recommended reading: 10 must read design blogs

 

 

Sometimes I need another perspective, a fresh pair of eyes, to help me with decorating dilemmas.  When I do, these are the design blogs I turn to for inspiration.

 

10 Must Read Design Blogs / www.mrshinesclass.com

 

Designed with Carla Aston - Carla shares her beautiful designs and some great tips.  I’ve learned a lot from her.  I’ve had the pleasure to meet Carla in person.  And, she was a guest on my very first episode of After Class with Mrs. Hines.

Good Life of Design -  Kathysue retired from decorating, but says it was a really good life of design. Now, she shares her tricks of the trade on her blog.

The Hunted Interior – I love her sophisticated style.  You’d never know she gets the look for less.

Dimples and Tangles - I love the way she infuses color and pattern into her home.  And she’s not afraid of a little DIY.

The Nesting Place - She’s in the middle of renovating an old farmhouse.  But, what I appreciate most is how she captures the heart of what a home truly is.  Her catch phrase, “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful” about sums it up.

 

10 Must Read Design Blogs / www.mrshinesclass.com

 

Emily A. Clark - It’s design. Simplified.   For awhile there, if Emily said jump, I jumped.   She’s that talented. 

Holly Mathis InteriorsShe fell into decorating after her home was featured by Better Homes and Gardens.  If it’s good enough for BH&G, it’s good enough for me!

Fieldstone Hill Design - As if her Personal Style Bootcamp isn’t enough, she also shares lots and lots of  helpful design tips.

Dear Lillie - Her style is effortless.  And, I could stare at pictures of her home all day.

and of course, Teal and Lime. Did you see our interview yesterday?

 

I hope these blogs inspire you to love the home you’re with.

 

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Enjoy this week’s Recommended Reading, and I’ll see you in class,

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