With Saturday being my blog’s 8 month-iversary and all, I thought instead of being all “yay GPP!” I would pass on the love to a few of my faves from the blogosphere. My blog life would be a lot less exciting (and probably short-lived) without the constant inspiration and encouragement I get from these blogs. I’ve provided the links below, as well as a description of each. Check ’em out — perhaps you’ll enjoy them as much as I do!
Young House Love — Yeah, this is definitely at the top of my list for a reason. I love this “pair of DIY dorks” (their description, not mine). Their style is modern but comfortable and classic, and we happen to share a love for the same colors, so my attraction was instantaneous. Not to mention they also have a penchant for penny pinching and crafty-ness — what’s not to love?
Bower Power — This is another home decor, general crafty-ness type of blog. I especially like Katie’s writing for her goofiness, humor, and honesty. Oh yeah, and she won Apartment Therapy’s The Homies 2012 for best home design blog, so she must be doing something right!
Better After — Everyone loves a make-over, so it’s no secret why I love a blog purely featuring the befores — and more importantly — the afters of everything from furniture to clothes.
Older and Wisor — This is a well-written and super funny blog overflowing with crafty goodness (and all of her projects are very budget-friendly). She only writes when inspiration strikes her, which could be daily or monthly, so this is definitely one to subscribe to.
Confessions of a Cookbook Queen — This lady is crazy — and I mean that in the best way possible. Though I love to cook, and I have no doubt her recipes are fabulous, I primarily read this one for her anecdotal intros which are always hilarious. No, seriously. Check her out.
Centsational Girl — This is a home decor blog that helps me get in touch with my muted-colors-and-white-can-be-beautiful-too side. No, you will not find any flashes of orange or lime green, but you will find classic style and lovely ideas. And of course, look at the name of her blog — obviously she’s a girl after my own heart.
Brokelyn — This webmag is all about budget Brooklyn, featuring deals on restaurants, nightlife, arts and culture, et al. They also have a classifieds section and sometimes have job postings, with an emphasis on BK based stuff. Above all, their writing style is tongue-in-cheek, quirky, and everything I fancy in a blog.
Regretsy — “Where DIY meets WTF.” (Yeah, I’m pretty sure they have the market cornered on greatest blog tag line of all time.) They curate works from Etsy and other websites, from which point Regretsy members may humorously (and often mercilessly) comment. In fact, this sort of community commentary is one of the things that makes this blog so fun, so if you do check this one out, don’t forget to scroll down and participate. Reactions vary from post to post, but I have experienced everything from I-can’t-see-straight-because-I’m-weeping funny to Oh-my-God-what-possessed-someone-do-that-with-a-glue-gun-and-human-hair horror (I wish I could say that I was exaggerating). So, if you need a funny fix or you’re prepared to scratch your head in bewilderment, check it out. (And for those dissenters of Regretsy, the writers are never cruel, they simply post items that they’ve found online and open up the floor for discussion. Oh yeah, and they give A LOT of money to charity, so they’re A-OK by me.)
Apartment Therapy — Duh. This one is hardly a secret, but I thought it worthy of note, especially since it occupies so much space on my Google Reader. That said, if you do choose to subscribe to them, you will be inundated with a barrage of posts… like 5-10 a day… if not more They’re not kidding around (thus the recommended Reader route and not an e-mail subscription — just my two cents). Though the name of this blog is Apartment Therapy, they are by no means just about apartments (though they do host the ever popular Small, Cool Contest). They are all about home decor — every budget and style — and feature before-and-afters, round-ups, house tours — a little bit of everything. For me, I mainly use Apartment Therapy as a reference for ideas and inspiration when it comes to decorating my own space — their archives floweth over.
Ok, these are by no means the only blogs I subscribe to, but these are the ones that more often than not make me turn my head, slow my constantly scrolling mouse finger, and stop what I’m doing. However, I’m continuously finding and falling in love with new blogs, and I encourage taking suggestions!
How about you folks? Are there any blogs that inspire, amuse, bewilder, and befuddle you (but in a good way)? Share!