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Interior Design Blogs We Love by Mackenzie Collier

Picture: Jungalow

Picture: Jungalow

This week on the blog we decided to share a few of the places where we draw some of our inspiration from. Design trends are always changing and it is important to stay up to date on everything and anything design related. Since we can't travel constantly to get our inspiration (Sigh. One day...), we like to peruse various blogs, websites, and Instagram accounts that show space transformations and tips and tricks from all over the world. 

So, we had a mini discussion in the office and put together a list of some of our go-to blogs and websites that we think you might enjoy as well!

Apartment Therapy

It would be weird if Apartment Therapy didn't make it on the list. Design trends are changing constantly and Apartment Therapy is always informing us of new ideas, tips and tricks as well as refreshing inspiration from everywhere in the world. Also, their Instagram is a must follow for all the pretty pics!

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Refinery 29

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Source: Refinery 29

Refinery 29 writes on A LOT of different things, and yes, sometimes it happens to be about home design. A lot of their home design articles tend to be about various spaces in New York, which gives a lot of inspiration on ways to make do in tiny spaces. While on their website, you may even run into a thought provoking or fun article that's super feminist and informative.

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Design*Sponge

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Source: Design*Sponge

A design blog run by a girl who was declared a "Martha Stewart Living for the Millenials." We love that founder Grace Bonney doesn't just focus on the the design process but deeply shows the personality with each space. She does an amazing job at giving her readers insight into the personal stories associated with each project for her goal of curating a true, unique, and authentic space. Plus, her travel city guides and food and drink recipes are definite go-to's.

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Domino

Source: Domino Magazine

Source: Domino Magazine

Domino magazine is a refreshing go-to website on a bunch of tips and tricks as well as getting inspiration from all over the world. We love how they keep you up to date on various interior design news as well as DIY's and cool room transformations. 

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The Jungalow

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Source: The Jungalow

Our favorite and ideal boho-botanical inspired designer that we love due to how she incorporates her travel experiences and Arts and Culture degree into many of her designs. Founder Justina Blakeley is everything we love for creating a space that truly shows the personality and shares the journey of those living in the space. Bonus, she loves plants just as much as we do—or maybe even more.

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A Beautiful Mess

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Source: A Beautiful Mess

 

Two sisters, Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, created a lifestyle brand company built on everything they love—all while making sure to have fun. Although we love all the interior design inspiration from their blog, we also love their yummy recipes, DIY projects, and posts of them living a colorful and fun life.

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Design Milk

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Source: Design Milk

Think of Design Milk as an online newspaper but just for daily stories related solely to interior design and architecture. It aims at giving you your "daily dose of vitamin D (that’s “D” for design!)" while also making sure to supply us with an endless amount of design inspiration pics—cause we can't get enough of them!

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Dwell Magazine

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Source: Dwell Magazine

The perfect magazine for modern design tactics and inspiration. A lot of their articles include a look into how some spaces have a historic past or look on the outside while incorporating a modern look on the inside and still paying homage to the space.  

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Multifunctional Seating Ideas to Get the Most Out of Your Space by Mackenzie Collier

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Source: Anthropologie 

Unconventional seating: it's a great way to enhance your space. Utilizing pieces of furniture that are refreshing and different, but also multifunctional, opens up a world of options! Instead of having your guest sit on a normal chair, pull out a bench or ottoman that can also double as storage. Thinking about rejuvenating your reading nook? Opt for a hanging chair or cozy bean bag to make things a little more cozy. Unconventional seating is the ultimate solution for saving space in smaller homes or apartments all while making your home accommodating for more guests.

We picked a few great pieces that range from bean bags and benches all the way to unique design chairs that can be used in various homes and office spaces to incorporate movement. 

Anthropologie Edlyn Bench

This oh-so-classic bench is definitely on the list when it comes to unconventional seating. We love this one from Anthropologie since it's customizable, letting you pick from an array of fabrics, colors and finishes. This can go in an entryway, a dining table or even in the living room in place of a couch. One of our interior designers Jenna suggests pushing the bench against the wall when you're not using it, since it doubles as storage, and pulling it out when you need it. 

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Urban Outfitters Cooper Faux Sheepskin Lounge Chair

A '90s revival that brings back so many memories for the MCI team. The bean bag chair, for grownups, is comfy, fun, and the perfect addition to any space. Wine night, game night, movies or even reading a book instantly becomes cozy with this chair, and it is definitely on Mackenzie's Pinterest board for a future purchase. 

Source: Urban Outfitters

Anthropologie Woven Hanging Chair

The perfect way to bring a little more fun in your space. Hanging chairs are also good at creating the illusion of more space since it is of the floor, opposed to most of your furniture items. This hanging chair from Anthro is an ideal way to make a comfortable nook in your home, filled with plants and ideal lighting. Pro tip: get a floor hook instead of mounting it to the ceiling so it's not permanent and you can move it wherever, whenever.

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West Elm Montauk Nest Chair

Okay, so this one is technically a chair, but we just had to add it to the list! The shape is so different that we can't classify it as your average seat. This chair could live inside, outside on the patio or even in a cool Arizona room. Our Project Manager Aleah thinks it's a modern papasan chair that "looks like it just hugs you when you're sitting in it." 

Source: West Elm

Urban Outfitters Trixie Inflatable Chair

Inflatable furniture, it's making a comeback and we are supporting it's revival. This takes you right back to the '90s and can be a cool addition to a teenager's room. Can we also dream about how much cooler pool days would be when floating on this...

