The 50 best blogs for antiques and interiors lovers

If you're searching the web for inspiration, these interiors, antiques and lifestyle bloggers are the best places to start

Since we published our first 50 best blogs list in 2014, the internet has become even more packed with inspirational ideas. Discover our pick of the top interiors, antiques, food, travel and lifestyle bloggers, including some brand new entrants and a few old favourites.

We've also added their Twitter handles, so you'll never miss a post.

Beautiful homes and inspiring interiors

1 Happy Interior Blog

Opening with the Charlotte Bronte quote 'Happiness quite unshared can hardly be called happiness' Igor Josifovic's interior design blog is infused with positivity. Following the notion that personal happiness can be improved through a beautiful home environment, healthy lifestyle and engagment with nature, his encouraging blog is a haven of cheerful ideas. @IgorJosif

A Beautiful Mess 

‘The best things in life are homemade,’ reads the blurb on Elsie and Emma’s site. The pair run a blog that began as a just-for-fun project all the way back in 2007. Now the two young ladies run a team of four and share posts on crafts, recipes, fashion and decor, with a healthy dose of stunning interiors and even a glimpse into Elsie’s bathroom. Well worth checking out for a quick interiors fix. @abeautifulmess

3 Honey We're Home 

Megan describes herself as 'not an interior designer', but judging by her beautiful home, we would have to disagree. Honey We're Home documents her space-sprucing progress room by room. Think a harmonious mix of high-end pieces, high street bargains and a touch of golden glamour. Her feminine office space pictured above is one of our favourites! @Honeywerehome

4 Abigail Ahern

‘Style has nothing to do with money,’ says designer and author Abigail, giving hope to thousands of us with her affordable ideas to add flair to the home. With her heartfelt, down-to-earth writing, it’s easy to while away an afternoon reading through Abigail’s back-catalogue of home styling posts and decorating ideas. It’s no wonder she’s made our best blogs list twice in a row. @AbigailAhern

5 Apartment Therapy 

(Image: Marie Claire Maison) 

Apartment Therapy covers all bases of the interiors world. Employing an array of guest bloggers, a quick scroll through its archives reveals house tours, design tips, DIY techniques and even how best to clean and organise your space. A one-stop shop for home improvement. @AptTherapy

6 Mad About The House

The secret to a happy marriage, according to H&A contributor Kate Watson-Smyth, is a bathroom with two separate sinks – something she’s lucky to have in her own gorgeous London home. When she’s not blogging and sharing her Objects of Design, Kate can also be found writing about interiors and design for the Financial Times. @katewatsonsmyth

7 Avenue Lifestyle

From Delft in the Netherlands, Holly developed a love of interiors from watching her mother, who worked as a decorator, designer and renovator. When she's not working as an interior design journalist, Holly can be found posting beautiful photographs of her calm and collected home on Avenue Lifestyle. @avenueblog

Gardens in bloom

 

 8 The Middle-Sized Garden

Journalist and writer Alexandra Campbell shares tips and tricks for maintaining her middle-sized garden (one fifth of an acre, to be precise). Tiny by countryside standards, but vast for a city dweller, she blogs with charm about the qualms of ride-on mowers, polytunnels and hedges for those with a garden size often overlooked. @midsizegarden

9 Floret

Dreaming of fresh vegetables, a flock of chickens and a simpler lifestyle, Erin Benzakein and her small family escaped the smog of the city and set up a small flower company in Skagit Valley, Washington, USA. This company has since blossomed into a thriving flower farm, design studio, learning centre and blog - with glorious photographs and floristry tips to boot. Picture lush, romantic and airy floral designs with tumbling peonies and wildflowers. @FloretFlwrFarm

10 Otter Farm

At an organic smallholding on the banks of the River Otter in Devon, Mark Diacono grows all manner of global foods: Szechuan pepper, Japanese wineberries and even Vietnamese coriander. His blog is a treasure trove of beautiful pictures, daringly different recipes and fascinating stories from his gardening adventures. We love his books too. @MarkDiacono

11 The Smallest Smallholding

Vegan Lucy started The Smallest Smallholding with her partner Rich, their cats and a flock of four former battery hens. Since 2006, they have gradually turned an overgrown patch of land into a thriving backyard smallholding, and the blog tracks the trials and tribulations of their quest. With recipes and gardening tips, this is a great blog for vegans and veggies. @smallestholding

