full of beautifully-curated feeds, the majority of which are run by 20-somethings wielding a camera and a point of view. I always find it refreshing, however, when I stumble upon a page published by someone a bit more seasoned. Don’t get me wrong — I’m not knocking my younger generation. Plenty of inspiring, up-and-coming creatives are doing wonders with the platform. But after taking a peek at some of the feeds we’ve rounded up for you today, I think you’ll agree that this older generation’s experience and years of craft have resulted in some truly motivating work. The narrative of their pages, the photos they publish, the places they’ve been — I strive to be just like them.
Ranging from interiors, cooking, styling and photography, each one shows off just how fabulous being over 40 can be. Their Instagram accounts have inspired me, and are sure to inspire others to keep creating. Enjoy! —
Decorator and blogger
feed is a crash-course in layered styling. Mismatched textiles and some of the most beautiful gallery walls I've ever seen often pop up on her page. Judy's network of friends and colleagues is pretty fabulous as well, and it's not uncommon for these other bloggers' and designers' homes to make an appearance on her Instagram, too. Good luck getting anything done once you start following this feed.
launched Lucky Magazine in 2000, but nowadays, the 50-year-old is focused on other ventures. After her time at Lucky came to a close, she had planned on writing a memoir, but has instead chosen to tell her story through the blog
Girls of a Certain Age
and her accompanying Instagram feed. Her snapshots are colorful and design centric, yet off-the-cuff. There's no over-styling here. She snapped this beautiful photo while in Nicaragua last fall.
Kim Mitchell Stokes'
job as an Art Director for Banana Republic's Factory Store takes her to beautiful locations all over the place. Not only does her feed track these treks, it also gives followers a peek into her fashion blog,
resume reads like a list of dream jobs. She has hosted her own TV show, designed the Harlem offices of former President Bill Clinton, and she even wrote two best-selling books. Naturally, her feed is full of beautiful interiors designed by her talented team. Those pretty shots, however, are not what drew me to her page. It was her photography style that got my attention. Her strategic use of cropping helps each shot's colors, patterns and textures sing.
Artist and designer
embodies being bold at any age. Her eccentric, personal style and brightly-colored line of textiles are a welcome change from the pared-down, washed-out photos that seem to have overtaken Instagram. For me, I want a jolt of color to start my day, and Jenny never disappoints. Close-ups of her textiles, travel snapshots and an intimate look into the life of a designer make her feed truly unique.
Originally from Sierra Leone and now living in Australia,
, founder of "The Cooking Wardrobe," uses her feed to highlight recipes she's tried from around the world. Peppered throughout are inspiring peeks at her wardrobe's eye-catching colors and patterns.
Instagram is full of celebrities, but they're often overshadowed by the stunning interior work she features. From initial sketches to fun finds - like these tiles she uncovered in her personal collection - the page is a great peek inside every stage of her design process.
It comes as no surprise that the page of writer and actor
is full of opulence and grandeur. After all, he does write for Architectural Digest and hosts the mystery series "Behind Mansion Walls." Over-the-top styling and a refreshing nod to the past makes his feed a must-see.
Penny De Los Santos
explores different cultures, lifestyles and communities through the food she captures. Her photos are more organic and much less staged than the majority of food photography that dominates Instagram nowadays.
Photographers Andria Lo and Valerie Luu's recent project
took them to the streets of the San Francisco neighborhood to capture its older residents' inspiring outfits. Their unpredictable assortment of accessories and happy grins keep me coming back to this page time and time again. The unaffected styling is a great starting point for some out-of-the-box home decorating as well. Why not take the subjects' off-the-wall color combinations and apply those to throw pillows and textiles throughout your home?