A Feature on Our Favorite Design-Inspired Instagram Accounts and What We Love Most
As designers, we’re always on the lookout for new sources of inspiration. So we’ve hand-selected some of our favorite profiles on Instagram to keep unique design and photos at your fingertips. Check out our list of Instagram favorites, and share yours in the comments.
Art lovers Anna and Lars Norrman are interior decorators who work from Copenhagen, Denmark. Both are inspired by travel, yet it’s evident their style is swayed by their roots.
Why we love them: Their color pairings, mix of sought-after Scandinavian style, and swoon-worthy interior shots have us wishing we could explore these rooms of lovely soft hues.
What we can’t get enough of: The images give us a glimpse into interiors that offer a Zen-like haven. It’s hard to not see yourself feeling truly at home.
Why you should follow them: Who wouldn’t want to follow this well-curated and inspiring Instagram feed?
A colorful Chicago artist known for her dreamy watercolors, Mari Orr is a former chemist who strives to “capture the world’s existing beauty.” She does just that with pictures of her latest work, like quirky greeting cards and clever everyday items—oh, and her gorgeous paintings, of course!
Why we love her: We can't get enough color!
What we can’t get enough of: Her brushstroke photos are peaceful and soothing, while her color pairings are enchanting and always pretty.
Why you should follow her: It’s can't miss eye candy. Mari’s photos are light and airy, with a touch of whimsy.
Textile designers Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel dePedro Cunningham launched Tilton Fenwick in 2010. Known for their textiles and palettes that they use in a traditional manner, the NYC-based design duo also have their very own fabric line, Duralee.
Why we love them: Their incorporation of classic aesthetics—with a fresh twist! Plus, the two are all about bringing comfort into any design.
What we can’t get enough of: Their ’grams feature a masterful mix of quirky objects and curated, bright interior design.
Why you should follow them: The pair has been known to deliver unexpected uses of both color and pattern in their projects.
Marta at Made of Cloth—@made_of_cloth
She’s a modern textile designer based in Vermont. She’s completely self-taught. And she brings a unique perspective from her home country of Poland. All of these characteristics helped form creative designer Marta’s unique style and inventive taste. As a believer in slow living and quality goods, her best work comes to life when form meets function.
Why we love her: She finds beauty in imperfections—and craftsmanship. Her Instagram is as thoughtful as her intentions in life.
What we can’t get enough of: As a textile designer, Marta offers exceptional use of color and pattern. Her various hand-painted pieces and distinctive textures can be mixed and matched for looks that remain cohesive.
Why you should follow her: From the creative process to the inspiration and the products, you will see it all on Marta’s feed. Take a peek inside her creative world and understand her individual design lens.
Kohn Pedersen Fox—@kohnpedersenfox
Described as an “architectural firm finding the smartest solution for each project,” this firm consists of 600 staff plus 24 principals, with offices in New York, London, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul, Korea, and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Its portfolio includes the Petersen Automobile Museum, in Los Angeles, and One Jackson Square and 10 & 30 Hudson Yards, both in New York.
Why we love them: KPF’s modern buildings push boundaries.
What we can’t get enough of: Architectural shots are fascinating, with ingenious angles, lighting, and points of view.
Why you should follow them: Need we say it again? Inspiring buildings. If the shapes and mesmerizing geometric patterns aren’t enough, KPF also features interior photos of some of the newest up-and-coming skyscrapers.
Ashe + Leandro—@ashe_leandro
This architectural and design firm was established in 2008, in NYC. With an eclectic variety of projects, its signature aesthetic is casual, contemporary luxury—a midcentury modern feel that is extremely livable. Most notably, the firm’s fans include Mindy Kaling and Naomi Watts.
Why we love them: Ashe + Leandro’s feed reflects refined elegance mixed with soft textures and rustic accents.
What we can’t get enough of: Ashe + Leandro’s aesthetic is both sophisticated and simplistic, incorporating neutrals and pops of color. Plus, the photography alone makes it feel like any of their scenes could be your own home, prompting you to recreate the scene yourself.
Why you should follow them: It’s a “modern meets midcentury home décor” mecca that will inspire clean lines, luxurious upholstery fabrics, and cool geo patterns.
Andrea’s showcase of inspired interiors is reflected on her Instagram. Her carefully placed floral accents and neutral spaces are tranquil, soothing, and ultrafeminine.
Why we love her: Her tasteful use of florals and pops of color in neutral surroundings refines and softens at the same time.
What we can’t get enough of: She had us at the first bouquet. With floral arrangements this beautiful, we’re dreaming of springtime—all the time.
Why you should follow her: Beauty speaks. Though she doesn’t always post in English, a picture is worth a thousand words.
The Melbourne, Australia, ceramics studio produces lighting, tile, and ceramics that are all handmade. The high-quality wares exploit both contemporary and traditional technology and tools. Company founder Bruce Rowe, was originally trained as an architect and began making ceramics as a side project in 2009; he continues to maintain his studio practice.
Why we love them: Anchor Ceramics’ simple and minimalistic feel.
