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Learn tricks from design bloggers!

In her new book, Design Bloggers at Home, London-based interiors journalist Ellie Tennant, gets a glimpse into the homes and creative ideas of fifteen leading design bloggers.

With diverse backgrounds and lifestyles, these individual bloggers combine to create a thriving online community of trend-setters and style gurus. These bloggers offer a beguiling alternative to traditional media and have become an important source of inspiration for the homes enthusiast.

What ensues is pages upon pages of different inspired homes from around the world, from a Cornish cottage to a Scandinavian town house, a glamorous Hollywood apartment and a Californian ranch with a vintage French flavour. There’s even a how to chapter at the end with advice from the bloggers themselves, on how to start up your own blog.

Here are our top three themes from the book:

Cornish cottage comfort

Highlighting the combination of vintage and modern finds and furniture items, blogger Rebecca Procto of FutuRustic, who is one of the featured online interior influencers in Design Bloggers at Home, has successfully created a space that couple the calm of the countryside with the modern feel of the cosmopolitan cities.

Create the same space with the Baku range which boasts a contemporary retro collection that takes a stripped back approach to functional design with unassuming charm and character.

Scandinavian structure and simplicity

It is public knowledge that no one does ‘light and fresh’ quite like the Scandinavians! From the white walls and accents to light oak chairs and tables, the seaside home of English ex-pat Niki Brantmark, of My Scandinavian Home, is a light-filled family house that is both chic and practical.

With products from Furniture Village, you can also adapt this fresh and calming space while still emphasising function and form in your living room and dining room which the Scandinavians are very well known for.

Fearless, colourful and fun

Colour, colour and more colour! It’s the season to explore and be adventurous. For the more animated characters out there why not take a leaf out of blogger and Graphic Designer, Jonathan Lo’s book; Eclectic and playful, his look is a heady mix of mid-century modern finds, clever DIY makes, contemporary designer pieces and influences as diverse as tropical, Hawaiian style and sleek, urban hotel chic. Jonathan writes Happy Mundane.

Be fearless and inspired this season with items such as the Harlequin Juliet sofa, which provides a timeless, comforting feel to any space in the home.

About the author

Ellie Tennant is a leading interiors journalist and stylist based in London. An influential industry personality who specialises in interviews, columns, trends and all aspects of design and home shopping, she started her career working for magazine publishers including Hearst and IPC Media, where she wrote for Ideal Home magazine and penned the award-winning HomeShoppingSpy blog. Since going freelance in 2011, Ellie has built up an impressive client base and her work is regularly published in top interiors magazines such as Homes & Antiques, Grand Designs, LivingEtc and Country Homes and Interiors. She blogs at and contributes to top websites such as Apartment Therapy, successfully bridging the gap between the print and digital worlds. This is her first book, which you can buy here.

Photos by Rachel Whiting. Publishers are Ryland Peters & Small


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