I have always loved seeing people’s homes- my first question upon arriving at a friend’s house is usually ‘Can I have a tour?’ I think there is something so special and intimate about being invited into a person’s home, and getting to see the way they live- their pictures on the wall, their mementos from places they’ve traveled, their perfectly squished in couches.
Over the years of decorating my own place, I have learned that if I am going to look for inspiration on the internet, it needs to be from a source that makes me feel like my home doesn’t have to look a certain (perfect) way to be good enough. These five of my favorite blogs for home decor inspiration (and a list of ‘honorable mentions’ at the end), are written by women who advocate for creating spaces that are warm, inviting, and actually lived in. They aren’t perfect homes, but they are beautiful homes. They aren’t store show rooms or minimalist wastelands (sorry minimalism but seriously: throw a blanket down or something, your nudity makes me uncomfortable). These are real homes, with real families, and I am so grateful that they are willing to put them out there to inspire other people like me!
The Inspired Room : This was the first blog I ever followed, as a 22 year old receptionist scouring the internet in my nearly 7 hours a day of downtime for inspiration on how to decorate my first apartment. This was PRE-PINTEREST if you can even believe that there was a time before Pinterest. I remember emailing my friend a collage of pictures I had pasted into a word document from blogs I had recently discovered to get her opinion. We’ve come so far. Anyway, this was the gateway blog that lead to all other blogs, and it’s just as good now as it was all those years ago. Melissa is so talented- she is a able to create such interesting, cozy, colorful homes.
I also have her to blame for my white couch obsession (sorry everyone I’ve lived with in the past 7 years).
Oh my dear blog: I first saw Brittany’s house featured on Style Me Pretty living and thought ‘this is exactly how I want my home to look.’ She loves greenery and texture and words on everything (it is a sickness, but I think it is a happy sickness). Her style is a little bit silly and very comfy- I love that you can still see some squish in that pillow in the middle of the couch!
Love this happy room for her two little girls! Image via
Jones Design Company: Emily has four kids and a design business, and if you read her blog, you’ll get some really good book recommendations. I love that she is super honest about her design process, and the way that she makes her home work for an active family of 6.
IHeart Organizing : Yes, Jen runs an organizing blog, but there is a lot of home decor in there, and her style is so incredibly bright and beautiful and happy and clean. She and her husband are super creative with how they use their space- and I love that she has three boys! Her home is practical and purposeful on many levels.
I currently do our laundry in a downstairs closet that is partially outside, with the light off so the moths don’t get me… so this laundry room is the stuff dreams are made of. Both images via.
Nesting Place : I just read Myquilln’s book, The Nesting Place, and absolutely loved it. Her motto is ‘it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful’ and my deeply perfectionistic soul needs to hear that everyday. As a fellow renter, she represents the many people who read blogs while sitting in their less than perfect rental thinking ‘well, that’s nice that your house looks so good, you’re allowed to paint the walls and I’m not even allowed to put holes in them’ (me, she represents me). Her style is ever evolving, but it’s happy, homemade and beautifully lived in. She talks a lot about honoring God with what you’ve been given in regards to your home- which means loving (and using) the place you’re in. Don’t put off hosting people because you haven’t perfected your gallery wall or found the right accent foliage for your coffee table. People don’t care that much. They just want to be invited in.
Image via. The stripes on that wall are DUCT TAPE you guys. DUCT TAPE. This woman is an evil genius and I love her!
Southern Wedding’s Southern Newlywed at Home Series
I am a big Southern Weddings fan to begin with, and this series is amazing!
The Everygirl’s Home Tours
Truth be told, these can be a little hit or miss for my style, but I love that they feature women of all ages and stages of life.
The main word that comes to mind with Victoria’s blog is ‘lovely.’ Her style is simple and charming and intentional.
Sarah has the most beautiful Southern style. I especially love that her home is deeply meaningful- she incorporates pictures and vintage pieces and mementos from her travels.
Young House Love
I’ve been a faithful reader of their blog for years, and got to meet them in Austin when they published their first book!
This is her Instagram, because her blog looks funky on my computer for some reason. Her home is so beautifully cozy and inviting… and she made her floral pillows out of a shower curtain from World Market, which is something I would do.
Happy Friday! Do you have any go to blogs for home decor inspiration?