What we can’t get enough of: Modern styles, the beautiful textures, the impact of color—what’s not to love? Its décor is thought-provoking and current.
Why you should follow them: With clean lines, fearless color, and behind-the-scenes access to projects in progress, this creative conceptor leaves us on edge.
“Inspiring your world to decorate wild.” This is how Justina Blakeney describes her design style. With over 386,000 followers, the L.A.-based designer and blogger (her work can be found on TheJungalow.com) credits her diverse background with her interest and pursuit of world arts-and cultures. And to top it all off, she launched a new line of home-goods products in 2016.
Why we love her: Who wouldn’t become captivated by her wild style and crazy patterns? They’re too fun!
What we can’t get enough of: Her cultivated, bohemian aesthetic. Her integrated use of greens and teals ushers in nature, welcoming a true organic perspective into any design. More specifically, she’s always adding life with perfectly placed plants.
Why you should follow her: Her inspiration and aesthetic communicate that the sky is the limit—encouraging you to push the boundaries on working with pattern and color on your next paint project.
Sera of London—@seraoflondon
sophisticated and avant-garde, abstract interior decorator Sera Hersham-Loftus creates spaces that are romantic and given a spirit of artistic musing.
Why we love her: This designer doesn’t shy away from the dramatic, and she is one who stops us in our tracks—and wows with stunning style.
What we can’t get enough of: Bohemian and intricate interiors. It’s like being dropped into an Old World French tearoom or a vintage-style parlor.
Why you should follow her: To gain a sense of romantic ambience and a dose of decadent design. Plus, you’ll feast your eyes on lavish materials, jewel tones, and layered color.
Jersey Ice Cream Co.—@jerseyicecreamco
Roaming duo Tara Mangini and Percy Bright are living the good life. Wandering cross-country, they make a living as traveling home designers. These country-chic experts, who established their unique business in 2010, go from home to home, project to project, helping others achieve beautiful design dreams.
Why we love them: They have the rustic-chic look down, making any home feel like a restored farmhouse.
What we can’t get enough of: Their core belief in “craftsmanship, timelessness, and leaving things better than they found them.”
Why you should follow them: Tara and Percy are always on the road and never confined to just one place. So the excitement comes where you feel you’re journeying alongside them, not knowing who is around the corner or what project they will take on.
I Have This Thing with Floors—@ihavethisthingwithfloors
And we have this thing for I Have This Thing with Floors. The account holder is a mystery, but we’re certainly bewitched by the witty “selfeets.” The mysterious bio claims to curate all images from Amsterdam, putting us on a mission to locate such beautiful flooring.
Why we love them: I Have This Thing with Floors has made popular a whole new perspective on photography, collecting exquisite patterns and color from a place typically gone unnoticed: right beneath our feet.
What we can’t get enough of: User-submitted images are welcomed! In addition, the feet and floor patterns call out gorgeous tile.
Why you should follow them: Designers, artists, and architects are chasing after details, such as flooring, that can be made better. I Have This Thing with Floors feeds that desire.
Lights Lights Lights—@lightslightslights_au
A retail showroom and lighting-consultant service based in the suburb of Moonee Ponds, in Melbourne, Australia, Lights Lights Lights is rooted in enthusiasm for good design. With more than 20 years combined experience, the three owners ensure that detailed planning is given to every lighting project, promoting creativity, practicality, and functionality.
Why we love them: How incredible is it to see how lights come in so many shapes, sizes, and styles? We love how Lights Lights Lights is showcasing the latest technology and marrying it with great design.
What we can’t get enough of: The offbeat light choices—they enhance every project. The contemporary edge of all of Lights Lights Lights’ pieces fits with many styles and will modernize your next project.
Why you should follow them: To get the latest lighting and the brightest ideas for your next project.
Clarence House Textiles—@clarencehousetextiles
Since 1961, this textile producer has worked with one-of-a-kind fabrics and introduced exclusive designs. Established by interior designer Robin Roberts, with the aim of designing with integrity, its decorative textiles are often used by many of the world’s interior designers.
Why we love them: With a decades-long history in the design world, Clarence House Textiles supplies fabrics for living rooms, walls, and runways alike.
What we can’t get enough of: It’s not just the textiles! Sometimes it interests us with nature’s color palettes of fresh fruit—or “holesome” donuts.
Why you should follow them: To stay on top of trends and to discover fresh ways to use fabrics or new patterns you’ve never seen before.
With a feed featuring bright, vivid, and eye-popping backgrounds, Midwest designer Rosie Clayton has a knack for making the ordinary seem extraordinary. Somehow we find ourselves wishing for vacation year-round.
Why we love her: Such an inundation of wild, lively color makes us wonder: How can one woman put so much color in one Instagram? It’s truly beyond us.
What we can’t get enough of: Color. Style. Finesse. Clean lines. Fanciful arrangements. Need we say more?
Why you should follow her: If we haven’t convinced you already, note how her bright and beautiful outlook can lift your spirit and open your mind. And on top of that, she happens to capture the best street art.