One of the best – and cheapest – ways to get some serious inspiration and ideas for your furniture choices and your home’s interior design in general is quite simply to check out some of the well-respected design blogs – there are countless. You should, of course, also look into getting some interior design books, but do not underestimate the usefulness of blogs. They can be full of information, and what is even better – they are free! As with anything, though some are better than others. Here are some of the best ones we know of:
They quite rightly pride themselves on being the ‘modern interior design blog’. Furniture Fashion is a fully comprehensive interior design blog, which is a great point of reference and equally useful for picking ideas when you are decorating or re-furnishing a room in your home. They have lots of blog posts for each major area of the house – bedrooms (including great ideas for kids’ bedrooms), kitchens, bathrooms and dining rooms. With advice on accessories, too, they leave no stone unturned. They also talk quite a lot about home offices, which is becoming increasingly relevant as more and more people are working from home nowadays. Furniture Fashion do not neglect outdoor furniture either – they have tons and tons of articles about decorating the garden and maximising your outdoor space.
My Friend’s House
My Friend’s House is run and contributed to by two extremely clued-up ladies named Ros and Jill, who have many years experience in the interior and design industry. Their wonderful blog has been going since 2009, and it is regularly updated with engaging articles covering a wide range of design topics. By day, both Ros and Jill work for design magazines, and have both done work for newspapers, which include The Independent, The Guardian and The Telegraph (their Stella magazine). They pride themselves in the quality of the content they can produce for both their own blogs and other brands. Check My Friend’s House out – it is a really intriguing blog and you may just lose an hour flicking through before you know it!
The Beat that My Heart Skipped
Though nothing to do with the fantastic 2005 French film by Jacques Audiard, this brilliant design blog is, like said film, rather engrossing. It does not only cover interior design, but other things as well such as food, books and shopping. The interior design section is particularly wonderful, though; it is very photo-heavy – which is great for visualisations and giving you ideas for your own home. The interiors section seems to have a new post about once every two weeks, which is not very frequent, but do not forget that there are other things happening on The Beat That My Heart Skipped other than just interiors. Anyway, it is the quality which matters, not the quantity, and this blog is certainly one of rich content!
Founded and edited by a lady from the United States called Holly Becker, decor8 is a superb design blog which reels in just under 50,000 reads every single day of the week. Now that is truly impressive. Holly Becker comes from a corporate background, but in 2006 she decided to drastically change her career path and pursue her passions – something we would all surely do given the chance – and establish a blog all about interior design and the home. And what a clearly evident passion it is. She is a highly accomplished author, having won awards for her design books and also sold a great many copies of each. Her ultimate goal with the blog is simply to share and exchange new decorating ideas, celebrate nice interior designs and offer advice. Her best-selling book is called Decorate: 1000 Professional Design Ideas for Every Room in the House, which is widely available.
Run by the folks over at 25 Beautiful Homes magazine, Room Envy is a really cool side project blog which has been going since the summer of 2008. It is a very simply-laid out blog, which is quite attractive actually, and is not to say that there is not much to it – there certainly is a lot of substance here. Each category is nicely titled, with alliteration where possible – such as ‘desirable dining’ and ‘beautiful boudoirs’ – which adds a nice pleasant feel to proceedings, and even for a blog that is supposed to have incredibly enticing photographs, this one is astounding. You could – and probably will – spend hours looking through them! Check it out. Their archive bar allows for very easy access to their posts from each month since they started.
Design Shuffle are probably the youngest of the blogs mentioned so far in this list, but even still it has been going since spring 2010. The idea behind Design Shuffle is to serve as a place where virtually anyone who has anything insightful to share about interior design can do. They encourage people to get in touch about writing for the blog, which is always nice to see. People share their own home’s designs and designer share their projects on there. There seems to be a system in place where every so many words there is a photo or a picture to break things up, which is well-thought-out and does so nicely. Obviously what you want with an interior design blog is a nice balance between visual content and textual content, and Design Shuffle is doing rather well, we think!
What’s In Your Bedroom?
