5 home decor Instagram accounts you should follow

Growing up, I was the girl that redecorated and rearranged my bedroom constantly (sorry mom and dad!). That love of interior design and decor has grown with me (fun fact: I’m getting a certificate in interior design!) and I’m always searching for sources of inspiration for our home. Lately, my favorite spot for inspo has been the Instagram feeds of my favorite designers, retailers and bloggers! Looking for some fresh, new ideas, too? Check out the list of my favorite accounts below, then be sure to give them a follow and save your favorite posts for your next house project!

Emily A. Clark | @emilyaclark

All images from @emilyaclark on Instagram.

Emily A. Clark’s decorating blog is one of my favorites, always a spot for encouraging interior inspiration, and her Instagram feed is the same. I’d call Emily’s design style a welcoming, attainable twist on traditional. While many accounts share photos of perfectly styled rooms, Emily shares beautiful scenes from her home that also give a glimpse of real life, with her kids running down the stairs and the occasional backpack slung across a dining room chair. She shares great tips and ideas for decorating a home that is both beautiful and livable for families (she has five kids!) and is a major encouragement for me as I think to the future and realize that I don’t have to sacrifice style to have a home that is family-friendly!

Amanda Louise Interiors | @amandalouiseinteriors

All images from @amandalouiseinteriors on Instagram.

Beautiful interiors, bright colors and precious pups… what more could you want from an Instagram account? Greenville, SC-based designer Amanda Louise Campbell of Amanda Louise Interiors is the queen of color and a master at pattern play, masterfully curating layers of art, textiles and accessories to create spaces that are equal parts welcoming and inspiring. Each square on her feed is full of eclectic combinations of pattern and color that I honestly would have never considered myself, but look so incredible together. Plus, her sweet pup Maisy (pictured above) often makes a cameo. Go give her account a follow!

Society Social | @societysocial

All images from @societysocial on Instagram.

Society Social is an family-owned retailer for furniture and decor founded by North Carolina native Roxy Te. Her Instagram feed is absolutely drool-worthy and full of stunning interiors inspiration with a twist. Society Social’s beautifully curated feed is full of bright colors, bold textiles and furniture with character— bamboo bar carts, lacquered chairs, grasscloth consoles and more! I’m constantly saving and pinning images from Society Social for future ideas about how to include color in classic, yet fresh, ways. I’m not sure I could convince my husband to furnish our entire home in Society Social goodies, but a girl can dream, right!?

GordonDunning Interior Design | @gordondunning

All images from @gordondunning on Instagram.

I’m not exactly sure how I stumbled upon Atlanta-based GordonDunning Interior Design’s Instagram feed, but I was instantly taken with their classic, yet often playful and always inviting, designs. I’m all about a good Instagram flat-lay and love seeing the “behind the scenes” schemes they often share with gorgeous textiles, wall coverings and hardware. In addition to sharing interior inspiration, designers Lathem Gordon and Cate Dunning let their personalities shine through on their Instagram account with #girlboss inspiration, humor and real-life confessions, too!

Young House Love | @younghouselove

All images from @younghouselove on Instagram.

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of John and Sherry Petersik, design and DIY bloggers, podcasters and authors at Young House Love. I’ve already mentioned them twice on this blog (here, where I talk about my favorite podcasts, and here, where I talk about my fangirl moment!) and I would be remiss not to share how much I love their Instagram account, too! John and Sherry have been working on a beach house and a duplex in Cape Charles, VA and share their progress (both the highs and the lows!) on their Instagram account. They also share images from their beautiful Richmond home, DIY projects and shots of their hilarious chihuahua named Burger, just to name a few! Honestly, I think I love following their Instagram stories the most— Sherry is the one behind their Instagram and often shares about her beauty routine, great finds at Target, funny DIY fails, tips for simplifying and more!

What are some of your favorite interior design and decor Instagram accounts to follow?

xo,
Ryann

my favorite books of the summer

At the beginning of this year, I set a goal for myself to make more time for reading and to have less screen time. I finally got a library card (not sure what took me so long!) and have loved adding to my wish list of books to read and waiting for books I’ve put on hold to come available. I just finished book #30 of 2018, and I don’t intend on slowing down anytime soon!

Here are a few of the books I read and enjoyed this summer:

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman | You might recognize this title, since it was part of Reese Witherspoon’s book club. I found it in Costco and randomly decided to pick it up to read on our anniversary trip to Mexico. At first I wasn’t sure about her, but I soon became enamored the quirky heroine, Eleanor. She has a mysterious past and a lonely existence, and I found it easy to become a cheerleader along her journey to discover herself and open up to the world. Equal parts funny, heartbreaking and endearing, this book is one that I didn’t want to put down!

