If you have a home (which of course, most of us do) then you’ll no doubt have more than a passing interest in design. Today, we are fortunate to have a large number of design blogs at our disposal. They are a fantastic resource, allowing home owners to find the best new designers, furniture, inspiration and guidance on decorating their home. Some of them even give readers a chance to snoop round other people’s stylish homes. Here are some of our favourites.
Set up by a group of friends for whom interiors is a living, breathing passion, Remodelista labels itself as a ‘source book for the considered home’. This is a pleasing blog that is refreshingly un-snobbish in its taste. Its founders believe that a mix of high and low and vintage and new is what makes a space come to life. This blog is well organised and has the feel of a proper website with visitors able to browse posts by room, shop by category, find useful resources and gain inspiration.
If you love sneaking peaks at other people’s homes, then you’ll love this site, which combines fascinating insights and tours of real-life apartments across New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, DC and Boston with a buzzing online community and instructive tips and tricks which you can apply to your own home. The site is a pleasure to browse, with high quality imagery of all manner of cleverly decorated, well-thought out apartments (don't visit this site if you are prone to envy) and an intuitive lay-out. Watch out for the book, for some first-class coffee table reading.
Contemporist is a fantastic source of inspiration and a daily source for architects and interior designers to discover new products and projects in the world of contemporary design. This online publication provides a fresh way for design industry professionals to get their news. Browse by categories covering Architecture, Furniture, Interiors, Lighting and Misc enjoying excellent photography and top tips, whether you’re a professional or not.
This pretty blog was launched by Holly Becker in 2008. An American freelance journalist and design consultant living in northern Germany, Becker attracts over 35,000 readers to her blog, who log on daily to find fresh decorating ideas as well as product reviews, reader discounts, competitions, book reviews, interviews, store and home tours, do-it-yourself projects and trade show coverage. Topics range from decorating to small business ownership, travel, blogging and independent design with top quality imagery accompanying each post.
Design Milk is a popular modern design blog, run by Jaime Derringer, which covers all things new and inspiring in art, architecture, interior design, furniture, décor, fashion and technology. This blog doesn’t miss a trick when it comes to finding the latest talent, products, buildings and interiors and is read by many retailers, magazine editors and designers as well as design fans, keen to keep abreast of what’s going on.
Green, sustainable design is the future and Inhabitat is a near as you’ll get to looking into that future. Tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials, Inhabitat was started by New York designer Jill Fehrenbacher as a forum for investigating emerging trends in product, interior and architectural design. The blog features input from some of the world’s leading authorities on sustainable design and building practice and also accepts submissions from readers. ‘Design will save the world’ is this site’s USP. Let’s hope it is right.
This is a real gem. Launched by Brooklyn-based writer (another American one, we’re afraid!) Design Sponge is appealing to the design lover on every level. We are particularly enamoured by the Before and After section, which showcases incredible real-life transformations of interior spaces. The blog also features podcasts, DIY projects, product guides, city guides and sneak peeks into different designer’s home. Design Sponge also covers student design, national design and international design show and is updated constantly throughout the day.
print & pattern
A glorious celebration of the world of surface pattern design, print & pattern feels like a proper undiscovered gem and a real labour of love. All manner of bright and inspiring prints are featured on this blog, helping to cheer up any grey day while providing encouragement for your own home decoration projects. Whether it’s books, prints, lampshades or tea towels, print & pattern features the cream of the crop of design talent and is to be highly recommended.
Habitually Chic, from New York designer, Heather Clawson, is an elegant blog with daily musings on anything that catches her keen eye. Expect posts on art, architecture, design, fashion, photography, books and all things chic and Manhattan style. Needless to say elegantly served up and addictive.
29 March 2011