Instagram Inspiration: Stylish Family Homes

6 design accounts to follow on Instagram

Since becoming addicted to Instagram, we’ve been keen to share our favourite accounts to follow. This week, it’s stylish families with interiors that inspire us and quite often trigger unintentional shoppings sprees.

If you have the slightest interest in interiors, beautiful and brilliant design or, at the very least, like to scour images of other people’s homes to get ideas of how to make your kids’ spaces playful and interesting, then you might want to follow these brilliant accounts. From toy designers to stylists, interior bloggers and shop owners, these 6 feeds have us green with envy and poised with credit cards.

Sweet Cabane (@sweetcabane)

Sweet Cabane on Instagram

If you fancy a soupçon of Parisian chic but just can’t see your kids fitting into that scheme, take a look at Sweet Cabane. The French lifestyle e-magazine is edited by mother of three Emilie, and her pictures not only give us serious house envy but they exude a cosy, eclectic and warm vibe. We love getting ideas: from pinned lights over the beds to painted stair rises. Warning, you may be compelled to book Eurostar tickets.

Vanessa Barneby (@barnebygates)

Vanessa Barneby on Instagram

If your home is staunchly British and traditional with edge, you’ll already know about Ex-Vogue Living editor-turned-wallpaper and fabric designer, Vanessa Barneby and her business partner Alice Gates. Their wallpapers – from star bursts to pineapples, peacocks to bees – adorn some of the most photogenic country and town houses in the UK. Vanessa’s feed is full of superlative rooms, spectacular design and of course, her own home and kids. We love the quintessential Britishness of her style.

Tessa Hop (@tessahop)

Tessa Hop on Instagram

If bleached and painted wood, raw linen and light flooded rooms are your style, do not forgo a peek at the extremely beautiful life of Tessa Hop and her three children. Between their stunning beach house in the Netherlands and their French holiday home, the interiors are studied and pared back, minimalist but homely and her children feature in many of the pictures radiating happiness. Her feed proves that you can live with kids, without clutter.

Karen Donaghey (@artmarble)

Art Marble on Instagram

Anyone after ideas for contemporary kids interiors should follow freelance stylist Karen Donaghey. The snaps of her home in Northern Ireland are not only great for inspiration but she willingly offers up good advice and helps followers source product. Erring on the side of monochrome, her kid’s room nevertheless mixes up great European finds and well placed, sensibly priced Ikea, like the bookshelves above.

Fanny & Alexander (@fannyandalexander)

Fanny & Alexander on Instagram

Designer Delfina Aguilar is known for her old-school, wood-carved toys, activity kits (needlepoint and letter writing), and handcrafted collectibles. She designs with the intention of encouraging creative play and making enduring and beautiful objects. Hailing from Argentina, the pictures on her feed are a mixture of product, curated still life shots and shares from her followers around the world. We love the concept and the delivery, and so do all the kids who are captured playing with her toys.

Malin’s Room (@malinsroom)

Marlin's Room on Instagram

Copenhagen-based lifestyle blogger and mother to Lennon and Linné, Malin Svensson’s Instagram feed is one to pore over if you subscribe to Scandinavian style and want to get ideas for unusual brands, and ways of styling kids spaces in a lived-in and eclectic way instead of sticking to the catalogue minimalist Scandi look.