From their personal design crushes to what they couldn’t possibly post without, we sat down with some of the best design bloggers in the biz. Get to know the people behind your daily design reads and see how to snag their look.
Nicole Gibbons, who grew up with an interior designer mother, launched So Haute in January 2008 and celebrates stylish living in all its forms. Posts range from inspiring interiors and sage decorating advice to entertaining ideas. We’re loving her newest feature, “Meet the Assistant.”
Blogging Essentials: MacBook, Canon T3i
Kyle Knight started Knight Moves in May 2009 to update family and friends on how her new home in Dallas was shaping up, but as her readership grew, so did the interest in her design services, and a career was born. Now a full-time interior designer and blogger, Knight shares her favorite resources, online discoveries, and room schemes she has in the works.
Blogging Essentials: Canon 5D, Apple setup (MacBook Pro, Magic Mouse, wireless keyboard, display)
Southern California-based interior designer Julie Thigpen’s blog, Belle Maison, reflects her cheery, feminine take on traditional design. Expect inspirational images she’s gathered for her design projects, color palette ideas, her latest product discoveries (some of which can be found in her online shop, Modern Chic Home), and a weekly quote from one of her favorite tastemakers.
Design Crush: Kelly Wearstler
A design assistant in Chicago by day, Blair Friedeman uses her blog Delight by Design as a way to virtually transport her and readers to a world where fashion and home are known to intersect. Check it out for inspiring image collages combining interiors, runway looks, ideas for your next fashionable fete, and more.
Blogging Essential: “First and foremost, other design bloggers!”
Morgan Satterfield’s blog, The Brick House, exudes a “minimalist California desert vibe” and serves as a place for her to chronicle the renovation of her own midcentury home. A curator turned stylist and designer, Satterfield has created a haven for modern-design lovers who favor rich, natural materials and like a bit of DIY in the mix.
Design Crush: Barbara Hill
Blogging Essentials: “Good pictures and better dogs.”
With a passion for restoring vintage furniture for her modern clients, Vanessa De Vargas does product design and interior decoration as well as blogs, all under the moniker Turquoise. Visit for sneak peeks at her various design projects under way, or to see how De Vargas’s “Miami in the ’60s” look translates into gorgeous interiors with plenty of sleek, modern lines.
Design Crush: Hecker Guthrie
Blogging Essentials: iPhone (especially the app Shake It Lite)
What design lover wouldn’t want an interior designer bestie in cities across the country to share discoveries, decorating tips, and much more? Well, that’s exactly what Material Girls serves up, with Emily Johnston Larkin (Dallas), Lauren Haskett (Houston), and Julia Buckingham Edelmann (Chicago), and team ready and willing to spill on what they’re loving.
Blogging Essentials: Samsung laptop, iPhone, Sony NEX-5 camera