10 Must-Follow Interior Designers on Instagram
In the hierarchy of go-to apps on my phone that I lean on to distract myself from:
- boring phone calls
- boring meetings
- boring commutes
- boring dates (ok, kidding about that one...mostly)
Instagram has lately been at the top of my list.
This photography based social network is all eye candy all the time; and if you haven’t yet discovered it, it’s time to dive in with 9 inspiring, inventive, out-of-the-box creative interior designers you can follow to get your home feed buzzing with designer-y goodness.
This Nashville-based designer creates spaces that are so chic, they’ll burn your eyes out. He manages to combine classic style with vintage vibes and a completely modern, fresh take. His design style is like ice cream — it’s hard to pick a favorite flavor, because they all taste so damn good. See more of Benjamin’s work here.
Husband and wife photographer/stylist team Susan and William Brinson document the renovation of their historical home Stonyford Estate, as well as all of the wonderful guests, delicious meals and creative projects they take on. Their two adorable pups, Nero and Sugar, also often make cameos in the drool-worthy photos of their daily life in upstate New York. Read more about their adventures on their blog House of Brinson.
Los Angeles-based designer Amber Lewis is a pattern-mixing ninja, with her own chic online “shoppe” where you can purchase gorgeous pillows, rugs and accessories. Her style leans toward the eclectic with a Moroccan flea market/road trip vibe with tons of bright colors, textures and inspiring posts on how to kick life in the ass sprinkled in. Amber shares tips on the daily over on her blog.
Kelly Wearstler, or “K Dubs” as I like to call her, is the reigning queen of in-your-face, grab-you-by-the-lapels-and-kiss-you-open-mouthed, bold interior design. She is the master of making '70s era design (and other eras) look totally new and chic, and she mixes graphic patterns like a boss. Her vintage furniture finds are the stuff that dreams are made of. Get even more inspiration from Kelly on her blog My Vibe, My Life.
If you’re not sure what a “jungalow” is, it’s time to study up on Justina Blakeney’s Instagram feed. Justina has pioneered this relaxed, boho, totally unique interior design approach that incorporates bold, contrasting textures and patterns, lots of lush plants and natural materials and a comfortable, casual vibe. She also features daily #FaceTheFoliage works of art, which are portraits she creates with flowers and leaves. Check out Justina’s own Jungalow on her blog.
Did you know that hilariously funny design bloggers actually do exist? True, there are very few of them, but Hommemaker founder Orlando Soria is most definitely in da club. Follow along on his design adventures as he redecorates fun, hip spaces with killer vintage furniture finds and color-poppy art, covets drool-worthy real estate, and buys sneakers just because they match a painting.
If DIY was an actual country, then Arizona-based designer and Domino Contributing Editor Jenny Komenda would be the supreme elect dictator ruler for life, and no one would even care because her DIY skills are just THAT good. Follow Jenny as she renovates her home, creates photo shoots for Domino, scavenges thrift stores, and dreams up bigger and better DIY projects. Read more on Jenny’s blog Little Green Notebook.
Kristen Grove’s Instagram feed is a gorgeous assortment of spaces and places that inspire this Boise, Idaho-based, interior-designing mom. With a clean, minimalist style with some quirk mixed in, Kristen’s design projects feel timeless and totally accessible. Read more on Kristen’s blog Simpy Grove.
One of my favorite dude designers, Brian Patrick Flynn and I share a deep-rooted love of wallpaper, dark-n-moody colors and every season of Real Housewives that ever was. Follow him on Instagram as he brings you along to his mountain house in Georgia, off to the hills of Beverly in Los Angeles and back to his home in Atlanta with his super-funny, always spot-on commentary on just about everything. He's also the designer of the brand new HGTV Dream Home 2015. It's a beauty!
Open, Airy Loft
When Erin first moved into her loft, it was packed with clunky furniture and had orange walls that made the space feel busy. In order to make the space open, airy and serene, she came up with clever storage solutions that keep everything well organized and clutter free.
