If you’re obsessed with interior design and home decorating like we are, you probably have several daily reads that inspire you to new heights. These talented influencers may even shape your personal design aesthetic and purchasing decisions. At the very least they’ve sparked your imagination and given you courage to take on a room makeover.
The creative minds behind interior design blogs invite us into their world on a daily basis with posts that offer up new and exciting ideas expressed through incredible images, clever DIY projects and unique design perspectives. Problem is, at the end of the year it’s difficult to remember which were your favorites.
To that end, we’ve put together a list of the most memorable interior design and decorating posts of the year. That way, you’ll have the best of the best right here in one place to reference as often as you like. So, in no particular order, we give you the blog posts of 2015 that have captivated our collective decorating hearts and minds.
1. How to Decorate Around a TV – Simply Grove
Kirsten tackles one of the most confounding decorating dilemmas facing interior design professionals and novices alike. Flat screen TVs are out there and in your face, but she’s sourced decorating ideas that will blow your mind and solve what could be considered your biggest design challenge ever! If you need more help, Kirsten followed up this post with a part deux a few weeks later.
2. Mobilia Amsterdam – Binti Home Blog
How would you like to take a stroll through one of the premiere modern home furnishings stores on earth? We’ve never been to a Mobilia, so we were really excited when Souraya featured the Amsterdam location in a July post. The Canadian retailer carries the finest interior and furniture brands, which is apparent by the photos. Loving the peach color palette throughout.
3. Dramatic Kitchen Makeover Reveal~Before and After – The Yellow Cape Cod
If you love huge kitchen makeovers, this post will certainly get your creative juices flowing. Sarah Macklem transforms what was once a kitschy, retro kitchen into a traditionally designed, state-of-the-art food prep, dining and living space all rolled into one. This is a fabulous before and after gallery!
4. The Best of Barstools – The English Room
Charleston, South Carolina interior designer Holly Hollingsworth Phillips gets on the right track when it comes to selecting the perfect barstool. She shows us a variety of styles and price points, making it easy to find one that works in your home and with your budget.
5. 5 Things Every Well-Designed Room Needs – Lark & Linen
Lark & Linen is the brainchild of Jacquelyn Clark and she always comes through with invaluable blog posts like this one. If you are embarking on a room decorating project, this post is the next best thing to taking an interior design class! It’s chock-full of images and great info about design principles, elements and accessories that are must-haves for any space.
6. Ways to Use Corrugated Metal in Interior Design – Mountain Modern Life
Katie and Eric have a rustic-modern design sensibility and hatch some really creative ideas—for example the brilliant use of corrugated sheet metal INSIDE the home! Once relegated to roofing and siding for out buildings, this sustainable material can now take center stage in any room of the house. Our creative duo shows us how to do it with style.
7. Which Decor Type are You? – Happy Interior Blog
Igor created his blog to make us all happy about our interiors and our lives. Earlier this year he devised eight categories of decor personae based on how each one would style a simple bookshelf. If you’re not sure where you fall design-wise, this is a great way to delve into your true design personality. Check out this nifty little exercise and see which one resonates with you.
8. 5 Ways to Love the Home You Have – Stone Gable
We have to tip our hat to Yvonne for this feel-good post. The one negative about following interior design and decorating blogs is that we sometimes get down on our own house because it doesn’t live up to the perfection we see online. From finding inspiration within to refusing to compare our home to others, she gives us a new perspective on our digs and grants us permission to love our home the way it is.
9. Modern Farmhouse – Desire to Inspire
A Canadian and an Aussie (Kim and Jo to you) give us a wide-ranging look at the world of interior design from two completely different points of view. Jo’s post on farmhouse modern style caught our eye and made us feel utterly blissful. This home is a symphony of neutrals featuring mid century modern touches juxtaposed against rustic architecture. To us, the look is the epitome of 2015.
10. Living Through a Major Construction or Remodeling Project – Home Bunch
Luciane is the founder and editor of this highly informational interior design blog. We can’t get enough of her posts—especially the one about surviving a major home renovation. She’s got great insight and it sounds like she’s experienced the horrors and gratification that are part of a minor or major reno. It contains great advice for anyone considering a remodel of any scale. This one is a keeper.
11. Loft Living Room & Entryway Makeover Reveal! – Vintage Revivals
Mandi is fearless when it comes to tackling any home decor related DIY project. We appreciate her “love your guts” motto and the fact that she shares her disasters as well as her triumphs. Our favorite reveal from this year features the latest incarnation of her living room and entry. We were with her every step of the way as she and Court installed the brick veneer. Spoiler alert? No, you’ll have to see it for yourself!
