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As I mentioned, with the demise of so many design magazines lately, I would imagine most people are like me and getting their eye candy and design tips from other bloggers. I've decided to take this week to profile five design blogs that are my "go-to" places for inspiration or advice.

I was torn between putting my favorite design blog first or saving it for last. I've decided to put it first, mostly because it was really the first design blog I started visiting on a regular basis.

A lot of bloggers, including me, are bloggers who happen to enjoy decorating. Joni, of Cote de Texas, is a designer who blogs. Her blog is full of eye candy. If you need nothing more than a little inspiration, Cote de Texas is a great place to visit.

I love her French country style, which is the perfect blend of rusticity and formality. I could move into her house and feel right at home.

If you're willing to spend a little more time, however, Joni will teach you the basics of design, as well as the intricacies. Seriously.

Joni's posts are thoughtful, thorough, educational and entertaining. If you like the "Something's Gotta Give" house, there are several posts on Cote de Texas that will walk you through the design specifics.

If you want to know about the latest trends, Round Top Antiques Fair, the latest popular designers or where to the get the look for less, you will find it at Cote de Texas. While Joni has done the legwork for you, be prepared to spend some time. You won't want to miss a single post. As design magazines fall by the wayside, make Cote de Texas part of your design food. You won't be disappointed.

On a different note, new blogger friend, Mary over at St. Mary, has bestowed an award on Canyon Wren Cottage.

"This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to some bloggers who must choose some more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award."

Mary, thank you for this special award. Please visit Mary, a designer who moved from sunny California to chilly Wisconsin to convert an old church to a home. You'll find yourself cheering her along and waiting for every new little update.

Now it's my turn to pass this award along to some other deserving bloggers...

One of my favorite bloggers is Julia at Hooked on Houses. Her blog is full of great decorating and design but with a twist. Julia is an excellent writer with a keen wit and sense of humor. She's also one of my first blog friends, and I appreciate her and her blog immensely.

Have more time than money? Top Design contestant, Eddie Ross, will show you what you can do with thrift store finds. Not only is his blog chock full of great decorating ideas, but when you leave a comment, Eddie is quick to reply -- by email. He's extraordinarily talented and generous with his time.

My friend, Amber over at Blue Mango, is a friend in real life, but we met over the internet nearly ten years ago. Blue Mango follows Amber's life as she balances motherhood, marriage and working and maintains a true center of self. Plus, she's a self-professed Michael S. Smith fanatic.

I met Sharon at Serendipty over the internet, nearly as long ago as Amber. Sharon is a wonderful decorator with a talent for sewing. Well that, and you can see her talent with my new blog header. She bought a fixer-upper cottage, and you should see all the progress she's made so far.

Finally, Katie, at Making this Home, is a new blogger friend whose blog profiles this young American couple's life in Germany. She and her husband have maximized the space in their kitchen, and they strive to live green every day.

Check back in tomorrow for another wonderful design blog profile.

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niartist said...

Oh, I agree totally! Joni's is certainly a design go-to! I've learned more from her than most magazines I pick up - and she's always so wonderfully poised in her writing - it's informative, but fun, interesting but pertinent, and always inspiring! As is your blog! :) Have a good week!

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I need to pick up this magazine. I love this style!

Amber said...

Awww, thanks Sandra! I guess you know that your LR rug is a lot like the one in the SGTG house!

I must say, I think Joni's own home is the loveliest featured on her blog. Isn't that gorgeous? I could move right in. Elegant yet relaxed and REAL...true style.

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I need to read this magazine...what great pictures!
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Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love Joni! Thanks for a fabulous post, showcasing Cote de Texas, Sandra!

Cote de Texas said...

WHOA!~!!!! thank you a million times! You are so sweet!!!! thank you thank you thank you! I hope I can live up to your promise! haha!!!!

thanks again!!
Joni

Velvet and Linen said...

Hi Sandra.
Joni is a gift to design bloggers!
Like you, I'm a big fan of Julia. Her blog is quite addicting.
I am off to look at your other favorites.

xo
Brooke

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

I love your idea to profile blogs like Cote de Texas. Joni is the Queen!

How nice of you to pass this award along to me! I'm so honored. This is a new one to me--hadn't seen it before. Thanks so much! :-)

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Great choices to pass the award to...they are all A+ in my book!

for the love of a house said...

Yes, Joni is definitely a go-to blog! Such eye-candy- great photos, great information and witty banter- much like yours Sandra... Congratulations on your award- much deserved and I am off to check out your list of favorites!
fondly,
joan

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Hey girl thanks for the new reads...love to discover new blogs. I think getting inspiration on here is better than mags in a lot of ways...so many real women with real talent it is antonishing. cherry

mary said...

I love the sites you recommended! We are about to start another kitchen remodel - so helpful to see many beautiful kitchens on one site.

I need your help with a late Christmas idea for Miss C. The beautiful frame I wanted to buy for her bedroom is no longer available. Any suggestions?

Katie @ makingthishome.com said...

Thank you for including me in this award, Sandra. I was so touched when I saw it the other day. Martin and I were reading your post from a different computer, so I'm sorry I wasn't able to leave a comment then. I really appreciate it! I've also opened a window with Cote de TX... must go check that out. Thanks!
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Deb said...

I agree, love Cote de Texas and I really enjoy your blog also.

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