There are so many great architecture and design blogs out there, and sometimes it is sometimes hard for them to get ‘found’ by readers. I usually find my ‘new’ blogs through posts by some of my favorite bloggers (as well as blog rolls and comments on my own blog). Occasionally I will read a new blog that really speaks to me, and I have recently come across several blogs that I think my readers will like.
I find that the aesthetic of many of the designers in DC really appeals to me. Two of my favorites – Jim Hawes of Caldwell-Beebe and Sally Steponkus of Sally Steponkus Interiors - hail from the DC area, as does Darryl Carter (he has such a cleverly designed web site – click here to see it) and Kelly Proxmire.
So, when I discovered that Jennifer Sergent, the former editor of the now defunct Washington Spaces Magazine started a blog, I knew it was going to be great. Jennifer told me that after the magazine closed, she “really felt a responsibility to keep the magazine’s blog going under my own name, because this is such an incredible, creative town and there NEEDS to be more than one or two voices to spread the word”. Her most recent post totally captured by heart – a beautiful condo with interior design by Sally Steponkus (pictured above, photo credit Angie Seckinger). Click here to see more pictures from this magnificent home! I look forward to seeing how DC by Design develops – Jennifer is definitely connected to the pulse of the DC design scene.
Another new blog has emerged on the scene: Acanthus & Acorn, written by a Northern Virginia based designer (the vignette above it from her recent post). The author is a blog reader of mine, and we have chatted on the phone about the framed intaglios that I sell in my online store (click here for a peek). When we first chatted, she told me that she had been thinking about starting a blog, and I am happy to report that she went ahead and did it! Her posts are beautiful, insightful, and interesting. It is also interesting to read some of the behind the scenes decisions that went into the projects that she has featured – I always find this to be fascinating.
Finally, although this blog is not new, it is new to me! Brooke of Velvet & Linen met this Nashville based blogger in Atlanta, and I was amazed when I went over to check out her blog, Nest Egg. The author, Rachel Halvorson, is a designer and has such a happy and joyful approach to design and to her blog, it makes me smile when I read it! She also is a dead ringer for Cameron Diaz, as you can see in the thumbnail picture from her blog (I am sure she has heard this a million times!).
Rachel’s recent post on beams is definitely on my favorites of 2010 posts (I have already started my list!). Click here to read it. Image via House Beautiful, design by Tom Scheerer.
Please take a moment to visit these wonderful blogs! I think you will like them as much as I do.
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