12. A Library in the Dining Room – Tiffany Leigh Interior Design
Tiffany must have read our mind. How many of you have dreamed of having a library in the house? What better space to transform than a dining room? It’s rarely used and contains a large table for reading and wall space for bookcases. Lets face it, many of our homes are space-challenged so creating a multi-use room is brilliant. This little post is full of big inspiration.
13. Make White Walls Work for You – Homedit
Stefan and his group of talented contributors seem to have a knack for identifying upcoming trends. This post about white walls was published 10 months before three major paint manufacturers named white as their color of the year for 2016. Are the writers at Homedit psychic? Possibly. More likely they’re just in tune with what’s popular in interior design. Whichever the case, this post will turn your white wall frown upside down!
14. Top 15 Contemporary Staircase Designs – Patricia Gray Interior Design
Patricia’s an award winning interior designer and fine artist from Vancouver who really knows her stuff. In this blog post she takes us on a whirlwind tour of some of the most remarkable staircases we’ve ever seen. Curves and straight lines and angles, oh my! There’s nothing pedestrian about these flights of stairs. In fact, they’re more like flights of fancy!
15. Monochrome with Wood and Green Plants – Decordots
There’s no denying Scandinavian style is white hot in Estonia thanks to Anu. She captures the spirit of the Nordic design aesthetic with her visually pleasing blog posts. Her stark palette is captivating and the minimal vibe is addictive. This post is a tranquil black-and-white still life of her living room punctuated by the greenery of delicate potted plants. Stunning.
16. Popcorn Ceilings and How We Fake Planked Them – Nesting Place
This fix is simply incredible! Popcorn ceilings are the bane of existence for homeowners. Unless you’re doing a full-on renovation, popcorn removal is a messy undertaking that frankly send chills up our spine. The Nester has found a way to camouflage the offending ceiling texture without the muss and fuss. How? One word—luan. Enough said. We’re giddy!
17. Midcentury masterpiece 1955 time capsule “tile house” in Minneapolis – Retro Renovation
If you appreciate mid century architecture and design AND have a secret love affair with tile, you’ll be in retro heaven when you see Pam’s post from September! She refers to this Minneapolis house as a “time capsule” masterpiece that is “mind-blowing exquisite”. The tile work is beyond compare—and it’s no wonder—the designers of the home owned their own tile company. Need we say more?
18. Inspiration #418 – Blood and Champagne
Thomas Murphy’s image galleries are inspirational—hence the titles. It’s really hard to say which of his “inspiration” posts we liked best this year. #418 really grabbed our attention. From patchwork dining chairs and hypnotic tile patterns to cage lighting and smooth concrete surfaces, we are enthralled with the hodgepodge of design elements captured in this single post.
19. Using (or Not Using) Wood Flooring in Kitchens – Little Green Notebook
Jenny has a dilemma—whether to use wood flooring in two kitchen remodels. We agree, the warm look of wood is wonderful underfoot, but tile is probably more practical. Don’t know if you’ll reach a definitive decision after checking out her post, but the images she shares offer up a wealth of fabulous options whichever direction you go. What say you—wood or tile?
20. 15 Adorable Sea Themed Kids Room Ideas – Amazing Interior Design
We want to let you know up front these are not your ordinary run-of-the-mill kids rooms. Not that we would expect anything ordinary from Fiyaa. This post is peppered with nautical themes and crazy underwater scenes that could be right out of a Disney movie. These magical rooms are spaces where children can get lost for hours in imaginary play—how great is that, Mom?
21. Beautiful Dark Colored Walls – Coco Lapine Design
You wonder why Sarah’s blog posts look so…European. She’s a Belgian designer living in Berlin, which might explain things. Her gallery of dark wall colors speaks to us on so many levels. The play of dark and light, depth and subtle drama is truly enchanting. Her choices never cease to amaze. Spend time with Sarah—you won’t be sorry.
22. One Room Challenge Final Reveal – Because It’s Awesome
We’re big fans of the One Room Challenge, and BIA rose to the occasion with great aplomb! The ORC is a biannual event wherein bloggers are invited to take on the challenge of redesigning a single room. This post is BIA’s Spring 2015 reveal. Her ordinary kitchen was transformed with a delightful mix of traditional and mid century elements that work together splendidly to create a homey, transitional space.
23. My Ideal Workspace – Lottilou
Lottilou has a distinct bohemian design personality with a twist of eco-anthropology. With that said, she wows us with images that reflect her personal style, sometimes creating visuals of her dream house, mood boards and wishlists to die for. This time, she takes us into her ideal home workspace through a series of images. Each one looks to be extremely inviting, stylish and functional.
