The decorations are down and many of us are reminding ourselves of what alarm clocks and days at our laptops feel like as January’s earliest days unfurl. If ever there was a month in need of more uplifting content and inspiration in droves, it’s January. Think less bleak midwinter and more the start of something new – a year of positive steps and things to accomplish. To help you on your way, our second instalment of the ten interiors Instagram accounts to follow has landed. And in case you missed part I, you can find it right here…
As much as we love aspirational accounts on Instagram – those that show the homes of the rich and famous, those that document the to-die-for projects achieved by interior designers, those that belong to the most design-conscious hotels in town – there’s something so refreshing and relatable to those that show simple, attainable ‘do-er up-er ‘ homes.
Cue this 70-posts-and-counting account that joined Instagram last year and is slowly shaping up to be a very enviable interior indeed. As the name suggests, it belongs to a couple – one an accountant, the other a roofer – based in Leamington Spa who are transforming a neglected Victorian terrace into a bright, light and very beautiful place to call home. Their highlights section is fully of helpful captions and Q+As that cover everything from budgeting for a kitchen renovation to pitfalls they’ve learnt from along the way – and plenty of pared-down townhouse style inspiration too, of course.
The romantically-named De Beauvoir Town in London’s Hackney is home to many a lovely canal-side property, including this light-flooded period property that was snapped up by its owners in 2018 and has been undergoing renovations ever since. With its original floorboards and shutters, umpteen examples of intricate coving and cornicing and, as we mentioned once already, natural lighting pouring in through its many oversized sash windows, they certainly had strong foundations to set them on their way.
Yes you can scroll through to catch up on all their progress so far made (their highlights section is one of the best we’ve found), but @debeauvoirhome is also an account full of posts that reveal their decor inspiration – it’s a working moodboard of sorts. They’re also great at tagging their go-to brands so it’s easy to discover their sources should you want to pinch a piece of their home for your own.
A name to know without question, Louise Roe is one of those Instagrammers whose window into her world leaves you wanting to know more and more. Author, broadcaster, fashion stylist and influencer, her main account that documents fashion and family life is what she’s most known for, but it’s her separate home renovation account that we sing the praises of here.
Having spent a decade in LA, Louise relocated to the British countryside where her and her husband could raise their baby daughter in their historical Georgian home. Naturally then, she’d need an Instagram account to share the many antiques-filled settings that inspired her own decor. With colour palette ideas for every room and design details to fall for that she’s seen and loved in homes far and wide, her feed is a one-stop-shop for all things period living and the quintessential English country home.
Now for an Instagram follow that’s from the world of interiors pros – @studioduggan. Listed as one of House & Garden’s top 100 interior designers as well as being in Country & Townhouse’s top 50, this British interiors practice presents picture after picture of mastery in colour. From soft, muted pastel pinks to smoky blues, you’ll be reaching for the paintbrush in no time at all.
If, like us, you’re keen to uncover tiling ideas, you’ll love the recently posted chequerboard floor in the entryway of a north London home, complete with scalloped bench and orb chandeliers. Or, scroll a little further for two glamorous kitchen floors – one that shows parquet flooring in a whole new light and the other that has a colourful terrazzo floor with nude-painted cabinetry on the base and antiqued wooden cabinetry above. Heaven!
And finally, back to another of our current favourite home renovation accounts – that of Sophie Fanciulli ’s Kentish property famous for its bold blue-brick and yellow front door exterior and impeccably decorated interior.
Sophie only started her home’s Instagram diary earlier this year but has already amassed close to ten thousand followers who watched as she planned an extension that took it from a three-bedroom house to a modern six-bedroom mansion. If you’re into dark-painted interiors, plenty of glossy parquet flooring, high street furnishings and decor that we should guess counts Athena Calderone (aka, @eyeswoon) as its muse, then you won’t be disappointed. Decor goals and then some…
All images taken from the Instagram accounts mentioned above.