Being that the entire world is currently on vacay, I decided to do a post I’ve been thinking about doing for a long time.
20 Stunning Lifestyle Instagram Feeds You Must Follow
These include interiors, architecture, gardens and exquisite property. And, even some food and a lot of beautiful styling. But, all feature gorgeous photography. And, some of the photos are beyond the beyond.
So prepare to be transformed.
But, before we begin, be sure to go to the end of the page because there’s a not-so-little surprise waiting for you. And no fair peeking now!
Okay, fine. Go and peek (if you must) but please close your eyes so you don’t see the post.
I guess that’s asking for a lot while you’re supposed to be relaxing. ;]
Now, this is very difficult to do. That is to keep the list at only 20 and it might even be 21 except that two of these are couples with separate accounts.
Is a young dad, incredible photographer and travel/food blogger. Incredible lifestyle instagram feed!
This is near the top and it’s absolutely wonderful as he has several color-coordinated images of him and his toddler son. So cute! I love how they look juxtaposed next to this incredible building. Does anyone know what it is? It looks like it was just painted yesterday!
Ben Pentreath & Charlie McCormick
Ahhh… the design, decor, lifestyle English darlings of interior design, gardening, food, architecture.
Not to mention two absolutely delightful guys. Seriously, all of that talent and beauty these two possess can’t be possible.
However, I can assure you that it is, because I witnessed it with my own eyes, if some of you recall. I still can’t believe that I was there, at their heaven-on-earth, for nearly two hours! BTW, if you see my cell phone charger, please let me know!
However, as beauty and joy that they generously share with the world, I’d like to express sincere condolences to Ben as he recently lost both of his parents. But, you’ll see all of that when you get on his beautiful instagram feed. His mum was a few months ago, but his dad was just the other day. Ben gave a beautiful tribute to them.
Damn; I have such a bad case of home envy it’s not funny.
And, I know that I’m not alone in that feeling. In fact, you might recall that I devoted an entire post to her immense talents which also features a cameo with her darling kitty.
Daniel Slowik (danielpieckielonslowik — whaaa?) – Oh, I had the darndest time finding this chap’s account. That’s because he changed the name from one unpronounceable name to a different unpronounceable name. lol
But, all is forgiven because Daniel is THE decorator at the venerable English interior design firm of Colefax and Fowler. And, he has maintained the tradition in an exquisite manner. And, even though there is a formality to the rooms, they are edited in a way that feels modern, never like grandma. (unless your granny is Nancy Lancaster!)
But Laurel… we thought that you aren’t fond of swags.
Well, this sitch is vastly different because those are some BIG BOSSY windows in room with a high ceiling; they can handle the swags. Plus they are very artfully done and not OVERDONE!
And, also please notice one other recent lesson in the mix of traditional and modern or formal and casual. The rug is definitely not traditional. But, the room over-all, definitely is! And, there’s a wonderful mix of materials and coordinating styles with the tables and case pieces. Fabulous Louis XV style Ormolu Bureau.
Just showing off a little. ;]
In addition, he lives in the most charming home on a little river and frequently shoots these otherworldly shots of his not-to-believed property. I know. Is this sick or what? Believe me there are dozens of gorgeous shots like this as this is his home!
Ahhh… Between, Ben, Charlie, Charlotte and Daniel, that alone will keep you busy for quite some time.
David Fuller – I have known David for years because from about circa 2001 – 2006, I purchased probably a couple dozen lamps from him, mostly for clients. However, he no longer makes them. These days, he is working as a photographer
One of my favorite photos that David took is of this spectacular pup.
But, with David, you get a three-fer because his photos come with his oh-so-wise words.
“Most of my troubles in this life have begun while wandering unsupervised in my own head.”
Oh wow! I can totally relate to that one!
Well, when we’re talking of lifestyle instagram feeds, the one that makes everyone’s heart beat faster is the masterful designer and antiquarian Gerald Bland
In fact, I was so taken with his work, I did an entire post about his (not-at-all) Bland Decor.
They are a husband and wife team who have taken their lifestyle instagram feed and turned it into one of the most exquisite showcases for his photography businesses, I have ever seen.
From their home in Kennebunkport, Maine.