12 The Rose Shed

The Rose Shed is the ultimate source for dreamy floral inspiration. Rachel is an independent florist, working from a studio at the bottom of her garden, and supplying blooms to weddings in Bristol, Bath and the Cotswolds. On her busy blog she regularly posts bouquet blooms from the weddings she has styled – all very Pinterest-worthy material. @TheRoseShed

13 Fennel & Fern

For garden inspiration, look no further than Fennel & Fern, a blogging collective featuring inspiring photos of real gardens and handy tips such as a guide to composting. It’s not all gardening though – the blog also has some great botanical boozing recipes such as rhubarb champagne or gooseberry and elderflower cocktail. Cheers to that. @fennelandfern

Antiques addicts 

14 Judith Miller

Our 50 Best Blogs list wouldn’t be complete without our very own columnist and grande dame of antiques, Judith Miller. The antiques expert and author of numerous Miller's Guides keeps us updated with posts about her latest overseas adventures on book tours, as well as details on rare and extraordinary antiques. @millersantiques

15 Miss Mustard Seed

Marian, aka Miss Mustard Seed, is a blogger, paint designer and full-time antiques enthusiast. Her beautifully calm and largely blue-hued blog is awash with tips for combining antique pieces with existing interiors to create an inviting family home. Take a look at the 'My House' tab for her enviably chic country home. @MissMustardSeed

16 Antiques Young Guns

Proving that antiques are far from dull and fusty, Antiques Young Guns is a collective of under-40s who make their living from the world of antiques, vintage or collectables. The blog tracks the rising popularity of the Young Guns at UK fairs and events, as well as keeping readers updated on their adventures through the antiques world. @AntiqYoungGuns

17 My Old Country House

(Image: Sarah Cramer Shields)

Take a stroll through artist Lesli DeVito's big and old country home in Virginia. On this quirky and colourful blog, she regularly posts about her artwork, family and design endeavours - particularly her eclectic hoard of kitsch vintage and antique finds. @leslidevito

18 Vintage Finds

Qualified interior designer Mallori is a real antiques fanatic, and regularly blogs about mixing antique finds with existing pieces to create a relaxed, family home. She has a keen eye for upcycling projects and seasonal decorating, too. @MalloriJarman

19 Because It's Awesome

Requesting that readers 'ogle, read, converse, repeat', Tobe of Because It's Awesome is a lover of beautiful interiors and antique brass goods. If she's not creating festive table decorations with vintage shop finds, she's rearranging and restyling her antique-clad home for maximum effect. @tobe_reed

20 Mark Hill

Another of our favourite contributors, Mark Hill is so on the pulse of the antiques world we can barely keep up. An avid supporter of the Antique Young Guns movement, author of numerous books and curator of his own fascinating collection of glass, his blog highlights surprising and unusual stories from all over the antiques world from etching in New Zealand to Austrian art nouveau glass. @antiquemark

Craft ideas and DIY

If you like pastel colours, you’ll love this blog by Belfast-based Claire. Full of beautiful images providing inspiration for your home, the blog is also packed with crafting tips and how-tos, such as the DIY pencilcase tutorial or 24 creative craft room storage ideas. @hearthandmadeuk

22 The Lovely Drawer

Teri's love for creating and bespoke design spills over into every nook and cranny of her London-based life. From style guides and DIY clutch bags, to printable dinner party invitations (and one mean chocolate tart), The Lovely Drawer is a haven for the creatively minded and design conscious. @TheLovelyDrawer

23 Claireabellemakes

Cambridge-based Claire has an enviable collection of vintage English teacups and retro teapots. She also likes coffee - specifically Starbucks' 'Pumpkin Spiced Latte' - which is why her DIY craft selection includes a pretty crochet pumpkin coffee cup sleeve that you wouldn't want to spill your drink over. The site also has a mouthwatering selection of recipes, including red velvet brownies and gluten-free lemon drizzle cake. @claireabellemks

24 Oh Happy Day

Love throwing parties? Can't resist a string of bunting, a tissue paper fan or novelty baked goods? San Francisco-based Jordan puts the 'art' in 'parties' and is the ultimate resource for DIY party decorating. Whether it's giant balloon number installations, honeycomb paper garlands or glittering unicorn piñatas, there's hours worth of celebration inspiration here. @ohhappyday

