11. Swiss Miss
Sometimes you'll hit a creative roadblock in your quest for style. If that's the case, Swiss Miss might have what you're looking for to get those wheels back in motion. Imagine being immersed in the mind of a designer, seeing everything through the eyes of someone always on the lookout for interesting shapes, colors and style that's the experience that Swiss Miss offers. According to founder Tina Roth Eisenberg, this site is a visual archive of things that ‘make me look’. Everything from intriguing postcards to visually delicious sculptures are featured. Your creative journey will be revved up after a peek into the mind of this well-traveled, articulate and curious designer.
We've all heard the phrase a picture's worth a thousand words, and the authors of Desire to Inspire really take this to heart. Each post is resplendent with its dazzling barrage of visuals. The authors do take the time to describe and comment on the designs that they showcase, but the images they present are simply stunning and often outshine everything else. With the goal of trying to inspire the world one room at a time, Desire to Inspire certainly does so through its use of images and frequent posts. If you're in the mood to just sit back and let great architecture and interior design wash over you, this website will do the trick.
Are you ready to do a massive redecoration? Or maybe you just want to add another little accent table to your living room? Better Living through Design is the resource to check out when you know you want to add something to your furniture and design collection. This site features creative and unique pieces of furniture that are available immediately for purchase online. This means that if you fall in love with a piece, it can be yours with the click of a mouse. BLTD is all about scouring the internet to bring you the best products each day, and showing you where you can order them. The two authors have immense experience in the design world, so you know the products you see are vetted by experts.
Freshome has a simple objective “ to inspire its readers to beautify their homes. What makes this site so unique is its perfectly balanced posts, covering gadgets, furniture pieces, tips and more with informative text and gorgeous pictures. There is no pressure to buy any of the products shown, as Freshome is simply there to offer you inspiration. The authors will sometimes even post tips on how to achieve a design without the large budget that their featured product might require. From wall decals to curved countertops, Freshome will invite new elements into your home decor that will make your living space a warm, modern style-zone.
15. Design Milk
Art and beauty are the main criteria for blog posts on Design Milk. If something is inspiring, creative and unique, the authors will feature it. Sometimes it is in the form of street art on the side of a building, other times it is in the form of a crumpled paper chair but it's always beautiful. Design Milk is not a purchase site, and they do not get commission for any of the products they direct their readers to. Everything is done for the love of design. The high-quality photos are enough to pull you in, and the tips and explanations the authors give you in the text are enough to make you stay.
Catering to the high-end, luxury market, Trendir does a splendid job rounding up all the latest sophisticated and stylish home decor. This site covers home exteriors and interiors, gadgets and appliances, dining and home entertainment, home automation, outdoors, ultra modern items and a special section on green design. The author and editor of this site is Lillian Pikus, a long-time interior decorator who handles projects with big budgets in the $20,000 to $250,000 range. She is versatile, doing everything from traditional to modern to commercial decorating, and this range will show up in her posts. If you are looking to dive into the luxury home interior and exterior market, let Lillian and Trendir be your guides.
17. the style files
With daily posts, large, eye-catching pictures and no fear of fashion, the style files is a site that will please fashion experts and newbies alike. The author, Danielle de Lange searches the globe for style finds in order to unearth the best of design and (life) style. Danielle is not afraid to tell readers about her personal experiences with her own home remodeling (her kitchen and living rooms are both in the early stages of a total redecoration), her online business that sells home accents and furniture, or her adventures as a design consultant. Her self-professed design style is basic and modern with clean lines, and she believes that every space can be simple, warm and unique.
The first thing you'll notice about Remodelista is its lack of frills a clean and crisp web design coupled with easy-to-read posts and strategically placed pictures make this site a pleasure to delve into. Upon reading even a few posts, it is clear that this is a site for interior design addicts. The authors and readers of this site are interiors aficionados who share the same design DNA: a genetically encoded aesthetic. It began as a group of friends who loved to discuss home fashion, and grew into a blog that displays complete design ideas, home accessories, shopping secrets and a unique section called 10 easy pieces that offers advice on renovations. Remodelista is a fun and friendly interior design site, and its seriousness towards style means that you only get the best of the best.
The authors of this blog simply want to share the products, furniture, jewelry, architecture and artists that float our boat with you, the reader. Keeping this simple mission statement in mind, it's clear that the Sub-Studio Design Blog is eclectic in scope and lighthearted in nature. The features include everything from affordable art that you can wrap around your favorite book to holiday gift ideas. Some of what is featured are products, including links to the purchase site, but a lot of what these designers find interesting is not for sale- monolith sculptures, renovated barns and an artists tool box are some of what's been featured but not for sale.
You'll find no frills at Funfurde, but lots of design ideas. This blog is updated rather infrequently, but when it is updated, its always with an eye for style. The posts are simple have one mid-sized picture and a short description of the product. You might find the links along the sidebar even more useful however, they cover everything from retail furniture stores to online-only web stores, manufacturers and other design blogs. This is a blog that hasnt taken off just yet, but with its coverage of new and upcoming interior design ideas, its one to keep your eye on.