Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The 10 home décor blogs that most inspire me

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Waiting on Martha

Up until a few years ago, I never read blogs of any sort. No time, I thought.

But then one based on decorating with a favorite color—a preference I shared—crossed my path, and I was hooked. I loved looking at the beautiful photographs, of course, but something about this blog made me want to write one myself, though it took a while for me to decide on my focus.

Pinterest also played a role, as I explained in a previous post. Never underestimate the power of beautiful photographs—of anything!—to change your attitude toward life in general and in particular.

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Via Design Indulgences
What I discovered about blogs is that there are so many people out there doing so many things in so many unique ways.

I started to read to get ideas for my own blog, but I kept reading because these writers and their perspectives on home became friends of a sort. Some write a lot, while others write little or focus on sharing photos only.

I follow more than 300 home interiors blogs through Bloglovina social media channel for blog readers. Once you set up an account, you choose the blogs you want to follow from the categories list, and the site gives you a continuous feed with links to the latest posts. The post snippet usually includes a photo, headline, and opening sentences, from which you decide whether to click and read/see more. 

Not all blogs post every day, but many do, and this is an easier way of scanning for what interests me than by subscribing and sorting through a mountain of posts sent to my email inbox.

But Bloglovin’ isn’t just a clearinghouse for home-decor blogs. You can search for blogs to follow by topic—beauty, food and drink, fashion (men’s or women’s), health, DIY and crafts, travel, and more—or you can add a blog (yours?) not listed by plugging in its url.

The Bloglovin’ feed is how I discovered most of the favorites listed in this post. The illustration with each one shows you how items look in the Bloglovin’ feed. Click on the subhead to see the latest post for that blog, and click on the photo caption to read the snipped post.

So here are my top 10 blogs, but in no particular order because it’s too hard to choose!!


1.

Keltainen Talo Rannalla

(Yellow House on the Beach, Finland)
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Don’t let the language barrier scare you. Blogger Tarja Kankaanpää-Salonen concentrates on photographs, but what little she writes can be easily translated. Use the translate button in her sidebar or position your cursor on some text, opposite mouse-click, choose the translate option, and Windows will take it from there.

Tarja features three home tours in one post everyday (don’t know how she does it). Some are from the United States, but many are European and beyond, which means you see homes you might not find elsewhere. The homes she chooses are often eclectic—mixtures of styles and periods—that translate as boho in my book. What they all do have in common is they look as if real people live real lives in them. The look is layered and acquired, rather than contrived through over-decorating and -styling. Their charm seems like something you can attain, too, on your own.

Tarja also sometimes includes a feature following her tours called “Today at Home,” generally comprised of a few evocative photos of her own home—moody vignettes that relax and remind the reader to notice the little things that make daily life beautiful.


2. 

Planete Deco 

(A Homes World, France)
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Planete Deco’s Lilly Rose breaks down the language barrier by including most all text in French and in English. She posts several tours over the course of each day, rather than multiple tours as one post. She also sometimes does instructional posts, as well as a weekly round-up of individual rooms and décor ideas she finds and loves that deserve a mention but don’t merit a full post.

Reading content is usually limited to a one-paragraph description of the homes location and some background about it and/or its owners. Homes featured are usually apartments rather than single-family homes, but extremely fascinating apartments with great architectural detail. Decor runs about half Scandi-style and the other half an eclectic mix, mostly from Europe and the US, and each tour always includes a floorplan.


3. 

White Buffalo Styling Company

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White Buffalo Styling Company’s Lindsay Jackman is a southern gal and a young mother—two things we don’t have in common. But I love her blog because she writes about her home, her family, and her journey in life with such openness and sincerity.

Her modest but swoon-worthy home is not only decorated beautifully, but she’s always coming up with gorgeous embellishments she makes herself. Anytime I’ve ever commented on one of her posts, she always responds with a thank-you and/or an engaging reply. She’s a boho girl after my own heart, and she’s won it.


4. 

Addicted 2 Decorating

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Lots to read in this blog, but also lots to learn from blogger Kristi Linauer, for whom Addicted 2 Decorating is more than just a blog name. Follow Kristi’s journey as she transforms her true fixer-upper home.

But don't be fooled. This is a reno blog with a difference, in that Kristi, an interior decorator by trade, does more than a lion’s share of the work herself—including (but not limited to, as Kristi is a no-limits kind of gal) carpentry and other construction, refinishing, sewing, painting and upholstery. She’s built chairs from scratch and upholstered them as well as constructed statement décor pieces from scraps. And she’s never afraid of repainting something over and over and over again to get just the look she wants.

Even if you’re not into DIY, her posts are full of tips on how to hire the right people to do what you can’t or don’t want to do. She’s a force a force of nature you have to read about and see for yourself to believe, and you won't be sorry you made the time for her.


