Working as the blogger relations manager for PR Newswire, I come across my fair share of great blogs that cover a wide variety of subject matters and interests. And as you might expect, some blogs are better than others. With that in mind and in an effort to highlight the better ones, I do my best to review one of these blogs every day. This week my focus is on home design blogs. I must confess. I’m researching these blogs for work, yes. But, I also possess ZERO home design skill or acumen. And more times than not on each of these blogs, I find myself saying, “That’s a brilliant idea that I would have NEVER thought of myself.” So with that in mind, let’s organize ourselves, measure twice and take a tour through this brief roundup of some of the best home design blogs I’ve seen lately.
Young House Love is not only one of my favorite home design blogs. It’s one of my favorite anything blogs. This is a great resource for home repairs and upkeep. It can also serve as a cautionary tale; highlighting mistakes and pitfalls other DIY-ers can anticipate. It’s also a great story. Like I said, it’s one of my favorite anything blogs. If I were to pitch them, I might look for something with home furnishings, construction or family. I’d also keep in mind that they want to do it themselves. Check out the full review here.
The blog Freshome covers architecture, design, furniture, apartments, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and just about everything else home-related. But it’s not necessarily a blog just for experts. My personal favorite part is the “Ideas” section. Because, truthfully, I’m open to ideas on how to have a cooler living space. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for stories on architecture, furniture and possibly even construction. Check out the full review here.
Apartment Therapy is a blog dedicated to helping people find peace of mind in their homes. And they’ve got a great staff of writers located around the country prepared to help. It’s also a pretty great place to peruse some of the really interesting trends shaping the industry. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for stories that accentuate home furnishings and simplicity. The blog’s editor lives in a 265-square-foot apartment with his wife and newborn. (You read that right.) In this case, less really is more. Check out the full review here.
Decor8 is not only a home design blog, it’s also the story of a woman who quit her corporate gig in pursuit of her passion. And it seems to have worked out well. Today, Decor8 is a leading voice in home design with tens of thousands of daily readers to attest to it’s influence. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for stories on home design and furniture with a Do-It-Yourself angle if possible. Check out the full review here.
Shelterrific is the site I think most of when I say, “Man, that’s awesome, but I would have never thought of that.” My two favorite aspects of this site are the “Want It Now” feature and the “Blog Watch” feature, where they point out examples of quality blogging around the internet… Hey that sounds like what I do, you guys! If I were to pitch this blog, I’d go with home furnishings. I’d also pitch them any out of the ordinary, yet totally awesome products. This kitchen scrubber made of bamboo featured on the site comes immediately to mind. Check out the full review here.
That’s all for now. In the meantime, if there’s a blog I should be reviewing, drop me a line or a note in the comments, and I’ll take a look. Until next time…
Tom Hynes is PR Newswire’s manager of blogger relations.