A Damien Hirst Spin painting makes a splashy statement in the dining area of Sue Hostetler’s Aspen home designed by Sara Story.
Photo: David Marlow

The 11 Best Designers to Follow on Instagram

Follow these tastemakers for a daily dose of design inspiration

There’s no better place to find design inspiration than Instagram, given the wealth of beautiful imagery and the number of design gurus continuously updating their feeds. But figuring out who’s worth following can be a challenge. To help you out, we’ve curated a list of some of our favorite decorators and design enthusiasts, many of whom have major followings of their own. Kelly Wearstler, for instance, has over half-a-million devotees. From photographer Massimo Listri’s globetrotting itinerary to art collector Raquel Cayre’s enthusiasm for Ettore Sottsass, these accounts showcase great design that never goes out of style. 

1. Massimo Listri 

Italian photographer Massimo Listri travels the world capturing sumptuous interiors, from libraries to palazzos, and has published more than 70 books of his work. 


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2. Sasha Bikoff 

Earlier this year, fast-rising New York interior designer Sasha Bikoff made a splash at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House with her wildly patterned staircase design. Bikoff’s penchant for color and bold patterns is reflected in her Instagram images which demonstrate influence from Art Deco Revival to Space Age design. 

3. Kelly Behun 

Kelly Behun’s page features many of her projects, as well as her go-to spots for design and art inspiration. She also looks at the larger picture, creating a clear visual color story when taking the whole grid into account.

Recommended: 9 Art Instagram Accounts Every Art Lover Should Follow

4. Amy Lau 

Designer Amy Lau blends vintage and contemporary art and design seamlessly in her interiors. This past year at Salon Art+Design, Lau became the first interior designer to exhibit at the fair where she created a glamorous booth entitled “The New Nouveau,” which channeled modern pieces and Art Nouveau.

5. Anouska Hempel

Anouska Hempel started her career in film before becoming an interior designer and hotelier. Her firm, Anouska Hempel Design, also focuses on architecture and landscaping. Needless to say, immaculate gardens make up a lot of her feed.

Rose arch #AnouskaHempelDesign #AnouskaHempel #AHD

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6. Ken Fulk 

San Francisco–based Ken Fulk is nothing short of fabulous, whether he is jetting off to a Dolce & Gabbana fashion show in Como or hanging out with Solange Knowles. His interiors are equally as glamorous, including this bedroom with an incredible ceiling.

7. Sara Story 

Sara Story’s love for contemporary art is evident from her interiors, especially with this Aspen project featured in our Spring 2017 issue.

8. Steven Gambrel 

Timeless and classic are two words that describe the essence of Steven Gambrel’s designs. His dog Stormy is also a great addition to any room.

Recommended: Steven Gambrel Decorates an Art Collector’s Park Avenue Apartment

9. Kelly Wearstler 

Los Angeles designer Kelly Wearstler is known for her punchy interiors and eponymous lifestyle brand. Wearstler captures her stylish world through images of art, travel, and design inspiration.

Summers in Malibu. Thank you @elledecorczech for visiting my Malibu beach house. Xk

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10. Mark Sikes 

Mark Sikes’s feed is filled with images of seaside living, travel, iconic celebrities, and beautifully patterned spaces; his fascination with blue and white is realized in this amazing kids room.

11. Raquel Cayre 

Art collector Raquel Cayre’s popular Instagram account with 95,600 followers pays homage to Italian design master Ettore Sottsass as well as designs influenced by his work.

Kitchen by Patricia Bustos for Casa Decor

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