‘Glamorous Lives & Stylish Places’ is the tagline to this utterly compelling blog from a New York interior designer, a woman of unashamedly uptown taste, both modern, slightly Mad Men uptown and the more traditional. She’ll post photos of everything from the late Jackie O’s swag-tastic Fifth Avenue apartment to her own well-stocked dressing-room. Yes, it’s that fabulous.
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.
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.
One woman’s obsession with surface pattern in blog form. It doesn’t matter whether it’s wallpaper, fabric, tableware, illustrations or stationery – if it bears a cool print, the cuter the better, you can guarantee she’ll be on to it.
This Stockholm-based blogger is nothing if not prolific. You could lose yourself for hours in all her archived pages. There aren’t too many words (and those that there are, are English rather than Swedish), just photograph after photograph of beautiful interiors best described as Scandi-rustic. A must for anyone seeking design inspiration or simply to get out of chores.
No, not that Miss Moss, but a South African champion blogger called Diana who says simply that she ‘likes sharing rad things that are nice to look at’. The living section, featuring often breathtakingly beautiful houses, is pure joy.
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.
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.
13 Apr 2018, 8:00am Take the floor: how finding the right rug can ground your interior scheme
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
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
12 Apr 2018, 7:00am Gallery: Hot pink walls, disco balls and suits of armour: properties for sale with some truly eccentric interiors
10 kellyhoppen.com: Kelly is a celebrity interior designer (she is a Dragon’s Den dragon) with her own range of fabrics, paints and furniture.
05 Jun 2018, 2:00pm Pom-poms, tassels and fringing: how to deck out your home with all the trimmings
8 siobhanmooney.co.uk: Edinburgh design team handling room layouts, electrical plans, soft furnishing, fabrics, sourcing of antiques.
19 May 2018, 8:00am Retro chic: How to get the look of Soho House White City with brown furniture
Decor8 is the name on virtually every other interiors blogger’s blogroll, and with good reason. In six years it’s become such a popular design resource that its American founder, Holly Becker, now has a bestselling spin-off book to her name and is a regular on the lecture circuit.
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.
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.
01 May 2018, 11:27am Florentine fancy and Pucci’s first foray into hospitality: The new-look Hotel Savoy Florence revealed Premium
04 Jun 2018, 3:53pm Is your home making you unhappy? The quick fix interior tips to boost your mood
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
19 lizaevans.com: A central London firm which also offers to source antiques for clients.
7 simshilditch.com: Has a mission “to make everyday living comfortable, engaging and inspirational”. Based near Bath.
5 fisherid.com; Kent-based with 30 years of experience in high-end residential interior design.
OK, not strictly speaking a blog, but this bi-monthly online magazine earns its place in our list for one very good reason: its visual appeal makes it just as addictive as all the rest of them. From some of the people behind the late, lamented American interiors magazine Domino, it showcases the nattiest homes Stateside – bright, quirky, and often bearing distinct shades of the 1960s and 1970s. Beware one great, though quite possibly dangerous, tool: hover your mouse over something that catches your eye in a featured interior and it will tell you where you can buy the very same or similar.
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.
03 May 2018, 10:18am Soho House’s Nick Jones on taking over Television Centre Premium
14 marybarberfray.co.uk: The website offers design tips and the firm offers services from designing one window to refurbishing a whole house. Birmingham-based.
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.
18 woodsinteriordesign.com: Based in Harrogate the firm specialises in country houses across the UK.
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”.
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.
– Check rates (many charge circa £75 an hour, others up to 15 per cent of project cost).
Is your home dowdy or old-fashioned? Unfashionable in layout and decor? If so, then the time is right to bring in an interior decorator.
No top 20 would be complete without that behemoth of blogs/forums, Apartment Therapy. Despite its size and reach – and it really is huge, with dizzyingly frequent updates, and posts from around the world – it retains a sense of community. It’s primarily pictorial, with the main feature being House Tours of hipsters’ homes, though it mixes these with practical tips.
13 Apr 2018, 8:00am Velvet sofas, candelabras and a bath tub: buy a historic piece of the Ritz Paris hotel
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.
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).
