Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Our Reading List: Design and Culture Blogs

We at Detroit Wallpaper Co. have really tried our best to play to a unique sensibility in home decor and fashion. We absolutely do our best to not just create a product with current and modern sensibilities, but also give a respectful nod to the work that has influenced us all, in the years past. We not only look for that in our own designs, but thats a balance we take notice of in the work we look to for inspiration, motivation and cultural reference. Below you'll find some of our favorite reading with that in mind. Whether it's culture, fashion, home interiors or architecture, these blogs have their finger on the pulse, we enjoy them, and we hope you do too. 

Alternative art, dynamic design and visual culture - WebUrbanist features creative artistic, architectural, photographic and other amazing works as well as abandoned places, urban exploration and more.

Web Urbanist

Design*Sponge is a design blog run by Brooklyn-based writer, Grace Bonney. Launched in August of 2004, the site updates between 6-8 times per day and was declared a “Martha Stewart Living for the Millennials” by the New York Times. Design*Sponge attracts a diverse group of devoted readers across the globe. Design*Sponge currently has 75,000 daily readers on the main site, over 127,000+ RSS readers, 405,000+ Twitter followers and 70,000+ Facebook followers. Click here for PRESS on design*sponge.

Design*Sponge founder Grace Bonney has a unique angle on the industry, having worked as a contributing editor at Domino, House & Garden and Craft magazines, and as a freelancer with top publications like New York Home, Food and Wine, In Style, Better Homes and Gardens, New York Magazine, CITY Magazine, Time Out New York Kids, Archinect, The New York Post, Everyday with Rachael Ray and others. In addition, she wrote a weekly design column for the Philadelphia Inquirer for two years and has worked as Style Editor of HGTV’s Ideas Magazine.

Grace has been a featured guest on Good Morning America, The Nate Berkus Show, The Martha Stewart Show and the Martha Stewart Radio Show and has been a keynote speaker with a wide variety of organizations ranging from design schools and trade organizations to design guilds and national corporations.

In addition, Grace also runs a national series of meetups for women running design-based businesses called the D*S Biz Lady Series. Grace hosts and speaks at these events designed to connect women running their own design-based businesses and provide free advice on the subjects of PR/marketing, legal concerns, business/financial decisions and wholesaling. She also founded the annual Design*Sponge Scholarship in 2007 to support up-and-coming art and design students. So far over $20,000 in prize money has been awarded to students across the country.

Design Sponge

The Freshome story began in Romania ( a small country in Europe ) back in 2007 when founder and CEO Micle-Mihai Cristian launched a blog that would go on to become one of the most popular and successful online magazines to date focusing on interior design and architecture. Currently clocking up an impressive 3.8+ million unique monthly visitors, the site provides daily inspiration and advice to those who are seeking to improve, organise and style their homes. With an archive of 7000+ posts featuring over 90,000+ images of great interior products and architectural projects it is no wonder that Freshome has one of the most engaged online communities on the net.

Freshome has grown to become an authority in its niche and its content is regularly picked up and shared by some of the most influential and widely read internet sites including Yahoo News, Gizmodo, CNET, and The Huffington Post. Freshome is regularly selected as being one of the top blogs on the net and Technorati rates it in the Top 100 blogs for the categories of Travel, Art, Living and Home, in which it ranks as the second most influential blog. Even Forbes has picked up on the success of the site, choosing to interview Micle Mihai and his team about the runaway growth that the blog has achieved since its inception.

Today, Freshome is the go-to destination for anyone who is passionate about design, architecture, luxury, travel, lifestyle and creativity in the home. Those who visit the site are seeking inspiration to help them on their journey to creating their dream home as well as practical solutions to the problems that their homes may present.  If this sounds like you, be sure to subscribe to our RSS feed or sign up to our email newsletter so you never miss a post. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook as that’s where the real conversation takes place. We’re waiting to hear from you!


Founder & Editor Holly Becker is an American best selling author, freelance journalist, interiors stylist and workshop leader who lives in Hannover, Germany. She launched decor8 in January 2006 after a decade-long stint in the corporate world as a human resources and facilities project manager before design blogs became  popular. Holly wanted to write on topics that she felt passionate for and her goal was to live a more creative life and encourage others to do so and felt that leaving her career to start anew was a leap of faith she was willing to take.

From the ground up, Holly built decor8, an established site known as a reliable design resource worldwide to over 48,000 daily readers who tune in to see what she has found and to connect with Holly through the comments section on her blog. decor8 (a creative play on the word decorate) is a site dedicated to sharing honest opinions, fresh decorating ideas, beautiful interior spaces, independent art and design, products and services, and articles meant to inspire readers to live a more fulfilling, authentic and creative life.

Kevin Sharkey, Senior Vice President and Executive Editorial Director, Decorating, and Executive Creative Director, Merchandising for Martha Stewart Living Omninedia, Inc. (MSLO), calls Holly Becker a, ” World-renowned blogger” and refers to decor8 as one of the, “Most influential blogs out there”, stating that what she has built up is, “Quite an accomplishment.” With over a million page views per month, it’s no wonder why decor8 is known as a leading design blog. In addition, she has over 50,000 followers on Twitter, 140,000 followers on Pinterest, 45,000 followers on Facebook and 19,000 following her on Instagram.

Holly’s blog is updated daily throughout the week and features a curated selection of design finds from sofas to stationery along with product reviews, reader discounts, contests, book reviews, interviews, store and home tours, do-it-yourself projects, and trade show coverage. Topics range from decorating to small business ownership, travel, blogging and independent design — all meant to encourage and engage readers as well as connect them with talented emerging and established creative types around the world.

Her best selling interiors book, Decorate: 1,000 Inspirational Ideas For Every Room In Your Home, was published by Jacqui Small in London and Chronicle Books in America along with Murdoch Books in Australia and has enjoyed tremendous success claiming the #1 spot for Interior Design books on Amazon for nearly two years (so far) and was reprinted 4 times in both the US and UK. Decorate is now published in 12 editions including German by Callwey Verlag under the title, Lust auf Wohnen and is a best seller in Germany. Other languages include French, Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Polish and Czech/Slovic.

Decor8 Blog

Coochicoos was launched in 2005 to report on the growing modern design trends happening for baby decor, furniture, fashion, and baby gear.  Published by Robert Yang, a former architect and now a creative entrepreneur, Robert’s love for clean modern design inspires the stories featured on Coochicoos.  Robert lives in Los Angeles with his wife and 4 year old daughter, and also has a son in his senior year in college.
Since 2005, we have helped thousands of modern families discover that they don’t have to give up their modern design-sensibilities just because they became parents.  If you are a parent and love art, architecture, graphic design, tech, and travel, then we hope you find Coochicoos a resource that keeps you connected with what’s fresh and new for your growing family.
What we believe
We’re minimalists.  We don’t report on everything – after all who needs more stuff and clutter in their homes.  We believe that good design makes life easier and simplier, which means living with less stuff.  Coochicoos is also carefully edited to bring you just what we like.


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