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Our Most Beloved Instagram Photos Ever

by Grace Bonney

In the beginning, blogs felt like the ultimate community connector. When I first moved to NYC, blogs were the platform through which I met all of the most important people in my life, from friends to cherished colleagues. But as time goes on, social media is becoming the world where I’m discovering new people, places and ideas at a rapid and exhilarating pace. I just hopped on Snapchat (“Designsponge” if you want to follow me, it’s the most personal updating I’m doing online), but my first love will always be Instagram. It was the platform that reignited my passion for art, design and makers, and it constantly reminds me that there is NO end to inspiration online. So today I wanted to celebrate that community and the amazing images that you’ve all been sharing with us over the years.

I’m sharing our 15┬ámost beloved Instagram photos of all time. The majority of these are the results of our hashtag challenges and highlight just how incredibly talented, motivating and inspiring our creative community is. I have always been impressed by the people in our world, and this little highlight reel is just another reminder that each and every member of this online creative neighborhood is endlessly talented. Enjoy! xo, grace

This incredible egg color swirl by @hey_jules_studio always takes my breath away. You can't beat the colors and textures found in nature.
This calligraphy video that Laura Hooper of @LHCalligraphy shared with us in #dslettering is the most liked video we've ever shared. CLICK HERE to watch it in full. The sound of the nib on paper is mesmerizing.
What's not to love about a tiny fawn? This image held the #1 spot in our feed for almost a solid year, until the calligraphy video came through. This adorable photo was shared in #dshappy by @_jujujust_
Amelia the Hedgehog (@ameliahedgehog) stole our hearts immediately, so it's no surprise she did the same with everyone else. We loved her so much we did a "Day in the Life" with her on DS, too!
This beautiful floral photo was a process shot from @swallowsanddamsons ' story on DS, photographed by @indiahobson - this duo is behind several of our other top updates from the past year, too.
Sarah K Benning (@sarahkbenning) has the most incredible embroidery feed. These rooms-turned-embroidery-designs were a huge hit and I've been a devoted follower of her feed ever since. She even inspired this roundup on DS of fellow embroiderers on Instagram.
Why can't all homes have owl doors? I now know what to add to my dream home list. This carved door in Copenhagen was shared by @typefiend and @boredpanda (original photo by Frans de Waal, house by architect Andreas Flemmensen).
Photos of Indian architecture are some of my favorite, as international travel isn't in my budget these days. I love being able to follow people like @ch_chitnis who travel and share photos like this with us in #dspattern .
Photos of pets are always some of our community's favorite, and this combination of a cool constellation barn plus an adorable dog was an instant winner. Photo by @clairecudahy
Pets and patterns remain on top with this photo by @ldm_ninja in #dspetstyle. I love the contrast of the rug pattern with the cat's fur pattern!
There are some amazing patterns happening in this photo that @melanieroyals shared in #dspattern (taken at #peacockpavillion )
Embroidery appears again in the top 15, thanks to this colorful in-progress piece by @meaghancook in #dscolor
Flowers are so popular in our community that we created a hashtag challenge, #dsfloral, to honor the theme. This photo by @natashakolenko is one of my all-time favs, too.
I will never forget meeting this car. It was outside the window of a restaurant in Virginia Beach where Julia and I were eating with my parents. I stared at it for like an hour and the owner told me it was a vintage Fiat 600 Multipla. It is basically my (and a lot of other people's) dream car.
Eggs hold several spots in our greatest hits reel. This photo by @jswenty reminds me how beautiful the color of farm-fresh eggs (especially araucana) can be.

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