We’re all about celebrating women every day of the year, but since March 8 marks International Women’s Day, there’s never been a better time to round up the ten women-run home Instagram accounts, or businesses, that we think are well worth a follow.
With everything from accounts bursting with bold colors, and even bolder women behind them, to influential women who have had a big impact on the way we use our homes, there’s plenty to inspire you in these accounts.
Carving out successful businesses from what often starts as a part-time passion, these fearless women also share advice for how to go after your own goals and create a business out of what you love.
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1. House of Bohn
A Vancouver-based interior design company, House of Bohn is the brainchild of Karin Bohn who founded the company back in 2009. Since setting up shop, Karin has built up the business to include a whole team that designs everything from luxury restaurants to indulgent residential properties.
With an inspiring entrepreneurial spirit, Karin also stars on Restaurants on the Edge, a Netflix series that sees Karin accompany two other experts to turn around struggling restaurants in stunning locations. Unashamedly pushing the boundaries of styles, what’s ‘allowed’, and the norm, Karin’s team is nearly all women and their designs focus on creating inspiring spaces and making people feel good.
Follow the account at instagram.com/houseofbohn (opens in new tab)
2. Black Girls with Gardens
These gardening goddesses celebrate all things green, and of course a whole range of black-owned gardening companies, horticulturalists, and any budding plant growers. A collective of women who regularly share tips, ideas, and promote their cause, Black Girls with Gardens also raises money to help end food injustice.
The initiative strives to provide a form of self care for women through growing plants, even if they’re just starting out with their very first house plant. Recently, Black Girls with Gardens also started its first community garden where they’re raising funds for supplies, plants, and support.
From black-owned seed companies to shop from, to how to pick the best plants from the garden center, Black Girls with Gardens is an emporium of ideas, tips and handy hacks that are a must read for anyone who’s green-fingered.
Find inspiration at instagram.com/blackgirlswithgardens (opens in new tab)
3. Marie Kondo
We couldn’t make a round up of home-related wonderful women without mentioning Marie Kondo. Inspiring a whole army of followers to change the way we view the things in our home, Marie Kondo isn’t simply about throwing stuff out, but rather appreciating what you’ve got, and making space for things that ‘spark joy’.
Star of her own Netflix (opens in new tab) show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, the home organization guru is a hugely successful businesswoman with a bestselling book and a consultancy scheme to train up fellow like-minded people. With simple stages to tackle home organization, Marie Kondo has revolutionized the way people declutter their spaces.
Join the revolution at instagram.com/mariekondo (opens in new tab)
4. Justina Blakeney
If you love all things colorful, it’s impossible not to be inspired by Justina Blakeney’s collections of bold prints, and jungle-inspired designs. A bestselling author, designer, and founder of Jungalow, Justina’s work is inspired by an eclectic upbringing in California.
A firm believer that things in your home have a big impact on how you feel in the space, Justina has an impressive 52 house plants and creates designs on just about everything from stationery to accessories. A woman who has truly worked to establish her brand, Justina is an entrepreneur to inspire many.
Check out the account at instagram.com/justinablakeney (opens in new tab)
5. Sophie Robinson
A woman who certainly is afraid of using color, or making her ambitions happen either, Sophie Robinson is a British interior design that uses color in pretty much everything from her home to her outfits.
On a mission to ‘ban beige’, Sophie Robinson carved out her career in journalism, writing about interior design and creating sets for photo shoots. Now though, Sophie runs a series of online courses to inspire others to experiment with color, as well as hosting a podcast The Great Indoors, and regularly appears as a guest judge on the UK-based show, Interior Design Masters.
Find all the color inspiration at instagram.com/sophierobinsoninteriors (opens in new tab)
6. Hello Happy Home
If the idea of an organized home sounds like heaven to you, Hello Happy Home is the account for you. Founded by mum of three, Mallory, Hello Happy Home is a professional decluttering business based in Dallas, however, the company’s Instagram feed is packed full of inspiring organizational ideas for all to enjoy.
Created out of the need to make parenting life that tiny bit easier, Hello Happy Home aims to empower people to make their homes work for them, rather than the other way around.
Find all the organization ideas at instagram.com/hellohappyhome/ (opens in new tab)
7. Dwell by Cheryl
Founded by Cheryl Luckett, Dwell by Cheryl is an interior design company that advocates taking time to literally dwell on how lovely your home can be. With a successful corporate career in HR under her belt, Cheryl went after her true passion of being a full time interior designer.
Now, with her own furniture collection and range of home decor products, Cheryl’s designs are packed full of gorgeous color combinations and bright and light spaces. Equally inspiring as her designs, though, is the graft and commitment Cheryl had to put in - combining working with night classes, and working for clients in her spare time.
Check out the designs at instagram.com/dwellbycheryl (opens in new tab)
8. Dee Campling
UK-based interior designer Dee Campling works her wonders on everything on individual home designs to grand scale collaborations with big brands. Inspiring others on how to make a house a home, Dee also appears on podcasts and runs workshops to share her skills with others.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Dee’s home is some sort of boho villa in sunny climates, rather than in the UK, but it’s certainly packed full of gorgeous ideas to inspire you. With an impressive following on Instagram, Dee also aims to help other budding influencers with a range of tips and tricks for mastering social media.
Find inspiration at instagram.com/deecampling (opens in new tab)
9. Inspire Me! Home Decor
If you’re a fan of all things interiors, it’s very likely you already know all about Inspire Me! It has a huge following of over six million people after all. Filled with light, bright, and aspirational spaces to kickstart your next home renovation, Inspire Me! was founded by Farah Merhi.
Just weeks away from finishing a political science degree, Farah realized it wasn’t what she really wanted to do. Now, Farah’s mission has been to inspire others to make their ‘house into a beautiful home’. Keen on empowering women too, Farah’s a firm believer in encouraging women to go after their passions and not let fear get in the way.
See the full account at instagram.com/inspire_me_home_decor (opens in new tab)
10. The Beauty Revival
If you’re all about the interiors but don’t want to spend an absolute fortune, The Beauty Revival is the account for you. Covering everything from home decor and DIY, to cooking and life hacks, The Beauty Revival focuses on attainable ideas.
Brittany Robertson is the woman behind the account and she’s on a mission to inspire others to create a lovely home without having to spend their life savings in the process. Brittany’s husband makes bespoke home decor pieces that the couple successfully sell online. And since their business took off, Brittany now hosts workshops and courses to help other women create successful businesses of their own.
Find the account at instagram.com/the.beautyrevival (opens in new tab)