For an antidote to smug home-made interiors, there’s the Pintester, who road-tests the supposedly easy-to-accomplish handicraft features posted on Pinterest. All with varying degrees of failure. Warning: it resorts occasionally to some fruity language.
The wonderful Zoopla lets you check the market value of your neighbour’s house, and if a property is for sale, you can snoop around it for fantastic interiors inspiration. This database of rooms to let for the night is another solution. It is used by holidaymakers to find a place to stay for a fraction of hotel prices. But design magpies can use it to find ideas, or simply to keep up with the Joneses.
16 May 2018, 8:00am Pastel stripes and no door handles: How the architects of Kettner’s Townhouse designed their own minimal family home
In this thrift-chic blog, Gillian details her journeys en famille into creative homemaking. She knits, sews, bakes and potters. In one post, she zhooshes up a white cotton cushion. In the next, she crotchets a rainbow baby blanket.
Got a home-improvement problem? Tweet these experts for free DIY and building advice. No job too large or small, from Rawlplug conundrums to plumbing disasters.
Daily updated blog dedicated to all things domestic, interiors included. Fortysomething Jersey resident Samantha Stansbridge revels in the joy of a wonkily hung picture frame and knows how to make good use of a dusty tape-embossing device.
31 May 2018, 7:00am All that glitters: Why semi-precious stones are back in fashion at home
15 Apr 2018, 8:00am How will the Duchess of Cambridge decorate her nursery? Forget pink and blue and bring in the Scandi chic Premium
01 May 2018, 3:21pm Seven interiors trends we spotted at the Salone del Mobile in Milan
12 May 2018, 9:00am At home with the dress designer who counts Victoria Beckham and the Duchess of Cambridge as fans
A round-up of the best sales, shops and websites for home furnishings, courtesy of Ideal Home style editor, Alice Humphrys. She keeps tabs on stylish buys. Recent posts include a rundown of statement paints from Fired Earth, and new bathroom furniture from the stylish company Loaf.
Twitter feed by a Surrey-based print and wallpaper designer who “loves Marmite and the great British countryside”. Perfect for keeping up to date with the latest in fabric swatches, litho printing and progress on Rachel’s new bathroom.
09 May 2018, 7:00am Class and the free market: How the rise of famed furniture designer Thomas Chippendale tells the story of 18th century Britain
A daily dish of upcycling projects, occasionally with idiot-proof tutorials. These range from the ridiculously simple (turn an empty jam jar into a votive), all the way to the simply ridiculous (turn bicycle parts into a coat stand).
Ah, misadventures in interiors shopping. The baked-potato bean-bag, unusual wallpapers, the Barry Manilow-shaped day pillow (or, “Manllow”). A dustbin of home decor disasters.
This blog offers unadorned glimpses into the cluttered properties of the nation’s artistic gentry. Particular treats are topographical painter David Gentleman’s north London home and Sir Jonathan Miller’s four-storey Camden town house.
On the hunt for a Poul Jensen Selig Z bench, an Allan Gould string chair or a Hans Olsen dining set? So is this Californian midcentury modern furniture dealer, who details the fruits of his eBay trawls. Happy counter-bidding.
01 May 2018, 11:27am Florentine fancy and Pucci’s first foray into hospitality: The new-look Hotel Savoy Florence revealed Premium
Contenders for the title “world’s classiest contemporary design projects”, each profiled in clickable picture form. The stylish parade of enormous apartments, immaculate beach villas and uptown hotel lobbies will help a lunch hour disappear.
IDEAS & INSPIRATION Scandinavian Meets Californian Interior Design
HOME TOUR Is This One Of The Best Hotels In Byron Bay, Australia?
Wonder what patternistas such as Orla Kiely and Emma Bridgewater have been up to? Or what colour schemes are hot in Habitat? The season’s greatest “surface pattern designs” are chronicled in this romp through high street and online collections.
DESIGN TIPS How To Create An Indoor Garden In Your City Apartment
Dive into photograph after photograph of understated, functional interiors with odd rustic touches. This trove of contemporary Scandinavian delights comes courtesy of interior and lifestyle blogger Emma Fexeus, an online legend in her native Stockholm. She offers a peek inside the homes of interior stylists.
