I don't know about you, but I find inspiration in a wide variety of places and my Instagram feed is my "Inspiration" feed so I follow fashion designers, florists, bakers and architects. Some are celebrities with thousands of followers and some are unknown with a small, loyal group of followers.
All have one thing in common, they help me keep my mind open to new design possibilities, new color combinations, patterns, and furniture styles to keep a look out for when I’m shopping for pieces and thinking about upcoming projects.
I follow hundreds of feeds but I’ve narrowed down my favorites here. These feeds aren’t always about furniture designs, some aren't about furniture at all, but it’s the larger picture that inspires me and gets me to think beyond simple vintage finishes and standard colors when designing my next furniture project.
If you don’t have an Instagram feed yet, take a look at my two previous articles here and here to read why you should and how to set it up. Then take a look at the feeds I recommend below.
I’d also like to know what inspires you so please share your favorites in the comments below!
Who: Interior & Furniture Designer
Why: Robin uses color in beautiful ways, sometimes as a focal point in an otherwise neutral room, at other times she uses neutral color to showcase great details. Robin also shows how you can keep it simple and keep it special all at the same time, and she has a fantastic eye for the details, her furniture as well as her rooms are edited, never overdone.
Who: “The International Design Authority”
Why: AD presents a wide range of styles and they only showcase the most amazing designers so scrolling through their feed is like a masterclass in the use of color and design.
Who: Furniture & Interior Designer and Editor
Why: I love that Joe Ruggiero presents a wide variety of design styles and color pallets. This one is really a lifestyle feed…there’s food and architecture, landscapes and interiors, flowers and travel. But there’s color, pattern and design inspiration to be found in all of it.
Who: Online consignment shop presenting vintage and new items.
Why: Chairish is shopped by designers as well as regular folks so their Instagram feed is designed to inspire even the most high end customer. It’s a fantastic feed to follow to see what’s trending style & color-wise.
Dorothy Draper F&W
Who: Dorothy Draper Fabrics & Wall Coverings
Why: Dorothy Draper is a design icon. She started her design business in the 1920’s and throughout her career developed a unique style all her own. I get a little overwhelmed looking at some of the designs presented on the feed, but I am always inspired by some of the unique combinations of color and pattern.
Who: New Orleans based home furnishings company that creates historically inspired furniture.
Why: Ave Home presents fresh and modern designs that feel classic at the same time. Their style is inspired in it’s simplicity, always “just right,” never over done.
Who: San Diego based floral designers.
Why: Full disclosure here, one of the owners and designers at Huntress Florals is my friend Jen Bleakley. The fact that she's a friend is why I started following them in the first place. The fact that they inspire me so much is why I'm including them on this list. They are masters of subtle and unique color combinations and every time I look at one of their photos I think about how I can incorporate their color combinations into my work.
The Master’s Baker
Who: West Chester, PA special occasion bakery.
Why: When one of their cakes pops up on my feed it not only makes me hungry, but I am inspired. I appreciate that The Master's Baker has the ability, talent, and creativity to translate non-food related things into their cakes. Take a look at that feminine/masculine cake, the henna cake, or the rose gold cake. They think differently than other bakers and that inspires me to think differently, too.
That's my list (for now). Feel free to share your most inspiring Instagram feeds in the comments below!