Voting for the Design Blog Awards has closed. The winners will be announced soon - stay tuned!
Domino editors have always looked to the thousands of design bloggers out there for inspiration, and every year, we’ve highlighted our favorites in a “best of” roundup. But, as hard as we try, it’s impossible for us to scour the entire internet—so inevitably, there are going to be some great DIYers and chic small space mavens that fly under our radar.
So this year, for our first ever Design Blog Awards, we asked you to tell us about the must-follow design blogs—and boy, did you ever. We received more than 150 nominations from around the world; the wealth of diverse, passionate, and creative individuals out there creating fun, beautiful designs is truly astounding.
After careful deliberation, Domino editors selected semifinalists in seven categories, and I am thrilled to reveal this outstanding list of inspiring minds. From a couple renovating their Idaho home to a new blogger shining a spotlight on wheelchair-friendly design to DIYers taking their crafts to the next level, our semifinalists showcase everything that Domino holds dear: good style and meaningful design, delivered in a positive, accessible way.
Now, it’s once again up to you: The winners will be determined by popular vote. From now through Sunday, November 12, you can vote for your favorites once a day. Once the winners are determined, winners will be flown to New York for an awards event in December, and we’ll celebrate them right here on Domino with feature profiles. Plus: Winners will receive a fly away trip courtesy of our sponsor Tribute Portfolio Hotels.
In addition to the categories below, we are partnering with Pinterest for a Pinner's Choice Award. Each blogger is represented by an image on a shared Pinterest board, and you can vote by re-pinning your favorites. Check out the board here.
Without further ado: Here are the semifinalists for the first annual Domino Design Blog Awards!
Erin Boyle’s (Reading My Tea Leaves) tiny space expertise comes from her time living in a 173-square-foot Brooklyn studio, while Whitney Leigh Morris (The Tiny Canal Cottage) showcases how a family of three (plus two dogs) makes it work, and look oh so easy, in a bitty cottage on LA’s Venice Canals.
In Colorado, the Smallish blog tracks one family’s mission to live with less—they happily fit six people in 1,000 square feet—and in Seattle, Joanna Hawley (Jojotastic) shares her ongoing improvements to her tiny bungalow. And in Sacramento, Shavonda Gardner (SG Style) proves that downsizing doesn’t mean sacrificing on style.
Nicole Gibbons shares her colorful style and easy entertaining tips, while her fellow New Yorker Ashlina Kaposta (The Decorista) often recommends new products and “decor therapy” for your home. In Atlanta, the team behind Balance Design (Design Pulp) posts their latest projects and ties design to current cultural events.
Over in Los Angeles, inspiring before-and-afters dominate the feeds of Sarah Sherman Samuel and Amber Interiors, while Dee Murphy (Murphy Deesign) mixes musings on family and travel ideas with her recent projects and Natalie Myers (Veneer Design) offers sneak peeks and plenty of enviable spaces.
Track the makeover of a fixer-upper farmhouse in Michigan with Liz Marie or follow along in Idaho as Chris and Julia (Chris Loves Julia) uncover their home’s potential and share hacks along the way. There’s endless inspiration to be found from the contractor matchmakers at Sweeten, who use their blog to show unbelieveable before-and-after transformations.
Daniel Kanter of Manhattan Nest gets into the nitty gritty, detailing every step of his projects (currently: restoring two homes in the Hudson Valley), and in Phoenix, Kim Stoegbauer of Tom Kat Studio recently shifted her focus from children’s parties and decor to her ongoing home renovation and expansion. On Vintage Revivals, Mandi Gubler is turning an old mercantile store into her dream home (among other things).
There is no shortage of creative makers out there: Our nominees include A Kailo Chic Life in Austin, Sugar and Cloth in Houston (check out their videos), Damask Love in Miami, the globally inspired Casa Watkins in Maryland, and the always colorful Aww Sam in NYC. We also have Enthralling Gumption, where Marwa Hayat shares simple, on-trend ideas.
For a wealth of beauty moments and colorful inspiration, we have our semi-finalists who dabble in everything from DIYs and decor to food and entertaining: Mimi of Unlikely Martha in Atlanta, Cara Irwin of Gold a la Mode based out of New Jersey, the ever adorable New Darlings located in Phoenix, and Kate Arends of Wit and Delight in St. Paul.
Plus, in Salt Lake City, we have Sarah Gibson of Room for Tuesday, and in Los Angeles, there's new mama Molly Madfis of Almost Makes Perfect and Camille Styles, whose great aesthetic and eye for design make for a beautiful site.
In Brazil, Historias de Casa shares perfectly appointed spaces, and in Sweden, Niki Brantmark showcases the best of Scandi-inspired interiors on My Scandinavian Home. Grillo Designs produces some knock-out Ikea hacks and DIYs in the United Kingdom, while Nonagon Style in Hong Kong highlights trends and truly unique spaces.
And in Canada, PMQ for Two offers stylish ideas for small rental homes. Frenchy Fancy is the Paris girl’s must-read design blog, while We Are Scout dispatches the latest styles and trends from Australia.
Vicki Tee started Wheel Chic Home to spotlight accessible design for those with disabilities, while designer Lori Evans (The Evans Edit) launched her blog to share her tips and inspirations. Greystone Statements was started by a mother-daughter design team in Connecticut, and Anita Yokota uses her new platform to offer styling tips and DIYs. On Worn and Domestic, two friends—one a fashion lover, the other an interiors geek—take the same inspiration and interpret it for both your look and your home