Friday, January 5, 2018
12 Best Home Decor Blogs For Inspiration
Sure the interwebs are rife with all sorts of inspiration, but in order to find the very best of whatever it is you're looking for, you have to know where to find it. And when it comes to searching for first-rate interior design tips, tricks, and all-around inspiration, it's all too easy to get sucked down the rabbit hole of sub-par sites (or worse, spammy AI-generated content) that over-promise and under-deliver.
Fortunately, we've separated the wheat from the chaff so you don't have to. Browse our list of the 12 best interior design and home décor blogs around—from big-name interior designers and handy DIY experts to talented decorators—and bookmark them right now. (Heck, we've bookmarked them, too.)
All Sorts Of is the brainchild of the interior designer, Amber Lewis, of the L.A.-based Amber Interiors studio. It's a pretty lifestyle blog that's chock full of expert design advice, behind-the-scenes glimpses into Lewis' design process, interviews with the people who inspire her, and even her latest fashion faves. Predominantly all-white rooms feature heavily and convey the designer's modern farmhouse aesthetic. (And hello, textile heaven.)
Before-and-after stories; Trend scouting; Designer and artist spotlights; Furniture and home décor roundups.
Cassandra LaValle’s coco+kelley blog was launched back in 2007 with only LaValle's latest style obsessions on offer. Since then, coco+kelley has expanded to post design and DIY projects, as well as lifestyle, entertaining, and even travel stories. Her self-described "West Coast Refined" aesthetic relies heavily on midcentury lines and clean, white walls, and is well on display in design projects undertaken by her Seattle-based company,
Trend-spotting; Aspirational wish lists; Home tours; Styling advice; Impressive brand partnerships.
Wit & Delight, a lifestyle blog created by the Minneapolis-based creative consultant Kate Arends, has garnered a cult following due to its commonsense (and comprehensive) coverage of topics ranging from motherhood to personal style, food, and wellness. Its interior design subject matter isn't too shabby, either. In addition to providing a myriad of creative services for brands and homeowners alike, Arends also produces a weekly podcast about the intersection of life and style, and curates bright, lived-in interiors from an edited-yet-approachable perspective.
Product roundups and brand collabs; Wish lists; Kids' rooms and nursery inspo; Home renovation tips.
If there’s one person we’d trust to throw a killer dinner party, it’s Athena Calderone. A Brooklyn, New York-based in interior designer, accomplished home chef, and a consummate entertaining expert, she founded her EyeSwoon blog on the underlying philosophy that everything home-related—from cooking to even the banalest activities—should always be presented as a feast for the eyes. She's a master hostess who creates impossibly chic tablescapes, and EyeSwoon is the go-to resource for anyone searching for highly refined interior spaces and top-notch entertaining ideas.
Tablescape ideas; Product roundups; High-end design roundups; Entertaining and kitchen tips; Vintage and flower-arranging inspo.
The L.A./New Orleans-based blogger, Dabito (yes, he goes by just one name, like Cher), is a veritable jack-of-all-trades with impressive proficiency in interior and graphic design, photography, and art direction. His blog, Old Brand New, is as overflowing with wide-ranging goodness as you'd imagine; posts are funny and personal, and he isn't afraid to pick up a hammer to embark on his own DIY projects (all meticulously documented, of course). Dabito's approach to interior design is accessible and unintimidating, and his unabashed use of color is refreshing, too, especially when one considers everybody's current obsession with all-white everything.
DIY makeovers; Before-and-afters; Varied brand partnerships; Color-forward realness; Styling tips; Detailed source lists; Levity
Sarah Van Peteghem, a Belgian interior designer and stylist who's based in Munich, Germany, shares every bit of her Scandinavian-inspired interior design inspo, in rapid succession, on her blog Coco Lapine Design. Image upon image of black, white, and gray vignettes, furniture, and room designs proliferate in a staunchly cohesive aesthetic. Van Peteghem also sells a serene series of her photo and art prints, too.
A library of Scandinavian design inspo; Home tours; Product recommendations; Minimalist style.
Back in 2011, after spending years working as an international hotel designer, the Atlanta-based blogger Kristen Jackson launched Hunted Interior. Her purpose: To teach folks that they can create luxurious interiors no matter their budgets. In fact, Jackson's projects always feature a thoughtful mix of high and low—and she's great at finding statement pieces that make rooms sing.
DIY projects; High/low pairings; Affordable room makeovers.
Husband-and-wife team Syd and Shea McGee hit the ground running in 2014 with the launch of a small design firm located in a spare bedroom; then came the eponymous blog. Since then, the Utah-based duo has created a veritable interior design empire (they now have a team of 30 people), attracting thousands of followers drawn to their modern farmhouse aesthetic—and the lines of furniture and home goods they've designed (think: artwork, candles, sofas, tables, vases, more). The blog is a wealth of gorgeous images of their own design projects, step-by-step styling tips, and product roundups—and they've even commenced a web-based TV series chronicling their design adventures.
Seasonal online catalogs; Shop the looks; Gorgeous images; Roundups; Before-and-after projects; Informative videos.
Founded in 2011 and touted as a celebration of architecture, art, and design, DPages has its finger on the pulse of anything and everything that's new and cool in the interior design world, as selected and written by a team of dedicated interior designers. DPages covers everything from furniture, lighting, fabric and textiles, and landscape design. Bonus: The blog's online store, DShop, is a trove of up to the moment home décor, furniture, lighting, and hardware one can purchase directly.
Aspirational home tours; Trend-spotting; Trade sources; Roundups; Lighting, fabric, and textile coverage.
Most people know Leanne (and her brother, Steve) Ford from watching her HGTV program, "Restored by the Fords." But did you also know that Leanne has an equally ultra-cool, easy-breezy blog, too? She's actually very collegial about sharing her unique advice and perspective. On her blog, Ford shares staging secrets and short recaps of as-seen-on-TV projects, along with where she sources everything she has used—which is refreshing, as not many designers are willing to be as open-book.
Hot styling tricks and tips; Detailed source guides; Project walk-throughs.
It was 2008 when an L.A. executive nicknamed Coco launched the Cococozy blog, a venture she still works on after-hours while holding down her high-powered day job. We especially love when Coco creates outfits celebrating make-believe occasions she imagines taking place within impeccably designed homes from all over the world (think: afternoon brunch inside a Manhattan townhouse)—proving that fashion and interior design really do go hand in hand. Cococozy's popularity has even inspired the blogger to launch her own décor and textiles collection, featuring luxury pillows, throws, bedding, drapery, candles, boxes, and rugs, all available online.