Sometimes we all need a little inspiration when it comes to decorating our homes. For deciding on the best colour schemes and corresponding furniture, for adding those finishing touches and useful suggestions for maximising sunlight. Luckily, there are a wealth of interior and lifestyle blogs, written by creative and like-minded people living all over the world, who regularly share their top tips for creating a beautiful home. Reading them doesn’t mean you must copy their style and interior suggestions entirely, but rather take inspiration from certain aspects and above all, see the potential your own home holds. After all, no-one’s style or taste is exactly the same and your home is only what you make it.
We understand that everyone’s idea of what a warm, stylish and inspiring home is can vary tremendously, but if you’ve popped online and you’re reading our lovely blog, there’s a good chance you love rustic, country-inspired interiors with a modern twist just as much as we do!
The New Year is always a great time for a refresh, for thinking creatively about your home, and finishing off those DIY jobs you’ve been putting off for the last 12 months. It can be easy to get caught in an interiors rut though when it comes to your home. Styles and tastes change, and the colour scheme you opted for in your sitting room all those years ago may not be exactly what you’re after now. While interior magazines provide us with a wealth of inspiration, it’s handy to have all that and so much more at the click of a mouse too.
We’ve rounded up a selection of some of our favourite interiors blogs, both here in the UK, Europe and across the pond. Of course, we can’t read and admire them all – though if you think we’ve missed off some absolute crackers, please leave them below for others to peruse! These are just a few of our favourites which we hope will provide you with unending, beautiful and unique inspiration for your home in 2018. From Scandi-inspired minimalism to rustic country chic, we think you’ll find a whole host of tips, tricks and beautiful Pinterest-worthy content to scroll through!
Sharing her simple designs for everyday living, Cate is a stylist, interiors writer and designer. Using the hashtag, #thesimpleeveryday, her blog is a wonderful, authentic and easy-to-read mix of attainable interior inspiration for the minimalist, with home make-overs and interesting homeware finds too.
‘For me, an interior is more than just a statement or display, they’re places that should be designed around how we live every day not just how we want it to look.’
From the founder of the award-winning concept store, BODIE and FOU, her blog, penned under the same namesake, encompasses a little bit of everything. Sporting a minimal, effortless and simple style, her home champions the popular Scandinavian and all-white design. Born in France before moving to London, Karine relocated back to France in 2016 and now works as a Brand Digital Consultant, Stylist and Photographer following the sale of her store which she started in 2005.
With ideas on how to add texture to your home, tips for incorporating a gallery wall and beautiful photographs of her own home renovations, you’ll find an aesthetic mix of interior inspiration.
Having written for numerous national publications – from The Independent to The Financial Times – Kate’s own home (which used to be two ‘dingy’ rental flats) was completely renovated following the sale in 2010. Mad About The House documented this renovation journey and now serves as a wonderful and colourful daily hub of inspiration for both the traditional and more eclectic home.
From swoon-worthy journeys around homes on the market to budget-friendly decorating tips, Kate includes a wealth of fabulous homeware buys too.
Living in Sweden since 2004, Nikki – founder and creative director of My Scandinavian Home – is originally from London. Developing her blog in 2011 to ‘inspire like-minded people with ethereal Scandinavian inspired homes often with a vintage touch’, it continues to produce fresh and inspiring daily content. Alongside interior tips and styling, My Scandinavian Home also heavily showcases the Swedish lifestyle of Lagom, meaning ‘just the right amount’. A trend that embraces minimalism and upcycling, it champions the happy, balanced lifestyle so many of us crave.
Filled with beautiful DIYs, upcycling tips and inspiration for a cosy, country-style home, My Sweet Savannah is run by Melaine. Embracing nostalgic pieces that tell a story, her interior posts are filled with inspiring and creative tips and tricks to help you recreate a beautiful and French-inspired home of your own.
From one half of the duo behind the beautiful and carefully curated online lifestyle store, The Future Kept, Lobster & Swan is a welcoming hub of all things lifestyle, food and interiors. Since 2007, Jeska has been sharing all the things that bring her joy and inspire creativity.
‘I live to make yours and my surroundings a happier more magical place, taking pleasure in the simple joys and poetry of everyday life.’
From DIYs to home renovations, inspiring interiors to book reviews and wanderlust-inducing travel guides, Lobster & Swan is filled with beautiful photography to accompany its thoughtful and comforting blog posts – perfect for Sunday afternoon reading.
For when you need a wealth of home, styling and interiors inspiration, Kate La Vie is an inspiring, creative and timeless destination to revisit again and again. With cool, pastel hues, textures and a wealth of greenery, Kate shares everything from easy-to-recreate styling tips to enviable room renovations from her beautiful and light-filled Glaswegian flat that she shares with her husband (and two cats!)
So there we have it, a treasure-trove of beautiful and inspiring homes. Scrolling through, it’s important to note every small element that captures your eye – even those that seem insignificant or obvious. From pot plant placement to colour wall inspiration, different fabric textures to super shelf styling. For it is all these things that actually, when you arrange and put them all together, help to make your house a home. One that you will always be happy to come back to.
Need a little more inspiration? Head over to Pinterest to scroll through more beautiful country-inspired interiors!