5.28.2012

A Few of My Favorite Design Blogs - and a $100 Gift Card Giveaway~

You may recall that I have partnered with Apartment Guide to serve as an Official Apartment Guide Decor Blogger! As an official blogger, I will be sharing articles and ideas for exploring your space, city and style.


Today I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite decor blogs.  Now, let me preface this post by saying that I could easily have shared TONS more because I gain so much inspiration from so many blogs, but I chose to share these five blogs because I felt like each of them offered some great take-aways for renters such as myself.

That said, let's dive in to the good stuff, shall we?




photo via Nesting Place

Nesting Place.  I just love the Nester.  From her trademark "it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful", to her window mistreatments, to her super easy solutions for adding personality to a space (can we say hot-glued beadboard backsplash?) the Nester - who is a renter herself - helps her readers to make their spaces their own.  And her rental house was just photographed for an upcoming issue of a BHG magazine.  Proof positive that renting doesn't need to cramp your design aesthetic.

photo via 6th Street Design School


6th Street Design School. Kirsten is an extremely talented interior designer (and one of the sweetest bloggers I  know!)  One of the reasons I love her site is her weekly Etsy inspiration round-up.  And if you want to know about fabric, Kirsten is your go-to girl.  She shares great fabric sources, styles and deals on her blog.  And since fabric is one of the easiest ways to add color and pattern to a space, Kirsten's blog is a great resource for renters.


photo via Emily A. Clark
Emily A. Clark.  Emily has such great style!  I love her blog because she offers family-friendly design ideas that won't break the bank, but that don't compromise on style.  She offers real-life decorating ideas with an eye toward design.  Good reading!


photo via Holly Mathis Interiors

Holly Mathis.  Holly's home is an inspiration for those that live in cozy spaces.  She packs a lot of visual punch into what she describes as her "small" home.  I love the room she just completed for her boys.  It has such great layers of color, texture and pattern with personal touches that her boys must love!


photo via The Lettered Cottage
Lettered Cottage.   If you haven't heard of the Lettered Cottage, you must be new to decor blogs. Lol!  But I am more than  happy to introduce you.  Layla is a fabulous interior designer with a flawless eye, her hubby Kevin is a talented musician/photographer/carpenter.  They share amazing budget-friendly makeovers that never fail to inspire me, and their seasonal mantles are some of my favorite and are a great study in how to create amazing vignettes. 

If you haven't had a chance to visit any of these fabulous blogs, hop on over!! You'll be glad you did!

Now for a fabulous giveaway. 

The friendly folks at Apartment Guide are offering one lucky reader of The Shabby Nest a $100 Amex Gift Card. 

For a chance to win simply leave a comment on this post.  A winner will be chosen at random and announced on this blog later in the week.  This giveaway will be open until Wednesday, May 30 at 11:59 pm MST.  Good luck!

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100 comments:

Laura said...

Am I really the first? Maybe #1 will be lucky today!

Jacquelineand.... said...

With your thousands of followers I'm surprised more haven't jumped on this giveaway!

Seriously, I enjoy your blog as well as discovering new blogs through you.

Michelle Hudak said...

Thanks for the follow suggestions...I love decor blogs since I seem to be design-challenged...I need all the inspiration I can get.

Thanks for the chance to win too...that would buy some sweet home decor items.
shel704 at aol dot com

Dori at The Red Feedsack said...

Thanks for your blog post today; I am looking forward to jumping over to check out your recommendations. And THANKS for the give-away opportunity!!!

Mandy said...

how wonderful...i have just had the best time going through all these blogs...some wonderful ideas for my home whicj have totally inspired me to get a move on doing things to make my home look more appealing...cheers...xxx

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Eligonma said...

I follow these blogs too!
Thank you for this giveaway.

Courtney + Joe + a few furbabies said...

I totally agree with your blog choices and already follow ALL of them :0) Thanks for the great giveaway. Fingers Crossed!

nearlySuperMum said...

Great roundup, thanks for the giveaway, hope I win! Hi from Ipswich, Australia

Paula said...

Great round-up of designers. I didn't know about all of them and am off to check out their blogs.

Melissa said...

Fantastic giveaway! We'll be in your neck of the woods in a few weeks. Would love to see you and your family!