5. 

The Inspired Room

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Melisssa Michaels of The Inspired Room is author of the book of the same name, as well as a home décor coloring book and, most recently Simple Decorating. She shares a balanced dose of photos and text, always tied in some way to her own home-decorating journey and a way of helping you with yours.

The Inspired Room is all about making home a place to live, simply and easily, that’s also beautiful and tells your story. I like it that her children are grown-up and out of the house, like my own, but also join her in decorating projects, also like my own.

If you love golden doodles, you’ll also love all the photos of Melissa’s adorable dogs and those that belong to her daughters. This is another area we have in common; not that I own a dog (I’m a cat-person all the way), but my daughter owns a golden doodle, and I love that kookie Millie even though she’s not a cat.


6. 

Desire to Inspire

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Speaking of cats and dogs, my favorite feature of Desire to Inspire's Jo Walker and Kim Johnson is Monday’s “Pets on Furniture,” which my own Maisie-Cat has appeared in twice.

The blog is a transcontinental collaboration of two women—one in Toronto, Canada, and the other in Brisbane, Australia—who’ve only met virtually (on Flickr) but are both home-decorating junkies with day jobs. They spend their spare time in search of the perfect room and share with their readers what they find.

Tours and other inspiration come from all over the world. Again, comment on a post on this blog or send in your own pet on your own furniture and you’re bound to get a personal response.



7. 

Inspired By Charm

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Michael J. Wurm Jr. has just about the cutest house ever in a town in western Pennsylvania I remember driving through many times as a kid, on my way to grandma’s. His blog is full of to-die-for recipes, easy but sophisticated craft projects, and great decorating advice.

But mostly I read IBC because of Michael’s great sense of humor and his openness and sincerity. If he wrote with a southern accent, I’d swear he and Lindsay at White Buffalo were brother and sister.


8. 

The Decorista

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Although I’ve followed interior decorator Ashlina Kaposta’s blog for some time, The Decorista only recently became one of my favorites. Ashlina’s signature style is glam and her favorite color palette is black and white. And though I love looking at the over-the-top images she shares and get a lot of ideas from them, they’re not really me.

However, Ashlina has so many excellent posts that tie decorating in with healthy lifestyle that I wouldn’t miss a day. She covers topics like feng shui and spirit animals, as well as using color, decorating trends, and new products.

The “spirit animal” post linked to here finally got me to comment on The Decorista after nearly two years of reading. I shared a personal story that was related and was touched by Ashlina’s equally personal response.


9. 

Live. Love. Home. 

(By One Kings Lane)
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Edited by Dickson Wong, this is the blog of retailer One Kings Lane. If you’ve never shopped One Kings Lane, you don’t know what you’re missing. And the blog includes glorious tours of the homes of with-it decorators, fashion designers, and lifestyle business mavens, as well as interviews and feel-good articles, such as “The Secret to Making the Perfect Cup of Tea.”

All articles include a “shop this post” aspect tying back to One Kings Lane’s luxury new and vintage furnishings. Their photos are the best, so even if you can’t buy, it’s a great place to look and drool.


10. 

Apartment Therapy

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Apartment Therapy is the brainchild of designer Maxwell Ryan, who became known as the “apartment therapist” when he traveled by scooter to clients’ home to help them make their spaces beautiful, organized and healthy. Part interior designer, part life coach, his touchpoints were simplicity, comfort and lack of clutter.

About 12 years ago he launched the Apartment Therapy website with his brother, Oliver, and turned what was a weekly email distribution list into an online magazine of store and product reviews, interviews, tips, Q&A from readers, and reader-submitted home tours.

Apartment Therapy not only keeps me informed about what’s happening in the design world, it gives me tools to decorate my own home and the confidence to do it my way. I also seeing how other people live—real people, ordinary people, all who love the homes they’ve made for themselves and want to share them.


I hope some of my favorites become your favorites, too. 


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Via Design Sponge

No, I don’t read every one every day. But I do scan those that post and pick out what interests me. Sometimes I just run my eyes over photos and pin what I think I might use on my own blog or in decorating my own home. Sometimes I read every word. The challenge (and fun!) is in taking an idea and redeveloping it in my own way so it fits the BoHo Home brand, which is uniquely me.

All of which goes a long way in explaining why I enjoy blogs and designers whose tastes are different from my own. Because, you see, there’s never been a photo of a room that didn’t teach me something.


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                                                                                                                     Johanna Vintage

As I said at the start of this post, never underestimate the power of beautiful photographs—of anything! But know that it’s not merely about looking; it’s about seeing. I hope you’ll go visiting my favorite blogs and either find inspiration for your own home or simply relax and soak up some of the beauty life has to offer.


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