Home Blogs I Love

October 11, 2013

Confession: I secretly want to be a home blogger. I have dabbled in their world with my Home Neat Home series and House Tours, but home blogger I will never be. I wish I had the DIY skills to transform furniture and install crown molding, but the extent of my home bloggerness stops at redecorating a bedroom or spray painting.

The blogs I am most excited to read these days are full of gorgeous kitchens, throw pillows and before and after photos. Home bloggers have such an eye for design – both in their living rooms and the design of their blogs. Here are some of my favorites!

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House*Tweaking

Everything about Dana’s house is gorgeous. {Check out her kitchen!} And I like that she throws in personal posts and simple decor projects too.

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Centsational Girl

With a DIY and penny-saving focus, Kate has great ideas, from furniture makeovers to all kinds of tutorials. All of her photos are gorgeous, and I like the diversity of her blog.

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Bower Power

Katie is hilarious, first off, and I have loved seeing the transformation of the foreclosure they bought. We were also pregnant together, so I love that she includes snippets of life too. 

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House of Smiths

Shelley is SO creative and her personality jumps off the screen. She has beautifully transformed her house into a home, and offers plenty of DIY and creative ideas.

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iHeart Organizing

My FAVORITE blog!! If you think I am organized, you must pay a visit to Jen’s site. Her projects just blow my mind! I especially love when she features reader spaces and shares the organizing love. And her home tour before + afters are really fun too.

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Pretty Organized

I am a new reader of Casey’s blog but followed the organization love from iHeart Organizing. She features guest posts with great ideas and has a fantastic project gallery. And she’s available to hire for organization help!

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The Lettered Cottage

Layla’s blog is beautifully designed and so is her home! She offers lots of décor and craft ideas as well as before + afters of projects she works on in and out of her home, including The Design Network and HGTV.com.

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Young House Love

Can’t forget the Youngsters, my neighbors in Richmond! I love everything about Young House Love – from watching the transformation of their latest house to the personalities behind the screen. Lots of before + after love!

 

It’s no DIY project, but we have a little house tweaking going on over here in the next few weeks! Here’s a little before for ya…

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You’ll have to wait for the after!

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1 Kierstan @ Life in Iowa October 11, 2013 at 8:55 am

Now this is a genre of blogs that I haven’t even gotten in to yet. Thanks to your links I have a few open tabs, about ready to check them out, I worry that it will make my house look not as great as I thought…!

Here goes nothing….

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2 Becki @ Bites 'n Brews October 11, 2013 at 8:56 am

Have you seen Roost? She has a lot of recipes mixed in with some beautiful home decor. http://roostblog.com/

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3 Becki @ Bites 'n Brews October 11, 2013 at 8:56 am

http://roostblog.com/home-life – There’s the home decor link!

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4 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs October 11, 2013 at 9:08 am

Can’t wait to see what you’re doing to your kitchen!

Have a great weekend!

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5 Barbara October 11, 2013 at 9:08 am

Can’t image your cute house needing a redo. Thanks for the list of blogs, the time I will spend on them, I could have had my house redone! Have you visited http://www.alittleglassbox.com? Looking forward to watching your redo!

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6 Lauren @ The Highlands Life October 11, 2013 at 9:18 am

I love the Petersik’s and Katie Bower! I need to check out these other ones too!

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7 Julie October 11, 2013 at 9:25 am

Thanks for the links! I also read Young House Love…. I enjoy watching them transform entire rooms so beautifully on a tight budget! Can’t wait to see your kitchen “after”!

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8 K October 11, 2013 at 9:31 am

Interesting post! It’s just like with friends – you can tell so much about a person by what they read. I’ve been thinking about doing a similar series of posts myself. Sort of like a blogroll, but a here’s WHY they are on my blogroll. :)

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9 Emily @ Life on Food October 11, 2013 at 9:33 am

We bought a house a month ago. I cannot get enough of these types of blogs. Food has always been my first love but not it has a pretty steady back seat position.

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10 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats October 11, 2013 at 9:36 am

I’ve never actually read a home blog! Guess I know what I’m going to be doing this morning… haha.

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11 Jesse October 11, 2013 at 9:39 am

this is just the sort of inspiration i need right now, kath! we’ve been in our house just about a year and i still feel like we’re not really settled. we’re renting but i still want to make it a bit cozier and personal (and organized!) so it feels like us. i know what i’ll be reading this weekend:)

http://semiweeklyeats.blogspot.com/2013/10/rainy-weekend.html

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12 Sammy @ Peace Love and Ice Cream October 11, 2013 at 10:14 am

I love looking at the home magazines that come in the mail…the pictures make me want to just move right in them!!! :)
-Sammy @ http://www.peaceand

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13 Sammy @ Peace Love and Ice Cream October 11, 2013 at 10:15 am

http://www.peaceandloveandicecream.com (Oops – I got distracted! lol)

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14 jodea @ chillichocolatelove.com October 11, 2013 at 12:02 pm

I’m getting total house envy! I bought my first home last year but any big decorating plans are on hold at the moment as I’m going travelling around the world next year. There’s a part of me already looking forward to getting back and nesting!