Cynthia said...

Great giveaway! And I will be definitely checking out some of those people you mentioned.

Janet said...

Great giveaway! And great suggestions of decor blogs. I follow a few but I will check out the others!

Kristen @ My Covered Bridge said...

I love these bloggers too! Thanks for the giveaway!

Cindy said...

Thanks for the info! I follow 3 of the 5, but plan on checking out the other 2!

Andrea @ Decorating Cents said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I could do a lot with $100.

Marie said...

I'm not familiar with one or two of the bloggers you mentioned...if they are some of YOUR favorites, I have to check them out! GREAT giveaway, too!

newmamamac said...

We are renters as well and I always feel defeated about that, I need to use your tips and make it our own space. Thanks for the giveaway!

Jennemma said...

Wonderful blog! Always love to check in on what's new!

Gina M Maddox said...

Thanks for the chance to win!
gina.m.maddox (AT) gmail (DOT) com

Life, Crafts and Whatever said...

Thanks for the opportunity! Fingers crossed!

Dixie said...

Thanks for the chance of the giveaway.

becky bennett said...

I would be so excited to win, and I love The Lettered Cottage too!

Jane Craske said...

Thanks so much for the blogs. There was even a couple I hadn't known of C:

Mary Ellen said...

I follow most of those wonderful decorating blogs but always love seeing another great designer out there! Thanks for sharing some new ones to me! going there now!

bee blessed
mary

Amy said...

Great list, thanks!

kayla said...

Whoo-hoooo! Would love to win....love your blog, thanks for your great ideas!

Jo said...

Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance, love your blog :)

Ashley said...

Thanks for the giveaway and the blog recommendations.

hewella1 at gmail dot com

annemarie said...

Thanks for this great giveaway - love your blog and all your ideas.

http://knickknackpaddywack.blogspot.com said...

Thanks for the list and thanks for the opportunity!

thedailyparagraph said...

I follow a couple of the blogs- will check out the others. Thanks for a great giveaway!

Heather Elizabeth said...

Thanks! I will be spending some time with these!

Christy said...

Thanks for the opportunity; I enjoy your blog. C

Lorna said...

I am new to your blog...what a treasure trove! and a giveaway to boot! I now have a new place to come and be inspired.

midnight hysteria said...

i follow your blog and some of the others you posted .... the $100 card would look great in my home ... thanks for the opportunity ... darlene

grace said...

Pretty please, pretty please! Does begging count for or against you?

Debbie @ OtRD said...

I always enjoy reading your blog! Thanks for the chance to win such a great giveaway!

ltbpt said...

Oh come on now! Seriously?
It's not as if I fritter enough time away on design blogs. Now you gave me two more new ones I, amazingly, have never seen. Not. Fair.
But oh, so wonderful!!! Thanks!

Maureen Chandler said...

Your blog is fascinating -- I am really enjoying it. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

Mami2jcn said...

I already follow Apt Guide on both Twitter and Facebook. Thanks for the chance!

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

you know, i have actually never been to holly's blog! i need to check it out!

eorban said...

Thank you for all the inspiration you provide and for this generous giveaway!

Becca Bell said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Angie said...

I have read all of those blogs..lots of inspiration there for sure! Yours is one of my faves, too!

Rosa said...

thank you for giving me this opportunity. I really enjoyed the information.

Jackie said...

Oh man, entering the giveaway then heading over to check out the other blogs!

Mary Anne Bruno said...

Thanks for the blog referrals!

Jenny@ L.O.T.s of Love said...

Pick me! Great giveaway!

Sandy A said...

Thank you for the list of bloggers--read most of them already--thanks for the great give away--sign me up...

inyourcakehole said...

Some great options for decorating with fabric here...

Debra said...

What a great giveaway!

Your favorite decor blogs are some of mine, too. 6th Street Design School is a new one for me. Thanks for sharing!

Erica said...

Thanks for introducing me to some new blogs to browse =)

Madeline Brubaker said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway and for the interesting reviews!
madelinebrubaker {at} gmail (dot) com

Zolane said...

Those are some of my favorite design blogs too. I look forward to checking out the couple I'm not familiar with. Thanks so much for the recommendations and also for the giveaway!

