10 Great Design Blogs Written By Moms

May 12, 2013 by

Place for gathering together on a special day. Mad About the House. via Lobster and Swan.

In honor of Mother’s Day and great moms everywhere, I have created a shortlist of great design blogs conceived and written by moms. With so many amazing design blogs out there, let alone those produced by moms, it is almost impossible to choose just ten.

As the indoor/outdoor realm is an essential part of the design space, on these blogs you will find plenty of products, spaces and ideas to take you there. (Drum roll, in no order of preference):

Adagio Outdoor Swing by Francesco Rota, from Design Milk.

1. Design Milk
A respected expert on design trends, and a self-proclaimed “Jersey girl” transplanted to (my hometown) Southern California, Jaime Derringer is Founder and Executive Editor of Design Milk, for the modern design enthusiast, and Dog Milk, for the modern dog. As part of her company, JD2 Media, Jaime speaks on design, design blogging & social media, and does a bit of consulting on the side.

Alfred Sung Outdoor Chair, from Studio G Blog.

2. Studio G
The talented Rochelle Greyer is a landscape designer, Studio ‘g’ Chief and Founder, in her words, a”super mom wannabe and farmers’ market manageress,” Editor & Co-Founder of Leaf Magazine, and–seriously, I’m not kidding–a former physicist rocket scientist. On Rochelle’s blog you will find it all, from cool DIY projects to funky gardens, to flea market finds and innovative new products.

Pooof, Eco-Friendly Sandbox and Seat for Limited Spaces, from Inhabitots.

3. Inhabitat & Inhabitots
Jill Fehrenbacher is a New York City-based LEED-AP green designer, green design consultant, and mother of two, as well as the founder of Inhabitat, a forward-thinking, high-tech, and environmentally conscious design blog. One of the first blogs I ever read and still visit daily, Inhabitat publishes the very best of the future of design, with emphasis on technological innovations, practices and materials. After the birth of her first child, Jill launched Inhabitots, where she showcases sustainable modern design for the younger set.

“I Will Survive” Plant Pot, via 24Dientes, from swissmiss.

4. Swiss Miss
When Tina Roth Eisenberg–”a Swiss designer gone NYC”–launched swissmiss in March of 2005, it was intended as a personal visual archive. But since then, swissmiss has grown into a popular design journal with an average of 1 million unique visitors a month. What I love is the short snippits of cool creative peppered with humor, just enough to spark a smile. Tina is also the founder of the global monthly breakfast lecture series, CreativeMornings, and having attended a few in the NYC area, I highly recommend them to fuel your creative juices. If all that is not enough, Tina is the creator of a simple browser-based to-do app called TeuxDeux, and the founder of Tattly, a “designy” temporary tattoo shop whose cool veggie tattoos that our readers loved.

The Mayflower Inn Shakespeare Garden, from Quintessence.

5. Quintessence
In Quintessence, Stacey Bewkes’s lifestyle blog where she documents her love of design, you will find the in-depth and colorful backstory on just about every kind of design from art and architecture, interiors and design, fashion and jewelry to books and movies, food and wine, travel, and more. A former New York City art director, Stacey left the corporate world to become, in her words, a suburban mother of four in Connecticut.

Tokyo Pop Chaise for Driade, from Mad About the House.

6. Mad About the House
I met Kate Watson-Smyth when I joined the Modenus New York BlogTour a few months ago, and she was one of the highlights. Kate is a creative and fun freelance journalist who writes about interiors and design mainly for The Financial Times when she’s not writing for her own wonderful blog, Mad About the House where she features her own very cool London digs (also featured in LivingEtc.)

Rooftop garden of Marin cabin, via This is Paper, from Design Mom.

7. Design Mom
Gabrielle Blair, designer and mother of six, lives in a farmhouse in the French countryside, “with a name instead of an address.” Her blog, Design Mom, named Website of the Year by Time Magazine, features daily inspiration at the intersection of motherhood and design for, as she says, the new generation of mothers who are still interested and interesting. Design Mom covers DIY projects, home tours, book reviews, family-friendly travel, and discussions about modern parenting.

Kinfolk garden bag via socially-conscious brand, Apolis, doubles as mom’s carryall, from Oh Joy!

8. Oh Joy!
Joy Deangdeelert Cho is a graphic designer, blogger, food enthusiast, and mom. Oh Joy!, which she founded in September 2005, covers inspiration and design with a focus on her favorite things: design, fashion and food while often sharing adorable images of her gorgeous daughter. Joy is also the co-author of two books: Creative, Inc. about becoming a successful freelance creative talent, and  Blog, Inc., about the business of blogging.

From Three Ways to Arrange Flowers, A Cup of Jo.

9. A Cup of Jo
Raised in France, England and the suburbs of Michigan, Joanne Goddard is a NYC magazine-writer-turned-blogger who in 2007 launched the popular A Cup of Jo, her daily blog which covers fashion, design, food, travel, weddings, relationships, motherhood and lifestyle.

Mandarin and Midnight, from Slim Paley.

10. Slim Paley
In her own words, Slim Paley is a mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend and ‘work in progress’ striving to live in the moment. Don’t you love that? She loves designing interiors, snapping photos and fiddling with flowers and started her blog on a dare in June 2009. A stroll through her blog is like experiencing a zillion inspiration boards (pre-Pinterest) where you’ll find loads of great photos that inspire and excite.

I really learned it all from mothers.–Dr. Benjamin Spock

The greatest gift of all: my son and daughter are home today for Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day to all the great moms and daughters out there!


  1. rochelle said:

    Thanks Robin for including me! -R

    — May 12, 2013 @ 17:58

  2. House Design said:

    Fantastic design ideas. I just loved your post because it have such an outstanding design ideas and fantastic pictures as well.

    — May 17, 2013 @ 07:03

  3. Robin Horton said:

    Thanks Ryder, so glad you liked. Appreciate your letting me know and thank you for recommending Urban Gardens!

    — September 25, 2013 @ 11:08

  4. Kevin said:

    Impressive post. That’s a great list. Definitely check out everyone of them. Thanks for sharing with us.

    — March 19, 2015 @ 08:50

  5. Downtown Mafia 1930s said:

    nice posts…!!!

    — October 20, 2020 @ 06:08

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