Instagram Accounts to Follow for Design Inspiration

We get our inspiration from many different avenues. Magazines, hours of HGTV, our customers, the buying shows, blogs, Pinterest – and of course, Instagram. We love how Instagram provides us with daily visual design inspiration to scroll through at our leisure. This week, we’ve compiled a list of our must-follow suggestions for some snippets of design inspiration. Go ahead and click follow!

  • @stevenandchris
    Steven Sabados offers us a glimpse into his life and his S&C line that we love so much here at Above & Beyond. Follow for some great decorating ideas from Steven's new CBC show, The Goods.
  • @nateberkus
    The world was first introduced to Nate Berkus during his inaugural appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2002. We have been fans ever since and so has the rest of the world! He has become one of the world’s most recognizable interior designers and we adore his philosophy that, “Your home should tell your story. What you love most collected and assembled in one place.”
  • @apartmenttherapy
    Apartment therapy claims to be saving the world, one room at a time. And we tend to agree! This account is a treasure trove of inspiration for small small spaces with its countless apartment and home tours.
  • @designmilktravels
    Follow this account to add some wanderlust to your scrolling. A travel guide for the modern design enthusiast, this will leave you wanting to plan your own getaway.
  • @pantone
    The other leader in colour, Pantone claims to be the worldwide standard for color communication and inspiration since 1963. Their account is full of fun (and coulourful) photos - including many snaps of their colour of the year, Greenery.
  • @benjaminmoore
    Leaders in paint colour, Benjamin Moore's account is a go-to for paint colour inspiration. Follow for 2017 Colour Trends and how to incorporate their Color of the Year 2017: Shadow 2117-30 into your own design.
  • @houseandhomemag
    Follow House & Home for daily decorating inspiration. We love the glimpses into homes, trends and products from across North America and around the world.
  • @houseplantjournal
    Don't have a green thumb? Worry not! Follow this Toronto-based blog for plant watering tips (and gorgeous images of plants). This account is your go-to for responsible plant parenthood.
  • @thejungalow
    Add some greenery to your Instagram perusal with The Jungalow. Author of the New York Times best-selling book The New Bohemians, L.A. based designer and blogger Justina Blakeney posts pictures that celebrate colour, pattern and plants!
  • @paddywaxcandles
    We love Paddywax candles! Many of you may know them from the very popular candle that we can't seem to keep in stock - Tobacco & Patchouli. This account shows us how to re-purpose the reusable vessels the candles are poured in to brighten your home.
  • @savoygardens
    Add some garden inspiration to your scroll through Instagram. Savoy Gardens posts stunning gardens and estates that will help get you through these long winter months until gardening season is here again.
  • @elledecor
    Elle Decor is one of our trusted go-to's for ample pictures of up-and-coming trends. The account posts all sorts of design styles from modern to traditional, contemporary to eclectic. Go ahead and hit follow!
  • @archdigest
    From dreamy house tours that grant us access to celebs' homes, to stunningly helpful how-to's, the visual inspiration to be found on Architectural Digest's account is endless. Whether you're looking to renovate or just escape into a realm of beauty, this account is definitely worth the follow.
  • @em_henderson
    Emily Henderson is a stylist, New York Times Bestselling author of STYLED, and runs a daily design blog that we adore. She offers a transparent and honest look at how to decorate without rmaking the world of home decor seem intimidating. Her designs are fun, colourful, and never look unattainable. We love her site for how-to's!
  • @mercanaartdecor
    This is another one of our favourite suppliers and a fave amongst our customers. Mercana sells excellently curated fine home furnishings & decor, and their Instagram account is just as well curated!


Let’s be friends on Instagram! You can find us at @abovebeyondhomedecor.

‘Don’t Wear White After Labour Day’ and Other Rules to be Broken


We hope you all had a lovely long weekend. I’m sure you’ve heard the silly rule that you’re not supposed to wear white after Labour Day? Well, we thought that we would share some more rules that OK to break:

  1. Art should be hung at eye-level. We think that the artwork you hang in your house is supposed to make you happy. Art doesn’t necessarily need to hung at eye level to work well in a space. Take your surroundings into account (mouldings, furniture height, windows) and follow your instincts.
  2. Dining room chairs and table need to be a set. We love the contrast of pairing a different style of chairs with a dining table. This is a great way to keep your dining room from looking too formal, or too matchy, if you will.
  3. Your lamps need to match. We don’t think this is always true. If you have two lamps you love, there’s no need for them to match. Instead, pair them with two of the same night tables or end tables to add a bit of symmetry to your room.
  4. Small rooms need neutral colours. You should use colours that make you happy. Many people are afraid to use colour in a small space out of fear that the space will seem even smaller, but this is not necessarily true. A small space is a great place to create a statement wall, incorporate a cozy and rich colour, or play with pops of colour in furniture.
  5. Your room needs a theme. Yes, we all want our decorating projects to look like they are the product of a cohesive plan. But, no one wants their room to look like they were all created at once, or purchased at once. A well-curated space will feel more individual. There’s no need for everything to match. Play with different fabrics, metals, textures and sizes. Is your room feeling a little bit out of hand? You can easily tie the project together with a colour scheme.

We think it’s great to follow trends and adhere to design rules – but only if you like them. However, decorating your home should ultimately be about adding pieces and arranging them in a way that makes you happy.

We want to know, which design rules do you think are meant to be broken?