Being an interior designer, I’m always trying to stay on top of the trends to give my clients the best service. New products enter the market daily, so it can be challenging to stay on top of things. Here are my 5 favourite interior design blogs, perfect for research and inspiration, or just some light reading.
1. The Interiors Addict
Jen Bishop from The Interiors Addict has been one of the most prolific bloggers in the interior design space for the last few years, with a massive following. She covers topics from budget-friendly makeovers to high-end renovations, as well as house tours, expert tips and much, much more.
The site is great to browse when you need inspiration for a new space or practical advice on sourcing products.
She’s really down to earth and appeals to me because she isn’t too pretentious. The Interiors Addict feature affordable products as well as luxury items, and everything in between, so I can usually find something that interests me in their content.
2. Katrina Chambers
Katrina started her design journey as a contestant on The Block in 2011, when she entered with her sister, but has been actively blogging since 2006. Her website is diverse and covers topics including design, lifestyle, wellness, DIY, and interior styling. She critiques weekly reveals on many Australian property reality TV shows and gives her opinion on who should have won.
Katrina has a down to earth writing style, and there’s sure to be something to interest anyone. It’s a fun site and a little light-hearted, but the photography is always spot on. I love browsing through the pictures and when I’m on Pinterest I always seem to stumble on something that Katrina has posted.
In short, I love her laid back vibe and the honesty with which she writes.
3. The Design Files
Another one of my favourite interior design blogs is The Design Files. They cover everything from homes, art, and architecture to food and family. It’s down to earth and unpretentious. The interviews The Design Files do with local designers and creatives give you insight into how they started, and what their journey has really been like. It really gets deep into their businesses and shows the warts and all side of running businesses in the creative area. They use a lot of pictures in their articles, and being a visual person, it really appeals to me.
I also love the feature properties that are for sale, as I love to have a sticky beak at what’s on the market in other areas of Australia.
4. TLC Interiors
Chris from TLC (The Life Creative) Interiors has been styling and blogging for a while now, and he really knows his stuff. He’s also passionate about bringing style to everyone and making it affordable, which I love!
So often the magazines and reno shows make you feel like it’s only the really rich who can afford to live in beautiful spaces and have nice things. But this just isn’t the case. There is always an affordable option available, that can look just as good as the more expensive options.
He has a classic and slightly more masculine vibe to his styling, but it’s a nice change to some of what’s around at the moment.
I know HOUZZ is more of a platform than a blog, but it’s one of my favourite places to go for inspiration and advice on how to get a particular look. I love that you can save images in a book – just like Pinterest.
Their newsletters are always interesting, and mostly localised to the Australian market, which is why it’s been so successful. They do have lots of international content if you want to see it, but I love that you can source local trades and products right from the site. This makes it an easy way to find what you’re looking for.
The contributors are all professional writers with a special interest in design and style, giving the site a really polished and professional feel.