Embarking on an interior decorating project can be both exciting and daunting at the same time. With the prolific amount of resources available online today, sifting through it all to find useful information is not only time consuming but also confusing. Many of us are left wondering where to begin and more often than not, with the feeling that this is a job better left to the professionals. However, with the right inspiration on your side, partaking in your own interior decorating project can be extremely fun and fulfilling.
We’ve carefully put together a list of blogs to help provide not only creative ideas and inspiration, but also tips on general living and how to incorporate your own personal style into home décor, providing a more balanced and happier living space.
Country & Town House
This luxury magazine is predominately aimed at those that divide their time between town and country living, providing advice and inspiration on the latest trends and fashion in both rural and urban areas. Country & Town House also offers information on the latest events, and activities, travel tips and even a guide to independent schools.
Red Interior is a sub section of Red Magazine and an excellent resource, providing creative ideas on decoration and furniture arrangement, what to buy for your home and places to see with awe-inspiring interior décor. Published by Hearst Magazine, Red Magazine has a highly talented team of interior designers and journalists.
This is one of the oldest and most well known interior design magazines. House Beautiful originated in New York City and was first published in the US back in 1896. It was launched in the UK back in the early 1950’s and has been thriving ever since under Hearst Magazine publishers. Choose from numerous articles on a range of topics to provide ideas and inspiration on how to create a stylish living space. This magazine covers it all. Topics range from home and interiors, lifestyle, the garden, shopping, seasonal changes and much more.
A complete all-rounder – Ideal Home is one of our favourites, offering its readers numerous original ideas on interior design for all the rooms and garden of your home. It also includes space and storage guides to help you utilise as much of your home as possible as well as shopping guides, project planning and practical ideas on space and flooring.
Aimed at those with their souls firmly rooted in the countryside, readers can celebrate all aspects of country life through the changing seasons. This UK lifestyle magazine not only provides an array of tips and suggestions on country home interiors, but also keeps readers up to date with the latest news on events, farming, arts & crafts, decorating and gardening.
Launched back in 2004 by American author and stylist, Holly Becker. Decor8 was originally founded with the aim of reaching people with a passion for interior decorating. It consists of inspiring blogs on interior design, decorating tips, colour schemes, DIY advice and much more. Holly Becker has won numerous awards for her work and has hundreds of thousands of online followers.
Founder Heather Clawson, a talented interior designer who studied art history before moving over to interior design and fashion. Habitually Chic has featured in a number of world famous publications such as House Beautiful, Harpers Bazaar, The Huffington Post to name but a few, for providing ideas and inspirations on a wealth of different styles of interiors from all across the world.
An excellent guide, founder Maxwell Ryan, an interior designer and life coach, launched Apartment Therapy back in 2001. The basic concept behind Apartment Therapy is through the use of blogs, reviews and useful information – readers are not only able to transform the interiors of their homes, but also improve their quality of life by learning and understanding the basic elements of a good home.
Lark & Linen
For tips and clever tricks in interesting interior design case studies, with lifestyle and shopping advice, check out Lark & Linen by Jacquelyn Clark. In her own words her aim is to provide readers with “with fresh and inspiring, uplifting content of all kinds five days a week, each and every week”.
This sub section of the ever successful Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Homes Network – Room Envy focuses on the latest seasonal colour schemes and interior arrangements. Providing innovative creativity with various different interiors from around the world accompanied by a blog.
For regular tips and inspiration on all aspects of your home décor and furniture, check out Elle Decoration. The letters from the Editor section is also well worth a read, providing interesting facts, information and creative ideas for around the home.
An extraordinary blog with a unique concept behind it, Justina Blakeney’s Jungalow has attracted more than 1.5 million online followers and there is good reason for this. Creative patterns, bold colours and plants characterise her bohemian design inspiration. Justina’s tips teach readers how to embrace their creative decorating skills, feel free and incorporate styles together for the Jungalow look. Author of The New Bohemians, the New York Times best seller, Justina Blakeney is an L.A. based designer inspiring followers right across the globe.
A must for daily advice on design, a US based site with various contributors posting regular blogs on a range of topics including interior design, architecture, art, travel, home travel and much more. Information is easily accessible, providing detailed case studies and useful advertisement links to relevant sites.
With her unique personal touch, Coco explores fascinating properties and provides inspiration for design, style and accessories. She also runs her own textiles and home accessories collection, all of which are designed by herself. Coco offers valuable advice for various different styles plus seasonal tips and ideas.