IDEAS & INSPIRATION The Best Faux Flowers Online From Rose & Grey
Intermittent but sweet family-and-home-interiors blog by Patricia McGinnis, a young Belfast mum (“to a lovable rascal”). She details her prized vintage finds, such as an Ercol sofa, a rare Tretchikoff print and her beloved wood-burning stove.
A breathless and, one imagines, unintentionally hilarious Twitter feed about the joy of paint. Our American “color expert” reflects on this year’s on-trend shade (“I love yellow!”), but warns that “now is not the time to be matchy-matchy”. Imagine if Alan Partridge worked on an interiors magazine.
HOME TOUR Check Out This 30’s Californian Bungalow Interior Design
A joyful trawl through back issues of glossy magazines, this archive documents shifting tastes in decor. Whether you want a Swinging Sixties boudoir or a living room decorated in 19th-century antiques, there’s inspiration here. It also serves as a warning from history. It turns out that, in the late Seventies, all the best New York apartments had brown and grey plaid-printed sheets.
What a way to kick off Monday morning hey? To celebrate the launch of my completely shoppable interior design magazine, 4, this Friday, I partnered with the amazing team over at interiors store Rose & Grey to give away an amazing £100 voucher to spend on R&G goodies. I remember first discovering Rose & Grey […]
Billed as the largest online collection of home improvement ideas, this “Wikipedia of interiors” has designs for every room in the house. Its formidable database contains more than a million pictures. Users can create an “ideabook”, where they save their favourite images for reference. If you can’t find a sexy new kitchen here, you won’t find it anywhere.
Today I’m bringing you a little DIY post and I couldn’t be happier with the results. When I moved into this apartment, the first thing I fell in love with was the amount of natural light which filled the space, especially in the bedroom. I’m on a corner block, south facing, so sunlight streams in […]
IDEAS & INSPIRATION Staying Motivated, Kicking Ass & Smashing Goals
Smart interiors journal by Seattle “design mom” Stephanie Brubaker. Sticking resolutely to her mantra “Where practical meets pretty”, it’s full of tips on how to keep the home spick and span. The “Real life home series” profiles inspiring spaces and asks owners how they achieved them.
A trove of handy links on how to spruce up a tired conservatory, give bedrooms a boudoir-chic look, and add value to your home. There are also links to relevant news stories, such as the recent revelation that new-builds in Denmark are 80 per cent bigger than in Britain.
Tips and design chit-chat from property renovator and television presenter Sian Astley. Expect no-nonsense gusto from Astley, who offers a breezy Northern counterpoint to the refined Southern sensibilities of Kevin McCloud.
Earlier last month, I started a new chapter in my career, becoming a full-time content creator and interior stylist. After being in steady full-time employment for the last 10 years of my life, it’s been a big adjustment to make – not only financially, but in terms of pushing myself mentally to get the drive […]
This easy-grazing blog showcases the height of home deco taste, room by gorgeous room. It features “cool kitchens”, “desirable dining” and “beautiful boudoirs”. You get the idea. But it also sharpens its knife when design goes hideously awry, as per its hilarious entry on “cringey” conservatories
More creative crafting failures and further proof that not everything should be upcycled. A pastiche site that takes aim at DIY. The loo-roll tree and knitted jackets for decorative rocks are fine examples of the horrors to expect. From these 50 websites, you should have a good idea of what to do with your interiors – as well as what not to do. Time to hit the DIY store and slap on those dungarees.
Today I wanted to take you around a stunning bungalow with a 30s Californian interior design that was renovated back in 2015. I discovered this place on Inside Out, an Australian interiors magazine and website. This whole space really captures the mid-century modern interior trend which has made it way over the pond and firmly […]
If you’ve read this month’s edition of 4 Magazine (grab your free copy here), then you’ll already be familiar with Australian hotel, The Bower, one of the best hotels in Byron Bay. Today I wanted to share even more inspiration from this idyllic hotel, located in the heart of the beach town. Byron Bay, for those […]
Picture-filled blog spotlighting homes that have been transformed by the world’s leading architects and designers. Recently featured stars include Philippe Ho, founder of Studio 8 Design, and Canadian designer Mar Silver. The prose is nicely unpurple, and the interiors are impeccable.