DAVID said...

I enjoy all of those 5 blogs you chose to showcase. Thanks for reminding me to visit them. Michele(not David!)

Ginger Georges said...

Can't wait to check out the new-to-me blog suggestions! Thanks so much!

Renee said...

6th Street and Holly Mathis are new to me but the others are old favorites!

Rebecca said...

Some of these blogs are new to me and I can't wait to check them out!

Rebecca

Michelle said...

I'm feeling lucky today. I'm new to decor blogs.

LeAnna said...

Love the Lettered Cottage! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

livesimplybyannie said...

Wonderful picks here! These are some of my favorites as well. Thank you so much for the chance to win this amazing giveaway!!

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you for the giveaway! Love your blog and am looking forward to visiting your recommendations.

tanderson7399 said...

I am new to this blog. Love it.

dncamup said...

I **heart** your blog!!! I saw some things yesterday I could purchase if I win your giveaway!!!
**crosses fingers**

dncamup@gmail.com

kathy f said...

I love your blog. Thanks for the giveaway.

Jen said...

Your blog always provides me inspiration to fix up and decorate my home. Thanks for all you do!

AlizaS said...

Great giveaway! and thank you for the new design blogs- I like the list!

Alina said...

Some of these blogs are new to me. SO thanks for the recommendations! Great giveaway.

Lisa and Joey @ Paintbrush and Screwdriver said...

I didn't know about 6th Street Design School - heading over to visit!

Thanks :)

Terri said...

Thanks for introducing the design blogs, will check them out.

FreeIndeed said...

thanks to the sponsor and to you for hosting the giveaway, have a good day y'all

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Lauren said...

LOVE those blogs too! Thanks for the giveaway!

the cape on the corner said...

i read most of those blogs, too. thanks for the giveaway-fingers crossed!

Amy@BuffaloRoam said...

I'd love the chance to win - thank you!!

Kimberly said...

Oh boy could I use this to finish my hubby's nautical office makeover!! Love your blog!

Andrea B. said...

Oh, there is so much I could do with $100. And I can't wait to check out some new blogs!

Frugal Mom from California said...

Thank you for the chance to win!

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Nikki said...

oh, great giveaway! Thank for the chance to win.

Bombtastic Belle said...

I'm going to check out the blogs :) Thanks for the giveaway!
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Chance @ Designed by Chance said...

Giveaways are always fun. This is my comment. :)

Heather said...

Thanks for the list of great bloggers and for the awesome giveaway! Hope I win!
heatherspooner1981 at gmail dot com

KK said...

I love all the blogs you recommend and I learn something from all of you each time I visit! thanks for the giveaway!!

Sarah said...

hoping to win the $100 gift card!

Johnna said...

Thanks! Love your blog and look forward to checking out the others!

Devine Salvage said...

You added a couple of blogs today that I will have to check out. I just love all of your stuff and i'm sure the linked blogs are just as good. Devine Salvage

PGrover said...

Thank you for the giveaway and for the other blogs. I'm excited to check them out.

Tiffany Winner said...

I can always use good style help

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Melisa said...

Thanks for the links! There's a couple here I don't know yet.

Christine McD said...

I would love to win! Thanks for the great giveaway! And I love your blog! :)

PlainJame said...

Haven't heard of most of these--checking them out now!

Janelle said...

Thanks, Wendy!

kris said...

I love the Nester as well! I think both her blog and yours are full of inspiration!

sjm said...

Happy to take that $100 AMEX off your hands!

Bunny said...

The Nesting Place is the only decorating blog I'm familiar with. Thanks for recommending the others.

Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication said...

Thanks for the new blog suggestions! Definitely going to check those out!

Mae said...

Thanks for the chance to win. We are getting ready to welcome our second and we are still renting.

Alittlbit said...

oooh just in time!! I have used the Apartment guide a time or two AND I love The Shabby Nest! Thanks for sharing some of your favorite blogs, I have bookmarked a few to check in with every once in a while :)

Mel said...

Thanks for a great blog post, and a fantastic giveaway. Your blog is the best!!

The Nester said...

Wendy, I'm just now seeing this such a great surprise to be grouped in with such amazing women!

Love you girl!