The 10 Design Blogs You Need To Follow Right NOW

We here at Refinery29 believe that good style doesn't just involve what you put on your body. Good style pervades every fiber of your being and seeps into the environments you inhabit and call home. From the interiors we decorate to the closets we organize, to the ways in which we build our skyscrapers and manufacture our cars, design is everywhere all the time.
Architectural Digest, Dwell, and Wired are the Vogue magazines of design. They are not the be-all-end-all of design, though. There's a countless number of indie, lesser known, but equally (if not more) informative outlets out there that go under the radar because the big guys hog the spotlight. These are the secret weapons designers use to keep their creative juices flowing. We've rounded up the 10 you absolutely need to know right now.
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Design*Sponge

If Elle Decor and Martha Stewart's empire had an indie baby, this would be it. It's one sponge you won't want to wring out after use.

Photo: Courtesy of Design*Sponge.
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The Fox Is Black

Contemporary art and design come together in a sleek, refined vertical that's virtually free of pretention and the intimidating factor modern design often comes with.

Photo: Courtesy of The Fox Is Black.
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sfgirlbybay

Victoria Smith epitomizes what it means to live the chic Bohemian life. Her interior and photography-based site is the best ad for anyone thinking of moving to the Bay area. Plus, she has great taste and a keen curatorial eye. Had Wes Anderson ever decided to make a design blog, this is exactly what it would look like.

Photo: Courtesy of sfgirlbybay.
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my love for you is a stampede of horses

Art meets craft meets brilliant home decor in Meighan O'Toole's blog. She showcases today's best artisans and designers before they're mainstream — instant cool factor.

Photo: Courtesy of my love for you is a stampede of horses.
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Stair Porn

This is one kind of porn you can look at while sitting at your office desk — unless you consider mind blowing images of the craziest, coolest, and awe-inspiring stairs to be NSFW.

Photo: Courtesy of Stair Porn.
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Bright.Bazaar

Martha Stewart has found her British contemporary in the bow-tie loving Will Taylor, whose unabashed love for color and pattern will have even the strictest monochrome aficionado hue hungry.

Photo: Courtesy of Bright.Bazaar.
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Design Milk

You're supposed to drink milk every day to get your daily dose of calcium, right? Well, consider this website all the architectural, interior, and product calcium you need to stay in tip-top design shape.

Photo: Courtesy of Design Milk.
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VECTRO AVE

It's the Rodeo Drive of the art, photography, and architecture world. Every artist and designer you should know is featured here in one well-crafted package.

Photo: Courtesy of VECTRO AVE.
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the style files

An interior design blog that's slowly beginning to introduce fashion into its repertoire, the stye files is an online design filing cabinet so well organized and easy to navigate, it puts any tangible filing cabinet — even the best library's — to shame.

Photo: Courtesy of the style files.
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Lonny Magazine

Alright, so this is technically not a blog, but rather an online magazine whose website is quite possibly the best-curated and most organized design site we know (aside from the style files). They break down the spaces they showcase in their pages by room type, building type, and even color. We challenge you to leave this site not inspired — because it's next to impossible.

Photo: Courtesy of Lonny Magazine.
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