Their work is old-fashioned, yet freshly modern and just really cool images. This photo from a trip to the UK is also theirs. And for some reason, I always seem to be drawn back to London. Oh, how badly I’d like to go back.
I’ll just keep hanging onto that thought. I do believe I’m getting closer. :]
James Farmer – Well, who doesn’t adore his incredible interiors! And, he deserves a spot here, simply for that charming southern smile he’s always wearing. For more of his gorgeous work, click here.
is a young Englishman who’s living in Provence. And wow! Absolutely gorgeous lifestyle instagram.
How ya doing? It’s like going to the movies and downing an entire box of milk duds, right? haha! But, hopefully, you won’t have a sugar slump later on. If you do, you can always come back!
Everything Loi touches turns to gold. So, so, so talented. He’s like the oldest, dearest friend I’ve never met! But one day, I very much hope to.
This is his incredibly charming summer home in Maine.
I remember first discovering Maura because *she* was commenting on my pics (on instagram) while I was in Italy. And so, of course, I went over to see who she was and wow!
And, happily, I finally did meet her several months ago at a talk with Charlotte Moss in NYC. She’s as lovely as her gorgeous home.
Nothing more needs to be said about the designer I’ve blogged about dozens of times! Well, except for study everything he does!
is another incredible photographer who has a brilliant lifestyle Instagram feed
Looks like England again, right? Nope. Both images were taken in Long Island, New York!
I adore everything that Nancy does and she’s become very active on instagram in the last couple of years.
I adore the work of Natasha and hope to meet her one day. She actually lives quite close to where I used to live and raised our two children.
Fabulously talented interior designer. Very stylish
Incredible photography that looks more like a 17th century oil painting than a photo.
Has a gorgeous, gorgeous feed and is the founder of the @prettycitylondon @theprettycities
You can also find some incredible photos by using the hashtags #prettycitylondon, #prettycityparis #prettycitynewyork – etc.
Skye O’Neil (formerly Georgianlondon)
Yes, another English instagrammer. Well, I love what they’re doing and the places they photograph!
Perfect example of classic Georgian architecture @zettertownhouse – a small boutique hotel – London
I adore the composition and the woman with the big black umbrella. There’s an interesting story about this building.
Slightly Worn – is another English gentleman with the most lovely and beautifully styled Georgian home.
Oh man! I want everything in this photo! There was another one and I struggled for longer than I care to say which image I was going to use.
Life can be such a struggle at times.
Like I said. Wonderful styling!
Steve Cordony – and his other lifestyle instagram feed which is Rosedale Farm
Steve, we just saw a week ago those exquisite photos he took at Ralph Lauren but he has a second account, that you need to check out at the link above the image. Most of the images at Rosedale are far are exterior, but I love this fresh white on white room with the pale orange roses.
Trad Chap (Jack Laver Brister)
And, it’s fitting to end with another English gentleman, Trad Chap who I’ve featured on here and love his lifestyle instagram feed!
This is from a recent project he was involved with.
Well, there it is…
Of course, I know that I’ve only scratched the surface here. I hope that you enjoyed that and will consider following these beautiful instagram accounts.
Do you have a favorite instagram feed I’ve missed? Please let us know in the comments.
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Thanks for sharing such a wealth of incredible beauty! Discovered some new favorites to follow on Instagram. By the way — just love your style and crazy sense of humor. Do keep the tips coming!
Thank you so much Paulette. Really appreciate that!
The photo by Alex Zouaghi is the side of the Carmo Church downtown Porto, Portugal. Azulejo tiles are historically typical in that area.
Thank you Gabriella,
I think someone else mentioned that, but of course, don’t expect you to sit there and read all of the comments. haha It sure is beautiful, no matter! And fabulous photo, as well. Alex is exceedingly talented!
So many beautiful images! I also enjoy following Eric Ross Interiors. Thanks for another fab post!
Thanks so much Robin. Eric is a friend of mine! Very talented! He and his wife were on the trip to Italy with me a few years ago.
