little Prince)
Let me know where you find inspiration.