Interior design isn’t a static profession: styles evolve, trends change and challenges ensue. Interior designers consider how they can improve the quality of an interior environment through studying the structure of a space, and seeing how materials, textures and colours come together as one. Their work is imaginative, clever and expressive, and a source of inspiration for many.
Have a keen eye for interior design? You’re in luck, as we’ve rounded up 33 of the best interior design and decorating blogs from Australia and around the world that will appeal to every personal taste. Designers by day, bloggers by night, these fabulous home decorators, style gurus and couturiers show us exactly how interior design should be done. So get scrolling and prepare to be inspired.
Kyree Harvey’s home is a fusion of crisp neutrals, plush furnishings, eclectic ornaments, indoor greenery and everything else gorgeous. She uses Miss Kyree Loves as an online journal and collector of her findings, and loves nothing more than to show off her own beautifully styled home. Kyree writes about her life with her new baby and her love for styling interiors. Her blog provides insight into her styling techniques and DIY tips, as well as where to find a range of interior products to spruce up your home.
Kyree’s top design tip: “Stick to your own personal style. Take inspiration from other stylists, people you love, Pinterest and all those inspiring platforms, but add your own flair and personal touch to it”.
Emily Osmond started her interior design blog, Get In My Home, in 2012 as a way of documenting her style findings and sharing inspiration for gorgeous products and interior spaces. Others took notice and today her blog has become one of Australia’s most popular design blogs thanks to her passion for style and design. She showcases simple, unique and beautifully crafted goods (mostly from Australian designers) that complement the latest global trends.
Emily’s top design tip: “Avoid the matchy-matchy, package furniture look. Choose your key furniture pieces from different suppliers, or at least different ranges. I’m a big fan of things looking seamless and flowing, but when everything matches, it’s really hard to showcase your unique taste, style and personality.”
For any fans of The Block, Katrina Chambers will be a familiar face. A contestant in 2011, she’s an accomplished personality with a degree in Advertising and Marketing, a Real-Estate Certificate, and an artistic flair for style and design.
Katrina shows Australians that there are no excuses not to have a well-designed home. A mother to three boys and owner of The Media Maid, a blog designing business, she’s a very busy lady who also dedicates time to raising awareness about Crohn’s Disease, which she suffers from herself. Currently working with a local builder, she sells new homes and walks clients through their plan and colour selections. Her award-winning blog focuses on all things design, DIY, interior styling and lifestyle.
Lauren originally started BOWERBIRD as a means to satisfy her love for interiors while also raising a young family. However, her keen eye for design quickly saw her passion grow into successful interior design and property styling business. Lauren and her partner Geoff aim to always stay true to their tagline, ‘Love the Detail’, as they produce beautiful interior spaces that are inspired by the little things. On the BOWERBIRD blog, you’ll find examples of the gorgeous work they produce, trends and general design inspiration to get the creative juices flowing.
According to Neale Whitaker, Editor of Vogue Living Magazine and judge on The Block, “Interiors Addict is an entertaining, well-navigated, informed and credible voice in Australian interior design”.
Former journalist and magazine editor, Jen Bishop, is the original addict, but having grown her blog significantly since its humble beginnings in 2011 she has welcomed a whole host of other passionate interior bloggers to feature on her blog. Today the content of Interiors Addict is rich and plentiful, attracting over 250,000 impressions per month.
Interiors Addict focuses on style without the snobbery as Jen believes everyone should be able to enjoy their home, no matter their budget. Jen herself is in demand as a speaker, commentator, brand ambassador and event host, and does her very best to ensure her readers are kept up-to-date with everything new in design.
The Design Files was established in early 2008 and has since become the be one of the world’s top 50 design blogs according to The Times (UK). Having featured in countless publications, The Design Files editor, Lucy Feagins, has become a leading voice in Australian design and is often seen speaking at design industry, retail and publishing events.
The Design Files covers Australian design in all its forms and offers regular features to inspire its readers. Not just focused on interior design, it covers topics such as architecture, gardening, fine food and art, with original and engaging content published daily.
Coco Republic has established itself as one of Australia’s leading design and furniture brands – and rightly so – they have an industry-leading track record for scoping and translating international trends and transforming interior spaces to meet any kind of brief. Their portfolio is extensive and impressive and so is their blog; Coco Republic ‘Field Notes’ is an online collation of global interior inspiration presented as a virtual interior style journal. It’s a one-stop-shop for all things interior, trending and DIY.