24. Latest Home Interior Trends 2015 – Love Chic Living
We get such a kick out of posts that deal with trends for the year. Jen put together a smashing list of what she determined to be the hot picks of 2015. We’ve seen all of her predictions come to pass on the pages of magazines and in home furnishing stores—with the exception of paint-dipped art. Maybe we’re just not hanging out in the right places. No doubt some of these will be trending in 2016 as well, so you’d better check it out!
25. Home Tour from Utah Valley Parade of Homes – Favorite Paint Colors
Showhouses are a fantastic way to experience a variety of interior design styles and the latest in color palettes, surfaces, furniture and accessories. However, Kristin has a different focus when she takes on a home tour. She identifies and describes the paints she encounters—which makes perfect sense when you realize the entire motivation for her blog is to share her love of paint colors. This post is a super resource if you’re considering a change in interior paint or you’re simply a color junkie!
26. 25 Ways to Restyle Your Home – The Inspired Room
We’ve been following Melissa for a few years and never tire of her advice, personal home tours and DIY projects. This gem of a post has enough suggestions to fill a book! This list shares 25 easy restyling tips, making it possible to freshen up rooms without spending a fortune. Number 25 is our favorite. See what you think!
27. A Stylish Home with Retro Details – Homesick
Mette shows us an understated yet stylish home with incredible retro details. We adore the eat-in kitchen with the bare particleboard paneled wall! From the original wood flooring to the crown molding detail, everything about this home is perfection. Vintage furniture pieces and curated accessories add to the minimal and simplistic style.
28. Re-Love Project…Before and After – The Painted Hive
This has to be one of our favorite step-by-step furniture transformations. Nobody can upcycle like Kristine. She takes an ugly duckling white melamine cabinet and turns it into a beautiful mid century modern swan for the Re-Love Project. If you have a little woodworking know-how, you too can re-imagine a thrift store castaway into a fabulous focal point for your home.
29. Summer Tour of Homes 2015 – Rooms for Rent Blog
Bre keeps it real with a lens trained on her renovated 1846 farmhouse. Are you desperate for inspiration and looking for ideas galore? Please do yourself a favor and stop by this blog post. Every room in the house is decorated down to the smallest impeccable detail. Bre even provides a list of sources by room so you can recreate the look in your own home. If she’d let us, we’d move in tomorrow!
30. Target Dorm Decor Essentials – Thou Swell
Kevin, the creator of this blog, is a young college student—so who better to do a post about dorm decor? Mind you, we’re not overly fond of sponsored blog posts, but this one is a great tutorial for dorm room newbies on a budget. It’s obvious Kevin has his finger on the pulse of interior design and decor. We love his suggestions, stylish selections and spot on color palettes.
31. Is Gray Here to Stay? – Provident Home Design
No, we’re not talking about the weather. Tamara bravely takes on one of the most asked interior design questions of the year. We’re not going to give this one away, so you’ll just have to read the entire post. We will tell you we’re kind of disappointed and pleased at the same time, if that helps at all!
32. Scandinavian Home in Biarritz with a Bohemian Touch – L’Essenziale
We’ve always dreamed of visiting Biarritz so when we spotted this post by Anna, we just had to pause and take it all in. This is not your typical Scandinavian style home—it’s got the white and neutrals, but there’s something else afoot—a kind of rough around the edges feel and vintage off-kilter quality. We think you’ll dig it too.
33. Making Small Rooms Look Larger – Emerald Interior Design
This post shares wonderful ideas that were once the deep dark secrets of interior designers. For those who are space challenged, these tips will truly change your lives for the better! When you’re in the midst of trying to solve a spatial dilemma, it’s often difficult to come up with an easy solution. Karen’s common sense suggestions will leave you scratching your head and wondering, “Why didn’t I think of that?”
34. It Was an Old Railway Depot – Planete Deco
Lilly Rose introduces us to a grand dame that was once a railroad depot, but has been magically transformed into a country home full of character and history. She describes the renovated building as “a soul between a New York loft and a Créole ranch”. We’re smitten with the brick and metalwork. You’ll be too.
35. Storage Beds: Innovation and Customization – Home Trotter
Michela at Home-Trotter offers up the best in Italian design. Here in the States we just don’t have many options when it comes to stylish storage beds. Obviously, Italy is way ahead of the game. Check these out—you’ll be blown away! And don’t let the language barrier scare you away—just use Google translate like we do!
