Last Updated Nov 24, 2016 · Written by Richard Kempthorne
Whether you’re redecorating your home and looking to glean some fresh décor ideas, or just enjoy catching a glimpse of the inside of glamorous homes and interiors, there’s nothing like a good design blog for getting inspired and keeping up with the latest trends.
With this in mind, we thought we’d share a few of our favourite Aussie interior design blogs with you so you can get your daily dose of design inspiration.
Lucy Feagins is a design influencer and the founder and editor of the The Design Files, Australia’s most popular interior design blog. She started the blog in 2008 as a side project while she was working in the film industry as a set dresser, and now covers every topic imaginable, from Australian homes and gardens to art and even food.
Lucy also features a unique series of interviews with Australian entrepreneurs and homeowners, giving readers an insight into their style preferences, homes and daily routines.
The Design Files was named one of the world’s Top 50 design blogs by The Times, has over 224,000 Instagram followers and 130,000 Facebook fans, and is frequently featured by high profile publications such as The Age, Real Living Magazine and Design Quarterly.
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The Interiors Addict is a design and lifestyle website launched by former journalist and magazine editor Jen Bishop. She’s passionate about all things décor and homeware, and although she first started the blog in 2011 as a hobby, it has since become her full-time job and now boasts over 90,000 readers, 60,000 Facebook fans and 75,000 followers on Instagram.
Jen covers everything from the latest design news and products to tips and advice on topics like renting and renovating, choosing and revamping furniture, as well as house tours and interviews with leading designers and stylists. She’s also been interviewed and featured by numerous websites and magazines including News.com.au, Domain, Cosmopolitan and Australian Gift Guide.
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Natalie Walton is a former news journalist and current writer and stylist for a number of interior and lifestyle magazines. Her work has been featured by Country Style, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Elle Decoration, Real Living and many others.
Natalie started her design blog Daily Imprint in 2007 and regularly features interviews and stories of both leading and up-and-coming photographers, artists and stylists in the industry. Her blog covers a fun mix of topics related to design, including architecture, floristry, and art and travel. It since also evolved into the online store Imprint House.
The vibrant imagery she uses will provide you with plenty of inspiration for decorating your own home or workspace, while her travel section will give you a little glimpse into how design is tackled in other parts of the world.
You can follow Natalie on social media here:
4. Ish and Chi
Ish and Chi is short for fish and chips, and while it may not be the most obvious choice of name for a design blog, there’s a fun story behind it. Ish and Chi’s founder Vivian Panagos first started the blog when she bought her home in Sydney and began renovating and redecorating it.
Despite her background being in IT, she found that she enjoyed planning and decorating so much that she decided to start a blog to document and share her many creative projects. Soon after this, she realised design was something she wanted to do professionally and began studying interior design and decoration.
You can follow Ish and Chi on social media here:
In the interior design blogosphere, Katrina Chambers needs no introduction. She’s been writing about lifestyle, design and styling since 2006, and was a contestant on Channel Nine’s The Block in 2011. These days, she has over 24,000 followers on Instagram and has won a number of awards, including the Kidspot Top Blogger of the Year Award.
Her blog has something for everyone with DIY home improvement and decorating tips, floor plans and useful advice on topics like buying or building a house, decluttering and organising your home or choosing sustainable products with natural ingredients. Katrina often also shares entertaining anecdotes and photos of her everyday life with her husband and kids, giving the blog a very personal feel.
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Lisa Tilse is the creative mind behind We Are Scout, a lifestyle blog that was launched in 2015. Although it’s still fairly new, it’s already been named one of Domino magazine’s Best Design Blogs of 2016, and Lisa’s articles and tips have been featured by leading design sites and magazines including Inside Out, Vogue, Crafty, Better Homes and Real Living.
Far from being a newbie, though, Lisa has been blogging about design, arts and crafts and DIY projects since 2008 and is passionate about inspiring creativity. Aside from sharing her own creative projects, she also profiles other inspirational figures in the design industry through her Space to Create series, giving readers a glimpse into their homes and studios.
You can follow Lisa on social media here:
Emily Osmond began her career as a news producer, video reporter and magazine columnist, but launched Get In My Home in 2012 as a way to document the latest trends and products in interior design. Her readership has grown significantly since then, and the blog has won numerous awards and accolades including Top Design & Architectural Blogs of 2016.
Along with sharing inspiring trends, handy tips and stunning photography, Emily also regularly features interviews with up and coming designers and entrepreneurs, giving readers an insight into what it’s like to work in the design industry.
In addition to her blog, Emily also runs a marketing business which offers design, strategy and coaching to small businesses. One of the great things about her blog is that it puts a lot of emphasis on Australian products, giving smaller Aussie businesses and start-ups a chance to shine.
You can follow Emily on social media here:
Penny Craswell, a Sydney-based editor, writer and communications specialist with a love for design and architecture is the woman behind The Design Writer. Her experience as a business development manager for an architecture agency as well as her work as an editor for two design-related magazines means she’s well-equipped to discuss everything from designer rugs to abstract architecture.
Although her blog is certainly all about inspiring design enthusiasts, she also aims to inform readers and encourage them to think more deeply about what they see. Rather than relying solely on imagery like so many blogs in this category, it also delves into the ideas behind design and provides valuable insights into each item of furniture, art or architecture it discusses.
You can follow Penny on social media here: