top design sites.

My panel at Alt was about how to find the best design blogs on the web, a tricky prospect at best. The panel consisted of me Petit Elefant, Nicole Balch of Making it Lovely, Jaime Derringer of Design Milk, and Karey Mackin of Mackin Ink. A fabulous panel of rockin’ women.

We came up with a seriously hefty list of our picks for the best design blogs out there in the following categories:

1} Do Not Miss
2} Everyday Reads
3} Next Big Thing
4} Reader Favorites

Here’s how it went down.

Do Not Miss Design Blogs:

Little Green Notebook
Door Sixteen
New York Magazine
The Independent

Everyday Reads:

Today and Tomorrow
MoCo LoCo
Design Klub
Fresh Nest Design
Design Is Mine
How About Orange
The Scoop
Chez Larsson
ish + chi
Creature Comforts
Daily Poetics
Stash Studios
Pour Porter
Mrs. Lilien

Next Big Thing:

On Hand Modern
The Diversion Project

Reader Favorites:

Design Boom
I Suwannee
Young House Love
Brooklyn Limestone

Whew. I know we didn’t catch them all, it was hard to even narrow it down to this list, there are just too many talented design bloggers out there! Consider this a jumping off place to start looking around for your new favorite design blogs.

Have fun browsing!

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Kristy :

    What about SwissMiss? That is my all time favorite – surprising it didn't make your list.

  2. jules @ The Diversion Project :

    Yowser – that little bit of news has just blown me away!!

    yep, really – don't even think i can string a few sensible words together :)

    thanks so much for posting about this, it's really made my day in a mega huge way!


  3. Merry Poet :

    Thank goodness for NetNewsWire so I can manage all these new found goodies! :)

    Thanks for the post. I love adding great new finds to my everyday life!

  4. Deb :

    This is great! Thanks for sharing~

  5. Debra :

    A difficult task indeed.
    Great list. Thanks!

  6. Jessica :

    I am completely honored to be on this list…thank you! I wish I was there with everyone…

    Jessica @ {Black.White.Yellow.}

  7. erin :

    Thanks for the list! Just what I need–more design blogs to look at!!


    I predict that raenovate will also be the Next Big Thing!


    PS. That was supposed to sound hopeful and optimistic. Have a great time at Alt Summit, I really hope to make it next year!

  10. HunDuddle Hussy :

    just jumpin around. i think ur adorable! thanks for the great read!

  11. WithStyle :

    Thanks for the great list! I'm always looking for more (new) inspiration.

  12. natty. :

    More stuff to add to my Google Reader! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Erin :

    great more blogs to read. i already read several on your list. i agree about IS*LY, she is awesome.

  14. Carly :

    The early bird session at Alt Summit today was great! You guys did a really nice job. Thank you so much for posting this list!

  15.  Viv :

    Oh wow.. I'm honoured too to be included. I almost fainted when I found out :)

    Thank you! Wish I could be there!!

  16. Mrs. Limestone :

    Oh wow – Im so honored to be included in that list. Thanks for sharing it.

  17. jean/NOTCOT :

    awesome line up ~ great panel! Super flattered to be included!!! :)

  18. Anna at D16 :

    Um, wow!! I'm beyond honored to be included on your "do not miss" list!!

    Seriously, I'm kind of speechless. Thank you.

  19. PourPorter :

    Thanks muchly! :)

  20. Jenny at LGN :

    Thanks so much for the mention! I feel so flattered!!

    I'm sad that I missed going to Alt this year. It was just bad timing with the new baby, etc.

    I hope the rest of the conference is wonderful!!


  21. vanessa :

    uh vey
    Now my google reader is going to be even crazier
    love your list

  22. Angie :

    Thanks Allison! My RSS feed is now overflowing. Yeah!

  23. a pina colada :

    Loved meeting you at ALT! You did a fabulous job speaking and I love this list! Thanks for the great ideas.

  24. Benita :

    Wow, thank you!
    What an awesome surprise!

  25. Shekinah :

    Love your blog and I think you might like mine too! Please check it out… its all things beauty and fashion!

  26. Christina :

    thanks – this is a really good list! I have been meaning to comment a thank you for days and every time I get totally lost in the links!

  27. Jyl Johnson Pattee :

    Fab idea to post all these links. Your panel was amazing and a perfect start to the wonderful Alt Design Summit that has been added to my list of not-to-miss conferences.

    Thanks for hanging til the wee hours of the morning. Looking forward to a February of partying… next time, with dancing! :)

  28. Mrs. Lilien :

    I'm all hot n' honored!

    Doubly delighted to be included amongst a list of such decadent designers!

    cheers to you all + to good things!

    Mrs. Lilien

  29. Jaime :

    Thank you so much for including Designklub! Sounds like it was a great event.

    Best, Jaime

  30. Anonymous :

    …and what…no one's fawning over Get Togetha?

    Diversity in voices is always nice….

  31. carolina postcard :

    Now I have an excuse to procrastinate and look at blogs all day. Thanks, this is going to be fun!

  32. Megan :

    Thank you. I will be keeping busy for a while now.

  33. :

    Yay- thanks so much for this list! I'm off to check out the new-to-me blogs.