36. Go Tropical with Fresh Prints – Angelica Angeli
Tropical prints were one of the big trends of the year and that’s why we’ve included this beautiful post from Angelica. Whether you want edgy or exotic, she’s featured wallpaper, textiles and live plants that are easy to incorporate into your home. We have a feeling this trend will be around for a while, so it’s probably smart to click on the link.
37. Eloquence: Swedish Antiques – Velvet and Linen
Brooke of Patina Farm shares one of her preferred places for client shopping excursions. If you can’t make it to their store in Culver City, you have to take a moment to gaze upon the dreamy eye candy she’s put together for you. For fans of Gustavian design—you’ll go absolutely crazy for Eloquence.
38. How to Make Fabulous DIY Curtains from Sheets – Homeagination
Linda, a seasoned interiors writer and enthusiastic design aficionado, shares her super easy tutorial for making inexpensive and stylish curtains from ordinary bed sheets. Whether you sew or not, you can create fabulous designer curtain panels that coordinate with your bedding—because they are bedding!
39. Simple, Yet Beautiful Christmas Decorating Ideas – My Scandinavian Home
The title of this post says it all. These decorating ideas take their cue from the peaceful, snow covered Nordic landscape. Less is more in this version of holiday style—which we totally identify with. Simple stars, white candles, minimal wreaths and an unadorned fir create the perfect holiday card for you.
40. Collier Hills Before and After Makeover – BluLabel Bungalow
We’d love to see more of Erika’s makeovers. In fact, we think she should have her own TV show. It’s hard to pick the one we like best, but we think the Collier Hills living room is a standout. The mix of pattern and subtle color looks so darned sophisticated and is light years ahead of the “before” images.
41. The BHG Innovation Home is Out! – Lauren Liess
Lauren is such a gifted designer. She decorated the Better Homes and Gardens Innovation Home and shows it off for us in this popular post from September. The residence is a brilliant convergence of the latest in technology and interior design. She deftly weaves blues throughout the home to create a cohesive and casual look.
42. Homes: Porn for Modernist Architecture Geeks – Your Home is Lovely
Kate gives us a look at her kitchen and the kitchen of her dreams in a Span house. Don’t know what a Span house is? Well, we’re not going to tell you—you’ll have to check out her post. You’ll not only learn something new, you’ll get an up close and personal look at a British mid century modern dwelling.
43. Round Bistro Table with Concrete Top – Knock off Decor
Are you sick and tired of seeing inflated home furnishing prices? These posts are a treasure trove of ideas that replicate high-end items for a fraction of the cost. The original round bistro table from Pottery Barn was $624 USD before it was discontinued. You can build the smaller version for under $30!
44. 7 Kitchen Trends to Consider for Your Next Renovations – Savvy Home Blog
Gabrielle is a decor and lifestyle doyenne who will never steer you wrong. Take kitchen renovation trends for example—she’s got it down to an art! If you choose one or more of these ideas for your upcoming remodel, you’ll have a timeless look that will work for years to come. Just think Shaker style cabinets.
45. Inspiration for Fall Decorating – World of Interiors
Husband and wife interior design team Sabine and Peter don’t post very often, but when they do…wow! The colors and textures in their fall inspiration post are, well, nothing less than inspirational. Accessories, artwork, upholstery and furniture are so simple and elegant—very European country.
46. A Semicircular Apartment with Modern Design – Design Shell
We’ve dealt with some unusual decorating challenges over the years, but we’ve never tackled anything like this. Daniela takes us on a tour of an apartment in a mid century building in San Francisco that just so happens to be semicircular. Curved windows and walls abound—even in the master bathroom! Pop by to see how the designer ultimately solved the geometry problem.
47. Bedroom Inspiration | Ebony Walls – Marcus Design
Nancy is crushing on deep, ebony bedroom walls. This post has attracted a great deal of attention, so she’s not the only one out there that craves a dark and cozy sanctuary. We have to admit it looks awfully chic and has a comforting cocoon-like feel. You really need to see it and then you can answer our question: Would you paint the crown molding to match the walls or leave it white? Hmmm…
48. Statement Making Range Hoods – Design Chic
If you’ve ever lived in a cookie cutter apartment, it’s doubtful you considered range hoods as a design statement. In most cases, they’re a utilitarian eyesore rather than a thing of beauty. Mother-daughter bloggers and online retailers Beth and Kristy are here to change your mind in this post brimming with gorgeous, yes we said gorgeous, range hoods for your kitchen.
49. Before and After: Client Freakin Fabulous – Amber Interiors
It appears Amber somehow found the coolest clients ever. After seeing the befores and afters in this post, we can see why they might be giddy about her work. The entire house was transformed from super traditional to a hipster’s dream. You may not be in the market for a total renovation, but you can steal a few killer ideas from this post to update a room or two.