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15 Lindsey, valiant vegan who loves to nom October 11, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Thanks for the links! I love home decor too and you can always catch me pinning loads of house stuff on pinterest. Now I just need a house! Haha, I look forward to reading these :) I haven’t explored the blogosphere much outside of food!

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16 Sherry October 11, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Kath I’m so excited about this post. I’m an avid HGTV and DIY watcher and I’m so happy to have your picks of home blogs to check out!! Thanks so much for what you do.

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17 emily:2:design:cents October 11, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I’ll have to check out your home blog recommendations! I feel like I may have been missing out:)

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18 Donna October 11, 2013 at 1:20 pm

You would love Emily Clark’s blog. She is a young mom from Charlotte with a great eye for design, a sense of humor, and 5 little ones! Also, if you haven’t checked out http://www.houzz.com, you don’t know what you’re missing. You’ll never buy another decorating magazine again. You can create your own idea book—and interact with the designers. Have a decorating dilemma? Post a picture and ask a question. The site is incredible!

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19 KathEats October 11, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Love Houzz!

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20 Eating 4 Balance October 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I just spent the last 15 or 20 minutes gawking over the home tour on I Heart Organizing. Oh gosh.

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21 Katie October 11, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Thanks for sharing! I love seeing what other people are reading! I heart organization looks like I could ready it for hours.

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22 Fancy October 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm

I love Iheartorganizing and I always feel so inspired after people link to their projects! I miss your home posts…Please do more Home Neat Home posts! I LOVE them!!!!!!

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23 Rachel October 11, 2013 at 2:42 pm

These are some great links! If you have time, check out splendidwillow.com Her style is fabulous.

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24 Emily - It Comes Naturally Blog October 11, 2013 at 3:32 pm

We completed on our first home today, so these will come in really helpful – THANKS!

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25 Alex @ Kenzie Life October 11, 2013 at 6:41 pm

I also love home blogs but I don’t really read them as much as I’d like. Thanks for the suggestions though because I desperately need to do some organizing so now I have some resources!

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26 carrie October 11, 2013 at 7:33 pm

I love when you blog about your house, decorating and organizing. I think you have amazing decorating skills. Yes you are a food blogger but don’t sell yourself short. Your decorating skills rock!

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27 Centsational Girl October 11, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Wow just wow, so flattered Kath! How nice to be mentioned among this amazing group, I’m honored! Thanks so much for reading along and I cannot wait to see what happens in that kitchen!!
Kate

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28 KathEats October 11, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Thanks for stopping by! Love your blog

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29 Elisabeth October 11, 2013 at 11:06 pm

I definitely need to check some of these out! Can’t wait to see what you guys do to your kitchen :D

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30 Heather @ Fit Mama Real Food October 11, 2013 at 11:51 pm

I love home blogs! I feel so inspired after reading them… excited to have a few new ones to add to my reader!

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31 Lisa @bitesforbabies October 12, 2013 at 6:29 am

Thanks for posting this…always looking for new Blog to follow ;-)

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32 LY-Otown October 12, 2013 at 7:53 am

Thanks for sharing these wonderful blogs. Can’t wait to have a look through them! Speaking of home design, I’m a finalist in a ‘re-design my room’ contest. My office/den is a dump and has been neglected. Would you (or any of your readers) help me out by following 3 quick steps:

1. Go to this link: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.641458259209576.1073741829.168186596536747&type=1
2. Click on the first photo (the farthest to the left). Our room is referred to in the photo as ‘SPACE #1′
3. Leave a comment on the ‘SPACE #1′ photo saying something like “This room has my vote” (any comment counts as a vote, so say whatever you want!)

Many thanks!

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33 Heather October 12, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Thanks for the home blog recommendations! I’m so into cooking, that I really have no idea where to start on home ideas. Best of luck on the renovation!! Can’t wait to see the after photos :)

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34 Michele October 12, 2013 at 4:07 pm

I’ve only ever read Thrifty Decor Chick’s home blog, but whenever I do, I find myself changing things in my house. I’ve actually run to Home Depot immediately after reading one of her posts because I just HAD TO do the same thing in my pantry she did. Crazy! Thanks for the suggestions – will check them out!

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35 Zoe @ Chocolate Covered Chia October 13, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Can’t wait for the “after” photos! I know they’ll be great because you are so creative, Kath!

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36 Kartki ?wi?teczne October 14, 2013 at 8:57 am

Thanks for the links!

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37 Tania October 15, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Love this list- these are some of my favorite bloggers. My husband and I have spent the last 13 month completely ripping up our house and putting it back together…these blogs help me remember that the “after” is coming one day, and we won’t live in a construction zone forever! :))

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