The wealth of online resources has changed the face of our design community. It was not that long ago that our daily exposure to design trends was based on our regional resources, so our design community was just that… regional. Exposure to national and international design trends was limited to a select group of uber successful designers, while the rest of the community anxiously waited each month to turn the pages of national publications such as Architectural Digest. Now that so much valuable information is readily available online, our design community has no borders. Now in combination with print, homeowners and design professionals alike can get up to the minute ideas, inspiration and sources through leading daily design blogs. For example, The Design Guide receives emails and requests from as far away as Dubai and Greece in search of resources, and we communicate via Facebook and twitter with Designers everywhere. We love to share the latest ideas, inspiration images and sources available in Texas, and in turn we have a list of blogs we are following that keep us informed from around the globe. Here are just a few of the blogs and online resources that our team loves to follow. Let us know your favorites.
“Launched in October 2009, Lonny is a bimonthly online magazine that focuses on lifestyle and home decor. Founded by designer Michelle Adams and photographer Patrick Cline, Lonny highlights extraordinary interiors, innovative bloggers, and the latest market finds.” Lonny Magazine Online
“A one-of-a-kind interior design blog that features tips and advice from real designers on the latest trends and fashions for the home, topped with a sprinkle of pop culture. Written by self-described “material girls” – each passionate for fabrics, prints, and any kind of design materials – Material Girls is the corner of the web where we chat about all things interior design, including recommendations on where to shop, and tips on finding the best deals in your city. Every day, the girls blog about what’s in and what’s out; what’s hot and what’s not. All of this we do to help you design perfect spaces in your home.” Material Girls Online
“I’m Julia, and it’s no secret–I’m hooked on houses. After working for many years as a freelance writer, I realized I had never had a chance to write about one of my favorite topics: houses. So in January of 2008, I started this blog to do just that.” Hooked on Houses Online
"Founded in September 2008 as a companion to the Tobi Fairley Interior Design Website, the Tobi Fairley Blog chronicles the happenings at her Luxury Residential Design Firm in Little Rock, Arkansas, the successes of both the firm and their clients nationwide, and Tobi’s favorite things!" Tobi Fairley Online