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Karen Gastle

Working in interior design, you know that you’ll hit a creative wall every now and then. Whether it’s because you’ve been presented with a particularly challenging space or because every client seems to be asking for the latest trend, you can sometimes feel creatively exhausted. If you need an infusion of inspiration, look no further than these 6 interior decorating blogs.

6. Design*Sponge

Gracey Bonney launched Design*Sponge in 2004 and it quickly became the Internet’s version of Martha Stewart Living. Updating anywhere between 3 and 5 times daily, Design*Sponge is a deep well of lifestyle information, ranging from travel to food and drink to, yes, interior design. With updates so frequent, you can come back to the site throughout the day to get a fresh hit of inspiration—sort of like an afternoon coffee break, but better. Or, if you have the time, travel down the rabbit hole into the site’s archives and dig out some “retro” inspiration.

5. Little Green Notebook

Jenny Komenda is a wife, mother, and an interior decorator. She’s also the creative force behind Little Green Notebook, a masterfully curated blog full of design inspo. Based in Phoenix, Komenda launched her blog in 2007 and has been sharing her favorite ideas and projects with her audience ever since. Komenda has a long list of awards and Little Green Notebook has followed suit; Vogue and Elle have both featured her work, along with other prestigious publications. If you want to stay on top of the latest trends, start with Little Green Notebook.

 

4. Lark & Linen

Toronto-based Jacquelyn Clark’s Lark & Linen isn’t strictly an interior decorating blog, although she posts plenty of inspo fodder. Alongside drool-worthy interiors, you’ll find recipes, wardrobe advice, and even slice-of-life posts inspired by anecdotes in Clark’s life. Lark & Linen has been named as one of the best interior design blogs by Domino for 2 years running. Stop by and you’ll quickly see why.

 

3. My Scandinavian Home

Voted one of the best blogs for European interior design inspiration, My Scandinavian Home was started by an English ex-pat living in Malmö, Sweden. Armed with her love of Scandinavian design sensibilities, she launched My Scandinavian Home to inspire herself. In the process, she inspired a lot of other people as well. Given that Scandinavian design is still hot right now, keep tabs on this blog to find the latest trends in Swedish interior decorating. Your clients will thank you.

2. Apartment Therapy

Living in a small space can be a huge challenge, something that Maxwell Ryan realized at the turn of the millennium. In 2004, he launched Apartment Therapy, a blog dedicated to delivering his brand of interior decorating advice to people struggling with their spaces. Rather than dictate what goes where, Apartment Therapy instead focuses on giving people the tools they need to make their spaces both functional and beautiful—rooms they truly want to live in. The blog has since evolved to include user-submitted stories of weddings, renovations, reorganization projects, and just about anything else. The site keeps a focus on interiors, especially apartments and other small spaces, so hit this one up if you’re looking for inspiration for your tiny space transformation!

1. Decor8

Founded in 2006 by Holly Deckard, Decor8 has evolved into something of an institution—virtually no list of inspirational blogs is complete without it. Boasting content from across the spectrum, Deckard’s blog covers not only interior decorating but also offers up recipes and book recommendations. Decor8 also curates home tours and recommends shops to visit if you happen to be globetrotting. With separate categories for inspiration, colour inspiration, trends, and DIY, Decor8 is a one-stop shop for all your inspirational needs.

 

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Karen Gastle

As an account manager, Karen has experience working with design firms of all sizes to integrate DesignDocs to streamline business processes, increase administrative efficiencies, and deliver higher profits.
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