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If you’re a Design Happens regular, then for more than a year you’ve been following Erin Loechner, her hunky husband Ken and their daunting, gorgeous (and sometimes comical) total gut renovation. We’re talking the complete transformation of a Midwest auction house into a stunning Scandinavian cabin. (If you haven’t been following along, here’s a link to Erin’s HGTV.com posts documenting their remodeling journey.) For those of you, like me, who are utterly charmed by Erin’s sense of style and gusto, you’ll want to subscribe to Erin’s eye-candy of a blog Design For Mankind.

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Design For Mankind is the perfect compilation of topics I love to casually browse while drinking my morning coffee or when I unwind before bed. Let’s face it. We’re all busy. So, who has time to scroll through pages and pages of endless copy. Erin’s blog is filled to the brim with captivating pictures, images and art. And that’s just how we like it. I seriously can’t get enough. So much so that I absolutely must share my take on DFM with you lovely people. So here it is ladies and gents, the top four reasons why DFM makes my heart skip a beat as soon as it pops up in my inbox and rolls through my Twitter timeline.

1. Color of the Week

DFM’s Color of the Week series is to-die-for. Erin’s style boards mix home decor with both beauty and fashion products for the perfect cross-genre pairings. Erin’s picks will literally leave you racing to the nearest store for lilac nail polish and blush-hued lip balm. (My favorite? Her picks for Kelly green. Yum!)

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2. All About Art

I love that Erin intersperses posts on abstract art and gallery installations among her posts on trendy fashion, home decor products and inspiring interiors. Very rarely do I find myself purposefully searching for these particular art forms, but when they’re on DFM, I wonder why I never came across them before. And more importantly, why they’re not hanging in my home somewhere. (BTW – If you’re new to DFM, you’ll quickly discover that Erin hearts geometric patterns. Who knew triangles, squares and heptagons could be so inspiring?)

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3. Design For MYkind

I really enjoy getting to know the editor behind closed doors, and for DFM that’s exactly what MYkind is. Erin says, “Design For MYkind is all Erin, all the time.” Yes! She shares sneak peaks of her Scandinavian work-in-progress and let’s us in on her style, from her wardrobe to her bed linens. I look forward to her “Today’s Outfit” posts especially. Basically, each post features a collection of images with Erin modeling one of her adorable outfits with stellar accessories to match (while I hastily click over to the website and put the stunning floral dress into my shopping cart). She also uses this regular post series on DFM to share personal Loechner moments, random tidbits and any inspiration that comes along the way.

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4. Guest Posts

Sometimes guests posts can leave you missing the blog editor. Or maybe you can sense the change in character. Not on DFM. The guest bloggers stop by for regular visits, but Erin is still in the room the entire time. Plus, her contributors are amazing, and these posts are far from ordinary.

  • Color Mankind :: A weekly color series
  • Artful Interiors :: A weekly series mirroring artwork with similarly inspiring interiors
  • Samsies :: A weekly series that shares artwork with photographed human-form interpretations

Isn’t DFM so cool? Don’t you just want to hang out with Erin, talk about design, grab a coffee and then go shopping? I do. Whether you’re a DFM newbie or regular, let us know your favorite part of Erin’s blog. The fashion? The art? The product finds?

Tell us in the comments below.

And don’t miss the latest update on Erin’s home renovation transformation on Design Happens every Wednesday!

23 Responses

  1. Nancy says:

    Home reno….YES…I am so over all the House Hunting shows….when I come home from work, I want to see some new inspiring shows to redo…redesign…the things most of us 'common' people need – most of us are NOT looking for another home – especially out of the USA… once in a while I enjoy watching them just to see them…BUT NOT every night… show after show….please make some changes! I am watching your channel less and less….Nancy

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  3. Marianne@HGTV says:

    I loooove the art featured on Erin's blog. I pretty much had to start a new pinboard on Pinterest with her art picks!

  4. erin loechner says:

    Oh dear – thank you so much, everyone!

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