50. One House’s Décor in 1999, 2008 and 2015 – Cote de Texas
Thank you, Joni for taking us on an interior design trip in your time machine. It’s fascinating to see the design evolution of the same house over the years. We like all of the incarnations, but are especially fond of the current aesthetic. The contemporary interpretation is soft, casual and unfussy—just the way we like things. However, if someone offered one of the earlier versions of the house, we’d surely take it!
51. Boho Kitchen Reveal: The Whole Enchilada – The Jungalow
Every wondered what a Boho kitchen looks like? Justine would love to show you. From emerald glass subway tiles to copper accents, this kitchen has it all going on. We won’t even mention how we’re hyperventilating over the amazing floor tiles. It’s just something you have to see to believe!
52. Accessorizing Bookshelves with Natural Elements – McGrath II
Accessorizing floor–to-ceiling bookshelves can be a daunting task even for design professionals like Suzanne and Lauren. Let’s throw another wrench into the works and say you have to style a massive bookcase using natural elements. Yikes! Thankfully this post includes a detailed sketch on where and how to place everything plus their suggestions for natural elements. Ready, set, accessorize!
53. Round Top Antiques Week Fall 2015 – Becki Griffin’s Curious Details
If you’ve never been to Round Rock for Market Days, you better pull on your cowboy boots and head on down. It’s one of the largest antique markets in the region where you can pick up anything from vintage neon signs and cool furniture to architectural salvage and one-of-a-kind accessories. Becki’s post gives you a tour of several of her favorite vendors. If that doesn’t motivate you to make the trip to Texas Hill country, nothing will!
54. Home of Anne Kleinbloesem – Bloesemliving
In this selected post, Irene takes us through the Eindhoven residence of Anne Kleinbloesem. Her rooms have a clean and minimal sensibility while retaining the cozy vibe of an older home. Each room has its own unique personality but manages to create a cohesive whole. You’d expect nothing less from an interior designer’s home.
55. Tiled Kitchens – The Perfect Bath
We’re having a kitchen tile moment. We’re not talking about puny tiled backsplashes. We mean massive—expansive tiled walls from countertop to ceiling and in some cases, floor to ceiling. Barbara’s post discusses the latest kitchen tile trend that is taking the design world by storm. Are you fearless enough to commit to kitchen wall tile rather than paint?
56. Leopard is a Neutral – Hunted Interior
We’ve been staunch supporters of leopard over the years. So let’s all jump for joy over Kristin’s post that categorically states that leopard is a neutral. We always knew this in our hearts, but encountered more push back than acceptance. Anyway, to prove her point Kristin uses her go-to leopard fabric and subtle accessories to style her living room.
57. Quick Bedroom Makeover – A Merry Mishap
Quick and easy makeovers are the best and this post fits the bill. Jennifer puts together a down and dirty redo that consists of bedding, minimal accessories, lighting, an area rug and a couple of plants. For such a small investment, the impact is bigger than life. This is the perfect makeover for apartments or dorm rooms.
58. Fall House Tour – The Wicker House
We love it when bloggers open their homes to readers. It makes the online relationship a bit more personal. After all, the home is a window into the soul. Emily takes a breather before the holidays to give us a look at her home. As we toured the rooms, we recognized all the unforgettable projects she’s highlighted over the last 12 months.
59. Simple Ideas to Add Beautiful Art to the Kitchen – Like Modern
One room we might skimp on or even forego using artwork in is the kitchen. Unless you have huge expanses of bare walls, it’s probably the last thing on your mind after you’ve spent months selecting appliances, cabinetry, flooring and countertops, etc. This post will show you how and where to tastefully display art in the heart of your home. There are even a couple of tricks we hadn’t thought of!
60. DIY Herringbone Wall – City Farmhouse
We’ve seen a number of these herringbone tutorials online, but Jen’s is the tops as far as we’re concerned. We find the neutral color scheme makes the wall technique look more like expensive wallpaper than a DIY project. This is a trendy look that is perfect for any focal wall. And as Jen pointed out, it’s easy to paint over it when you’re ready for a change—sure beats removing wallpaper!
61. Ready for our bathroom transformation? – The Niche Home
We’re so pleased to see a bathroom transformation for a change. Seems as though everyone’s into kitchens this year. Camille transformed a blah yet roomy bathroom with as she described it, “a shower that screamed YMCA circa 1982”. From the jade penny tile to the mid century credenza, the look is au courant. Our crush? The retro sconces and use of brass fixtures.
