12 delicious design blogs to read, stat

If you were following the Cool Mom Picks Twitter stream this past week, you might have caught some of the wit and wisdom we were reaping from the Altitude Design Summit, an amazingly inspirational weekend with more than 300 bloggers and small biz owners in the worlds of design, photography, crafting, printing, party planning and more.

While I could pretty much gush all day long about the incredible women (and a few men) that I met, instead, I thought I’d point you to a few new favorite websites and blogs that you’ll want to add to your feed reader, stat. I’m limiting this to sites that have yet to grace Cool Mom Picks. Otherwise, sheesh, I’d go on forever. –Liz

[photo: the girls with glasses show, kate spade ny, angela + ithyle photography]

Creative Thursday
Boy howdy, I love this woman and her many artistic endeavors. Marisa’s work is amazing (you may recognize her artwork from her Etsy shop and beyond) and her blog will just make you feel happy.

Design for Mankind
Erin Loechner is one of those kind, funny, spiritually generous women who makes everyone around her smile, and it shows on her incredible design blog. I mean, she’s posted about a crocheted piano.

Design Milk
If you’re not yet familiar with this fabulous source of design inspiration, get on it! Jaime Derringer’s blog is clean and beautiful and deliciously aspirational. A girl can dream, right?

Design Blahg
A snarky, NSFW design blog? Totally. I swear, I don’t just like Erica because she’s from Brooklyn. I like her because she’s funny. And she’s from Brooklyn.

loving. living. small.
Rebecca posts about all kinds of nifty inspiration for people living in small spaces (ahemnewyorkcityapartment) so of course I’m drawn to that. Also, turns out we used to work together. Small spaces, small world.

alt summit business cards
Beautiful business cards!

Modern Kiddo
Alix and Dottie work for the man by day, but by night (and lunch hour, presumably) put together this adorable blog to showcase vintage-inspired finds for kids.

Old Sweet Song
Luxury! Taste! Humor! Okay, so that’s Barney’s line, but Old Sweet Song fits the bill too when you add in an affinity for nostalgia. Lots of eye candy here.

Raising Foodies / Simple Lovely
Raising Foodies is a beautiful combo of personal journal, design inspiration and food blog, created by mom Joslyn Taylor. Simple Lovely is her design blog…and it’s just that.

I can only call it interior design porn. Read it and weep that your budget (and your home) isn’t bigger.

Simple Song / Hip Hip Hooray!
The clean, cheery design blog Simple Song is helmed by a high-end letterpress stationer with a great eye. Hip Hip Hooray is her newest site focusing just on gorgeous children’s goodies. Expect more shout-outs in the very near future.

Simply Grove
Kirsten Grove’s taste is exquisite (and her haircut is awesome) and you’ll find coolness for kiddos on this site, since she’s a mom too. In fact, she was a smart voice on a panel about juggling multiple responsibilities. Not that I know about that, ahem.

We are 1976
This Dallas boutique featuring indie designers looks so amazing, I can’t wait for it to get its proverbial tuchus online so we can start window shopping.

What are your favorite design blogs that our readers should know about? I know…so many!

Cool Mom Staff

We spend our time looking for cool stuff so you don't have to. Hope this one fits the bill.


  • Reply January 24, 2011


    I am HONORED to be on this list. Thank you!!
    So glad we got to chat (if just for a bit) at Alt. Hope we can spend more time together at some point…thinking we’d have fun! 😉

  • Reply January 24, 2011


    What great company! Thank you so much for including me. It was great to meet you, Liz.

  • Reply January 24, 2011

    Jaime from Design Milk

    Thank you Liz! :)
    It was a pleasure meeting you as well & boy, are you a smartie. xo Jaime

  • Reply January 24, 2011


    Oh my gosh! I love these! Can’t wait to start looking at them all tonight.

  • Reply January 24, 2011


    stellar list lady! My reader is going to be clogged for weeks after meeting so many great people at Alt – including you! Cheers

  • Reply January 24, 2011

    Linda Geiser

    I completely agree with We are 1976. Fun. Thanks for the list. – they are all good.

  • Reply January 24, 2011


    Lady lady!!! You are so awesomely cool and kind to include us in this list….and can I just say that meeting you was a highlight fo sho!!!!

    OK. I’ve officially exhausted my Annual Exclamation Point Allotment.


  • Reply January 24, 2011

    simply grove

    Thank you THANK YOU for including me!! I loved meeting you and I am SO glad that you didn’t have to leave early! :)

  • Reply January 24, 2011


    Oh my goodness, thank you Liz! So privileged to be on such an amazing list. So happy to have met you and learned so much from your panel!

  • Thank you so much Liz! It’s an honor to be included in this list. Loved meeting you and am already looking forward to our next visit!!

  • Reply January 25, 2011

    Design Blahg

    Aww, shucks! Thanks for including me amongst all these other HAWT blogs!

  • Reply January 28, 2011

    Coasting anon

    This is a great list!! Next year I am SO going to budget a trip to Alt Summit. In the meantime, I will have to live vicariously through you and Grace at Design*Sponge who wrote a great recap of her experience there.

    I also write for the design blog for flor, Musings, found here: http://www.flor.com/blog – it’s been a blast writing for them, but more importantly, I LOVE what all the other contributors have to say.

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