3 msmonro.co.uk: Chelsea-based, this is Britain’s longest-established interior design consultancy, will design gardens as well as homes.
The good weather is finally here. There is no better time to get off the sofa and spruce up your home.
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.
– Decide exactly what rooms and ideas you have before commissioning a designer.
A joint venture between two friends/interiors writers from south London. They’ve an unerring eye for the tastefully offbeat and cover everything from foreign fleamarkets visited to the rights and wrongs of black wall paint. They’re not shy of posting photographs of their own homes every now and then, generally when pondering some decorating dilemma. Will one of the friends go with the fabulous Cole & Son Palm Leaves wallpaper in her hall? Will the other ever find the perfect grey paint for her sitting-room?
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.
08 May 2018, 2:00pm Add a touch of soul to your home with handmade craft items
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.
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
9 carolynparker.com: Mother-and-daughter team, Yorkshire based but operating across UK and in Portugal.
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4 ashtonhousedesign.co.uk: Seven-person design consultancy with large showroom in Ashburton, Devon.
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.
– Most designer offer a free first consultation, so try several to assess attitude and competency.
– Secure a firm schedule from your designer, especially if (s)he is project managing.
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.
Ahern’s white-text-on-black-background blog looks as dramatic as the zeitgeisty interiors that she creates. Like them it is also intimate, with chatty tips (illustrated with lots of arresting pictures) on everything from hanging art to ‘zoning’ space, as well as trends and tricks of the trade.
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.
31 May 2018, 7:00am All that glitters: Why semi-precious stones are back in fashion at home
‘A blog dedicated to daily design inspirations’ reads the sub head. Which roughly translates as ‘nirvana for rubberneckers’. The aesthetic is pretty catholic: one day it might be an austerely simple Georgian country house, the next something mid-century modern in the south London suburbs.
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.
6 suzannetucker-interiors.com; Has handled very high-end London and south east residential design.
Toddy Selby captures creative types from around the world at home or in their studios, and his phenomenally successful blog (we’re talking 55,000-plus-hits-a-day successful) has spawned a whole genre of similar studiedly unstudied interiors photography. His shoots are still far and away the best, in our opinion.
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 British Institute of Interior Design posts a list of members on biid.org.uk.
Karine Candice is a French expat living in London who shares her inspirations, life and all-round creative ingenuity with the world via this blog. Go to the My Home section and sigh at the beauty of her residences (note the plural there). Then click on other links to check out the wonders she’s worked in different rooms – the naff old kitchen cupboards that she has transformed with black paint and a stainless-steel worktop, the charcoal-grey daughter’s nursery, the old pallet turned into a chic (no, really) coffee table.
Slightly bonkers musings (or what he calls ‘deep and not-so-deep thoughts from the brain of Jonathan Adler’) that take in all manner of subjects, from the importance of the colour orange to, erm, his obsession with pill-shaped homeware. It’s gloriously madcap and just a bit camp, as you might expect from the king of modern-kitsch interiors.
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.
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.
It’s not just Ben Pentreath’s interiors shop in Bloomsbury, London, that we’ve fallen in love with; we’re huge fans of his charming blog and even more charming parsonage in Dorset, too. Gratifyingly for nosy types, the parsonage and its enchanting cottage-style garden often crop up in said blog. He’s a cultured so-and-so, is Pentreath, and even his most chatty posts have an erudite but self-deprecating edge.
A must for anyone who has ever dreamt of restoring an old home, or is in the throes of doing so. It’s written by an interiors journalist who is slowly but lovingly bringing a 260-year-old place in New England back to life. Expect regular updates about historically correct shutters and fireplaces, along with photographs of freshly Farrow & Balled rooms, and other home-related stuff besides.
1 jessicabrookdesign.com: West London based, including architectural, furniture and product design.
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.
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.
20 mccalldesign.co.uk: This London team has worked on high-end clubs, sporting premises, offices and homes.
14 May 2018, 2:00pm The magic of linen: add some rustic chic or a layer of luxury in your home
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.
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.
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.
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.