Brisbane designer Anna Spiro started Absolutely Beautiful Things in 2006 to record her inspirations and showcase her work as an interior designer. Her store Black & Spiro is always filled with eclectic wonders, and she is passionate about scouring the globe to find hidden treasures. Daring and adventurous in her design approach, you can guarantee she’ll inspire you to bring a little more uniqueness to your home. If you’re in need of inspiration for a bright and colourful life, Absolutely Beautiful Things is the place to find it.
Sandy is a decorative painter living on the Gold Coast that has an outstanding passion for upcycling old furniture. She sees the beauty in every lacklustre piece she finds by the side of the road and can turn trash into treasure with the flick of a paintbrush.
Sandy loves all things shabby, rustic, beachy, French and recycled. She hardly ever buys new and encourages her readers to always look to recycle before heading to the store. Paint Me White is a space to view Sandy’s handiwork, learn a thing or two about upcycling and become inspired to try it yourself.
Property and interior stylists, Coloured Pencil, are experts when it comes to styling to sell real estate property. Founder and Principal, Robynne de Courtenay, brings her 25+ years of experience across all aspects of interior design, styling and real estate to create beautiful interior spaces. The Coloured Pencil blog is a celebration of sophisticated interior design and features wish lists, inspiration and examples of Coloured Pencil’s impressive work.
Dana Tomić Hughes is a self-diagnosed ‘design tragic’ and an award-winning interior designer from the sleepy little town of Bosanski Brod in former Yugoslavia. Now living in Sydney, she has quickly gained notoriety in the design industry as a cutting-edge design with an inspiring and holistic approach to translating brands and ideas. You can often see her travelling the world to attend premier design events in relentless pursuit of the best of the best.
Started in 2010, Yellowtrace functions as a “design inspiration & resource for creative & curious minds”, with the blog updated daily with all things interior design, architecture, art, photography, lifestyle and design culture.
12. A Beach Cottage
If you love old furniture, easy coastal vintage style, and the laid back look of a days-gone-by beach house, then you’ll love A Beach Cottage. British born Australian stylist, Sarah, launched her blog after a making a sea change from the grey skies of London to an old white cottage with a battered old deck and big old fig tree in Sydney.
A Beach Cottage is a place for Sarah to fulfil her passion for casual, laid-back decor and vintage coastal style whilst inspiring her readers to go out and browse flea markets to re-purpose old cast-offs into much-loved pieces.
Her focus is on bare floorboards, coir rugs, white cotton, neutral stripes, wicker baskets, fresh flowers and of course, the odd seashell or two. It’s affordable, comfortable living at its best.
13. Ish and Chi
Interior designer, Vivian Panagos, is the face behind Ish & Chi, a blog featuring home and shop tours, interviews with creatives, decorating style ideas, how-to guides and a portfolio of her fabulous projects. Having completed her design degree in 2013, she has since appeared in Real Living, Adore Home magazine, Apartment Therapy, Home & Decor magazine and more, and has been one of Australia’s top bloggers since 2010. Working with Australia’s best home improvement brands, Vivian brings you up to speed with the very latest trends and how to incorporate them into your home.
Vivian’s top design tip: “Drafting a floor plan is a key first step in designing and can help you work through any space planning issues by experimenting on paper before committing to the real deal. It also helps you see how much breathing space you have between key pieces – what you don’t have in a room is just as important as what you do have.”
For anyone interested in the built environment, ArchitectureAU is a continually updated resource that’s full of inspiration. A dynamic website, it covers all the latest architecture news, exclusive commentary from leading writers, practitioners, academics and critics, and offers one of the most extensive catalogues of projects on the web. Regular visits are a must for insightful coverage and stunning images of the most exciting design work being carried out in Australia and around the world.
15. Daily Imprint
Since launching in 2007, Daily Imprint has featured artists, stylists and photographers from all over the world and has become a leading source of inspiration for the biggest visual arts creatives. The site has a strong Australian influence, as many of the artists featured are those writer and stylist Natalie Walton meets during the course of her work in Sydney. Daily Imprint features interviews with design genius’ from every discipline of design, including architecture, art, floristry, interiors and photography.
16. Style Curator
Gina Ciancio is a social media adviser, writer and editor that just so happens to love interior design. She established Style Curator as a way to document her home build journey, which saw her demolishing an ex-government house to make way for a contemporary, architectural home. Today the blog highlights her appreciation for upcoming artists, how-to and other style curators doing wonderful things in the industry. Each day she shares inspiration, tips and advice around interior styling and home decor.
Gina’s top design tip: “The best designs are those that consider function first. Think about how you want to use a space and make decisions about furniture, lighting or layout around those and then look at the aesthetics. Try not to get totally caught up in trends – remember your style and stay true to it.”