Annoying little compromises – ugly curtain end stops, Acme door knockers – can drive homeowners to distraction. This sourcebook for considered living, curated by New Jersey artist Jaime Derringer, will help you nail those finishing touches. Recent posts include a selection of the most eye-catching wine racks and umbrella stands that pass for objets d’art.
For non-dedicatees, this eminently surfable gallery dedicated to toile de jouy, the 18th-century motif-rich rococo French fabric, will be a visual feast too far. There are impossibly pretty hand-painted teacups, a grenade-shaped vase decorated Banksy-style in blue toile, and – for good measure – actor Ryan Gosling wrapped in a printed sheet.
13 Apr 2018, 8:00am Take the floor: how finding the right rug can ground your interior scheme
Lively renovation and design blog in which smart professionals Klaus and Heidi chronicle their efforts to renovate their four-storey Georgian house, including all materials and stockists used.
01 Jun 2018, 7:00am From nightlife to the quiet life: inside Jade Jagger’s Balearic bolthole on Formentera
The good weather is finally here. There is no better time to get off the sofa and spruce up your home.
But while it can be a fantastic resource, the web can also be a labyrinth. Whether you are hunting for the latest young talent, looking for tips about decorating a child’s bedroom on the cheap, or simply after some good, old fashioned interiors, it can be tough to know where to begin.
A design-savvy community, where users share interiors inspiration, from room looks and architecture to typography and retro advertising. Just click to be sent updates on Facebook and Twitter.
IDEAS & INSPIRATION 5 Interior Lighting Trends to Look Out for in 2018
03 May 2018, 10:18am Soho House’s Nick Jones on taking over Television Centre Premium
04 May 2018, 8:00am Five Bank Holiday interior updates… according to leading magazine editors
05 May 2018, 8:00am Sarah Beeny on her first property renovation aged just 19: ‘My success is built on the blunders I made’ Premium
Don’t redecorate in a retro style before a cautionary scoot through these offbeat 20th-century properties for sale. Among those listed is a cool Hampshire harbourside deckhouse on pillared stilts, with its delicious Sixties fittings intact. Prices range from “affordable” to “purest fantasy”.
19 May 2018, 8:00am Retro chic: How to get the look of Soho House White City with brown furniture
Follow the textiles adventures of Bath design student Polly Rowan. When she’s not developing potato prints inspired by African beads or opening up her sketchbook of watercolours and inks, she tries her hand at felting, weaving and embroidery.
A fascinating conservation and restoration blog showing what goes on behind the dust sheets at Britain’s beautiful National Trust properties. Grand projects are profiled, alongside charming photographs of volunteers retouching textiles and salvaging ancient picture frames.
Interiors inspiration: this four-bedroom Georgian home is on sale for £2.95m, Savills Credit: Savills
Coming soon to a living room near you, the magic of Hollywood. Film-set designer Jurgen Beneke shows how he rustles up his own A-list furniture from simple plywood and a dash of silver paint.
A Cotswolds-based glass and china hire company (for weddings, mainly) whose tweets show how a touch of vintage can give a home a “Cinderella chic” look. It also features photography from linen shopping missions – from Soho to Scotland.
Fun blog that shows how to remodel pieces of Ikea furniture into something more individual. This week, turn a Bestå bookshelf into a cat house, or a Hjälte kitchen skimmer into a soap dish. Each suggestion comes with instructions as well as inspirational before-and-after shots.
23 May 2018, 11:43am How to decorate with colour, by pattern queen Orla Kiely
One of the key factors in being inspired and motivated to work, especially if you’re running your own business or side hustle, is having the right kind of environment to do it in. I love to fill my office with colourful and quirky artwork, either framed on the wall, on a ledge shelf or pinned […]
I still feel like Urban Outfitters homeware is a hidden gem when it comes to interiors shopping. It was only this weekend over brunch with friends that we were discussing industrial inspired furniture and I recommended UO – most of the table didn’t even realise furniture was an option at this high street retailer. If Californian-inspired […]
14 May 2018, 2:00pm The magic of linen: add some rustic chic or a layer of luxury in your home
A blog dedicated to the daily inspirations of an interiors journo. In between profiling the latest scented candles and fog-coloured waffle blankets, Rohini Wahi rounds up the smartest interiors from the big screen. Her set tour of the elegant cookie-cutter Fifties American home used in Revolutionary Road is manna for midcentury modernists.