62. Upcycling Your Staircase – Room Envy
A staircase is not the first thing you would consider upcycling. Rachel says it’s about time we include our stairs as part of home makeover projects. She shares a simple shabby chic DIY for stair treads and risers. And it doesn’t stop there—click on the house to home link in the post for more fun ideas!
63. 10 Beautiful Rooms…Clouds – Mad About the House
We’ve got our head in the clouds and so should you thanks to Kate’s post about cloud motifs in the home. These clouds won’t get you wet—if anything, they’ll give you the warm fuzzies. There’s just something about clouds as ornamentation. Clouds on wallpaper, painted directly onto walls and framed as art—all heavenly additions to any room.
64. How to Select Fabrics: Four Important Tips – Classic Casual Home
When decorating a room, does the thought of picking fabrics send you into an anxiety attack? Mary Ann says to chill and follow her tips to make fabric selections easy peasy lemon squeezy. Fabric selection is her favorite part of a decorating project, so who better to learn from. It just takes a little thought and answers to a couple of questions and you’ll conquer your fabric fears!
65. Some Recent Work (And Some Client Love) – Simple Lovely
A nexus of natural elements and organic shapes brings Joselyn and her favorite clients together. She had them hooked with the mood board. Nothing makes a designer happier than finding out a client shares their design aesthetic. The look she created for them is understated and effortless—the perfect reflection of her clients’ tastes…and her own.
66. Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets – Gray House Studio
Happiness is the theme of this DIY post that turns bathroom chaos into an organized dream. Brent and Courtney take a few hours to add a shelves to an under sink bathroom cabinet. You know the ones—just one big opening with the drainage pipe dominating the space. With a little skill and effort they managed to reconfigure the cabinet to its maximum storage capacity.
67. How’s That Holding Up? – Inspired by Charm
Michael provides a great service to his readers with a post that lets us know how some of the furnishings he’s purchased over the years are holding up. These are not discontinued items—they’re all still available for purchase online and in-store. So take a look and get his impartial opinion of these popular furniture pieces from well-known retailers.
68. The Barn Room Dressed for Summer – For the Love of a House
The summer romance of her New Hampshire barn room comes to life with Joan’s pictorial post. The shiplap paneled space features soft neutrals, rustic touches, exquisite lighting, comfortable seating and inspiring artwork. This casual and perfectly appointed space gets our seal of approval for the ultimate summer room.
69. The Loft Amsterdam | Winter Edition – Vosgesparis
The star of this post is a loft situated in an old vaudeville theater located in Amsterdam’s city center. The conservatory-style windows provide a view of the canal and light up the 26-foot high ceilings. The cavernous space feels surprisingly warm and cozy even in winter. Loft #2, as it is known, is impeccably styled and serves as a periodic conceptual pop-up shop as part of The Playing Circle.
70. Decorate a Wall with Pictures – Home Shabby Home
Wall decoration fascinates Mara. In this post she conducts a mini class that demonstrates how to display a range of artwork in any space. She focuses on gallery-style arrangements over sofas, desks and beds that completely change the look of a room. You don’t need to be fluent in Italian to get the drift of this post. Her photo gallery tells the story.
71. Accent Wall Inspiration – Coco + Kelly
Cassandra is a darling of the home decor/lifestyle blog genre. Her post about accent wall colors struck a chord with us because it’s something everyone can do and doesn’t cost a fortune. Paint provides instant gratification and is utterly transformative. Her choice of images showcases a variety of beautiful colors that create emphasis without overwhelming the spaces.
72. To Tuft or Not To Tuft – Color Outside the Lines
This is a fantastic example of what you can accomplish even if you live in a rental. Artie is one clever decorator who transformed a dark and dingy apartment into a magazine-worthy home. His design sense is impeccable. His post gave us a wealth of wonderful decorating ideas. Whether you rent or own, you’ll thank us for this one.
73. The Way We Live: A Haverhill Mansion – Cocoon Home
Debra is a designer who loves texture, botanicals and mixed patterns. So it’s no wonder this home of an old Massachusetts friend appeals to her. The mansion skillfully weaves history with heirlooms and creativity to provide an unexpected twist on New England tradition. The eclectic and welcoming environment is definitely worth a click and a tour.
74. 6 Must-Have Picture Hangers for Art and Wall Decor – Teal and Lime
This may not bring about world peace, but Jackie certainly rocked our world with this post. How many times have you attempted to hang art and decorative items only to end up with a bunch of nail holes in the drywall? Worry no more. Jackie has selected 6 hangers that will change your life for the better. We’ve personally used two of her choices and can vouch for their performance and ease of use.
