Is it just me or is there a shift happening? There was a time when I looked only at magazines for inspiration but lately I’ve found myself being more and more influenced by the personal homes I see on blogs. Don't get me wrong, I still love a good magazine but they are becoming harder and harder to find. For that reason, I’m switching up my “cast your vote” section this week and asking, “blog or magazine” which would you rather read? When I first started looking at decorating magazines, years and years ago they mainly showcased homes that had been professionally designed by an interior decorator or designer. While it was interesting to flip through Architectural Digest and peer into the lives of the very rich and very famous, the lavish rooms and ornate decorating styles were completely out of my reach. Furthermore, these home were so well styled and photographed it looked like no one lived in them. There was never an object out of place.
In recent years, design publications have opened their doors to a more eclectic and personal style. Oftentimes, these homes have either been decorated by the owners who live in them or by a designer working closely with the homeowners. Some of this shift can probably be attributed to blogs like Apartment Therapy and Design*Sponge that started showcasing individual's homes back in 2003/2004. Domino and BluePrint magazine (both no longer in print) were definitely influenced by the more do-it-yourself, individualized style that blogs were beginning to show. However, the shoots for these magazines were heavily designed and took the work of many stylists, photographers, and art directors to pull together.
Then there is the design blog. For the first time, blogs have invited us into the homes of everyday people and allowed us to see how they live. These homes are very much lived in with dishes on the table, toys on the ground, notes on the desktop, and clothes on the bed. These homes have not been touched by a stylist and are often photographed by the homeowners, themselves.
So where do you find yourself going for inspiration? Blog or magazine?
Do you have a favorite site or magazine that you always check out and never miss?