Best Design Blogs
Young, square-foot-challenged homebodies turn to this blogger bible for tips on creating a happy home. Editors hail from cities including Washington, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and London. Monthly themes home in on topics such as spring cleaning, entertaining, and DIY projects; popular features include house tours and local decor classifieds. Founded in 2004 by small-spaces evangelist Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan—who lives in a 700-square-foot apartment in Manhattan with his wife and daughter—the site has spawned offshoot blogs on cooking, children, technology, and green design. “It’s right up there with CNN.com for my morning blog roll,” says DC designer Emily Bishop.
Hip homesteaders are drawn to this popular, easy-on-the-eyes blog compiled by Holly Becker, an American expat in Germany who has an affinity for Scandinavian and Dutch design. In addition to regular product spotlights, each Tuesday she hand-plucks five favorites being sold on Etsy.com. Plus: DIY projects, book reviews, home tours, reader discounts, and more.
Brooklyn-based Grace Bonney corrals a team of young, creative types from around the globe who proffer a half dozen or so daily posts on design and decor, from house tours and before-and-after photos to do-it-yourself projects, product and trend watches, city guides, and more. The blog was launched in 2004; today some 60,000 readers check in daily, and a book is due next spring. “It’s probably the best resource out there for the more casual, cool set,” says Jenn Lore of the local design blog Department of the Interior.
Interior designer Heather Clawson’s stylish blog is an insider’s account of a glam New York lifestyle, fueled by the “habitually chic people, places, and things” that surround her. But it’s not all party hopping and window shopping—expertly curated posts are written “for serious design aficionados,” says Lore, and are complemented by an haute helping of fashion and architecture.
Graphic designer Joy Deangdeelert Cho’s happy blog serves up bite-size posts two or three times a day, such as her running This & That column (short for “wear this, decorate with that”). Mentioned in Lucky magazine and the Times of London, the site draws more than half a million page views monthly.
The Peak of Chic
Blogger turned contributing editor at House Beautiful Jennifer Boles muses on design history from her feathered nest in Atlanta. Her fun-to-read commentary and abundant photos set a well-informed but whimsical tableau—from Julia Sugarbaker tributes and Lucite side tables to 1930s movie sets and handprinted linens—that garners respect from top designers. She has “an amazing depth of knowledge on the history of interior design,” says Alexandria design blogger Beth Connolly (chinoiseriechic.blogspot.com).
The Skirted Roundtable
Three popular design bloggers—Megan Arquette (Beach Bungalow 8), Linda Merrill (Surroundings), and Joni Webb (Cote de Texas)—produce this entertaining podcast. Listen in to interviews with luminaries of the design world, from magazine editors such as Stephen Drucker to A-list designers including Suzanne Kasler, and eavesdrop on the trio’s lively conversations. You can follow links to each of their personal blogs as well.