This one is probably the most specific one on the list, but it is a blog worth checking out because it is an interesting idea – basically it is just posts about people’s bedrooms, with between half a dozen and a dozen photos or so. There is an accompanying interview with each person talking about their bedroom and what it means to them, which is quite engrossing actually, but this is also a good blog for when you are not in the mood for reading and just fancy a nice little nosey. It is more interesting than it sounds, honest! Have a look through and see if you like the vibe of it. Who knows – you could get a few ideas from it nonetheless!
Though not specifically covering the topic of interior design all of the time, this blog is still well worth looking at. It is written and run by an interior designed called (yep, you guessed it!) Katy Elliott, in which she keeps us up to date with her everyday goings-on and the on-going restoration of her home in Massachusetts which is over a quarter of a millenium old! As said previously, specific interior design posts on Katy’s blog are more few-and-further-between than you might expect, but it can inspire when not even on the subject of design – the New England landscapes and her house in general sort of make you want to go for the whole New England/Maine look!
Home Design Find
Dedicated to throwing design ideas out there for all to take advantage of, Home Design Find is definitely a blog to keep an eye on. They just want to showcase nice furniture and home accessories, in essence. Some of the designs it shows are outrageously bold and really get you inspired. Their posts are a bit more picture-heavy than most of the abovementioned blogs, but that is not a bad thing at all. Sometimes you do not need a lot of words. The pictures to the talking.
Rather like the Katy Elliott blog, this is another blog that you could say inspires more than it instructs. The guy behind The Selby is called Todd… Selby, and he is a photographer, director, illustrator, author – an all-round creative genius, basically. Anyway, what he does is goes to the homes of all different types of creative people – writers, artists, film and television directors, fashion designers – you name it – and photographs them (a lot) in and around their home, often with their family and loved ones. All of these photographs are really cleverly presented in each post: they are all collected together in a grid and you can click on them to enlarge them. The photographs, as you would expect from a pro, are amazing. Featured people include American maverick author Tom Wolfe, rapper Pharrell Williams, and New York-based interior designer Rita Konig.
As the name would suggest, this is a blog which definitely serves as an inspiration tool. It is extremely well organised and laid-out: it has specific sections for houses, another for apartments, and another for garden and patio areas. That saves a lot of time and is a nice touch, though you can just scroll down the chronological feed if you want, which gathers all the posts in one big feed. It is up to you. The content is very engaging and finds the right balance between wording and imagery. There are over 900 posts in the ‘houses’ section, so there should be a thing or two in there which you will find useful or inspirational, so fill a bowl full of crisps, grab yourself a nice hot or cold beverage, and have a good thorough browse through it!
The Inspired RoomHaving been a leading home design blog since 2007, The Inspired Room is quite aptly-named. The lady who created it, Melissa, basically posts about her home and the various changes she makes to its layout and decor. In the ‘about us’ section she says that her main motivation for running The Inspired Room is to motivate people into making the most out of the homes they have by way of ‘DIY decorating’, and inspiring them if they need any help with ideas. Definitely worth a look.
This is really a very easy blog to navigate through as it has a grid set-up on the homepage. From there you can click onto various specific categories, such as ‘Kitchen designs that pop’ and ‘Black and white graphic decor’, which is very handy if you have very specific tastes. It is also good for people who want to find inspiration, too, as you can simply browse through endlessly. In the ‘about us’ section, Home-Designing say their mission is to provide readers with ‘a steady set of resources that would help them visualise, create and maintain beautiful homes’. They also have clear sections across the top bar where you can browse specific room designs like bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, and so on.
The Peak of Chic
‘Musings on stylish living’, it says at the top of the blog, which has been going since 2006. Most of the pictures featured are from old interior design magazines – some decades old – and they still serve as great inspiration now. With an extensive list of ‘labels’ and categories down the left hand side, you should be able to navigate through The Peak of Chic fairly effortlessly.
A Library of Design
Jane McCulloch, who runs the blog, has a massive wealth of knowledge and experience in a great many areas, one of the main ones being interior design. She is a published author, a keen photographer and a former journalist and editor. Her Library of Design has a wide variety of design-related posts on there, so there is an awful lot to have a look through and get inspiration from.
This is more a floral blog than anything else, but it could be exactly the point in the right direction you need to spruce up your home, with a little help from some flowers and plants. Perhaps one to watch if you have a conservatory.