Best of the Web + 10 Instagram Accounts to Follow

While I was writing this week’s ‘State of the (Blog) Union‘ post, the thing I kept coming back to was how much Instagram has changed my point of view and opened my eyes to the benefits of an ever-changing online world. I have found more personal and professional inspiration on that platform than any other place in the last few years. From exciting photographers and new florists to amazing new shops and people who see the world in such a beautiful and different way, scrolling through my feed every morning makes me feel connected to such a different and interesting group of people. I follow a little over 600 people (too many and I miss too many photographs) and am steadily adding more, but today I thought I’d end the week with some visual inspiration in the form of my ten (current) favorite Instagram accounts. These are the feeds that constantly leave me wanting more and intrigued by the way each person views the world with a different set of eyes, influences and interests. If you’ve got a feed you love, please feel free to share it with the rest of us! I’m always looking for more inspiration, new people to discover and collaborate with. Until Monday, have a wonderful weekend and thank you for all your thoughtful and insightful comments this week.

My Instagram Top 10 for January 2013:

  • Kim Ficaro: Kim is an interior and prop stylist. I love looking at her feed for images of interesting materials and behind-the-scenes shoot details.
  • Benjamin Hole: Ben runs a farm in Purbeck, England and gives such a beautiful- and realistic- look inside the daily life of his farm. I especially love his videos.
  • Yvette van Boven: Yvette is an expert in all things food. She makes me hungry 24 hours a day.
  • Alice Gao: Alice is a NYC-based photographer who knows her way around a simple but seriously ethereal photo.
  • Ariele Alasko: It’s no secret that we love Ariele. Her feed inspired our Day in the Life column and continues to inspire me with gorgeously moody but sweet photos of everything from woodworking to pets.
  • The Things We Keep (Kay): Kay is a designer I’ve been following for a while and then met in person at our local dog run. Her photos (and dog) are beautiful and full of life.
  • Andrea Gentl: Andrea is one half of the talented photography and styling team, Gentle & Hyers. She and her husband Martin’s feeds are shot so beautifully and full of great flowers and food.
  • Marte Marie Forsberg: Oh to be in her life for one day. Gorgeous food, shoot locations and her cottage home is lovely as well.
  • Tiny Atlas Quarterly: This fantastic publication team travels to some of the most fantastic places and has great guest-posts from photographers across the globe.
  • Jardine Botanic: Inspiring florals from Australia. This shop is my happy place.

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  1. Maggie says:

    Great selection, excited about all the new pretties on my feed :). Thanks!

  2. Emily Nathan says:

    Wow thank you so much Grace what a delightful surprise! We are all many year readers of DesignSponge over here at Tiny Alas Quarterly!

  3. Kay says:

    D*S is no longer showing up in Feedly. Anyone else having this problem?

  4. Fiona says:

    Of those instagram picks benjaminhole is my favourite – obviously
    I don’t know what his background is but you don’t expect a
    Farmer to have such a creative aesthetic. And also he is not
    Promoting any product – it is just sharing his beautiful landscape

  5. Caroline says:

    I can’t get D*S on Feedly either! And I’ve so enjoyed your longer pieces recently, I look forward to them popping up in my feed!

  6. Oh! Thanks so much for the lovely suggestions! I needed some fresh inspiration, I just love peeking into someone else beautiful world :)

  7. Great selection here! I’ve been previously subscribing to MM Forsberg and Yvette van Boven and can’t wait to see some new pictures. Thank you very much!


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