It’s such a bittersweet feeling every time I remember that the Cupcake and I are soon moving out of the first home we lived in as a married couple. There were so many happy memories formed in our little space, and it was truly a dream come true living in it.
At the same time, I can’t help but feel excited over the idea of moving into our forever home in a few months. This is why I’ve been looking at a lot of interior design inspiration on both Pinterest and Instagram to help visualize how we want our future space to look like.
Interior Design Pegs on Pinterest
Pinterest helps me stay organized with the different sections of our home. The Cupcake and I have a shared board (similar to how we had a wedding board), where I add as many pegs as we like. This way, it helps us see the styles, layouts, and furniture we’re drawn to. It also gives me an idea on how to make our space still look and feel cohesive despite the different rooms and sections.
Curated Inspiration on Instagram
While Pinterest remains to be a black hole that sucks me in until I realize I’ve been pinning pegs for hours, Instagram is a completely different story. My explore section used to be a mix of my favorite things—from WWE, to Draco and Hermione, to travel photos, to makeup looks. Slowly, interior design took over—and now my entire explore section only shows interior design inspiration! But what I like about it is that it feels a lot more curated vs. Pinterest. It was through the explore section that I discovered the interior design accounts I now follow based on their aesthetic and posts.
My Favorite Interior Designers on Instagram
Our design idea for our forever home is to follow a modern tropical theme with hints of nordic living. We want the space to look clean, minimalist, and timeless—with our very own personal touches. We’re extremely lucky to be inheriting a lot of furniture from our parents made with solid, old wood—including narra and molave. Since wood is a staple in most (if not all) of our rooms, we tend to gravitate towards Instagram accounts that post a lot of these! Here are a few interior designers (and interior design accounts) I follow on Instagram that I take inspiration from:
Founded by Maggie Wilson, who specializes in designing modern tropical spaces, Acasa Living is an interior design firm, cafe, and online store rolled into one. I’ve always been a lurker from the time they launched it as Casa Consunji, before rebranding it to Acasa Manila. I’m a huge fan of the pieces available on their online store. If we had the budget, I’d love to get some of our home and design accessories from them!
One of the newer accounts I followed, Home with Rue is a community of home enthusiasts. Most of their posts feature clean spaces mixed with wood.
I enjoy following Interiors by Claudine (Medina), because of how she shares the story on how she designed a space. She specializes in Scandinavian designs, and I love watching transformation videos of her clients’ homes.
I followed them right after we binge watched their show on Netflix: Dream Home Makeover. It was incredibly fascinating seeing the before and after scenes of the homes they designed. I picked up a lot of tips from watching the show, too!
There’s something about seeing the colorful squares on Apartment Therapy’s feed that puts me in a good mood. It’s nice to see how different spaces are executed even though some of them aren’t exactly my style.
Nordic Living is probably one of the most shown Instagram accounts on my feed. They repost a lot of Nordic decor and design for inspiration, so it’s great for those who like this aesthetic!
Similar to Nordic Living, Planet of Interior is run by a graphic design student who likes to repost aesthetic architecture on a daily basis.
Natural Asthetik is a home interiors lifestyle company based in Los Angeles and London. Apart from an online shop, they also offer interior design services. I find myself always double tapping their posts!
There’s something so calming about Ma and Partners’ Instagram feed. An inspiration and property development company based in Barcelona, you’ll find a lot of clean spaces and minimalist designs.
TAYO is a local architecture and design firm based in Ortigas, Pasig. Aside from enjoying their modern style, I like reading about the backstory in their captions.
Another local architecture, interior design, and creative studio—Alero’s feed features a lot of contemporary living spaces with dark, solid wood (similar to the furniture we have). This is why I like visiting their Instagram account regularly to get ideas and inspiration.
Aside from following their Instagram account, I’m subscribed to their YouTube channel. I watch all of the Open Door videos featuring celebrity homes. Of the ones I’ve seen, my favorite is Maria Sharapova’s Japanese-inspired home.
So far, those are some of the accounts I follow. It helps train my eye in putting together my own aesthetic when it comes to how we want our forever home to look like. More than anything, what we prioritize is form over function. But it doesn’t hurt to make things look pretty while we’re at it!
Do you follow any interior design accounts on Instagram? Share them in the comment section, so I can check them out!
Interior Design Inspiration: My Favorite Interior Designers on Instagram