Where do you guys get your inspiration from when it comes to designing and styling your home? Magazines? Books? Or do you hunt for ideas and motivation on Pinterest or awesome blogs? (I hear this blog House Nerd is quite good). A good blog has always been one of my favourite motivators - sometimes a blog I stumble upon is just SO GOOD I get all revved up and then I can’t sleep because I have this urge to paint a chair or something at 11pm in my pyjamas. Meanwhile, other people get their design fix from renovating TV shows like The Block or Better Homes and Gardens or Grand Designs (Kevin, I love you). Some love to spend time visiting antique or homewares shops.
One of my personal favourite ways to get home ideas and inspiration is through Instagram. (You can find House Nerd on Instagram @housenerd).
God, I love Instagram. Not just because it is such a nice, supportive community (I could write a blog post alone on that) but because I find Instagram such a tremendous way to get a nice big dose of interiors inspiration. I follow a LOT of people on Instagram who are into houses, and there are countless talented, creative, inventive Instagrammers doing things to their homes and gardens. And definitely not all are design or interiors professionals, some just have an amazing natural eye.
I think the best Instagram accounts make you feel something - whether it be inspired, refreshed, awed or motivated to finally tackle that DIY project. I often get the same ‘kick’ from Instagram that I do from reading a great renovation blog, that nudge to get off my butt and grab my hammer and actually hang up that picture, rather than just pin pictures of pictures.
The other thing I like about Instagram is that feeling of camaraderie, if you can put it like that. Like when your own renovation is a mess, and you’re knee-deep in brick dust and rubble and feel like it will never end, there’s something lovely about stalking someone’s renovation pics and realising, “Holy crap, their house was even worse than mine. And now it looks awesome. Ahhh. Ok I feel better now.” And there is the joy of celebrating with someone when their project is finally done, or they have that long-awaited move into the house they’ve been building.
Instagram is also SO GREAT if you are decorating or renovating or building your home. Like the pendant light or the chair or the wallpaper or the throw pillow someone has Instagrammed? It is usually not too hard to find out where they got it from. On Instagram you come across things and shops and brands you might never stumble over going out shopping. Free interior advice at your thumbtip, I like it. And some design types freely give advice on where you can buy things, or even offer exclusive discount codes or giveaways.
So today I thought I would feature 10 house nerds I think you should follow. These guys are some – but definitely not all – of my favourite interiors Instagrammers. They're all based in or from WA (I had to narrow down my selection somehow! It was so hard to pick just 10!) and admittedly, most of these people happen to be friends of mine, but I am not being biased just because they are mates – they are all awesome, creative and inspiring people.
10 Interior Design Instagrammers You Must Follow
Ok, I called it! I always thought 26-year-old Kyree’s dreamy feed should be on Instagram’s Suggested Users list, and the other week it got there, catapulting her into Insta-fame. Kyree’s feed is one of the prettiest and most inspiring Instagrams I’ve seen, and her newly built Scandi-style, minimalist home is gorgeous. It makes me feel excited about cleaning and tidying my house (and that doesn’t happen often). Her Instagram is like a beautiful blog of her days spent designing and styling her beautiful new home, planning her wedding, coffees with her mum and friends, daydreaming about motherhood, and a favourite holiday to the Greek Islands, where her partner popped the question. But what I like is that amongst the highs of life she also records harder moments, like dealing with long stints away from her FIFO fiance.
Love beachy interiors, surfing, tropical gardens and relaxed family homes? You will love the feed of my friend Lisa Quinn-Schofield, better known as Lisa Featherhorse. A stylist, artist and contributor for Design Field Notes, she has a gorgeous house near the beach that is home to her husband, two little girls and their lovely Weimeraner Hudson. Like a lot of stylists, Lisa can’t help but constantly switch up her décor, so it is always evolving and never boring! And she is always super-generous about sharing where she found things; no style snobbery here. Their tropical-inspired garden is also stunning.
I love seeing people’s renovating photos on Instagram. Bring on the pics of brick dust, fresh tiling and your new windows - I love these feeds. They make me feel less like crumbling onto the floor in a big ball of pathetic when our renos aren't always going exactly to plan! If you are renovating or building