Source: Urban Outfitters

CB2 Leather Ottoman-Pouf

Sophisticated and chic—but still a fun, and not so risky, unconventional seat. This leather floor cushion is multi-functional and an ideal piece to add to your space without sacrificing style. Use it as an extra seat for guest or as a temporary home for your favorite book or magazine. Bonus points if you have an ottoman that doubles as storage!

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Design Within Reach Spun Chair

When talking about unconventional seating, this chair takes the cake! It is so fun to sit in but it's still architectural and can give your space a unique or edgy twist. Take it outside to sit by the pool or grab it for movie night with the fam. Whatever you do, you're destined to have some fun it. 

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Tree Stump from West Elm

We at MCI love the outdoors, that's no secret! So, we had to include an alternative seating idea that is inspired by what we love. The tree stump is so underrated and a multifunctional item that's a bonus to have in any home. This little guy can be a side table one minute and quick stool the next minute. You can even take him back outside to use on the patio!

Source: West Elm

Which alternative seating do you like best? Comment below and let us know! 

15 Interior Design Products To Get You Through the Dog Days of Summer by Mackenzie Collier

Fun, functional, and stylish: these 15 products are guaranteed to make your summer a little more bearable. 

West Elm Jardine Expandable Dining Set

Jardine Expandable Dining Set

Take your backyard parties to the next level with this versatile, weather-resistant dining set! Made from sustainably sourced wood, this picnic-perfect table has a "rugged, driftwood-inspired finish that feels cured by sun and salty air." The set comes with an expandable table and six chairs, which makes it great for outdoor entertaining! 

Urban Outfitters Watermelon Keg Tapping Kit

Watermelon Keg Tapping Kit

When you are having an identity crisis about the fact that your keg tapping days are over and you're more excited about Pinterest-worthy party details, this fun little accessory will help bridge the gap. Plus, when you're trying to beat the heat, you may as well have a fruity drink in hand.

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Outdoor Throw Pillows

A colorful set of outdoor pillows are an inexpensive way to refresh your exterior decor. We love the Golden Girls vibe of this bright palm pattern. Pair it with the structured geometric cushion for maximum effect—the modern graphic pattern will bring it right back to 2017.

Urban Outfitters Pineapple String Lights

Pineapple String Lights

Summer design is all about being playful. What's more playful than pineapple lights?

Urban Outfitters Floating LED Orb Set

Floating LED Orb Set

So maybe your clubbing days are over; that doesn't mean you can't enjoy these colorful waterproof LED party lights for your next pool party. The magical illuminating orbs only light up when floating in water!

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Trent Wind Chime

Sight + sound. Simple, earthy ceramic matte chimes suspended from a single jute cord. Understated style and ambiance for your terraces, balconies, patios, and gardens.

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Canyon Fringe Hammock

You'll be in your own personal paradise lounging in this woven, island-inspired hammock from Anthropologie. We love the way it drips with netted fringe. "Finished with braided loops for hanging, it's the perfect addition to your porch or sunroom,"—and a wonderful excuse to take a load off.

Sunday Supply Co Beach Umbrella

Sunday Supply Co. Beach Umbrella

Australia knows how to beach—these vintage-inspired beach umbrellas from Sunday Supply Co. are made for shade... "The result of a lifetime spent chasing sunny days — an exclusive selection of boutique beach essentials designed for an endless summer. Conceived by the sea, residing in the sun, these unique pieces are designed to accompany every trip to the beach and create beautiful shade. Bold patterns inspired by the world around us make each piece something special for your place in the sun." Bonus: all their umbrellas come with a matching carry bag.

West Elm All-Weather Wicker Woven Lounge Chair

All-Weather Woven Lounge Chair

This is perfect to accent a bland beige outdoor lounge! Pair it with a simple chunky stool-style side table and the frozen cocktail of your choice. You'll have an outdoor oasis in no time.

Deny Designs Summer Fresh Cornhole Set

Summer Fresh Cornhole Set

Who knew lawn game accessories could be so stylish? This cornhole set by Deny Designs has a sleek baltic birch printed top and and tapered wood legs. Feeling inspired to freshen up? DIY a set of your own!

Crate and Barrel Allta Indoor-Outdoor Rug

Allta Multicolor Indoor/Outdoor Rug

For high-traffic houses, durable indoor/outdoor rugs are essential—especially during the summer, when muddy feet abound. This multi-color, basket-weave floor covering adds a nice graphic layer to a space while holding up to the elements.

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Cabana Round Beach Towel

A stylish and functional pool or seaside essential! This plush towel comes from a line of beach and bathware by Kassatex. "Crafted from super soft cotton velour and adorned with hand-knotted tassels for a boho chic look, our Cabana Round Beach towel is all you need for your beach escapade."

Terrain Blossom Soy Citronella Candle

Blossom Citronella Candle

Bugs be gone! Late summer evenings are much more enjoyable when the insects buzz off. These hand-poured soy-based candles come in cute containers and soften bug-repellent citronella with notes of jasmine, hibiscus, and subtle peach.

Terrain Madison James Flyaway Sticks

Orange Oil Flyaway Sticks 

Use these citrusy sticks in addition to the citronella candles to keep your outdoor dinner parties and afternoon barbecues extra bug-free. Non-toxic orange oil naturally keeps bugs at bay without harming local populations of bees.

Urban Outfitters Moxi Leather Roller Skates

Moxi Leather Roller Skates

Because why not?