“Creating is about sharing ideas, sharing aesthetics, sharing what you believe in with other people,” Shepard Fairey
As an interiors enthusiast I spend hours browsing Instagram, blogs, Pinterest and various online resources, connecting with like-minded creative lovelies who, just like me, are passionate about all things interiors and decor.
I’ve learnt so much from these creative minds. Ranging from inspiration for my own home (Kerry Lockwood and those Andy Warhol wall prints spring to mind) to starting to understand the more technical aspects of interior design; space, colour, lighting, layering to name but a few. Most of all, these fellow bloggers have given me the courage to make bolder, braver choices in my own home. Until recently my mind was full of inspiration and creative ideas, but also so many reservations What if I make a bold colour move and I quickly regret it? What if, when the day comes to sell up the decor isn’t neutral enough and it puts people off? If there was ever a time to quote Drake, this is it. Yolo. It’s true, you only live once and life is too short to make safe decor choices.
So, in no particular order here are my recommended Top 10 interiors blogs for 2019 – tried and tested by me, for you to enjoy. Go forth and follow!
I have to start this recommendation with a confession; I am slightly biased here, as Kerry is North East-based like myself. However, with a quick profile visit you will soon see for yourself why Kerry has won a loyal army of fans. The Kerry Lockwood – In Detail insta feed is littered with beautifully curated photos of her own home, which would be hard to pigeon-hole as a certain style. There are dark earthy hues, a touch of industrial-chic, greenery galore and scandi textiles. Overall, Kerry’s attention to detail and finishing touches really appeal to me and I love checking in daily, watching her Instagram stories…. oh and there’s Chester, the super-cute cockapoo who occasionally makes an appearance too!
Follow on Instagram @kerrylockwood_
2. Mad about the house
Mad about the house is brought to you by Kate Watson-Smyth, a published interiors author and journalist with serious industry credentials. Kate has won several awards including the Vuelio No 1 UK Interiors Blog and the Amara Interior Blog Awards Best Design Inspiration Blog as well as being named in the Sunday Times Home top 10 Interiors blogs.
Indicative from the blog title, Kate’s personal style is bold and quirky with a healthy dose of gold – love! Most of all, I love her philosophy; “Your home should tell your story. It should make your heart sing when you open the front door. I would sum it up like this: Something old, something new, something black, something gold. And always some natural wood. And when I say gold I mean any metallic. How do I sum that up? Well I like to call it Urban Glamour. You may prefer Modern Rustic.”
There is oh-so much quality content available from Kate. Daily blog posts, Instagram stories, a fully loaded website, monthly newsletter and behind the scenes sneak peaks, are all at your fingertips. Not to mention, a newly released ‘How to decorate your home with style,’ book. I’ll be ordering mine this week!
Follow on Instagram @mad_about_the_house
3. eli interiors
@Eli_at_home is a Yorkshire-based style and interiors Instagram feed providing photos of Eli’s own vintage-styled home. Technically not a blog, the solus IG feed provides plenty of inspiration, especially for injecting character into a new-build home.
Also a great blog for fun textile ideas; partial to a pom pom? You’ll love the cushions featured in Eli Interiors.
Follow on Instagram @eli_at_home
4. Dear designer
Carole King is the Interior Designer behind Dear Designer, a blog which has been established since 2009. Shortlisted in the 2018 Vuelio Blog Awards and co-editor of Heart Home digital magazine, it’s clear to see Carole lives and breathes everything home and design. Her content includes a combination of her own home and spaces which she feels inspired by – in her own words ‘her little library of loveliness.’
I particularly love how Carole demonstrates taking a theme and threading it throughout the home – in this case, statement botanical prints working their way from the dining room, to the bathroom and bedroom. Tune in if you want to see how to thread your chosen theme throughout the entire home.
Follow on Instagram @deardesigner
5. house of harwood and rose
Claire Harwood is the creative mind behind House of Harwood and Rose; an interiors blog focussing mainly on the renovation of Claire’s own 1960s home. Also, another North-east based blogger (here I am, unashamedly flying my Geordie flag!). With a stellar social following, House of Harwood and Rose features classic design with a 60s / 70s twist. Furniture takes centre stage in this blog, which is great for that all important inspiration when looking to style a room around a certain focal point.
Follow on Instagram @houseofharwoodandrose
6. Gold is a neutral
I love everything about this blog. The title initially caught my eye as I’m a huge fan of gold in the home as a timeless option for decadence and glamour. I think gold often gets overlooked by its’ more modern siblings. Not to fret gold, Jess and I have your back *fistpump*
Jess Hurrell, the brains behind Gold is a Neutral, is a former showbiz journalist turned interiors writer and blogger. Readers are taken on a journey of renovation and styling of Jess’ own home plus a gallery of ‘house envy’ featuring swoon-worthy spaces for that extra touch of inspiration.
Follow on Instragram @gold_is_a_neutral
7. hello peagreen
Mary Middleton is the Brighton-based interiors journalist behind the beautifully curated Hello Peagreen; ‘a design-led interiors and travel blog.’
This is a very polished offering featuring stunning photography – you won’t find any dodgy lighting or mirror selfies here. Whilst the interior style isn’t to my own (I’m not brave enough to be quite so kitsch – yet!) I can certainly appreciate the design-led content and ever-so-pretty Instagram feed. This blog inspires me to learn photography and get serious about photographing the spaces I love.
Hello Peagreen social media is supplemented by a website jam-packed full of interiors ideas, subscription to weekly blog updates and a quarterly newsletter.
As an aside, my background is in marketing and this blog really stood out for me in terms of branding. With a consistently slick approach across all platforms, including a statement, image-led website THIS is how to brand an interiors blog!
Follow on Instagram @hello_peagreen
8. MK DESIGN
If cool, crisp all-white is your thing, you’re going to love this blog. MK Design is a London-based interior design company founded by Mathilde Kubisiak. If you’re serious about interior design and want to see a portfolio of uber cool spaces with a scandi vibe then head on over to MK Design.
Warning. If you’re a colour lover like I am this blog could make you question every decor decision you ever made. Step away from the ice white emulsion…
Follow on Instagram @mkdesign.london
A wonderfully vibrant take on interiors is offered by Amanda Cotton of Houselust. Expect dark, moody hues, gold accents and super-cute nursery ideas.
Finishing touches are the star of show in this blog, with each room telling its’ own story via sumptuous textiles, statement lighting and attention to hardware (which is so easy to overlook, but really worth investing in).
Follow on Instagram @houselust
10. apartment apothecary
Apartment Apothecary is an award-winning interiors and DIY blog brought to you by Katy Orme. Katy shares her own decoration projects and home journey as well as design and craft ideas and tips for making a house your home.
There’s crisp whiteness with colourful accents, natural earthy wood and beautiful, original 1930s features.
Follow on Instagram @apartmentapothecary