James Snowden is an interior decorator, shopkeeper and, as he styles himself, ‘blog curator’ based in Kentucky. This last might sound a teeny bit precious, but don’t let it put you off. He’s a blogger of few words but many beautiful pictures of things that have caught his eye – furniture and curios that are gently distressed, and interiors of an almost ethereal stillness. It is all seductively soulful and makes you want to hop on a plane to visit his shop with a fistful of dollars.
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.
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.
16 May 2018, 8:00am Pastel stripes and no door handles: How the architects of Kettner’s Townhouse designed their own minimal family home
01 May 2018, 3:21pm Seven interiors trends we spotted at the Salone del Mobile in Milan
If you have considered such skills too expensive or unnecessary then remember – good design gives you the home you want, impresses others and, ultimately, may pay for itself handsomely by boosting the value and appeal of your property when you come to sell.
How best to sum up the sudden craze that is Pinterest? Erm, weird but also kind of addictive? More forum than blog in the truest sense, it describes itself as an online pinboard, which sort of says it really. It’s like Facebook for people who are really into their moodboards and are narcissistic enough to think that the rest of us care what they’re digging at the moment. Which we do, of course! Keep posting, people, and we’ll keep muttering to ourselves, ‘What was she thinking when she decided to “pin” those awful glass-decanter light shades?’
If you didn’t know that Julie, the Frenchwoman who blogs (in English) under the name Famille Summerbelle, was a designer of prints, textiles and interiors accessories, you’d guess pretty sharpish. The way that photographs are artfully grouped according to their subjects’ form, pattern or colour is a bit of a giveaway. Fans of the artist Rob Ryan would do well to follow the link on the blog to a shop selling her work.
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.
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.
Interiors inspiration: this four-bedroom Georgian home is on sale for £2.95m, Savills Credit: Savills
15 cloudstudios.co.uk: This Oxford firm has worked on country house interiors as well as modern urban homes.
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.
Slightly cryptic name for what is a brilliant blog. Victoria Smith, the San Francisco girl in question, describes herself as ‘a photographer, stylist, design junkie and fleamarket queen’. Think airy interiors with a modern-bohemian bent.
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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.
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.
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.
We have found 20 of Britain’s top interior designers, all accredited with the British Institute of Interior Design.
12 May 2018, 9:00am At home with the dress designer who counts Victoria Beckham and the Duchess of Cambridge as fans
– Ask friends and colleagues for experiences and recommendations of designers.
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.
– If you directly pay interior design labourers, budget for £500 to £1,000 per room.
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.
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
13 suedanninteriors.com: Buckinghamshire-based firm offering full design service but specialising in bespoke kitchens.
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.
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.
23 May 2018, 11:43am How to decorate with colour, by pattern queen Orla Kiely
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.
17 juliettebyrne.com: High-end London interior firm which also offers property management services.
11 pascoeinteriors.com: This Chichester firm specialises in blending vintage furniture into contemporary surroundings.
– Ask whether VAT, labour, materials and project management are included in fee.
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.
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.
12 infinitedesigndevon.co.uk: Interior designers operating mostly in the South Hams.
Some of the best interiors inspiration is now to be found online. Gareth Wyn Davies rounds up our favourite blogs.
– Collect fabric samples, photographs and colour charts to focus your ideas.
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.
2 mcw-associates.com: work for home owners, developers, hotels and restaurants, based in Cirencester.
Griffo, the graphic designer behind this largely pictorial blog, is a typography nut and ardent fan of modernism – the mid-century Scandi sort not the cold, clinical kind. Cue lots of photographs of warmly textured interiors, especially at the end of the week when he uploads his ‘Friday Feast’ of the houses and rooms he’s currently drooling over. Watch out, too, for the odd guest appearance by his Swansea flat whenever he and his boyfriend take delivery of an Eames classic to add to their not inconsiderable collection.
04 May 2018, 8:00am Five Bank Holiday interior updates… according to leading magazine editors
16 wilkinsonbevandesign.com: A Birmingham-based firm that has worked on ski chalets, Caribbean villas and British homes.
– Encourage your designer to source and buy materials (they will get trade rates).
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.
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.
01 Jun 2018, 7:00am From nightlife to the quiet life: inside Jade Jagger’s Balearic bolthole on Formentera