When I was in college, my mother signed us up for an interior decorating class. I reluctantly agreed to go since she seemed so excited about it. It was a two hour class at 6 pm and full of older women. As a 21 year old college student, I was not exactly thrilled to be taking another class and one that did not seem interesting to me at the time.
Fast forward to now, and interior decorating is one of my favorite hobbies. My husband and I spend our free time browsing furniture stores, antique shops, and art galleries scouring for pieces that will add more life to our home. I am so grateful my mom gave me the opportunity to take the class with her. I find myself often relying on what I learned as I style my home.
Since all things home decor make me happy, I have curated several home accounts on my Instagram that I love to follow for inspiration. I try to find accounts that teach me new things and introduce me to different styles for my home. I love the idea of incorporating multiple styles in my home to achieve a look that is uniquely ours.
Here is a list of my 5 favorite Instagram accounts that I follow for home decor inspiration:
#1: Cross Iron Cottage – @crossironcottage
The first account I’d like to tell you about is Cross Iron Cottage. This is my mother’s account of her venue that she opened in 2017. It’s primarily a wedding venue, but it is also an Airbnb when it’s not in use for weddings. My husband and I got married here in October 2020 and it was absolutely magical.
The venue sits on 100 acres of land with a beautiful field, trees, renovated barn, and an English cottage. My mother used her expertise as a contractor and world traveler to design and build the most quaint English-style cottage in the middle of Arkansas.
My mother says that her time spent traveling all over Europe has inspired her design style and it is evident in all the little details scattered throughout the cottage. From the stained glass windows and 17th century mantle over the fire place, to the vintage English teapots displayed throughout the house, you can see her love for pieces with a story.
However, she still managed to use new pieces in the home that compliment everything else. She effortlessly blends the old with the new in a way that feels artistic and homey.
I asked her for her take on finding pieces for her home and here’s what she had to say, “Anything that you see and are attracted to is art and is worth getting. It’s not about the price, because all price ranges of art can be beautiful. It doesn’t have to be expensive to be beautiful. If you think you have nowhere to put it, go ahead and get it. The art will show you where it needs to go.”
#2: Lydia Millen-Gorden- @lydiamillenhome
I first started following Lydia for fashion and travel inspiration a few years ago. I stumbled across her YouTube channel when planning a trip to England and have stuck around since. Over the last few years, she has been renovating and styling her dream home in the English countryside. I feel like I have learned so much along with her in her journey.
She is one of the first people that I noticed playing around with textures in her decor, as well as colors. I learned that you don’t always have to have the most colorful pillows or paint, as long as you incorporate some kind of texture to break things up.
Her home has had several iterations of renovations, but I think her current aesthetic is my favorite. It has been fun to watch her play around with different styles while coming into her own as a home decor enthusiast. I think I will be the same as I continue to explore design that makes me happy.
#3: Lauren Caisley Interiors – @laurencaisleyinteriors
I found Lauren via Lydia’s social media. Lauren has been helping Lydia in her most recent renovation and her work is impeccable. She is a professional interior designer in England and features all of her fabulous client projects on her Instagram.
Lauren has a subtle design style that is full of layers, textures, and unique statement elements. She embraces traditional English style while incorporating modern style as needed. Her projects range from family homes to grande estates.
#4: deVol Kitchens – @devolkitchens
Since our first blog is a food blog, I love to get inspirations for kitchen design and decor. I found DeVol Kitchens via Magnolia Network, who will be featuring the company with a show on their new network. I am so excited to watch!
While I have yet to see an episode, I have started following the company on Instagram and have enjoyed seeing their work on my feed. DeVol is also a British based company, whose style is a mixture of traditional and more modern.
I love the character in all of their kitchens, whether it’s the dark colored cabinetry or the use of a vintage worktop in place of a kitchen island.
#5: Studio McGee – @studiomcgee
I feel a little bit behind on the hype of Studio McGee since my husband and I only discovered Studio McGee this year on Netflix. However, late or not, I am in love with the McGee family and Shea’s style.
I love watching her Instagram stories as she walks viewers through her projects and highlights interesting elements of the design. Shea takes the time to explain how she decides to where place furniture or art in a space. She gives her audience some insight on how they might replicate her designs at home.
As someone who is still learning how to style a home, it is wonderful to hear a professional talk about her process in a way that feels relatable and achievable for me. Shea’s style never feels pretentious or over the top, which I like. Her simple but elevated style feels homey and aesthetic, which is what we are going for in our home!
I’d like to think that I am incorporating things from all of my style inspirations in my home. From the furniture placement ratios I’ve learned from Shea, to incorporating textures in my design from Lydia, I can see all the ways I have been inspired in each room of our house. I’m still figuring out what my style will ultimately be, but I have so much fun learning from such talented people online.
As I’m getting older, I am starting to appreciate the charm and importance of antique pieces and the character it brings into a home. It looks like my style is morphing into a mixture of found and new pieces. I don’t want my house to look like it came off of the showroom floor. I really want my home to reflect my family and our story.
I’ve had friends say that our home is a bit eclectic and it’s quite the compliment! My mom always described her personal style in that way and it makes me happy to see that I am following in her magical footsteps.
If you also love home decor, I hope you were able to find some inspiration from these wonderful accounts. Who knows, they may introduce to to even more accounts along the way!