Blogging has always been in the back of my mind as a “one day, maybe…” venture. I tried it back in 2007 before I left for an exchange term abroad. The thinking was that I would have stories! adventures! culinary delights! and write all about them for my friends and family back home to read. Problem was that those stories, adventures and culinary delights took up most of the time I would have devoted to writing about them. 3 unpublished posts later, I can safely say that blog did not take off.
But now that I’ve settled down a little, and have blog-worthy ideas come in spurts rather than 5-month binges, it seems like the right time to give it the old sophomore try.
With that, I want to share some of the blogs that truly inspire me. Whether it’s providing me with DIY projects, new recipes to try, or simply photos and ideas to pin for the future, these sites have definitely made the “bookmarks bar”:
1. Design Sponge : Great Before and Afters (like this and this), with easy-to-find DIY projects (you can search by difficulty, price, technique or furniture). Grace Bonney has an uncanny eye for interior design and has provided me with plenty of inspiration for home colour palettes and motifs for my future house. She also published a book in 2011 filled with stunning photos and tons of design ideas.
2. Ruffled Blog : first thing you should know about me is, I’m a girl. I like pretty things, things that are inspiring, things that make me smile. Weddings typically fit the bill on all 3 counts. I found out about Ruffled through my friend who recently got married, while she was busy planning her wedding. The photography is gorgeous and the ideas are divine. I love flowers bouquets inspired by fall, barn weddings with strings of lights, and mason jars as decoration – Ruffled has them all!
3. Apartment Therapy : What I love about this blog is the fact that it takes home decor room by room, and often focuses on those smaller spaces (let’s face it – a mansion is not in my immediate future, so I have to learn to make my space work for me). They have before and after, DIY posts with good instruction that look just easy and accessible enough to make me feel like I, too, could do it. Not to mention the fact that I have said “why didn’t I think of that!?” more than once while perusing the blog.
4.Smitten Kitchen : I love food, and I love reading recipes. Following through and actually cooking those recipes? Well, that may have to be another resolution this year. All that aside, Smitten Kitchen always delivers great ideas for both new and classic dishes (plus a whole section on “disasters”, that kind of make me feel better about some of my kitchen mishaps). My favourite part of this site? The photography. Learn from my mistakes and don’t browse on an empty stomach…everything just looks too good.