Today I was sitting in my backyard and I was actually thinking about Instagram. Has Instagram become the new sketchbook for interior designers? Like many, I could spend hours on Instagram looking at the pretty pictures, but I always like to apply it to a business need. When you have a crying one year old, that’s pretty much the only way you can justify being on your phone.
I want to focus on some of the Instagram accounts that I like to watch and even learn from. Interior design and home decor have come a long way. It used to be that someone would pick up an architectural or design magazine, find a style they liked and then contact the designer. The truth is now people bring their iPads into stores and more or less become their own interior designers. Houzz and Pinterest have become the place we get our main ideas from. They lead us to find that perfect room. Will Instagram take the top spot in the near future? In my opinion there will always be the next best thing. I love the way that we’ve moved into a more visual age and I am embracing it. The only problem for me on Instagram is that it is hard to see the line between designer and the enthusiast. Is a picture really worth 1000 words?
Honestly, if you don’t work in the industry you really have no idea who a majority of these designers are and if they have that coveted elite status. Did you know that Lenny Kravitz is the designer now? Lenny even designed Oprah’s apartment. Times they are changing in the interior design game. I really don’t know if I like it or not, but I’ve always been a person who believed the best ideas stem from competition.
I can tell you from experience that as a design enthusiast I learn daily from Karina and Angela. I truly respect their craft and I let them educate me in home decor and interior design. I’m smart enough to realize is that there is a difference between an enthusiast and a professional designer. Now I’m not saying an enthusiast cannot develop themselves into an interior designer, but it takes a lot of hours, hard work and respect for people who came before you.
That being said … I’m a person who knows what he likes and below are some designs I really like. Enjoy the visuals and have an inspired day.