Lots of goodness and new follows for me! Althought, I admit, I am taking a bit of a break from Instagram for the summer. There are times where it all starts to blend together and get over stimulating… then it is time to switch to my personal (non-design) account or just switch off. But I have been following the work of @mirjanrooze since back in the day of flickr – I find her images refreshingly unique. She has just been quietly honing her craft and shied away from professional work and chasing “likes”, etc., which is also refreshing. And I like the eclectic and liveable approach Frances Merril has to her interiors @reathdesign
Thanks so much jd, both are beautiful, but I especially love the work of @mirjanroose. Just gorgeous and enigmatic.
and I believe most of those beautifully ceramic tiled buildings were done in the 15th century, not sure about the one in Porto, but Lisbon has many tiled building facades. They are beautiful.
Thank you for that info Pauline!
LOVE this blog post — I’d been following so many that you included in this list, but I am so grateful for the new ones you introduced me too!
Thanks so much Linda!
nineandsixteen is very, very
Yes! Love her account! And, she was following me, but I wasn’t following her, but I am now. It’s difficult to put my focus on instagram as much as others do. My numero uno focus is my own website and secondary is pinterest. The reason for this is that I don’t get very much web traffic from instagram. Although, this post has boosted that. But it is still a tiny fraction of the traffic I get from Pinterest.
Hi Laurel-Do you follow riverroad59 ? They are in CT. Fabulous garden and home.
No, I don’t, but I do now! Holy crap that’s a gorgeous home AND exceptional garden, as well! Plus beautiful imagery. One of the things that makes for a beautiful feed, I feel is a clear message, with consistent or at least consistent with the surrounding images – colors. But, also some variety. And, of course, beautifully edited photos. But, not that looked so doctored as to not be believed. However, I do have some that while edited, some were not put through any filter at all. And when I do use a filter, it’s never at 100%.
I’m not saying that my insta feed is perfect; it’s not. However, you’ll notice that there are rarely people or mundane things in the images from the last 2 or 3 years.
Another thing that people do that hurts them is to spam their feed. That means they’ll put up 6 or 7 images within a short span of time. Well, this isn’t supposed to be a tutorial in how to do instagram. But, a few things I’ve gleaned if anyone is interested.
Great post – thank you!
One person I follow that might be of interest to your audience is Marian Parsons who is @MissMustardSeed. She is a talented artist, designer and loves antiques. I found her when I stumbled on her furniture paint line (I could not live without MMS hemp oil). A couple years ago, she started painting with oils and now sells her work on Daily Paintworks.
Something happened in the middle of me answering your comment and then I just drifted off. haha. But yes, she’s another fabulous one – Super-duper talented! I have linked to her blog here a couple of times, as well.
Thanks so much for teaching us all about decor and beauty. My friend Leslie has a fab insta account
leslie922 where she posts really groovy shots of places she visits like Chicago, New Orleans or just close in her Mid-West community. You should check her out!
Yes, very beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!
Good evening my friend! When I awoke to a extended family of new IG followers this morning, I had a tiny suspicion that you may have mentioned me. I welcome your devoted readers Laurel. You are as kind as you are generous in sharing all of these accounts with your readers, and I am beyond honored to be mentioned amongst this talented and worthy group.
All my very best!
I so admire your talent and also know that thousands adore your style and it enriches their lives, too! I hope that you’re having a beautiful summer and that we’ll see each other again soon!
Have you seen @londonispink? Very pretty photography.
Yes, it is! And especially if one loves pink! But, very beautiful, nonetheless! Thanks for sharing that Jeanne
I’m such a fan of Mark D Sikes style, but unfortunately he barely writes and never replies to any emails, so I’m disappointed with him. I was so ready to hire him… but maybe I have to thank him now…for saving me lots of $$$! Still better than Stephen Sills. If not all these great blogs and yours in particular… They saved me literally. I’m forever grateful! Ben Pentreath’s book was super helpful too btw. Such a nice guy.
I’m surprised that Mark has time to breathe, actually! He always has his fingers in so many pies. But, I hear you and am so glad that you’ve found the posts helpful!
Thrilled to be in such good company and very, very flattered! When I saw so many new followers I knew you must have had something to do with it! Thank you as always! I follow most of the others and will check out the few that I haven’t seen. XOXO
Always grateful to you Nancy!!! Many reasons! xoxo ~ L
Laurel, I have increased my Instagram following exponentially! This post took my breath away. So many,many gorgeous pictures. Thank you. It was a mini vacation. Loved it all!
