Homes from home

Bedroom at Karine Candice Kong's home featured in Design Bloggers At Home, by Ellie Tennant.
Bedroom at Karine Candice Kong's home featured in Design Bloggers At Home, by Ellie Tennant.

You’re truly pure of heart if you’ve never wanted to snoop around other people’s homes, lingered on the street to peep into a lighted room, or viewed a house, with no intention of buying — just to satisfy your curiosity about what it’s like inside.

Go on, admit it, you’re into property porn. Thankfully, the easiest, guilt-free way to deal with a decor addiction is to browse online home design blogs, which can open the doors to homes throughout the world, as well as being inspiring, entertaining, and informative.

Undated Handout Photo of Living room at Karine Candice Kong's home featured in Design Bloggers At Home, by Ellie Tennant, photography Rachel Whiting, pub Ryland Peters & Small, #19.99. See PA Feature INTERIORS Bloggers. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature INTERIORS Bloggers. WARNING: This picture must only be used with the full product information as stated above.

Undated Handout Photo of Living room at Karine Candice Kong's home featured in Design Bloggers At Home, by Ellie Tennant, photography Rachel Whiting, pub Ryland Peters & Small, #19.99. See PA Feature INTERIORS Bloggers. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature INTERIORS Bloggers. WARNING: This picture must only be used with the full product information as stated above.

“Online, there are no limitations, no boundaries, you don’t need a passport, a visa or a plane ticket, just sit back and log on — a whole world of inspiring interiors awaits your arrival,” says Ellie Tennant, who’s travelled the world visiting 15 design bloggers and their homes for her book, Design Bloggers At Home.

“The world of interiors and design blogging is a close-knit, friendly community of passionate enthusiasts, who love sharing what they love and can give you an undiluted dose of style, as well as an intriguing glimpse into their lives and what makes them tick. Frankly, what’s not to like?”

Two of my favourites are designer Abigail Ahern’s, which highlights trends and tricks of the trade and features shots of her rich, dramatic decor, and Apartment Therapy, which is informative and illustrated with stunning photographs. Beginners — be warned, just like dipping into a box of chocolates and finding you’ve scoffed the lot, you can find that blogs are a major distraction and you can’t get enough of all those yummy rooms.

While it’s fun to check out bloggers who have a similar taste to your own, it can be inspiring looking at the online scrapbooks of others who follow their own stylish path.