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Instagram as design inspiration can be a deep, dark, overwhelming hole. But, scrolling through endless images of gorgeous homes, staged to perfection can be a bit discouraging. Are these homes real? Do they have kids?  That’s a question we find ourselves asking, especially as Mother’s Day approaches. But, we’ve been following some inspiring designer moms who have amazingly inspiring decorating styles, even with kids. Check out three gals we’ve been following lately for inspiration that’s totally attainable.

Nicole Balch / Making It Lovely

Nicole’s Instagram account details her work on her stately victorian home, which also happens to house her three children. Her style is classic but colorful, and we love how she incorporates color into the traditional surroundings of a 100 year old home. Her work isn’t precious, but she doesn’t sacrifice style opportunities in order to cater to kids.

Sherry Petersik / Young House Love

Sherry and her husband John detail their home renovation process on their joint Instagram account, and following along with their various projects (lately, a vacation home) is super engaging for those of us who obsess about the ins and outs of decorating. We love the bunkroom they designed and built themselves for their kids– it’s both practical and super fun (we’re honestly a bit jealous).


Stefanie/Brooklyn Limestone

Stefanie’s Instagram feed proves that kid’s rooms can be stylish too. I mean, this black and white space is more fashion-forward than a lot of spaces in our own homes! We love how she incorporates modern, fresh elements into her home in an approachable way. And, we love how she’s not willing to sacrifice her directional look for something considered more “family friendly.”


These designer moms are just the tip of the iceberg– so many amazing women are able to juggle their stylish taste and their child-friendly needs.  It’s definitely a balancing act, but they make it look so very easy.


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