Being a home renovation expert comes with a great deal of responsibility. In addition to helping each client discover his or her own ideal design, you also have to stay updated with current trends and styles. And with so many popular aesthetics that are constantly changing, it’s important that you’re able to provide a variety of options.
To keep you on your toes and in the know, we’ve rounded up the best home design blogs for professional designers to follow.
The Inspired Room
Melissa Michaels has been sharing home decorating tips on The Inspired Room for over a decade. In addition to being a savvy interior designer, Michaels is also the author of several New York Times bestselling books. These guides are centered around practical tips for organizing, decluttering and improving one’s home on a budget.
Athena Calderone of Eyeswoon has a knack for tasteful interiors and clean, modern design that speaks for itself. She fills her blog with tips for creating fresh, fashionable spaces that inspire envy. These home living tips are supported by her food and lifestyle posts, all of which support the minimalist aesthetic of the decor she features.
Old Brand New
Unlike the dramatic whites and clean lines of most modern style blogs, Old Brand New adopts a colorful, funky aesthetic for every room in the house. With bright splashes of warmth and bohemian textiles that compliment and pop, Old Brand New is a breath of fresh air. Many of these design tips remind of the 1970’s in the most tasteful and classic way. If you’re looking for a more creative style that stands out from the typical, this blog is the right choice.
Lark and Linen
Penned by Toronto-based home style expert Jacquelyn Clark, Lark and Linen is a home renovator’s dream come true. Head to the Lark and Linen portfolio for inspirational images of beachy cottages, elegant dining rooms and plush bedrooms galore. Clark’s philosophy is just as functional and beautiful as her spaces: “a well designed space should not only feel dreamlike, but be liveable, usable, and totally and completely you.”
If you’re advising remodeling for a family home, Apartment 34 is filled with practical design tips that will fit your client’s lifestyle. From kids’ room remodels to functional family rooms and curiosity cabinets, you’ll find endless inspiration for your client’s everyday, chaotic life. This blog’s interior design section is broken down by room, so it’s easy to find gorgeous, inspiring imagery and DIY tips for the room you’re working on next.
Little Green Notebook
Little Green Notebook is the blog of interior designer Jenny Komenda. This website is a go-to resource for all home DIY projects, including tips for lighting, flooring, accessories, furniture and more. Komenda’s tutorials are accessible and easy to follow, written with crafty, style-driven homeowners in mind. Komenda also has her own print shop, filled with curated art prints that can be downloaded and printed for sprucing up the walls.
This is a fabulous style blog written by Anna Dorfman, a multi-skilled creative with a background in illustration, art and book cover design. The name Door Sixteen references the Victorian row house she renovated before moving to Albuquerque. Now, the blog is filled with decor tips and inspiration from from the seven homes and apartments she’s designed both in New Mexico and New York.
This up and coming home design blog is sure to become a standout staple as it grows over the next few years. The author of Manhattan Nest is passionate fixer-upper expert named Daniel Kanter, who prides himself on sharing his hands-on home restoration tips. This blog goes into detail about every step of restoring an old house, including the knitty-gritty, not-so-fun parts. Those looking for a real-world approach to renovations, look no further.
House of Brinson
House of Brinson is a couple’s commitment to elevated living and classical design. Filled with breezy curtains, natural fibers and plenty of vintage prints, this site gives a healthy dose of inspiration to anyone seeking an elegant, old world aesthetic. They offer all kinds of tips on preserving an old home’s appeal, including where to hide electronics and how to renovate a duchess-inspired guest room.
Old Town Home
Old Town Home is the renovation blog of a couple’s home in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. This friendly couple spares no details about their historic home, including before, during and after photos of nearly every nook and cranny in the house. They also include information about their home’s history and floor plan, so it’s especially helpful for those renovating a similar home, or people who are simply interested in architecture.
Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
Victoria Elizabeth Barnes is a home design blogger who takes a humorous approach to the joys and woes of home renovation. Take her recent post on upholstery, for example, which is titled: “DIY upholstery: for people who love being irritated.” And if you’ve ever experienced frustration when helping design or renovate a home, you’ll definitely find something to relate to here. Once you start browsing her charismatic and hilarious posts on decor, you won’t be able to stop.
The Jungalow is Justina Blakeney’s art, inspiration and style blog. Her work melds bohemian style with wild jungle-inspired prints for a colorful, delightful design aesthetic that’s all her own. A far departure from the minimalist styles of today’s high-end style bloggers, The Jungalow takes a whole new approach to happy, inspired home living. If exotic prints and bright one-of-a-kind pieces are your thing, be sure to check this one out.
As the home decor editor at MyDomaine.com, Gabrielle Savoie doesn’t disappoint on her own blog, Savvy Home. Here she covers all things home decor, including how to decorate a tiny apartment and how to entertain guests. Savvy Home is the ideal blog for those customers who are seeking a cosmopolitan lifestyle in a smaller home or apartment – but still have the budget to live large.
Nest by Tamara
Written by Tamara Stephenson, Nest by Tamara is the ultimate interior design blog. Design professionals will appreciate her practical style and everyday aesthetic, which is approachable without feeling too plain. This makes it a perfect go-to for clients who want something special, but don’t want to step too far out of their comfort zone. Stephenson is inspired by her travels, which often take her across the globe. She also has a number of offshoot businesses, including a textile company.
Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body
This blog is exactly what it sounds like. Tasha Agruso is a retired litigation attorney who left the profession to pursue her love of interior design and home decor. Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body is also filled with before and after photos of Tasha’s home remodel, and the renovations are incredibly impressive. Her creativity offers a fresh approach to remodeling and it’s definitely worth looking at when you’re feeling stuck in a design rut.
The Decorating Diva
The Decorating Diva is a home design blog infused with global style. From the art deco houses of Miami to the castles of Europe, The Decorating Diva collects elegant elements from across the globe. The blog’s writer, Carmen Maria Natschke, is a new media entrepreneur with a background in software engineering, writing, speaking and interior design. The Decorating Diva is the perfect blog for designers who like to collect trinkets and ideas from their travels.
Equal parts elegant and trendy, Quintessence is the ideal blog for designers with a European flair. This lifestyle website is penned by former art director Stacey Bewkes, who aims to be a trusted source for well-researched, original design content. Stop by Quintessence when you’re ready to indulge in beachside elegance, vintage charm and a renewed perspective on how to define good design.
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