The Insider: Keeping your bookmarks up to date


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If you like to scour interiors magazines for ideas – or just for house porn – it's worth updating your online library, too, as the design blogs keep getting better. Maybe you already know names such Decor8, Design*Sponge, Retro to Go or BrightBazaar (if not, do). But here are some more I recommend bookmarking...

Nose around

Etsy, the hand-made/ vintage marketplace, also has a top blog, Love its weekly Get the Look slot (sellers show off their creative pads and, at a click, let you buy their style). New York Magazine's Design Hunter (, almost a blog, is also ace for nosing.

Rubbish collection

Part personal scrapbook (covering shed-pimping, junk-collecting and hand-made weddings), part practical craft and upcycling tips, Artemis Russell's is perfect for makers and flea-market fans.

Reality show

Ever find interiors writing po-faced? Yearn for more tell-it-like-it-is? Myfriendshouse.wordpress. com is your answer. Beside beautifully edited style picks, it chuckles at gruesomely smug graphic art and (its own) messy bedroom floor. I also love you'll never look at a styled photoshoot in the same way.

Pin it down

The blog at Pinterest (, the addictive socially networked visual pinboard, is a good intro to the site. Try the pinterest trend slot, where you can swot emerging fashions and style it out like a pro.

Ideas in store

Discover colourful new designers at; the couple behind the shop of the same name specialise in showcasing new talent. For French-tinged chic, bodieand (also a store) is good, while (by the owners of vintage shop, H is for Home) champions retro chic.

Find Kate's blog on affordable interiors at