05 Jun 2018, 2:00pm Pom-poms, tassels and fringing: how to deck out your home with all the trimmings
Julian Joseph first caught my attention last year when I was in search of the perfect armchair for my bedroom reading nook. As you’ll know, I love discovering independent businesses. Especially young, thriving businesses. Established by Luke Julian Silver and Michael Joseph Cronin, the creative duo met in Shanghai back in 2012 and shared a […]
Unsentimental blog full of advice on how to raise a family and run a home, not necessarily in that order. Fun and practical tips that time-pressed parents will understand easily.
Fascinating profiles of creative people and the rented rooms they have made their home. Likely to make you glad you are not a twentysomething east Londoner struggling for a foothold on the property ladder.
This is where DIY meets SOS. Home improvers share shameful disaster stories and revel in others’ misfortunes. Look out for the new sofa that was too big for the front door, or the nail gun that misfired.
Offers tips on inventive eco-design and decorating small spaces. Characteristic are links to the New Yorker who grows vegetables on his fire escape, and how a former missile silo was transformed into a luxurious underground pad.
From her west London perch, stylist and interior writer Sania Pell champions all things handmade and home-made. She lends her insider tips on how to add personality to a room using ordinary items, such as glass jars and ribbon ends
The Twitter arm of the influential global architecture and design magazine. Follow to keep in touch with the ever-expanding frontiers of architectural and interior design. It’s good to know what is around – even if you can’t afford it.
12 Apr 2018, 7:00am Gallery: Hot pink walls, disco balls and suits of armour: properties for sale with some truly eccentric interiors
This Twitter feed offers money-saving household tips (how to spring- clean with cider vinegar) and interior suggestions, as well as more general family/parenting advice.
Hilary Devey, look away now. This upcycling Pinterest site shows how to turn wooden pallets into furniture and fittings. The former dame of Dragons’ Den might be shocked if she saw her removal crates remodelled as a swing or balcony planter.
13 Apr 2018, 8:00am Velvet sofas, candelabras and a bath tub: buy a historic piece of the Ritz Paris hotel
08 May 2018, 2:00pm Add a touch of soul to your home with handmade craft items
Holly Becker, an American interiors blogger living in Germany, has more than 1,000 pages showcasing the interiors of “super duper stylists”. These include pages from the newest decorating books and great finds from other websites.
04 Jun 2018, 3:53pm Is your home making you unhappy? The quick fix interior tips to boost your mood
Online diary of a thirtysomething American mother, baker and crafter, where she shares her daily haul of handmade and vintage finds. Her weekly “interior inspiration” post brings together the best of other blogs that have caught her keen eye.
Property website Rightmove’s blog follows mostly minor celebrities and their property sales (“Jamie Theakston set to make a cool profit on his west London home”). Also points out hot interiors as seen on the web, such as the “Swiss Army” bathroom, whose fixtures and compartments swivel out for use.
This imaginative daily updated picture blog, by a pair of interior designers, explores the limits of creative home deco. Is good design the making of studio living? Can a child’s bedroom ever be aesthetically pleasing to adults, too? See their results here.
An enigmatic and endlessly browsable blog dedicated to high-concept interiors, where “15 interesting floating staircases” and unusual steel chairs are held in quiet reverence. The fixation with multipurpose furniture, such as the teardrop-shaped bookcase that doubles as a reading seat, adds to the general kookiness on display.
Motivational home deco blog from the quirky pen of Amanda Wright, a stationery illustrator and confessed throw-cushion addict. Tutorials range from jazzing up terracotta pots to creating a herringbone coffee table from weathered planks.
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Add an on-trend splash of colour with a guiding hand from this cheerful blog. It is the brainchild of British design junkie Will Taylor, “a young chap who is unashamedly hooked on hue”. This site is a hotline to the season’s perfect palette, with plenty of useful decorating tips.
If you do know where to look, however, you will find an Aladdin’s cave of tricks, ideas, practical advice and sumptuous imagery. This list of 50 interiors sites consists of a healthy chunk of the “interiorati”. Stick to these gurus, and your next design move is all but guaranteed to be more stylish, cheaper and less work.