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Imagine co-managing a design blog with someone whom you’ve never met and who also happens to live halfway across the world. This is the situation for Desire to Inspire editors Jo and Kim. They met on Flickr in 2006 by sharing bookmarked images and instantly discovered a common interest in interior design. It didn’t take long for their lovely new blog to garner a strong following. They both have their day jobs of course, but claim their hearts belong to design and “all things beautiful around the home.” Four years later, Desire to Inspire has been ranked number four on The London Times Top 50 Design Blogs.

desire to inspire jo and kim design blog editorsJo and Kim From Desire to Inspire

So, you’re looking for some daily inspiration? Then you’re in for a treat. Jo and Kim feature interior designers, architects, photographers, stylists and their own readers’ homes from all over the world. There’s always an eclectic mix of eye candy, and I’m constantly mesmerized by their incredible finds. Trust me, you’ll never get tired of scrolling.

Find out why I love Desire to Inspire and how it inspires me, and then maybe you’ll get inspired, too. (And then please forgive me for using the word ‘inspire’ three times in one sentence.)

They Feature International Interior Designers and Firms With Amazing, Out-There Styles

brick amsterdam interior designer desire to inspire blog design blogBricks Amsterdam >> Amsterdam

gardener and marks australia interior designer desire to inspire design blogGardener & Marks >> Australia

isabel lopez-quesada spain espana interior designer australia desire to inspire design blogIsabel Lopez-Quesada >> Spain

You Can Tour the Drool-Worthy Homes of Fellow Desire to Inspire Readers

Jennifer, a longtime follower of Desire to Inspire, sent the following (plus a dozen more) images of her Texas home to Jo and Kim to feature on the blog. She said her home was built in 1917, and when she and her husband purchased it, it was in such bad shape that it was scheduled for demolition. After two years of renovations, this is the final product. Swoon!

desire to inspire readers house tour design blog

desire to inspire readers house tour design blog

desire to inspire readers house tour design blog

Jo’s Real-Estate Stalking Gets You Into Some of the Coolest Homes on the International Market

Check out this luxurious, oceanfront Canadian estate called the Swanwick Ranch:

swanwick ranch house desire to inspire design blogSwanwick Ranch

swanwick ranch house desire to inspire design blogSwanwick Ranch

They’ve Wracked Up a Killer Collection of Photographers That’ll Make You Go Weak at the Knees

philip ficks photographer interior design desire to inspire design blogPhotographer Philip Ficks

My absolute favorite aspect of Desire to Inspire is Jo and Kim’s ability to unify so many different people from all over the world through one blog. Plus, they showcase such a wide variety of design styles that they’ve broadened my perspective, I’m happy to say. I’ve been introduced to several creative designers, photographers and stylists and have fallen in love with new styles and designs I never thought I’d embrace.

We all need a little lot of inspiration at the beginning, middle or end of the day. Desire to Inspire has been my go-to source, and with endless pages of stunning photography, I constantly feel uplifted and motivated in the design department.

Are you a new fan of Desire to Inspire or have you been stopping by for years? What’s your favorite part of Jo and Kim’s daily design blog? Tell us in the comments!

3 Responses

  1. @Katie6DW says:

    Great choice for Bloggers of the Month! Without a doubt, my favorite part of their blog is Monday's Pets on Furniture.

  2. [...] Month: Jo and Kim From Desire to Inspire HGTV Design Happens Tue, December 13, 2011 2:00 PM UTC HGTV Design Happens Rate this story Share (function(){var [...]

  3. Kim @ DTI says:

    OMG! Thanks so much for the blogger of the month honour!!!

Kayla KittsKayla is a special projects editor at HGTV.com and a co-editor-in-chief for Design Happens. Kayla is an overbearing cat mom with a love for vintage-modern furniture, artisan cocktails, organizing all...


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