I hate all this tweeting that just clutters up the internet "tubes" with pointless drivel like "I heart kats" or "spaghetti is yum." But the truth is, I really do "heart" blogging - I even tweeted that the other day, tragically. Every month, I'm excited for the arrival of the latest shelter mags or a new style book; I devour every detail - and then put them on the shelf. But the blogger world is not so static, or so limited (or taking up an unworldly amount of my shelf space). The adage may be that there's nothing new under the sun, but every day, the design blog world tries to prove that wrong.

So here are a few of the blogs that frequently inspire me - and my latest favorite find from each of them. Enjoy!
ANNECHOVIE. Below, Anne's own artwork, "English Roses on Aqua Print," via her blog (and Etsy shop) Annechovie. Anne's talented renderings - from chinoiserie to pets - have a charming, light-hearted touch and a timeless appeal.

ODI ET AMO. Averill at Odi at Amo is a lawyer cum decorator cum all-around great blogger (the law + design combo strikes me as a great way to handle wayward contractors too). She has a decided knack for finding great decor - and for putting it all together. Bench from Jonathan Adler.

GADABOUT. Aside from having an awesome name, Hanna Brooks Nation at Gadabout Blog has an elegant and unique stationary collection, full of monogramed chinese lanterns, zebras, Fifth Avenue ladies, pearls, abstract prints, and flowers. And they make for a great blog game too! Can you find the monograms hidden on these cards?

Hannah also has a marvelous eye, and the inspirational "Look" section of her website has led me to some wonderful finds, including Leontine Linens.

Jennifer Boles over at Peak of Chic is a busy lady; aside from content-rich writing and lovely design work, she's the author of the new book House Beautiful:  Fabrics For Your Home, a marvelous guide to the ins and outs of fabrics. Take it with you to the antique store, Calico Corners, or the yard sale down the street, and you'll know your fabrics. Jennifer says to think of the book as "everything you wanted to know about fabric but were afraid to ask." Or as I like to call it: Fabrics, Fear-Free.

THE DECORISTA. Ashlina is The Decorista - and she deserves the title! Her blog, The Decorista, Secrets of Domestic Bliss is just my style - a bit of decor, a bit of fashion - and a lot of flavor. She's always turning up new trends for me to check out, and new stores for me to surf (Danger Sanity Fair! Danger!). My new Favorite via Decorista is yet another blog Table Tonic, by Aussie designer Louise, and featuring her marvelous ikat and watercolor pillows. I want them all! I need more pillow-friendly surfaces. And a larger house. Much larger.

INGLE TALK. Maureen of charming blog Ingle Talk also just happens to have an even more charming shop, The Inglenook Decor. From alabaster frames to caned-pattern rugs, she puts a lot of lovely in one place (such as these St. Honore ceramic trays, below).

BEACH HOUSE LIVING. I love seaside inspiration, and it's easy to find at lovely blog Beach House Living. BHL has plenty of my favorites - coral and seashells especially - and a charming little shop of ocean-inspired delights.
All images, blogs as attributed above.


Simply Mel {Reverie} said...

Oh boy! I see some new lovely sites I need to visit ~ thanks for the intro!

Marija said...

A few favorites and some new ones, too! Now I just need a big cup of coffee and I can dive right in!

Beach House Living said...

Dear Sanity Fair;

As I scrolled this post of new places to explore I was astounded to see my blog! Thank you so very much for the nice compliments and fab photo display.

I just purchased blue/white ginger jar cards for a friend from Annechovie. I'm tempted to keep them.

P.S. I'm still laughing over your Ann Taylor post!

Kind regards,

Kathysue said...

A couple of these blogs are new to me but others are in my favorites. Love Avrill and Ashlina, they are both the sweetest people with so much talent. They are a daily read for me when they have a new post and Ashlina has multiples in one day, I don't know how she does it. Full of life! Happy Tuesday,Kathysue

Averill said...

Thank you so much Skyla for featuring me! And oh how I love JA's latest prints (especially that blue and white Aegean print -- ooh la la!).

And I totally agree, blogs are SO much better than mags, not just because they're daily, but because they're interactive. When I'm away from blogging, I feel like I'm missing my favorite girl friends.

FrenchBlue said...

Thanks for fun links!! Those Ikat pillows are the BEST, love them!!!

ashlina {the decorista} said...

STOP IT! i am literally SHOCKED to see this. your sweet words just made my whole day :) i want you to know how much i appreciate you taking the time, to not only write about me, but other fab bloggers. like yourself! who happen to be the best part of blogging. WAY better than a mag. ;)
so happy we have becoming friends my love. i mean that from the bottom of my heart! BIG HUGS! xo

Louise (Table Tonic) said...

Mutual blog admiration! There you go.
Thanks so much for the kind words. Huge fan of your blog.

Trish {Pink Preppy Lilly Lover} said...

Hi sweetheart! Thank you so much for the fun recommendations! I love Annechovie and Ashlina as well, and am psyched to see these other amazing blogs too! :) You are wonderful - hope your week is going terrific! xox

Maureen Stevens said...

this is so weird as I know I made a comment yesterday :) what! what! I can't believe it...thanks for including me & the shop, oh gosh, u made my day, these bloggers r so fabulous & yea, they're amazing resources.

Christy said...

Great sites - Annechovie is one of my all time faves. I have several of her pieces throughout my house and just adore them!

a lovely being said...

ashlina is fantastic! I'll have to check out the other blogs :)
XX fallon

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Wow! Loved my first visit to your blog - happy to be your newest follower. Off to delve into your archives!...

Anonymous said...

Some of these are old favorite and the rest I'll have to check out. Thanks for sharing. Stop by if you have time for a giveaway. (It's a really good one.) :)

Sarah Klassen said...

A wonderful bunch of blogs! Some new to me, and some favorites...thanks for sharing, Skyla!

LiveLikeYou said...

Some of my favorite daily reads!!What a great blog header you have, and of course name. Genius.

Melissah said...

I just discovered your lovely blog. I'm just new into blogging & have just finished off my own blog on fashion & interior design.
I had a lot of fun putting it together. I would love your feedback on it if you've got a spare minute.

Robin Baron @ Simplifying Fabulous! said...

oh I love the blogger love! Can't wait to check out the ones I haven't discovered yet!!

You have a very lovely blog by the way!

Tamra {ever swoon} said...

Lovely blog you have here! I am so happy I found you through Decorista! Newest Follower!

Best, Tamra



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