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Saturday, January 16, 2010

50 of the world's best design blogs

Do you aspire to something more original than a generic Ikea-filled home?

These blogs are full of inspired home-styling ideas, suggestions of how to
support small-scale, affordable designers selling handmade items and vintage
and modern homeware, as well as tips for upcycling old furniture.

This list does not cover architecture or wedding design and is a small
selection from the thousands of blogs focusing on interiors, graphic and
product design. All post regularly and have a strong identity with original

50. Lovely Clusters Pretty design finds chosen by a Hawaiian-based graphic designer.

49. The Fabric of my Life Musings and photo collages from a London interior stylist.

48. Design Squish Design
blog with an emphasis on nature, sustainability and eco issues.

47. Pillar Box PostLondon style and observations from an American ex-pat.

46. Automatism The daily visual inspirations of a Canadian illustrator.

45. Nestled In Home renovation and thrifty finds from Finland.

44. Oliveaux A Brisbane-based interior designer shares her passion.

43. Brooklyn LimestoneThe renovation of a traditional Brooklyn limestone townhouse.

42. Delight by Design
Glamorous interiors and classy styling ideas.

41. Please Sir Vintage purchases to covet and more from a North Carolinian designer.

40. Chez Larsson The interiors and craft projects of a Stockholm family home.

39. Katy Elliott New England-inspired selections from an ex-Domino writer.

38. Simplesong Design favourites with a clean and simple quality.

37. Modish Portland-based champion of indie designers.

36. Oh So Beautiful Paper Wedding invitations and inventive stationery ideas.

35. The City Sage California-based Anne Sage’s features include seasonally-themed styling and book reviews.

34. The Design Files Melbourne homes, shops and design.

33. Home Shopping Spy
Technically the blog of Ideal Home magazine run on the writer’s sparky comment.

32. Mint Design, art and more from graphic designer Ellie Snow, with an interesting recent series on adapting to a freelance lifestyle.

31. Making it Lovely Feminine
favourites, independent design and home decoration.

30. Oh Hello Friend
Beautifully-designed and curated posts from a graphic and jewellery designer.

29. Fine Little Day
Quirky Scandinavian style from a Swedish designer and photographer.

28. Bliss Photographer Mrs French’s ‘I heart Monday’ wishlist is a weekly highlight.

27. A Field Journal Visual eye candy featuring this talented student’s own photography and craft projects.

26. Coco & Kelley Trend watch from a Seattle-based interior and events stylist with a penchant
for elegant glamour.
25. Wee Birdy Incredibly cohesive: London shopping and birds-inspired design, authored by an Australian magazine writer living in London.

24. Pia Jane Bijkerk Unique content from an Australian prop stylist and author living in

23. Daydream Lily Her other
life - dreamy images selected by Melbourne-based research scientist Liss Winnel.

22. Sweet Paul Craft and styling ideas from New York-based food and prop stylist Paul Lowe.

21. Design for Mankind
Featuring edgy graphic and product design, this blog has a brilliant video series highlighting issues facing creative freelancers.

20. Dos Family Photographer Jenny Brandt’s aspirational home tours feature stylish Swedish families.

19. This is GlamorousConsistently classy selections with a high glamour factor.

18. Lobster and Swan
Hastings design muse Jeska shares her photography and vintage-styled vignettes from her home.

17. Frolic! Relaxed style from a Portland-based floral stylist.
16. Grain Edit Mid-century inspired graphic design.

15. Print and Pattern Popular British blog focusing on colourful surface pattern design.

14. Swiss Miss Unique ideas and products picked by a Swiss graphic designer living in New York.

13. Bloesem Kuala Lumpar-based writer Irene also has an offshoot blog featuring child-specific

12. Young House Love Interiors advice, DIY and moodboards from a young couple renovating their own home.

11. Design is Mine
A perfectly picked selection of art and design from independent designers worldwide.

10. SF Girl by Bay Bohemian chic from San Francisco-based Victoria Smith, a former art dealer.

9. Creature ComfortsFeaturing Flickr favourites and promoting handmade design, this blog’s layout is itself a visual treat.

8. Emma's Design Blog Scandinavian style from a Stockholm-based design enthusiast.

7. Poppytalk Vancouver-based blog with a marketplace for independent designers.

6. Decor8 All-round comprehensive design blog written by an American living in Hannover, Germany.

5. Oh Joy! Stylish selections which complement the cool aesthetic of the writer’s own successful stationery range.

4. Desire to Inspire
Interiors inspiration galore, co-written on different continents by an Australian and a Canadian.

3. The Selby Uber-cool photographs of creative people in their living spaces, taken by photographer Todd Selby.

2. Design Sponge With a book in the works, Design Sponge includes readers’ DIY ‘before and afters’
and inspiring house tours.

1. Apartment Therapy
Every aspect of interior design is covered in this American mega-blog, with the useful option of posing your design dilemmas to its readers.

By Lynne Robinson has a design blog at www.teaforjoy.blogspot.com,focusing on British design, tea shops and vintage finds.

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