75. Style Advice – Make an Entrance – Home Styling
Ana is a former TV producer, decorator and blogger from Portugal. We think her gallery of foyers is an indispensable resource to help you create a welcoming and sophisticated introduction to your home. Remember, your front entry forms the first impression of your home to guests, so it’s critical to get things off to a good start. From gorgeous wall coverings to elegant console tables she leaves nothing to chance.
76. Coastal Style Blog – House of Turquoise
Yes Erin, we are drooling because we adore the color turquoise and coastal style as much as you. In this mesmerizing post, she gives us a sneak peak into Coastal Style, a home, fashion and lifestyle blog by Australian interior designer Melissah. The images of her turquoise-filled beach house fit right into Erin’s niche. It’s a look that’s forever summer and drop dead gorgeous.
77. An Architect’s Attic Apartment with Custom Furniture – Home Designing
This apartment is loft living at its finest. It could be anywhere in the world, but just so happens to be located in Sophia, Bulgaria. An architect and interior designer pair put their mark on the small and inviting space. The historical nature of the building gives the apartment much of its rugged yet sophisticated personality.
78. Laura’s Living Room: Ikea Billy Bookshelves Hack – The Makerista
OMG, this is the most brilliant hack we’ve seen in recent memory! Gwen, with the help of her client’s carpenter friend, took basic old Billy bookcases from IKEA and transformed them into an elegant built-in bookcase wall complete with a rolling library ladder. Swooning. Over. This. Hack.
79. Megan Czaj’s Oblio stool is designed for people who can’t sit still – Confessions of a Design Geek
Are you a kinesthete? In other words, are you one of people who need to be in constant motion in order to be productive? If so, or if you’re just geeky about cutting-edge furniture design, you will go nuts over the stool that helps keep you moving while seated. Kate introduces us to this amazingly simple design that might just take the office furniture world by storm.
80. DC Design House 2015 – My Notting Hill
Sit back, relax and let Michelle guide you on the ultimate interior design tour though the annual DC Design House in McLean, Virginia. The home is a new build that captures the spirit of an old American farmhouse replete with contemporary finishes and decor. We like to call these “idea homes” because they provide tons of inspiration and motivation to make changes in our homes. We bet you’ll be planning a few changes of your own by the time you scroll through the gallery.
81. 4 Interior Design Trends for 2016 – Thrifty Home
Becky pulled out her crystal ball to share what’s new on the interior design front for next year. This is a great little post and just enough to whet our appetite. Now we’re anxious to find out what other trends are on the horizon for 2016. You’ll seem like a real visionary by using these ideas in your home right now—remember, there’s no time like the present!
82. Flashback Friday: Boiling the Paint off Door Hardware – Brooklyn Limestone
Here’s a fabulous DIY project from the past that Stefanie reposted this year. If you have inherited or purchased antique door hardware that is crusted with age and layers of stubborn paint, this tutorial will make quick work of removing all the gunk and grime. She said it’s one of her first posts and apologizes for the bad photography and formatting. We think it’s easy to follow and looks great!
83. The Folding Game – The Designer Pad
You know what comes to mind when you think about folding tables and chairs? Institutional eyesores that are common at business meetings and the occasional wedding reception. Why can’t someone create stylish folding furniture? They’re here and now and resemble beautiful origami crafted from wood, plastics and aluminum. Eduardo gives us a taste of these unique, elegant and functional designs in this featured post.
84. Kate McHugh’s Earthy, Modern Silver Lake Home – Old Brand New
Dabito is a Renaissance man and cultural influencer in the world of design. His blog and lifestyle melds old with new which is why he caught our eye. This particular post is what we think epitomizes his design philosophy. Interior designer McHugh’s home combines vintage and a hint of glam. Dabito describes it as “stories told in the union of old and new.”
85. A Unique and Fresh Copenhagen Residence – Nordic Design
Scandinavian design is extremely popular and has captured our heart, but it can tend to be a bit boring in its monochrome blandness. Catherine shares this fabulously unique Nordic home styled by the multifaceted design firm, Spatial Code. What makes this one so unique? One word: color.
86. A Tiny House in Indiana – House*Tweaking
Blog creator Dana admits to being “slightly obsessed” with tiny houses. What a coincidence? We are too! These diminutive homes have everything one needs, but on a really small scale. They’re a fraction of the price of a conventional home and will cost even less if you take it off-grid. The featured couple and their tiny home success story may be the impetus you need to downsize and join the movement!
