12 Inspiring Instagram Accounts to Follow

Hi there!

It has been a very busy week, but the good thing about being busy is that one can get a lot accomplished. For instance, I finally cleaned off my desk for the first time in months…

Via My Instagram

It may sound silly, yet the simplest little thing can brighten a day! A clean desk, a made bed or a bird outside my window… All can be inspiring.

That got me thinking about what inspires me in my day to day life. I draw inspiration from a lot of places, but I also like apps like Instagram to bring an added dose of creativity. For that reason, I thought I would share with you a few of my favorite accounts that I follow in Instagram:


1. bpartickflynn – This plucky Atlanta based designer is always making me smile. His flawlessly designed spaces and hilarious captions never disappoint!


2. ashleyhicks1970 – Witty Brit and son of renowned designer David Hicks, Ashley Hicks is a talented designer and burgeoning historian. When he is not posting about the humorous hens on his property, Ashley posts wonderful historical architectural drawings, art and other treasures from Britain’s past.


3. houseofjadeinteriors – These two Utah designers are spectacular. I find myself constantly drawn to their images and their flawless style! Generally, I’ll be scrolling through my feed and think, “Oh, I love that. Whose photo is that?… Of course, it’s House of Jade!”


4. putnamflowers – NYC floral designers Putnam & Putman create breathtaking and whimsical arrangements. Peonies, Ranunculus, Roses and Anemones galore!


5. usinterior – The official account for the U.S. Department of the Interior is one of my absolute favorites. It features photography taken in our National Parks. Being a lover of the outdoors as well as the indoors, their feed is a refreshing change of pace with expansive vistas and occasionally a taste of wildlife.


6. tiltonfenwick – I have always been a fan of Suysel & Anne’s wonderful line at Duralee and love their line at Target as well. Getting a glimpse into the daily life of this adorable design duo has been a blast!


7. humansofny – Humans of New York is based on a photographer who does street photography and tells the story behind each person he captures. With 2.4 million followers, they have been able to raise awareness and funds for those in need.


8. witanddelight – Kate Arends has a great stylistic eye and a super cute pup! Let’s just say the two are a good combo!


9. habituallychic – Heather is a NYC designer with flawless taste and a fantastic eye for photography. Her uptown style is always fun to follow!


10. happsters – Everyday Kelli posts an inspirational quote or two to brighten followers’ days.


11. aubrey_veva_design – As a self-described Interior Designer, Stylist, Mama, Wifey & Lover of Geodes, Aubrey provides a glance into her daily life and the beauty that surrounds her.

12. marymcdonaldinc – This applauded designer has always been a favorite of mine. I particularly love the glimpses she provides of interesting architecture.



Mid-Week Makeover

For the first Mid-Week Makeover I will be featuring items from my own home. Some of you may know that Geoff, our son Christopher and myself live in a small townhome in Houston. When I say small… I mean small. 645 square feet, to be exact.

We rented this place when we got married and have decided to stay here for two years because, let’s face it, its inexpensive. Our place has a nice sized living area with a surprisingly well-designed kitchen and a master with a delightfully large closet. Kudos to the architect and builder for making it a useful space, but no matter how you cut 645 sq ft, it is small!

Don’t get me wrong; I love our little place.  It’s the place we first came home to as a married couple…

and it’s the place we brought our little man home to after his birth. Just look at that Sweetness!

We have managed to live in two small rooms for what has been two very eventful years, but its time to find something bigger.

We have been in the process of looking for a bigger townhome for a few weeks now. We want to stay in the same area, but places here rent out in mere hours. We have seen three possible places so far: one great, one bad and one mediocre.  All of which have been off of the rental market within 1-3 days of their being posted.

Our search will probably go on for another month or so, but that has not stopped my designing mind from dreaming planning.

So without further adieu, here is what I would like to do in my future, larger living room:

Can you tell I like cool tones?

Some of the items pictured are things that we currently own. The rest are things that I will be emulating in future projects.

Blue Velvet Sofa – Bought second hand when we got married
La-Z-Boy Recliner – Bought before Christopher was born. (Not the most aesthetically pleasing, but helped with 2am feedings)
Side Chair – Found on a trash pile during my college days.
Nesting Tables – Purchased at a neighborhood garage sale and repainted (Tutorial Coming Soon)
Table Lamps – I have similar lamps that were given to me by my favorite design prof in college. I bought the black drum shades.
Worlds Away Olivia Side Table in Limed Oak – I will be doing my version of this piece soon
Worlds Away Ricardo Coffee Table in Limed Oak – My version also coming soon
Dash & Albert Diamond Light Blue/Ivory Indoor/Outdoor Rug – I am not set in stone on this rug yet. I will be painting a rug myself soon.
Floor Pillows in Thomas Paul’s Dahlia Color: Slate – I made these a few years ago with a few yards of fabric and an euro down insert
Lumbar Pillows in Claridge Mambo Jacquard Color: Moon Power – On the to do list
JCPenney Linden Street Back-Tab Twill Drapery Panels with Duralee 1″ Border Tape Color: Slate on the Leading Edge

As you can see from my comments above, a lot of these things are yet to be done. I will be tackling them as projects over the next several months. Also, it should be noted that sometimes, as many designers do, I may change my mind on a few of the details. The final product may not be exactly like the photo above.

I hope that you like the look so far!

I will not always be doing my Mid-Week Makeovers on an actual room, but if any of you would like to send me photos and details on a room that you need help with, feel free to send me an email. I may feature it in a Mid-Week Makeover in the future!

Tell me what you think!