25 Centsational Girl

Californian Kate is a self-confessed ‘bargain-hunter, design-lover, incurable DIYer and mother to three’, yet somehow still finds time to write her own and two other blogs. Centsational Girl is full of design and DIY ideas from shelving to sewing to seasonal decorating. @CentsationalGrl

26 Flax & Twine

In her own words, Anne lives 'a happy handmade life'. An online directory of charming and simple designs, Flax & Twine is full of easy-to-follow instructions for homely pieces like tea towel aprons and chunky-knit cushion covers. We've already got a full list of things we want to recreate... @flaxandtwine

27 The Sweetest Occasion

Created in 2008, Cyd of The Sweetest Occasion has a real passion for colour, design and entertaining. From DIY Christmas presents to hosting an apple farm picnic, like the one above, (and a few killer cocktail recipes in-between), her blog is the perfect resource for the planners amongst us. @cydconverse

Food for thought

28 Mid-Century Menu

Finding the bizarre recipes in mid-century cookbooks curious, husband and wife team Ruth and Tom cook one bonkers mid-century recipe a week for dinner and document the whole experience on their blog. From delicious chocolate topping pie (c1952) to the not-so-wonderful canned grapefruit and crabmeat cocktail (c1959), they've sampled a whole timeline of dishes. We've got our eye on the mysterious beef-flavoured fudge... @MidCenturyMenu

29 Naturally Ella

Butternut squash puree and blue cheese pizza? Spinach-pesto pasta with roasted red peppers and ricotta? If California girl Erin’s recipes don’t make your mouth water, then we don’t know what will. Having grown up on McDonald’s, Erin says she ate fast food daily until her father had a heart attack at 45. The blog reflects the healthy lifestyle she’s been living since then, with some inspiringly different meal ideas. @naturallyella

30 The Curious Pear

(Image: Issy Croker Photography)

Two best friends living in each other's pockets after meeting at school, Issy and Meg launched into a career of documenting their travel and food adventures side by side. Through plates of food, they've interviewed and photographed some of the most influential people on the food scene, from Anna Jones to Yotam Ottolenghi. @TheCuriousPear

31 Symmetry Breakfast

An accidental creation in 2013 when Mark moved in with Michael, Symmetry Breakfast quickly became an online breakfast sensation. As busy working blokes, the only precious time they could spend together was over breakfast. One day Michael took a snapshot of their matching plates and popped it on Instagram, and the rest, as they say, is history. @symmetry_fast

(Quinntessential Baking by Frances Quinn (Bloomsbury £25.00) photography © Georgia Glynn Smith)

Most know Frances Quinn as the winner of The Great British Bake Off 2013, but she also has a beautifully creative baking blog. Whether it's a strawberry shortbread cake or tweeting biscuit birds (alongside the best music to listen to while baking) her highly Instagrammable sweet treats make for an inspiring scroll. She also has a fabulous book out, too. @frances_quinn
 

33 Eat Like a Girl

Niamh, an Irish expat in London, is a busy lady – travelling, teaching cookery classes and reviewing restaurants. She still manages to dedicate time to this blog, where she shares wonderful recipes, including an incredible-looking Sunday breakfast of duck confit hash. Yum. @eatlikeagirl

 
 
Husband and wife team Dana and John are the creaters of Minimalist Baker. All recipes require 10 ingredients or fewer, one pan or bowl, under 30 minutess to prepare and are mostly plant-based and gluten-free. Alongside some real hunger-inducing photography, Dana's espresso walnut brownies are also seriously fudgy and delicious. @minimalistbaker
 
 
 
An accomplished chef, photographer, food stylist and cookbook author, Izy Hossack of Top With Cinnamon creates beautiful recipes ideal for impressing friends, like the decadent chocolate chip, pomegranate and hazelnut cake pictured above. When not blogging, she's also completing a degree in Food & Nutrition – and she's only 19! @izyhossack
 

Travel and adventure

36 The Antiques Diva

Since starting in 2008, The Antiques Diva & Co has become Europe's largest antiques touring company, and offers one-on-one antiques buying tours to 11 different countries! Whether you love boutique shops, flea markets or enormous warehouses, the tours offer the unique chance to buy an array of antiques with expert guidance. Naturally, there's also a corresponding blog - which is packed full of handy tips and shopping inspiration. @TheAntiquesDiva

