With many of us spending more time at home due to Covid, it’s only natural we’ve been paying more attention to our decor. From small adjustments to soft furnishings, to complete decorative overhauls, improving your living space can enhance your overall wellbeing, as well as provide a sense of purpose during these uncertain times.
Deciding on a scheme or a big ticket purchase can be daunting, however, but fortunately that’s where Instagram can help. Here, we’ve put together our pick of inspirational accounts for anyone looking to refresh their space, or for those of us who simply enjoy taking a sneak peek into other people’s homes…
Characterized by her dextrous use of minimalist color for maximum effect, Iranian-French architect and interior designer, Mahdavi endeavours to create contemporary, eclectic spaces that make people happy. The bubble-gum pink Gallery restaurant at London’s Sketch – arguably the city’s most Instagrammable restaurant – is a case in point.
Other notable projects include Hotel Du Cloitre in Arles and Monte Carlo Beach Hotel in Monaco.
Riyadh-based interior designer, Alanoud Khalid Mishaal, draws on her passion for art and travel to create innovative spaces that juxtapose modern minimalism with traditional design. Her hands-on, personal approach to the design process ensures each project is unique, using customized bespoke furniture tailored to each client’s individual needs.
Martyn Lawrence Bullard
Martyn Bullard’s eclectic, gorgeously sophisticated, interiors have won the designer a legion of celebrity clients, including Elton John, Cher, Tommy Hilfiger and various members of the Kardashian-Jenner family, including Kylie Jenner whose home you can see above. The British designer honed his skills in the UK before settling in LA, where his sumptuous interiors can be marvelled at in high-end hotels including Casa Laguna and newly-opened The Prospect.
Named one of the world’s top 100 designers by Architectural Digest, Bullard fronts several TV shows, including Million Dollar Decorators, and is the author of several design books.
The Parisian interior designer is known for artfully combining subtlety and drama in his distinct haute couture aesthetic, which always yields elegant results. Expect high art and exquisite vintage furniture in unpretentious settings that are a joy to behold.
Look out for Insta posts of Château de Fabrègues, Yovanovitch’s spectacular 17th-century Provençal home that he restored over several years with his signature flair.
Kelly Hoppen CBE
With over 40 years’ experience, including appearances on BBC’s Dragon’s Den and The Great Interior Design Challenge, Kelly Hoppen’s name has become a byword for understated luxury. Her sleek, neutral style, subtlety infuses elements of East-meets-West with clean lines and muted palettes, and has been replicated the world over.
Head to Instagram for videos of Hoppen responding to design challenges from the public, as well as sumptuous schemes reflecting her refined aesthetic.
Founded in 2014 by Australian designer Jo England, Tribe Dubai is an independent design studio and e-commerce store with a focus on ethical and handmade products made using sustainable materials. Think natural, coastal-style elegance, and rattan furniture that’s perfect for indoor and outdoor spaces.
Tribe’s Insta feed is like a breath of fresh air, showcasing pastel-tone creations with rustic vibes. Even better, you can rest-assured that all its products are ethically produced by hand-picked artisans. Art with a heart at its best.
Dubbed “the presiding grande dame of West Coast interior design” by The New Yorker, American interior designer Kelly Wearstler has made her name creating evocative spaces using bold colors and a masterful blend of contemporary and vintage styles.
MA Interiors has been making waves in the Middle East since 2010 with a reputation for creating beautifully-crafted, bespoke interiors in its native Riyadh. Specializing in turnkey installations for residential and commercial clients, the firm’s mission is to make beauty accessible to all those who seek it. Expect a seamless blend of form and function, using only the finest materials, resulting in spaces that are not only elegant, but supremely liveable.
On his Instagram bio, American designer Jonathan Adler invites us to “build a timelessly chic foundation, then accessorize with abandon”, so it’s no surprise that his feed overflows with gorgeous accessories in a kaleidoscope of colors, served with a dollop of his characteristic playfulness.
Adler made his name as a ceramicist, before branching out into furniture and interior design. Expect stylish, bold interiors with an unapologetic artistic vibe.