17. Design Hunter
Design Hunter offers everything you need in terms of architecture, interiors, landscapes, ideas and objects – all in one handy location. It’s the focus is on featuring homes designed with warmth, texture and sustainability in mind. Be it industrial chic designs, eco-natural creations or striking and eclectic architectural wonders, Design Hunter features homes that suit every taste imaginable. Choosing the very best homes from Australia and around the world, you’ll be green with envy but also incredibly inspired.
House By the Water started as a block of land that sat by a canal in Mandurah, Western Australia. The blog is authored by Johanne, and functions as a documentation of the building process from blank block to lounging on an outdoor chair with glass of wine in hand. House By the Water has since turned into a great source of inspiration for anyone else thinking of building, be it by the water, in the country, or in the suburbs of Australia’s biggest cities. Categorised by stage, this is an easy to navigate blog that helps guide you through the different building phases.
Belinda from the Happy Home Blog loves all things DIY and has a passion for interiors, renovating, decorating and craft. She strives to make every day as fun and creative as possible for her adorable family of six, and she documents this process along the way for her readers. The Happy Home is more than just a beautiful design, it’s a place where you can gather inspiration on how to build a happy home, a happy family and a happy life. Belinda’s blog is a record of her ever-changing journey through her home renovation; the decisions, the decoration, the successes and the failures, as well as everything else in-between.
Focusing on affordable styling that’s accessible to everyone, The Little Design Corner naturally has a strong following. The goal is to help people, no matter their budget, reach their dream of creating a home that reflects who they are and how they live.
Clare Le Roy understands that most people know what they like, they just have trouble piecing it all together. Clare draws on her clients’ most-loved finds to create something wonderful. The Little Design Corner blog is filled with design tips, tricks and hacks to help people create their own beautifully designed spaces.
21. Best Home Ideas
Samantha is an interior designer and self-confessed hater of cleaning. She turned her sights on the big wide web in the hope of discovering easy ways to maintain her home and ended up starting what she describes as an “experimental blog” to help her stay on track with projects and share her results. Today, Best Home Ideas will keep you up-to-date with the latest trends, as well as provide you with the hottest tips for cleaning that saves you time, money and effort. It’s also a place to discuss your own design struggles in the hope of seeking great advice from other readers.
22. Oh Joy
Launched in 2005 as a graphic design studio, the Oh Joy brand now includes all kinds of things designed to bring a little bit of joy into your life. Founder, Joy Cho, has authored three books and consults creative businesses all around the world, and has been a keynote speaker at Alt Summit, Pinterest HQ, Target HQ and more.
Thrifty, crafty and creative, the Oh Joy blog features food, fashion, design and joyful moments from everyday life that are guaranteed to make you smile.
The Design Library is a website with an Australian focus and a dedication to interior design and home improvement. Founded by Liane Cooper in 2001 from her Sydney home, The Design Library underwent a makeover in 2014 to meet the savvy and sophisticated styles of the readers that had contributed to the site’s amazing growth. In 2016 it underwent another makeover, and today it is one of Australia’s most brilliantly executed design blogs, full of targeted industry knowledge and worldwide insights.
24. La Maison Jolie
Rani, the founder of La Maison Jolie, has a constantly evolving style, and through her blog shares her eclectic craft and DIY design projects to her beloved following. Constantly challenging her own concepts of design, Rani is crazy about recycling and refurbishing, and she hopes to inspire others through her passion for design and creating. Rani also likes to review new design products and accessories, giving her audience some great insight into various goods before they splash the cash.
25. Homely Creatures
Emma Patterson, the creator of Homely Creatures, believes in handmade and fairtrade designs that are uniquely crafted with love. Homely Creature is an extension of Emma’s personality; physical memories and things to make her smile. She truly believes that ‘things’, when put together correctly, can create a space that’s hugely personal, invigorating and relaxing. As well as sharing her ideas and inspiration through her blog, the Homely Creatures store offers a range of cute and quirky things you can purchase to decorate your home.
Sydney-based Jennifer French is an interior designer and colour consultant who uses her blog Decorum as an outlet for everything that inspires her. Having established Inside Out Colour & Design in 2004, Jennifer enhances her personal experience with formal colour and design qualifications. She has a unique eye for colour and offers great insight into balancing individual style, lifestyle and family needs. The results are welcoming living spaces that skillfully combine colour, textures, fabric and furnishings.
27. Shannon Fricke
Who better to blog about home decorating and interiors than the author of a book titled How to Decorate? A well-known designer, television presenter and author, Shannon always has an exciting range of projects going on, including her own line of bed linen and homewares available at Harvey Norman. Her down-to-earth approach also makes it appear that anyone can decorate a home well, giving you the confidence to get started.
28. Designer Man Cave