Dec 16, 2011

Home Design Blogs: The Way to Feng Shui

 

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. And I think I know why. My apartment is undergoing some changes. One roommate’s moving out with another moving in. Rooms are being swapped. Common area floor plan suggestions are being floated. Suddenly anything is possible. And it’s all very exciting. Rightly so. Where we live and how we interact with those spaces is the foundation for everything we do, and often an expression of who we are. These five blogs showcase some of the best work being done to that end. So with that in mind, let’s hang up some art, move that couch over there so we can see how it looks on that side of the room, and enjoy this brief roundup of some of the best home design blogs I’ve seen lately.

Manhattan Nest is written by a young man, trying to make the most out of his living situation. From the looks of his blog, he’s doing a great job. If I were to pitch him, I’d look for stories on home design and DIY. And I’d keep in mind that the author is a student, presumably on a budget. It’s probably a safe bet that a large percentage of his audience is, too. Check out the full review here.

The Steampunk Home is a home design blog that is enamored with, you guessed it, steampunk. If you need a quick definition of it, you could say it’s what the future looked like in the past. So, it’s a design blog, but one built around a pretty specific aesthetic. If I were to pitch them, I’d look for something slightly older than retro.  Check out the full review here. And promise me you’ll read the wikipedia page on steampunk first.

Remodelista can be a pretty intimidating blog. Or maybe it’s just the resumes of those who run it that’s intimidating. Either way, this is the blog for serious design aficionados. If I were to pitch them, I’d make sure I really know my stuff. Because the women in charge of this blog certainly do. Their thoughtfulness and intelligence shows. So should your pitch. Check out the full review here.

Thrifty Decor Chick is written by a married mom. When it comes to work around the house, she really gets a kick out of doing it herself. She also likes to save money. She believes people should have great living spaces without breaking the bank.  If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for any home design projects that stress recycling, reuse or any other money-saving tips. Check out the full review here.

The home page of Simplifying Fabulous allows its readers to pick the room they want to start working on. And the rest of the site is full of many examples of people sorting out their living situations, arriving at more serene, yet stylish spaces. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for stories that focus on home design. 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…

Author Tom Hynes is PR Newswire’s manager of blogger relations. And as you may have guessed, he has a twitter account.

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