Two Interior Design Bloggers Who Inspire

From DIY to high-end design, these inventive women do it all. 

 

By Lindsey Leake

Photo courtesy of Melissa Michaels

The Inspired Room

Blogger: Melissa Michaels

Location: Seattle, Wash. area

About: Michaels had always held a passion for interior decorating, but she turned it into a full-time career when she launched The Inspired Room in 2007.

In terms of design, what inspires you?

“I tend [to] be inspired by how a room makes me feel and not just how it looks! For instance, I like to bring home the feeling of being on a vacation to the coast or a favorite bed & breakfast. Rooms that are personal, authentic, creative and unique inspire me the most.”

What is your blog’s purpose and what do you hope your readers/site visitors will get out of The Inspired Room experience?

“My purpose has always been to inspire people to create a home that is authentic to them. I believe that we are happiest in our homes when they are authentically inspired by our real life, experiences and things we really love. So many people get hung up on decorating trends and what is in or out, but ultimately we are most content in life and at home when we find a style and way of living that really works for us. An authentic style will reflect the experiences we’ve had and the things we love and will ultimately inspire and enrich our life far more than a passing trend ever will!”

What tips, if any, can you offer those who aren’t so design savvy but still want their homes to look nice?

“Let your home evolve over time and avoid matching sets of furniture. I think people who aren’t design savvy feel intimidated and overwhelmed, so they buy their decor in a box—the entire dining room, living room or bedroom set. When you rush to furnish your home, you end up with a home that looks like a store, rather than one that is unique and personal. Start with a basic and classic neutral sofa and build from there as you find other pieces you love.”

In your blogging experience so far, what has been the best/most successful thing about your blog?

“Blogging has opened up so many amazing doors and opportunities for me over the past five years. It really is my dream job, but I never take the success for granted. It takes a lot of hard work and the risk of continually putting myself out there, but I think that is the only way to grow personally and as a blogger. You can’t get lazy and expect to stay successful. The online social media experience is always changing and you really have to keep up with it!”

Photo courtesy of Melissa Michaels

Photo courtesy of Melissa Michaels

Photo courtesy of Melissa Michaels

Photo courtesy of Melissa Michaels

 

 

Photo courtesy of Gretje Ferguson Photography

::Surroundings::

Blogger: Linda Merrill

Location: Cape Cod, Mass.

About: The arts, travel and textiles are what inspire this New England interior designer and her 7-year-old blog, ::Surroundings::.

How and when did you become interested in interior/home design? For you, is it a passion, job or hobby?

“Interior design was always an interest—I did some set decorating in high school and college, while majoring in music performance. After a stint in the music and television industries, I decided to go back to school for interior design and see what happened. I’ve had my own firm for the last 10 years.”

What is your blog’s purpose and what do you hope your readers/site visitors will get out of the ::Surroundings:: experience?

“I started it as a way to publicize my own work and expertise, as well as to keep track of design finds that I love. I aim my blog at the high-end design client, other designers and the media. But I always hope that anyone from a DIY-er on up can find some inspiration.”

What tips, if any, can you offer those who aren’t so design savvy but still want their homes to look nice?

“Take inspiration from the professionals. For instance, all the paint companies create groupings of their paint colors that work well together. Always check these out at your local paint store if you need help pairing up paint colors. Similarly, look at catalogues and see how furniture companies are putting their pieces together. You don’t, and shouldn’t, need to copy a page outright, but you find inspiration.”

In your blogging experience so far, what has been the best/most successful thing about your blog?

“The best thing, which I never expected, is the relationships, both personal and professional, that develop from blogging. I’ve made real friends all over the world and have been invited on some great trips like the BoschBLANCO Bloggers Retreat I am participating in this weekend in southern California.”

Photo by Michael J. Lee

Photo by Michael J. Lee

 

Photo by Michael J. Lee

 

Photo by Michael J. Lee

(June 2012)

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One Response

Diane | An Extraordinary Day Says:


I’ve had the pleasure of following Melissa’s blog for some time now. She not only has great ideas and style, but she also has a wonderful spirit and doesn’t take herself too seriously. Her blog is fun to read…I look forward it seeing it arrive in my inbox.

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