Thanks so much Carol! It was a mini vacation for me too. Albeit, one that involved a lot of work (if one can call staring at phenomenal beauty all day long, “work”) AND decision making. lol
Church of Our Lady of Monte do Carmo, Church of the Third Carmo
Thanks so much Anne!
Thank you for more gorgeous photography and the suggestions from your readers. I don’t dare start following all of these or I will never leave this screen but I can’t give up Brook Giannetti and Velvet and Linen she has dancing pigmy goats.
Of course! Love, love their work and have frequently included their wonderful designs on here. I’ve heard them speak too. Such, lovely down-to-earth, even a little shy, people they are!
Thanks. I will check these out. Thanks for all you do to keep us beautifully educated and colorfully informed.
Glad that you enjoyed the post, Meghan!
Have you seen her_dark_materials? Absolutely gorgeous.
Oh, gorgeous! Thank you! This is fun!
What a treat, especially for those of us not on vaca. Such beauty! Thank you, thank you for these wonderful resources- and the pleasure they give. Wish for more professionals with your generosity of spirit and sensibility.
Oh, that’s so kind of you to say! Thank you!
1st photo – Church of Our Lady of Monte do Carmo, Church of the Third Carmo in Portugal
Thanks so much Anne!
The photo by Alex Zouaghi is in front of Carmo Church in Oporto, Portugal.
more pics here: https://www.tripadvisor.pt/Attraction_Review-g189180-d2394636-Reviews-Igreja_do_Carmo-Porto_Porto_District_Northern_Portugal.html
There ya go, again! Thanks so much Claudia! Extraordinary when one considers that the design is all done with tiles. Imagine the planning that took!
So many great new follows for me. Thanks for the wonderful list!
Thanks so much Sheri! Hope all’s well with you!
Laurel, The first picture is in Porto, Portugal. I have not been there but recognize the style of the ceramic tile plus is in my bucket list.
There you go! Thanks so much for rescuing me Martha! That photographer is a genius!
Laurel I’m loving your affinity for all things British. My husband does business in London so we are there once a quarter, it’s truly one of my favorite cities—seriously gorgeous photo ops at every turn. We were just there last week (returning in sept!) and I actually photographed a bathroom stall at the Ivy bc the styling is right up my alley (marble hex floor, square marble tile) and is how I designed our new pool bath—except they had a black wooden toilet seat which I’m about to order. I thought of you (Laurel would love this!!) all this to say I love all of these accounts You’re sharing. Thank you!
Apparently, I married the wrong man.
Thanks Laurel – for one of the best posts I’ve seen you do – these bloggers and their posts are pure eye candy and inspiration on this foggy St. Louis morning. Perfection with my coffee as I’m still waking up. I’ll revisit it many times today and in the coming days. I especially like David Fuller – both his photos and his philosophy this morning. I’ve been aware of him for years on Pinterst in fact when I started my first Board, I named it A Blissful View drawing from his ‘Fuller View’ and then came ‘A Boxwood View’ ‘A Blissful Christmas View’ and others and still going strong. But he really was my inspiration when I was new to it all. Keep your gorgeous posts coming – very wonderful.
Yes, David is by far my favorite Pinterester. Funny, my spell checker doesn’t know that word! haha. But, a number of times, I have gone over there for inspiration. I particularly love his boards that hi-light one color family. Each one, in and of itself is like a work of art.
Good morning Laurel!
I follow a number of the accounts you mention- all so lovely. Might I also suggest rosbyamshaw for lovers of the English countryside and beautiful houses?
I would guess that the blue and white tile facade is Spanish. The Rococco patterns suggest mid 18th century, and the castles around the coat of arms might indicate that the palacio is in Castille.
Oh yes, another beauty and I was following her already, too. I have an e-notebook where I keep a list of my favorite accounts.
Thanks for letting us know about some great Instagrammers. I love curiousprovence.com
Yes, that’s very beautiful, too! Here’s the link for @curiousprovence
Jo_Rodgers is excellent! High end lifestyle (British)
Oh yes! And I was already following her. Here’s her link.
I’m really missing mcgizzles. Haven’t seen her on instagram in weeks and really miss her LOL humor. I hope everything is ok.
Oh my! Yes, Sarah! I just had to go check and you are right. Nothing since mid-May. She is so adorable!