If you search the Internet for “home design blog,” these four powerhouses pop up atop the one-million-plus results. The trendsetting bloggers, who scour the decorating world daily to unearth the best products and advice, share the finds that have made the biggest impressions on them this year.
In the mood to perk up your space with vibrant pieces? We thought so. Apartment Therapy, a blog started by interior designer Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, offers products that will liven up any room. From bright red to neon tangerine, the site provides amateur designers with proper pieces that will conquer lack-luster living spaces.
“We consider ourselves a community of readers, writers and doers who are trying to connect one another with ideas, inspiration and sources that will help each person create the home he or she wants,” says Sarah Coffey, the site’s marketplace editor.
"Designed by Anna Castelli Ferrieri in 1969, this ABS plastic storage unit still looks fresh. It's super-versatile—I have one, and I've used it in the bedroom, bathroom and living room."
Kartell Componibili Storage Module
“Everyone buys IKEA furniture, so Bemz slipcovers are a way to personalize it. Look for fabrics by Designers Guild and Marimekko.”
Bemz Slipcovers for IKEA Furniture, starting at $50; Bemz.com.
"Made of powder-coated aluminum—which can be used indoors or out—this chair comes in five colors."
IKEA REIDAR Chair, $49.99; I
"Hands-down my favorite piece—I built my kitchen's color scheme around it. Pricey, but you'll have it forever."
Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Oval Wide Oven, $129.99 for 5-qt;
"I use these polyethylene tubs as laundry baskets, but they also make great ice buckets or garden totes."
Tubtrugs, $10.99–$31.99; US.Tubtrugs.com
In 2006, Holly Becker—a former human resources project manager—launched Décor 8, a blog that connects readers to design resources, emerging and established designers and decoratin
"These striped taper candles add a real spark to the dinner table!"
Ana Candles by Ana Design, $24;
"I love how designers have reinvented Grandma's doily."
Square Doily Coaster, $17; Uncommon.Etsy.com
"I adore this whimsical lamp because it's neutral so it goes with anything, and because I like how much personality it adds to a space."
One-Lump-Or-Two Lamp, $198 (shade not included);
"Fresh and frisky, this preppy settee in green and white would be gorgeous in a sitting room!"
Jonathan Adler Morrow Settee, $1,850;
If you're aiming to create a structured and put-together living space, then Julie Carlson, Francesca Connolly, Sarah Lonsdale and Janet Hall are your must-read design bloggers. Remodel
Grace Bonney created Design*Sponge in 2004, providing home tours, recipes, DIY projects and home makeovers to the delight of those visually inclined. From whimsical pastels to vin
"A kitchen wall clock is an essential and eye-catching element."
Hall Muji Aluminum Wall Clock, $48.75; Muji.US.
"A surprisingly durable way to store cleaning tools."
Hall Klein Canvas Lineman's Bucket, $33.25; JHarlen.com.
“The Swedish practice of draping sheepskins on couches and chairs to add warmth to a room has caught on like wildfire in the U.S.”
Carlson IKEA LUDDE Sheepskin Rug, $39.99; Ikea.com
“An industrial classic, designed in 1935 and in production ever since, it’s available in red, blue, black and cream and will last a lifetime.”
Carlson Anglepoise Original 1227 Table Lamp, $250; ShopHorne.com.
"Perfect for the inevitable overflow of guests in the summer, this natural-fiber pouf works indoors or on a covered patio."
Connolly IKEA ALSEDA Stool, $29.99;
"These rustproof baskets were traditionally used by Swedish fishermen. Great for bathroom storage or by a fireplace."
Lonsdale Korbo Basket, $135–$275;
"Shiny gold plus polka dots? What's not to love? This is my go-to mug for coffee, hot chocolate and tea."
Kate Spade New York Ticker Tape Mug, $50;
"Reds, pinks and peaches are my favorite color palette of the moment. These red servers are stylish enough to leave out around the kitchen and classic enough to last for years to come."
Jonathan Adler Bone/Lacquer Serving S
"I'm drawn to shiny gold like a magpie. I love how this stool combines something organic with a highly modern, manmade feel. It would be great for a living room side table."
Gold Log Stool, $305;
"Wall decals can seem impersonal, but this one has a hand-drawn feel."
Citrus Garland Wall Decal, from $10;
"I love the color of this handmade pillow from Judy Ross. It's the perfect red/peach hue and screams summer to me."
Judy Ross Textiles Duet Pillow, $195;
"I'm a huge fan of Hable Construction's fabric designs. These pincushions utilize their leftover scraps and double as great ring pillows."
Hable Construction Pincushion, $10;
"This beautiful botanic print feels hand-drawn but is still polished enough to frame and display."
Anna Emilia Laitinen Apple Blossom Meadow Print, about $64;
"I use an old hotel door tag as my key chain. It's a fun way to celebrate a lucky number or a special date in your life."
Oval Key Chains, $10 each;
"These customized calling cards distill illustrator Anna Bond's feminine approach down to the most perfect symbol: flowers."
Rifle Paper Co. Calling Cards, from $50 for 25;
"These quartz slices are great as wine-and-cheese plates, or for displaying your jewelry on a dresser."
RabLabs Kiva Platters, $290 for sterling silver, $330 for 24K gold;