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Great Home Design: Online Inspiration
Comments () | Published October 21, 2010
Best Local Blogs

Aesthetic Oiseau
Web designer Daniela Shuffler has a penchant for chinoiserie, stripes, and pearl earrings, which she translates into colorful eye candy as she outfits her first home in Alexandria. “A fun, clever, and extremely witty blog about decorating,” says Sally Steponkus. “It’s always charming.”

DC by Design
 A native Washingtonian and editor at Washington Spaces magazine before it folded, design guru Jennifer Sergent—who writes about furniture stores and DIY projects on pages 128 and 151—casts an editor’s eye on local interior design and architecture. Since she launched her blog at the start of the year, Sergent’s experienced take on the local scene has amassed a fervent following among Washington designers. “DC is a great place for design,” Sally Steponkus says. “As much as people dog our big small town for it, there are a lot of very busy decorators here doing fantastic work—and Jennifer is doing a great job showing it off.”

Department of the Interior
 A designer by hobby, Jenn Lore channels her love of home accoutrements into a dreamy patchwork of boho-romantic photos, products, artwork, and other sources of inspiration. The blog’s tag line pretty well sums it up: “Life in the District . . . prettified.”

Best Design Web Sites

Lonny Magazine
Where defunct glossies have left a void, Lonny slipped in last fall, with Domino magazine alum Michelle Adams at the helm. Formatted as an online-only magazine with a full-screen viewing option that lets you flip through pages digitally, Lonny “has a fresh, young feel to it, much like Domino,” says Arlington designer Sara Tuttle. High/low design, shopping scouts, and small-space tips are sprinkled throughout house tours.

Remodelista
 A self-professed “sourcebook for the considered home,” the current iteration of this Web site came online last fall. Four editors on both coasts run the show, culling the best design news, trends, and products as well as showcasing rooms you can browse. A resource guide lists books, blogs, and experts in design and architecture. Clip your favorite virtual tear sheets and “dog-ear” them for later using the site’s Design Files feature.>> Next: Online Stores

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