insta files friday: 10 seriously awesome interior designers


extremely cool home makeover: instagram edition

The leaves are a’changing (well, almost), and it’s finally time to begin the long-awaited switch into fall mode. Obviously, you’ll be acquiring some thigh high boots and cozy sweaters, but equally important is making your apartment pretty seeing as you’ll probably be spending the majority of the chilly days indoors. Don’t stress though, we’ve searched far and wide for 10 of the coolest interior designers, armed with lace curtains and mason jars and ready to help you reinvent your space via Instagram! Check out their profiles for all of the fall decorating inspiration a girl could ask for, and be sure to thank us when your room looks like a post on the Free People blog (#goals).

Emily Katz (@emily_katz)

Creative consultant Emily Katz is basically the interior designer we wish was our BFF—seriously, her decorating advice would be sooo helpful. Not only is she a macrame wiz (a hobby we’re all about to take up, like, right now), but she also puts together super dreamy rooms and takes insanely rad pics of them when she’s done, so you can totally live out the dream over Insta.

Candice Leigh (@ohfoxcreative)

You’ll definitely want to follow Austin-based interior stylist Candice Leigh as she bounces around from one ultra-cool design job to the next. And seeing as she posts only the best of her awesome vintage finds, we suggest scrolling through her prof every time before you hit up the flea market—check her out and you’ll totally see what we mean.

Sibella Court (@sibellacourt)

We don’t know how we survived before we discovered Australian interior stylist-slash-globetrotter Sibella Court. Just in case you don’t have time to read one of her many awesome books (we feel you), you can still get your fill of rad boho decor on her site, The Society, or on her Instagram, which is honestly one of the most aesthetically pleasing things, ever.

Haskell Harris McKinney (@haskellharris)

Haskell Harris McKinney is pretty much a Renaissance girl of interior design. She does it all: designing, blogging, magazine editing--you name it. And as lead style editor of Garden & Gun, you can bet her Instagram is jam-packed with some major Southern charm. 

Blair Harris (@blairharrisnyc)

NYC-based designer Blair Harris is probably the first girl you’ll call when you score that Upper East side loft (one day, one day). But until then, her rustic and classically cool vibes can totally serve as apartment inspo that’ll earn you mad style points in the meantime.

Janelle Pietrzak (@janelle_pietrzak)

Between Anthropologie textile artist Janelle Pietrzak and her carpenter husband Robert Dougherty, they can pretty much accomplish anything. From vintage motorcycle repair to welding to setting up a rad textile workshop called All Roads in LA, the pair is a design dream duo. And seeing as Pietrzark posts on Instagram regularly, you can expect a fresh dose of decorating (and life) inspiration on the daily.

Coryander Friend (@cocoanders)

Whens she’s not busy being the creative mastermind behind the Free People-fave Parachute Market in LA, Coryander Friend doubles as a set designer (can you say dream job?). And thankfully, the busy lady still has time to post pics of her crazy travels, genius design projects, and all-around beautiful life on the Gram (insert prayer hands emoji here).

Grant K. Gibson (@grantkgibson)

If you missed his work while skimming the pages of Elle Decor or Harper’s Bazaar, don’t worry, because there’s tons more design awesomeness coming your way from Grant K. Gibson’s unbelievably perfect Instagram. He posts killer photos of his projects in both the before and after stages, plus all his fave (AKA the coolest-looking) city spots in SF and NYC for extra inspiration. 

Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe (@nickeykehoe)

This duo is totally dominating the design game—and the Instagram game. Their art history-inspired pieces, Parisian-cool curating, and major photo skills make for a seriously rad Insta account—oh, and an awesome interior design business of course. Plus, they usually credit the artwork and furniture in their posts, so you’ll know exactly where to buy that ceramic tea set they made you fall in love with.

Kristen Grove (@simplygrove)

Saying that Kirsten Grove knows how to decorate would be a major understatement. She’s a total pro at keeping things clean, simple, and cupcake-cute. We think it’s safe to say that taking her interior design tips will make your space look like it’s basically in the Mayfair filter IRL.

Emily Katz (@emily_katz)
Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



Photo by Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images.

It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.