To take advantage of dead space just off the living room's sliding glass doors that lead out to the loft's small Juliet balcony, Erin and Chris opted for an 8-foot-tall bookshelf. It houses their important belongings, including diplomas and family keepsakes. "Vertical space is something really important to take advantage of. You'd be surprised how storing things upwards frees up space for other things. A combination of horizontal and vertical storage is key in maximizing square footage," Erin notes.
Clear Console Desk
Instead of opting for a standard console table to place behind her sofa, Erin chose a clear glass table with a metal base that doubles as a full-fledged workstation.
Books in the Bathroom
With no obvious place on the loft's first floor to store her huge collection of design books, Erin turned to a 6-foot wall in the first-floor bathroom. She notes, "I had about 10 inches of depth along a wall perpendicular to the glass-enclosed shower. To put it to good use, I installed a ready-made wall system made of a chrome base and glass shelves. Now what had been unusable space is maxed out with all of my favorite stuff."
Polish on Display
Erin considers her collection of colorful nail polish bottles almost like sculpture or art. To do them justice visually, she keeps them on display in a mirrored tray above the commode. The blogger notes, "It may be cliché to say this, but everything looks better in a tray. Once contained, pieces instantly take on an orderly look."
Erin's wedding inspiration also graces dead space just off the entry wall to the upstairs bathroom. The stylista blogger notes, "While I've designated lots of areas to more practical usage, it was important to take advantage of dead space for purely decorative reasons. I put my favorite art pieces — images from our poolside deck wedding in Baja — to good use in an area that couldn't be blocked by furniture due to the heating vent. The vantage point is ideal since I can see it directly while laying in bed." The three framed images include: a vignette of seashells and palm fronds, a pair of burros that her wedding photographer stumbled upon on the beach, and a rowboat perched underneath a hut.
When Erin first moved in, the accent wall behind the bed was painted a loud orange tone, the previous tenant's homage to the San Francisco Giants that play just across the street at AT&T Park. To keep the space open and airy, she and Chris painted the walls a classic white (Benjamin Moore 01), then selected a palette of light grays, muted blues and creams. To add a personal touch in keeping with the airy aesthetic of the room, Erin added photographs with special meaning for her and her husband, Chris. "I don't like having photos of people everywhere. I like photos that are more landscape or locale-based, but hold personal meaning," Erin explains. "The photograph print of Outer Banks, North Carolina means a lot to Chris and me because that's where we first met, at a friend's wedding. I gave it to him for our first anniversary. I think it's the perfect inspiration piece for creating a bedroom that's calm, serene and all about Chris and me."
With limited space in her upstairs bedroom, it was important Erin keep her furniture simple, low profile and minimal. A white platform bed from West Elm was ideal for several reasons: nightstands are integrated into the headboard for a seamless look, the white finish keeps the room feeling airy and open, and the low profile doesn't detract from the gorgeous view of AT&T Park just outside the bedroom windows.
Handy Laptop Tray
Erin prefers to blog from the most comfy spots in the loft. Although her living room desk gets its fair share of use, the writer composes the majority of her blog posts while sprawled out in bed. By investing in a laptop tray, the blogger instantly adds a desk-like surface on which she can type away while lounging comfortably.
To dress up the drab walls of closet doors that are the focal point from the bed, Erin adorned them with vinyl decals depicting palm trees. "Although we're renting, I really wanted the loft to feel like a permanent place," Erin comments. "By simply dressing up random things such as closet doors, I’ve packed personality into areas that otherwise would be deemed dead space."
The inside of Erin's closet doors also doubles as inspiration boards for blogging. Erin explains, "People may think it's weird to open my closet and find inspiration boards hanging on the back of a door; however, it's truly the perfect spot. Since I blog about fashion a lot, it's a great way for me to put outfits together based on tearsheets I'm inspired by. It pushes me to think outside the box and create ensembles I wouldn't have thought would work well together."
With a laundry nook right smack in the middle of their bedroom, Erin and Chris decided to mask it with a simple drapery panel that easily slides open for instant access. Erin notes, "While staring at a washer and dryer isn't ideal for a design enthusiast like me, I really couldn't complain since having a washer and dryer in a San Francisco rental is a total luxury. So we just worked with it!"