87. Working Your Styling Skills Outside – Abigail Ahern
London-based interior designer, Abigail Ahern has made a mark for herself by pushing “the boundaries to totally reinvent spaces” and to inspire others to create their perfect home. She’s obsessed with interiors and that includes bringing the best of the indoors out. This idea-packed post shows you how she styles outdoor spaces with the same elements you’d use inside your home. Complete with yummy images and descriptions.
88. Casa Zinc: Reclaimed Hotel Design – COCOCOZY
Coco takes us to a magical boutique hotel in La Barra, Uruguay totally constructed and decorated with found objects collected over a 30-year period. One of our writers lived near La Barra for several years but sadly never made it to Casa Zinc for a visit. Both you and she will be enchanted by its vintage charm and welcoming appeal. We would love to have a house just like it!
89. A Classic Hamptons House on Further Lake Farm – Hooked on Houses
If you’re hooked on touring houses of the famous and the ordinary then Julia’s blog will fulfill your desires. This popular post whisks us off to a traditional shingled house in the Hamptons. Some may consider it a farmhouse, but once you see it, the word estate might be a better description for the 17,000 square foot home built on 5.8 acres in East Hampton, New York.
90. White and Gray Wall Mural – A Perfect Gray
This is a quirky little post that shows us the same wall mural installed five different ways. The etched landscape from Anthropologie has a vintage quality and would make an artistic statement in any room. We challenge you to choose the one you like best and find the perfect spot to hang this handsome mural in your home.
91. It’s Hip to Hang: Bedside Lighting – Design Lovers Blog
Everyone’s been crushing on pendant lighting this year. Why not free up the space on your nightstands and create a hip vibe with trendy pendants? Jill offers up a number of creative pendant ideas that convey vintage, industrial, boho, traditional, country and modern style. Whichever one you choose, these pendants will light your bedside in style.
92. Master Bath Reveal – Amy Meier Design
Imagine the ideal his and hers bathroom. What does it consist of? Amy takes us into a master bathroom she completed for her lucky clients. This bath is nothing short of amazing with cabochon flooring, a custom iron shower enclosure, salvaged marble and dreamy alabaster globe pendant lighting. The outcome is a traditional space that is the perfect blend of masculine and feminine.
93. The Klein’s First Home + Before Photos – Oh, I Design
Jessica came up with a genius idea that could help us all when moving into a new home. She took pictures of each room and made notations right on the photos of all the intended changes such as backsplash, paint, flooring, appliances, fixtures and window coverings. This post is a game changer that will make your move, renovations and decorating go much smoother.
94. Juliette – Leibal
After spending a few minutes looking through Leo’s posts you’ve probably figured out he’s crazy about minimalism in architecture, interiors, furniture and products. He features the Juliette house as another example of modern simplicity. The Montreal residence was constructed around an 1880 building. Little of the original structure is visible from the interior—except perhaps for the masonry wall in the stairwell.
95. 16 Kitchens with Black Kitchen Cabinets Done 16 Different Ways – Sarah Sarna Home Decor
You would have to be totally fearless to install black cabinets in a kitchen. As Sarah says, “A black kitchen is not for the faint of heart or the design novice.” But we have to admit they’re beyond fantastic. Let’s not think about the greasy fingerprints or scuff marks. Just enjoy this post filled with the most gorgeous black kitchens you’ll ever see!
96. A Gracious Houston Home – La Dolce Vita
Houston designer Paloma Contreras takes us on a whirlwind tour of a stylish Woodlands home tastefully appointed by her close friend Brian Fontenot. The architecture and interior design looks as though it should reside in an older, more refined neighborhood in the city rather than the suburbs of Houston. Paloma describes it as fresh, timeless and elegant. We concur.
97. This Teenager’s Room Has Built-in Bed and Storage for Almost Everything – The Contemporist
This room is the dream of every parent who is raising a teenager. Most teen rooms are a dumping ground for almost everything. It’s virtually impossible to get them to put their belongings away…unless they have a super cool space like this one with a built-in bed and storage everywhere.
98. Blue and White with Elissa Cullman, Victoria Hagan, Andrew Brown, J+G Design, Rollins Ingram and Ralph Lauren – The Pink Pagoda
Blue and white is considered a classic combination for the home. It can express elegance, a casual vibe or even a playful air. Use a little or a lot to express your design personality. Something as simple as blue glassware in a white kitchen can create a fresh and carefree look. TPP’s post shares a gallery of rooms and vignettes by top designers to get you into the blue-and-white mood.
99. 20 Quirky Floor Poufs – Message Note
Get your floor pouf love on by checking out Ksena’s post that features 20 of the funkiest on the planet! Whether you choose a pouf for the kids, pets or adult seating, you’ll get a kick out of her whimsical and upscale selections. We want them all!