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1. Ally Kim who writes From the Right Bank 2. From the Right Bank blog 3. In Ally Kim’s ‘Travelling Thursdays’ posts, she visits gorgeous hotels. 4. Richy McCusker of Custard by Design blog 5. Custard by Design blog 6. Sourcing this eye-catching piece of art was a challenge for Richy of Custard by Design

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you six interior design blogs with a difference. Some interior design blogs really stand out from the crowd when the bloggers include posts Lorna Sixsmith discovers that interior design bloggers engage in a on their other interests, on what they wide range of interests that enrich their interior design philosophies find interesting in their lives, decorating their own homes, pictures from places they visit, their family lives. In a world when every second television programme seems to feature reality television and some not-sofamous celebrities, it is refreshing to read about ordinary people as they write about their love of interiors and other related issues in an interesting and lively fashion that helps you to identify with them. The best blogs seem to give a sense of the personality of the person behind them. Ally Kim’s blog From the Right Bank recounts her various house moves, her decorating decisions, constant rearranging of furniture and travels to gorgeous hotels around the world. By reading this blog, you are whisked away to her first home in Paris, to Seattle, then to Atlanta and also to various beautiful hotels in locations all over the world. From the Right Bank’s popularity means that each post receives numerous comments, hence creating a type of forum for interaction and discussion on the topic that day. One of many people to be made redundant in recent months, Richy McCusker found blogging a useful means of maintaining his links with the design world as well as providing him with a hobby and a focus. Having moved from Ireland to America, it also helps him to stay in touch with other designers. Custard by Design provides a varied mix of interiors and architecture as Richy likes to feature whatever he finds interesting on that particular day - be it a picture he finds on a website, a room he has just designed or a photograph of a table set for

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7. Friendly Cottage blog 8. Sharon Hearne-Smith of Friendly Cottage blog 9. 'Before' pic of Sharon's bed from the Friendly Cottage blog 10. 'After' pic of Sharon's bed.11. Niamh Pedreschi’s kitchen which she’s posted on her blog, featuring kickboard lighting, Italian Effezeta glass table and leather & chrome chairs. 12. Harmony Design blog 13. Niamh Pedreschi of Harmony Design blog

dinner. Richy is getting married soon so expect to see wedding-related posts in the near future too. Friendly Cottage blog is In a world when every second television programme seems to exactly that - a friendly, homely, chatty place feature reality television and some not-so-famous celebrities, it is which almost makes you refreshing to read about ordinary people as they write about their feel as though you are love of interiors and other related issues in an interesting and lively having a cup of tea and slice of cake in a comfy fashion that helps you to identify with them. armchair in Sharon’s gorgeous kitchen with its original fireplace. Sharon writes about her great loves - cooking, baking, gardening, decorating, interiors, in such an informal and friendly style that it is lovely to float away with Sharon with her dreams, hopes, aspirations and achievements. You can also learn how to bake wonderful cakes, make jam and paint headboards, amongst other things, at the same time. Harmony Design is another blog that has interior design as its main focus as Niamh writes

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about interiors fairs and exhibitions, inspiring design and decorating. Being married to an electrician means that Niamh is well qualified to share eco-friendly lighting tips with her readers as well as showcase the clocks she designs, makes and sells. As Niamh states, it is a wonderful boost to any blogger when readers take the time to comment on their posts so do remember to say hello and leave a comment when you visit a new blog. The seven sins come to mind when one reads the title of the next blog - Lust Covet Envy. Indeed, readers have ample opportunity to lust after and covet the modern, cheerful

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14 Lust Covet Envy blog 15. Marie Dunne of Marie Dunne of Lust Covet Envy blog 16. MissPrint Saplings wallpaper in sunflower yellow features on Lust Covet Envy blog

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17. Pure Style Home blog 18. Lauren Liess’s dining room reflects the essence of her Pure Style Home blog 19. Lauren Liess of Pure Style Home blog

17 and quirky designs that Marie loves and shares with them. She seems to have a penchant for gorgeous wallpapers so if you are looking for inspiration for wall coverings, do check out her blog. Yet another great Irish interiors blog. Lauren Liess, an interior designer from Washington, often includes pictures of her clients’ homes within her Pure Style Home blog which means that prospective clients can decide if they like her style before engaging her. As the title of her blog suggests, Lauren wants everyone to enjoy their own pure, personal style and have a home that is truly their own. By including projects for her own home within her blog and asking readers for their opinions, Lauren’s blog invites interaction and also showcases her love for having fun and making things a little prettier or somewhat easier. Themes that all our bloggers share is that it is important to appreciate good design, take pleasure in other interests and enjoy the little things in life.

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Themes that all our bloggers share is that it is important to appreciate good design, take pleasure in other interests and enjoy the little things in life.

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Lorna Sixsmith blog at www.garrendennylane.ie/ blog includes posts on the hottest trends and latest designer collections, interior design solutions & new arrivals to the online shop. 102 munster interiors

http://custardbydesign.blogspot.com Richy McCusker - Custard by Design Irish Interior Architect now living in Arkansas, USA. http://friendlycottage.blogpost.com Sharon Hearne-Smith - Friendly Cottage Sharon’s blog is about all the things that make her cottage special - interiors, gardening, food, people and various projects she undertakes. http://fromtherightbank.com Ally Kim - From the Right Bank Ally, by her own admission, likes to rearrange furniture, move house and travel. Visit her blog for fabulous ‘Travelling Thursdays’ post where you can be whisked off on a virtual trip to gorgeous hotels. http://lustcovetenvy.blogspot.com Marie Dunne - Lust Covet Envy Wonderful wall coverings as well as homewares, typography and upcoming wedding plans are some of the topics of Marie’s blog. http://www.harmonydesignstudio.ie/blog Niamh Pedreschi - Harmony Design Niamh’s blog is about all things interior - clocks, trends, wallpaper, paints and art. http://purestylehome.blogspot.com Lauren Liess - Pure Style Home From her home in Washington, Lauren blogs about styling her beautiful home, based on her philosophy of keeping everything simple, beautiful and fun.


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