Last week we unveiled the homes of some of the web’s most beloved design bloggers, and this week we continue on with our blogger home tour.

Here are more homes from the ladies who love design as much as we do.  Enjoy!


Brooke Giannetti, a Los Angeles based interior designer, puts to practice what she preaches on her popular design blog, Velvet and Linen.  She teams up on projects with her architect husband, Steve, and the result of each project is nothing short of phenomenal.  Below is a design of hers that is “close to home”- literally.  It’s her own beautiful home that I have just been drooling over ever since she emailed it to me.  I’d live here in a heartbeat!

Our house has a very open floor plan.  This is our family room, where we spend 90% of our time.  Because all of the rooms flow into each other, we used a calming, neutral color palette.

When we built our home, Steve and I really wanted to design a space where we could hang out as a family, even if we were all doing different activities.

To achieve this, we created several different seating and task areas, like this cozy window seat…

this desk area behind the couch,

and this computer nook.

The carpet is made of jute. I love the golden color, and it’s much softer than sisal and sea grass. The big burlap ottoman is perfect for the kids. It’s really durable and doesn’t show stains!

We use an old bread board as a tray for snacks.

The sunroom used to be our back porch.  There are usually at least 6 teenage boys eating here!

Our kitchen opens up to the family room, which suits our casual lifestyle.  We bought the stools from a medical supply store.


Jackie Von Tobel of the Jackie Blue Home blog is another one of those bloggers that you look at and think- “how do they do it all?” Jackie has written two design books (both of which, she hand drew and rendered all of the featured illustrations), is a fabric and product designer, and is also an interior designer.  Whew!

What baffles me the most is that among all of her busy projects, she manages to keep her office so organized!  Not only is this office incredibly tidy, but its design is also very attractive.  I think I’d look forward to Mondays, if I had an office this spacious and charming to work in!


Karen Olivia, of the well known design blog, Alkemie, resides in San Francisco and never fails to inspire us with some of the best posts in the blogosphere.  Alkemie is always filled with the most gorgeous room photos, fun design polls, and great recommended design resources.  The eye catching photograph that poses as her blog header, is actually her own sleek and chic living room.  I’m sure you will fall in love, just as I did, with her tufts, lucite, velvet, sheepskin, and silk!

The room was complete unplanned in the way it was put together.  I didn’t even realize the  wall color and sofa color matched until after I got the sofa in.  As you can see, I can’t seem to commit to one style of well…anything.  So my tastes are very eclectic.  I have everything from Indian Saris as window treatments to vintage tufted velvet chairs and sofa, lucite and mirrored tables and a sheepskin rug.


The Material Girls love Willow Decor, a blog written by Gina, from New England.  Her blog is inspired by the years that she lived in Europe.  This girl really does have exquisite taste, which you can tell through her own recent home renovation of her breakfast room, kitchen, butler’s pantry, and family room.   *Be sure to enter her latest blog giveaway of an antique vellum book!*

Before- Butler’s Pantry

The first photos are the Butler’s Pantry. My home is 1930’s Royal Barry Wills Colonial and we wanted to recreate the office into a real old fashioned Pantry.  But, as a busy Mom I needed to have a workspace. One side of the Pantry has hidden file drawers, a place for the hard drive and printer and the other side has space for a kitchen aid mixer, serving platters and a microwave.  We also wanted to house my antique china. We really accomplished everything we hoped for.  Here is the link that explains this in detail.

After- Butler’s Pantry

Breakfast Room Before

The second renovation was the Kitchen area – we wanted to get rid of the upper cabinets that blocked the view between the two rooms and also create a center island.  We removed the upper cabinets, added beadboard to the recess ceiling and removed four bottom cabinets to create a center island eating area.  We also replaced the corian with soapstone and created a spice niche box out behind the stove area.  We also changed the  upper cabinets by the stove to glass front and added beadboard in the back.  Here is the link that explains everything in more detail.

Breakfast Room After

Family Room Before

The final renovation (or part three), was the addition of an all glass breakfast room and revamp of the TV cabinet space to a gas fireplace with TV over mantel. We needed a bigger eating area and wanted a fireplace and larger tv.  Addition included another window and  a slate roof to match the existing house.  Here is the link that explains that in more detail. Table is Belgian and chandelier is Niermann Weeks.

Family Room After

Kitchen Before

Kitchen After


Last week we featured Sarah’s home, of the Matters of Style blog.  This week, we are featuring her co-blogger, Allison’s home. Both of these gals know how to give a room that stylish and fresh look.  Here is Allison’s room, complete with graphic fabrics and rugs, bold punches of color, great accessories, with a little bit of glam thrown into the mix!

