Domino editors find inspiration in just about everything—be it a New York City steakhouse, iconic minimalist furniture, a clever Ikea hack, or a colorful new office—but one source we always come back to? Design bloggers, who are pretty much a steady stream of decor envy and DIY project after DIY project. With so many talented creators out there, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find someone who shares your affinity for one particular style.
Not sure where to start on compiling your list of must-follows? Here, the design bloggers we’ll be keeping up with this year—including some up-and-comers you’ll be seeing on the interiors scene for years to come.
Joy Cho, Oh Joy
At this point, Oh Joy is less a blog and more a veritable empire. Joy Cho has turned her graphic design studio of playful prints and vibrant hues into three successful books and a slew of product collections, ranging from a tile line to a range of disposable dinnerware to a capsule collection of stylish luggage. Her blog is still going strong as the home for all her ventures, and we still love keeping up with her design tips and lifestyle guides.
Okay, Historias de Casa is written in Portuguese, so you’ll have to translate it to read the stories (pro tip: use the Chrome browser and Google will translate automatically), but it’s worth it. The pair behind the Brazilian blog, Bruna and Paula, take us inside lovely, interesting homes, shops, and studios in Sao Paulo and beyond. Even if the narrative gets lost in translation, the images provide more than enough colorful, plant-filled inspiration that will make you want to move to Brazil, or at least channel the boho vibes in your own home (they offer some easy DIYs to do just that).
Erin Boyle, Reading My Tea Leaves
Erin is a veritable small space expert, so the fact that her blog “Reading My Tea Leaves” was named Domino’s Best Small Space Living Blog is really no surprise. Her blog combines all the best tips on how to style a tiny apartment with a commitment to promoting sustainability and conscious consumption.
Carmeon Hamilton, Cohesive Randomness
The Memphis-based interior designer and stylist runs a successful design business (Nubi Interiors) in addition to a playful blog where she shares everything from snapshots of her home renovations to personal style.
Stephanie Watkins, Casa Watkins Living
We are in love with Stephanie’s plant-filled “global eclectic” home; one look at her blog and you will be, too. Her style is super colorful and vibrant, full of globally-inspired finds that you’ll actually be able to purchase via the “shop” section of her blog. She also has a slew of easy DIY projects to try on your next rainy weekend morning.
Emily Blanchard, Emily Everyday
Aiming to empower women through their homes, Emily’s blog is dedicated to sharing her personal design journey. Check out Emily Everyday for helpful tips on things like where to buy the best vintage rugs as well as fun DIY projects.
Amber Lewis, Amber Interiors
As the winner of our Best Interior Design Blog category last year, we had to include Amber in this list. Her cheery personality reads through every blog post, and her masterful grasp on the California-cool style keeps us coming back.
You might know our next blogger from her previous blog, Chic Little House, which she recently relaunched as Katrina Blair to encompass her new focus on sharing broader lifestyle content. In addition to her signature small space style tips, Katrina also posts articles on entertaining and travel.
Julia and Chris Marcum, Chris Loves Julia
Another Design Blog Awards winner, Chris Loves Julia is a renovation blog centered around husband and wife team Chris and Julia (surprise, surprise). Follow along as they undertake home improvement projects—plus don’t miss their podcast for a behind the scenes look at what it really takes to undergo extensive remodeling.
For seriously dreamy inspo pics, Heather Bullard’s eponymous site is a must-visit. As a magazine editor and freelance prop stylist, Heather has a unique take on design and readily shares it with her readers (she also is a cooking aficionado, for any foodies out there). Her latest project? Building her dream home in southern California, which she calls “Grove House.”
Athena Calderone, EyeSwoon
You know Athena as the entertaining and chef extraordinaire behind the hit cookbook, Cook Beautiful, but the blogger has her roots in design. The decor section of her ever-popular blog is chock full of style inspiration and interior projects you’ll be pinning for days.
Ashley Rose, Sugar and Cloth
As the winner of our Best DIY Blog category, Sugar and Cloth obviously has an impressive catalogue of every DIY project you could ever think of. Seriously, Ashley has ideas on how to make everything from an abstract umbrella to fabric wall art. Also, there’s an entire section on her blog dedicated to macarons… which is something we can definitely get behind.
Ursula Carmona, Homemade by Carmona
For a down to earth approach to decorating, check out Ursula’s blog. The mom of three is an organization pro with tons of tips on how to indulge expensive taste on a budget. With tons of household hacks and useful DIYs, this up-and-coming blog is definitely one we have our eye on.
Shavonda Gardner, SG Style
An expert in both small space living and boho decor, Shavonda shares her signature bold style on her blog—as well as that of a few other similarly-minded design aficionados via home tours. She won our editor’s pick category for The Modern Maverick, and we can’t wait to keep up with the decor projects she has planned for the new year.
And speaking of up and coming, we couldn’t not mention the winner of our Best New Design Blog category! Anita actually started her blog on Instagram, only recently expanding her platform into a site that covers both a design blog and styling services. Her relatable voice makes her blog fun to read, and her mastery of the ever-trendy boho-California style is seriously aspirational.
Sarah Gibson, Room for Tuesday
Our Best Lifestyle Blog winner Sarah offers a wide range of content on her blog that spans everything from how to make the perfect cup of hot chocolate to the best wallpaper from Etsy. As she and her husband are currently renovating their second home, there’s plenty of firsthand design content, too.
Niki Brantmark, My Scandinavian Home
Fans of minimalist Scandi-inspired decor, you definitely already know Niki. But if you don’t, her blog is about to become your go-to for style inspiration: My Scandinavian Home is essentially a catalogue of Swedish style, complete with styling guides and an inside peek at Niki’s own home. It’s no surprise that it’s the winner of our Best International Design Blog award.
Jenni Kayne, Rip & Tan
Fashion-turned-homeware designer Jenni Kayne has already made a name for herself as the purveyor of simple, classic style, but did you know she has a blog as well? Rip & Tan is an insight into Jenni’s lifestyle, where the designer shares her favorite recipes, organization tips, and even some home tours.
Medina Grillo, Grillo Designs
Medina is the winner of our Pinner’s Choice Award, which is fitting given that her blog is full of smart DIYs and upcycling projects that you’ve definitely seen (and probably even saved) on Pinterest before. Go here for straight-forward tutorials and crafty hacks that even novice decorators can handle.
This story was originally published January 30, 2018. It has been updated with new information.
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