Looking for Lovely by Annie F. Downs | Y’all know that I love Annie Downs— I listen to her podcast weekly (read more about my favorite podcasts here!) I really enjoy her writing voice and the comfortable, conversational style of this memoir was no exception. In Looking for Lovely, Annie shares her stories of struggle, weaved in with scripture and biblical truths. She encourages the reader that though life is full of darkness and hardship, we can look for lovely in the everyday, ordinary moments and appreciate the lessons and gifts that God has provided for us along the journey. This is one of those books that you can read over and over again, and I already feel like I need to re-read it soon!

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis | This book is an easy read, and I devoured it on the plane to Mexico this summer. Girl, Wash Your Face is structured around lies that women tell themselves, and Rachel Hollis is honest and vulnerable about the ways that each of these lies have played a role in her life. I really appreciated the honest advice, tough love and quotable encouragement she includes as she shares her story. I now have my favorite quote from the book on a post-it note at my desk: “You, and only you, are ultimately responsible for who you become and how happy you are.” I definitely recommend this book if you’re in a place where you need encouragement or motivation!

The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir | I mentioned this book in passing in my “The Good Stuff | July 2018” blog post and I had to include it here. This was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time— one of those page-turners that hooks you from the start. Essie, the teenage daughter of an evangelical preacher whose family is the center of a reality TV show, finds out she is pregnant. I found myself on the edge of my seat, ready to cheer Essie on throughout her journey as she struggled to with the truth about her past, the courage required to bring justice, and the sacrifices that had to be made to find her freedom. This book takes on some timely, tough topics in a suspenseful, beautifully-written narrative, and I highly recommend it!

Everybody, Always by Bob Goff | I loved Bob Goff’s first book, Love Does, and knew I had to read Everybody, Always when it came out. Bob Goff is an incredible author because he has such an enthusiasm and zeal for life and calls the reader to have the same. He’s over the top, but so authentic and genuine at the same time. He has such a gift for storytelling, simultaneously weaving in humor, humanity and heartbreak in each chapter. You’ll finish this book uplifted and filled with hope, inspired to embrace life and love others well.

All We’ve Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin | If you’ve ever read any of Emily Giffin’s rom com-type books, this one might be a little different than what you’re expecting. This novel is less “chick lit” and more of a drama, addressing the complexity of family relationships, the challenges of parenting in the age of social media, racial and class biases, and other heavy topics. It is told from three different perspectives— a mother, a father and a daughter— which I enjoyed, because it allowed me to put myself in each of the character’s shoes and caused me to think to myself, “What would I do in that situation?” I’ll admit, the book wrapped up a little more quickly then I liked and left some unanswered questions, but overall I enjoyed this quick, but still thought-provoking, read.

Here’s what I have next on my list to read:

What have you read recently? Let me know- I’d love to add more titles to my list of books to read in 2018!

xo,
Ryann

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my favorite faith resources

I’ve never really been an early bird, but last summer I started getting up earlier in the morning to do my Bible study and enjoy my coffee. Starting the morning slow and with intention has been the BEST change I’ve made for myself. I actually look forward to getting up early, thanks to my morning coffee and these two resources- my SheReadsTruth Bible and my Cultivate What Matters Write the Word journal.

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Write the Word Journals || I used to get discouraged digging into scripture, not sure what book of Bible to read, feeling guilty if I missed a day in a dated devotional... you know the feeling. But Write the Word journals from Cultivate What Matters are different. Their grace-filled pages encourage you to explore the Bible, dig into a particular topic, and focus on God's word. These journals provide verse selections for you to write out (which is especially fun when you use colorful pens, like I do!) and space that I use to write commentary, my prayer for the day, and whatever else is on my heart. I love that the pages are undated, meaning that I don't have to feel guilty if I happen to miss a day. Some mornings I spend 10 minutes in my WTW journal, other days it's 45. These journals make scripture so much more attainable and approachable, and I can truly say that my day-to-day life has been changed by taking the time to dig in to my Write the Word journals over my morning cup of coffee!

No matter what season of life you're in, there's a WTW journal to guide you through it, such as Cultivate Hope, Cultivate Joy, Cultivate Gratitude, and more. Click here to peek inside the Write the Word journal and order one for yourself!

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She Reads Truth Bible || Andrew gave me this Bible as a gift last year and I am in love. You may be familiar with the community of She Reads Truth through their online Bible reading plans, but they also have an online shop full of valuable resources, including their Bible!

The SRT Bible is truly a work of art, a beautiful resource for better knowing God's Word and seeing its relevance in our lives and our world today. I have the She Reads Truth Bible with a linen cover in the beautiful, bright poppy color, which I keep out all the time as a reminder to dig in daily, but also because it's so dang pretty!