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21 Comments to 'Design Bloggers’ Homes- UNVEILED! Part II'

closets 05 Apr 10 at 4:00 pm

These images are certainly not an every day scene. A lot of great design ideas and wonderful execution. It’s great that you were able to get inside these amazing homes and show us your findings.

Kim Lemmon 05 Apr 10 at 4:06 pm

Thanks for making it feeding my inner voyeur! This was fun – do more!

Chic Coles 05 Apr 10 at 6:22 pm

Love all of these homes! What a great series! Thanks again for including us and for showing us inside some beautiful homes!

WillowDecor 05 Apr 10 at 8:10 pm

Thanks so much for including my renovation. I am so thrilled to be included. I love peeking into other people’s renovations!!! Really enjoyed the first group and off to explore the other talented bloggers homes. Such a great idea – thanks again!

twin xl 05 Apr 10 at 8:33 pm

Velvet & Linen’s such a great site – love it 🙂

[email protected] 06 Apr 10 at 2:26 am

Both of the homes featured here are gorgeous, thank you for sharing them! I love the white and airy look of the first home, beautiful!

Gail 06 Apr 10 at 12:42 pm

Oh these are so fun to look at! Thank you for giving us a behind the scenes look!

Very inspirational!

Sarah Devaney-O'Neil 06 Apr 10 at 1:56 pm

Great series! Love the organization and “prettiness” of Jackie’s office!!

Lou 06 Apr 10 at 4:05 pm

Thanks so much for this – beautiful homes! Kinda makes u take the bloggers design sense to another level. I’d love to see “Habitually Chic’s” home too – see if you can try for a Part III !!

Facebook User 06 Apr 10 at 6:50 pm

This series seems to have become a reader favorite so we might just be doing a Part III sometime in the near future! Thanks to all the bloggers who so graciously invited MG into their homes!!

debbie chatfield 06 Apr 10 at 7:09 pm

do not find that their homes are all that inspiring, sorry…

Facebook User 06 Apr 10 at 7:34 pm

Hi Debbie,

I received your comments. I’m so sorry you feel that way! This is a talented group of bloggers and I thought it would be fun to share their homes with everyone since each of their homes has such a unique personality. Maybe you will find something in the next series that inspires you!

Kitchen Design 06 Apr 10 at 11:32 pm

I like the ‘kitchen furniture’ design, the office is great!

Karen Olivia 07 Apr 10 at 2:21 am

Thank you for including my home. I absolutely love seeing what others have done with their homes. I love Velvet & Linen’s living room and seeing all of the before and after photos of Willow Decor’s home. I’m very much looking forward to more installments of this series.

velvet and linen 07 Apr 10 at 7:00 am

Thank you so much for including my family room in your series! It’s so much fun to see the homes of some of my favorite bloggers.
I love the colors that Karen used in her living room! Gina’s before and after rooms are so inspirational. I could live in her home and be quite happy 🙂
It was such a treat to see Jackie’s beautiful office. Now I have an image of where she creates all of her gorgeous designs!
Alison’s room has great style. Love her table and chairs!
Thank you again!

Nancy M. Toon 07 Apr 10 at 9:31 am

LOVE the magenta pink sari curtains that Alkemie used in her San Francisco apartment. So vibrant! I am trying to think where I could use that in my own home! Thanks for the great post.

A Gift Wrapped Life 07 Apr 10 at 12:21 pm

This is a wonderful series, so nice to see the home and office personalities of other bloggers.Love the office and especially the huge bowl of well-sharpened pencils. Most enjoyed.

Trish 08 Apr 10 at 12:27 am

What a wonderful post, i gain so much inspiration from design blogs & considering starting a blog of my own someday. Thanks for introducing me to so many other blogs, hopefully I will enjoy them as much as I enjoy yours!!!!

Things That Inspire 08 Apr 10 at 4:55 am

I loved seeing the homes of my favorite bloggers! All of them are so charming and reflective of the women who live in them and styled them. Great post!

Tiffani 09 Apr 10 at 3:47 pm

I am in LOVE with all these homes – so inspiring! I especially feel in love with Jackie’s office. I think I would look forward to Mondays too.

Great post! xoxo

le petit cabinet de curiosites 10 Apr 10 at 3:13 am

Love all these interiors ! It is a fabulous post. I love to see blogger’s inside homes

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