It seems that the Covid-19 lockdown has turned us all into avid decorators – reevaluating our homes to see what can be moved, painted or reupholstered. Fortunately, there is a whole world of creativity and interior design innovation awaiting us on Instagram. It serves as an endless knowledge base and becomes a stellar source of inspiration for anyone looking for ways to revive and refresh their space. So, the next time you are stuck waiting for your coffee, the bus, or your quarterly meeting to end (kidding!), think of the downtime as an opportunity to plan your dream home. You can look around your space and decide it's time for an update, but redecorating can feel like a daunting task, and it can be hard to know where to start. Sometimes the act of planning a home decor project can be so overwhelming it often seems easier to forgo change altogether and keep things as they are. But where is the fun in that?
If you are ready to invest in your home decor, then social media can be a great place to look when trying to find inspiration. There's a wealth of great interior designers and craftspeople on Instagram: showcasing stylish, pared-back designs for the simplicity-loving minimalist; comfortable, cosy spaces for Hygge enthusiasts; and boho-chic designs that will motivate you to hit the nearest plant nursery. But to use Insta to its full potential, you need to be following the right home décor accounts. To get you started, we’ve pulled together the very best of the best so you can stop looking for inspiration and start applying it. Here are 7 accounts worth checking religiously when you need a quick dose of glamour.
With a roster of wildly talented designers, the Homepolish account fires off #designgoals. Every space featured on the Instagram feed is designed by one of Home Polish’s 500+ designers, according to their clients’ tastes. Which means they share a wide variety of styles on their account—making it the perfect feed to follow if you’re still trying to nail down yours. It’s a one-stop service that helps the design-challenged decorate their spaces, and Instagram documents these projects. With an array of BTS studio and design tours, you’ll not only get to see the end product but the creative journey it took to get to that beautiful space. Homepolish makes for a seamless and trustworthy interior-design experience at a slightly more affordable price point than your usual design service.
There’s no better place to start your quest for home update ideas than scrolling through the account of interior designer Emily Henderson. The Instagram account of the HGTV’s host is going to feature stunning home interiors with a refined, eclectic touch and plenty of tips and tricks you can take home and apply to your space. She has a keen eye for bright, beautiful and bold pieces, using them as a statement piece amidst classic silhouettes. Plus, her stories are pretty fun and entertaining.
Amber Lewis is an interior designer to know. Here at Lilla Rugs, we're inspired by her eye for design and the striking projects she completes. Favouring lively, colourful styling and a fusion of vintage treasures and modern pieces, this native Californian’s work radiates an effortless-chic vibe. Your soul will find all sorts of design happiness here. She runs an online sourcebook for laid-back living appropriately titled All Sorts Of. Along with her traditional interior design content, she'll be dipping into broader topics from entertaining, recipes, health, and wellness to city guides, community, and interviews with other entrepreneurs and designers like herself.
Take a look at our favourite vintage & antique rugs inspired by Amber Interiors below:
Emily Hiemstra from Apartment 34 is one of our favourite bloggers, hands down. She is one of the few bloggers today who master original content in a way that is constant and always exceptional. This renovating and decorating enthusiast is all about a white and black colour scheme sprinkled with natural wood details and perfectly placed vintage furniture and oriental rugs to keep the decor from looking too shiny and new. In short? We love it.
Named the golden couple of design, Ariel Ashe and Reinaldo Leandro create functional spaces that are imbued with a contemporary aesthetic. One part American and one part Venezuelan, the founders of Ashe + Leandro draw inspiration from their origins to establish a new kind of interior design. Their approach always focuses on a tailored, relaxed and modern point of view; continuing to push unique style through an imaginative use of colour, form, and texture. Check out their Instagram account for a feed filled with curated designs that evoke a sense of warmth and comfort, reaching full flower in their latest, increasingly high-end projects.
SARAH SHERMAN SAMUEL
A master of all things DIY and a much-in-demand designer, founder and creative director of Smitten Studio, Sarah Sherman Samuel will have you California dreamin’. We’re swooning over her ability to blend texture, colour and interest - with breezy, white rooms decked out in playful colours and patterns. Sarah Sherman Samuel brings a magic touch to interiors with her usage of built-in sofas, half-moon shaped hardware, terrazzo flooring, and graphic wallpaper. Her layered California-cool aesthetic is now a mainstay on just about everyone’s Instagram feed, and she has amassed a huge following because of it.
Covet & Noir create confident neutral aesthetics - emphasising calm colours and organic materials. Lonergan and Lindgren describe their style as ‘timeless and considered’, they want their designs to last, rather than be slaves to changing trends. Sourcing a clever mix of new and vintage furniture, art and accessories, they are able to give every interior its own distinctive identity. We love the mix of modern pieces with antiques and pairing more refined details with organic touches.
Whatever style you choose to follow, we have a whole range of Persian and Oriental rugs that would team perfectly with your design. Take a look at our collection here!