I've come to value the SRT Bible for the way it highlights the goodness, truth, beauty and relevance of scripture through devotional excerpts, helpful maps and timelines, verse art, reading plans and more. Each time I open up my SRT Bible, I'm excited to learn more and make connections with the text, using the space on each page to journal, underline, and truly engage with the gift of scripture and the truth it provides. Click here to take a look inside the SRT Bible!

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Each of these products are made with such love and intention, and I hope that sharing a little more about the role that they play in my daily life will encourage you to take a look if you've been searching for resources like I was.

What are some of your favorite books, studies, tools and resources for digging into God's Word? I'd love to hear about them!

xo, Ryann

my favorite podcasts

For a long time, I never understood all the hype around listening to podcasts. I listened to the occasional podcast here and there (who didn't listen to Serial when it first came out?!) but originally I reserved podcasts for long road trips to pass the time. 

That all changed at the beginning of this year. I am now a self-declared podcast junkie. I listen to them while I'm cleaning, on the way to work, while getting ready in the morning... basically, all the time. I've realized that podcasts are a way for me to learn, "meet" new people, hear their stories, learn skills that I can apply to my work and life, and just generally get inspired. 

I wanted to take some time to share some of my favorite podcasts with you-- let me know if you listen to any of these, too, and if you have any I should add to my list!

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That Sounds Fun with Annie Downs

Y'all. I just want to be best buddies with Annie Downs-- her podcast, That Sounds Fun, is one of my all-time favorites. If you're not familiar, Annie Downs is the author of hilarious, beautiful and inspiring memoirs like "Let's All Be Brave" and "Looking for Lovely". I read her books before listening to her podcast, but since have gone back and re-read each of them, now that I really have a "feel" for Annie's voice, humor and style. Each podcast is a conversation with one of Annie's friends-- including some super-cool people you've probably heard of, like musicians Dave Barnes and Ellie Holcomb, author Bob Goff, and so much more. I've also really enjoyed "discovering" new authors, musicians, and artists through the podcast. Some episodes I find myself laughing by myself in the car, some make me reflect, and some inspire me. Sounds pretty fun, right?

Behind the Bliss

Behind the Bliss is a relatively new podcast, but I'm already such a huge fan. Besties and hosts Rachel and Mary Scott describe this podcast as a place for women to "encourage and inspire, storytell and share." I love this podcast because you find true encouragement and authenticity weaved into each episode. Rachel and Mary Scott recognize the power of vulnerability and the importance of sharing our stories-- both the beautiful and messy parts of friendship, marriage, waiting, grief and so much more. If you're looking for a safe space to say "me too, friend," then this podcast is for you. 

Young House Love Has a Podcast

You may have heard of John & Sherry Petersik, design and DIY bloggers at Young House Love. Well, guess what? Young House Love Has a Podcast... and it's awesome. John and Sherry share practical tips about organization, decorating and life at home through interviews with experts, stories about their own renovation adventures and mishaps (they're currently renovating a duplex in Cape Charles, VA!) and tips and tricks they've learned all the way. Y'all know I love design and decor, and John & Sherry make it super fun!

Christy Wright's Business Boutique

Ever since I was little, I've had quite a few "businesses"-- I've created and sold jewelry, art, door hangers, and more. I've always been interested in entrepreneurism and I still dream of owning my own business one day. Christy Wright's mission is to inspire women to make money doing what they love, and the author, business coach and Dave Ramsey personality inspires and equips women to do just that through her Business Boutique podcast. Through sharing her own experiences and interviewing successful businesswomen, Christy teaches her listeners about practical business concepts such as building your brand, utilizing digital marketing and setting goals, as well as general topics such as practicing gratitude, stepping into your gifts, knowing your worth and more. Her energy and enthusiasm are contagious and so inspiring. Be sure to follow her on Instagram, too-- her Instastories are so entertaining!

The Business Life & Joy Podcast

I can't remember how I first found Shunta Grant, host of The Business Life & Joy Podcast, but I was immediately hooked by her story. Not only does she live in Greenville, SC (where I  grew up), but only a few years ago she took the leap from the corporate world as a lawyer and went full-time with her first online business, Because of Zoe Designs, where she sells unique, hand crafted hair bows for girls. She also serves as a business educator, teaching women how to maximize their time in order to move beyond busy and build an impactful business and a joyful life. In a world that glorifies busy, Shunta is a breath of fresh air and the wisdom she shares (fo' free!) on her podcast weekly offers a unique perspective and practical tips-- no matter if you're a business owner or not! 

What podcasts do you love to listen to? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below!

xo, Ryann