37 Geotraveler's Niche

Exploring culture through food, tradition and lifestyle, Loa of Geotraveler's Niche has certainly been bitten by the travel bug. This blog is packed with practical destination-orientated travel advice, alongside a wealth of beautiful pictures. We particularly love her post on finding hidden design talent in Nigeria! @LolaAkinmade

38 Prêt à Voyager

Boasting 'travel is not about where you go, but how you see the world' designer Anne's travel blog is a feast for the eyes. As an American expat living in Paris, she offers an array of posts detailing the very best places to visit and see in Paris and France (all design-minded, of course). @pretavoyager

Vintage fashion fiends

39 Dotty Vintage Weddings

If you’re planning a vintage wedding, this blog is the place to go for ideas. With testimonials from newlyweds and soon-to-be brides, it’s a one-stop shop for all kinds of ways to add vintage touches to your big day. The blog also provides information on vintage wedding fairs and even tips on how to stay fit and healthy during the stressful planning stage. @DottyVintage

40 Vixen-Vintage

Not without her signature pin curls and red lipstick, Solanah of Vintage Vixen lives in Washington State with her husband. She regularly posts ultra-glamorous outfit posts, alongside honest reviews of vintage shops and websites. @solanah

41 Yesterday Girl 

Describing herself as a member of the 'vintage mafia', wedding photographer Jennifer's blog documents her vintage fashion, beauty and lifestyle adventures in London. Don't miss the wonderful post documenting her spontaneous vintage Vegas wedding! @jeniyesterday

42 Love My Dress

Annabel founded Love My Dress in 2009 to provide inspiration to brides around the UK for vintage weddings. Last year her first book, Style Me Vintage: Weddings, was published in the UK, USA and Australia, and the blog continues to provide plenty of bridal fashion and tips, such as how to create a DIY textured buttonhole. @LoveMyDressBlog

43 Xander Vintage

Alanna Durkovich's wardrobe is astounding. Using her original street style and feminine flair she effortlessly blends a range of colours, textiles and eras. She also has the most fabulous pink-tinted hair do and currently a beautiful baby bump! @XanderVintage

44 Vintage at Heart

The author of Vintage at Heart, who goes by the name of Harlow Darling, describes herself as ‘an Australian girl crazy for ’50s and ’60s-inspired fashion’. Her blog is full of photographs of her showing off beautiful, bright dresses in the blinding Brisbane sunshine. Jealous, us? 

Art and design

45 V&A Museum

Who knew that the world's leading museum in art and design also had a blog? Often linking classic pieces in the museum to popular culture, the blog makes for a witty and intriguing read. We love the recent posts on medieval seats of power (referred to as a 'real life Game of Thrones'), and the secret lives of modern cabinets. @V_and_A

46 Bright Bazaar

Since its creation in 2007, Bright Bazaar has grown to become one of the word's best known design and colour blogs. Described as a source of 'make-you-smile inspiration', a quick scroll through the archives reveals Will Taylor's chatty musings on design, style and travel, that are just as friendly and helpful as they sound! @brightbazaar

47 A Kick Up The Arts

An insider view on the arts scene from a consultant working in the art trade, AKUTA gives readers the truthful (and sometimes brutal!) low-down on the best things to buy, sell, see, do and read in the art world. With a focus on contemporary art, the gallery observations are always engaging and honest. @AKickUpTheArts_

Lifestyle

 
Rosie's lifestyle blog focuses on the little things in life that bring joy. Whether it's an extra-fuffy batch of 'accidentally vegan' pancakes, a new quilted bedspread, her two lively spaniels or a new series to binge-watch on Netflix, Rosie documents her 'life, loves and little joys' in a thoroughly positive light. She also has her first baby on the way, and posts all of her adorable bump updates online. @ciderwithrosieb

49 Estee Lalonde

A Youtuber by trade, Canadian-born Estee makes weekly beauty, lifestyle and interiors videos and updates her corresponding blog. Full of knowledge on the London beauty, fashion and food scene, her blog is effortlessly trendy. The Scandi-style pad that she shares with her boyfriend Aslan and greyhound Reggie is also beautiful. @EsteeLalonde

50 Ellie Tennant

Last but by no means least is H&A contributor Ellie Tennant. Blogging all the latest news from the design world, the London-based interiors journalist is a font of knowledge on the latest products, new collections and artistic finds. She also has a new book out, Chic Boutiquers at Home@Ellie_Tennant

Have more great blogs to recommend? Share them with us in the comments below or tweet us @homes_antiques 
 
 
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