House and Garden
An all purpose interior design blog, Home and Garden was originally a US magazine that was first published in the UK in 1947. This inspiring interior design magazine’s success was largely due to Robert Harling (close friend of Ian Flemming – author of James Bond). Harling worked with the principles of contrast – the old and the new, simplicity and vibrant colours. Their blogs feature a variety of topics from home interior ideas to food & recipes, garden and travel.
Home & Interiors Scotland
As the name suggests – dedicated to good design in Scotland. Home & Interiors Scotland is available to buy or order as a printed copy, or alternatively it can be read online. Case studies on individual properties and their interiors are designed to provide readers with inspiration and creativity as well as practical tips on what to buy and where.
Sleeper Global Hotel Design
An inspirational publication providing unrivalled coverage of current hotel design, development and architectural projects. The well presented portfolio allows its followers to keep up with the latest trends and new features right across the globe as well as offering numerous creative ideas.
Style By Emily Henderson
Emily Henderson runs this successful and exciting website providing tips on interior design, travel, styling and more. Emily herself is a TV host, author and stylist, with an exceptional array of experience under her belt. The Emily Henderson website provides creative and engaging content with something for everyone.
Founded by South African blogger and designer Diana Moss, who shares her love of art, interior, vintage and photography on her inspirational website Miss Moss. Diana has numerous followers due to her outstanding and refreshing ideas published from her home in the city of Cape Town.
Happy Interior Blog
This international blog on interior design discusses exactly what its name would suggest – bringing more happiness into the home using successful interior decorating. Founder Igor Josifovic shares his passion for interior decorating, styling, plants, travel and a generally healthy lifestyle with readers – increasing our awareness that the space we live in is not a simple one and should reflect our inner identity, ultimately resulting in our own contentment. Igor provides useful tips and ideas on how to go about this process.
Alexander James Interior Design
Winner of the 2015-16 UK Property Awards & Interior Design, The Alexander James Interior Design Group not only provide interior and architectural design services to property developers, private clients and hotel groups, they also offer a blog presenting valuable ideas and beautiful interior inspiration for both residences and commercial properties alike.
The Style Files
Every country in the world offers its own unique style when it comes to interiors. The Style Files works on the concept of exploring numerous styles for inspirational finds. Dutch founder Danielle de Lange provides creative ideas from all over the world, combining them into a European viewpoint. Danielle’s blog shares her unique finds and ideas as well as aiming to teach readers that the home should reflect personal style by the integration of personal objects and art. A must read for those hoping to find their inner creative side.
An excellent reference site sharing creative ideas on international design, fascinating homes as well as art and cultural events, practical tips on decorating and renovation from all over the world and features from the archives of the monthly Architectural Digest magazine. It also offers advice on a wide range of other aspects of home living including shopping, cleaning and maintenance, lifestyle tips.
Founded by previous International Hotel Designer Kristin Jackson. She has created this blog to provide diverse ideas and inspiration on how to transform any size space into luxurious living by layering the space correctly together.
The Beat That My Heart Skipped
A highly successful design blog, The Beat That My Heart Skipped is run by Rohini Wahi, a talented freelance journalist and trend setter of creative interiors. Rohini spends her time writing about stylish homes and travelling the world for further inspiration – allowing her to offer a wealth of knowledge on global design to all of her followers.
The Cheshire Magazine
A luxury lifestyle publication offering high quality content on property interiors, case studies, tips on home improvement, as well as other general news on people, style, travel and food & drink. We love Cheshire Magazine for its wonderful portfolios on both local and international home interiors.
A global industry-leading design publication published by Sandow. The basic concept is to connect the wide range of platforms of the interior design industry with other professionals in the design audience, as well as members of the general public. An excellent source of ideas and links to useful organisations, this is a definite go-to for relevant and creative inspiration.
The underlying principal of HomeWings is to make interior design fun and accessible to the wider market. Making your interior work for you and creating wellbeing in the home. The site provides interactive features such as its “style quiz”. Participants complete a series of questions regarding style choices, the results calculate which overall style they lean towards and present the reader with the option of an appropriate designer to take on their project.
An exceptional design blog run by Grace Bonney, Design Sponge was launched back in 2004 and has been hugely successful ever since, and with over 1 million readers per day across social media platforms, it is easy to see why. The exceptional talent of the whole team at Design Sponge provides numerous case studies on a variety of interiors in different locations across the US, offering valuable tips and ideas on interior design. Design Sponge provides something for everyone!
A digital publication with a daily blog – both of its co-founders Carole King and Arianna Trapani are well qualified interior designers with a wealth of experience. This site breathes creative energy, offering a variety of fantastic advice and ideas on interiors, food & recipes, fashion and travel. Also great for tips on finding the latest trendy hangouts.