7 Carolina-Based Budget Friendly Home Decor Blogs to Follow

As someone who has spent the last 25 years living in either North or South Carolina, I love to see DIY/Home Decor Bloggers from our area flourish. Blogging in the home decorating/diy tutorial realm seems to have been largely replaced by social media visual content, which is fun but a) not searchable and b) not helpful if you want specific, written instructions on how to do something. Long live actual, written blog posts! Here are seven of my favorites who continue to post useful, inspirational content.

These seven North and South Carolina-based DIY/Home Decor Bloggers consistently post beautiful, inspirational, uniquely Southern content:

  1. The Nester
  2. In My Own Style
  3. Bless’er House
  4. Kaleidoscope Living
  5. At Home with the Barkers
  6. Our Southern Home – Classic Inspired Living
  7. The White Buffalo Styling Co.

Let me share a little about each blogger and what makes her blog worth following (Bonus: all of them also have active and helpful Instagram accounts, if you love the Gram).

  • Author: Myquillyn Smith
  • State: North Carolina
  • Blogging since 2007
  • Emphasis: “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.
  • Instagram: @thenester
The Nester Myquillyn Smith

Myquillyn (as she says, “It’s pronounced like Jacqueline but with a Mike”) Smith is one of the OGs of the Home Decorating Blogiverse. Her approach to decorating a home is to make it work for you and not the other way around.

Her latest book, Cozy Minimalist Home (amazon affiliate link) published in 2018 is hands-down the most approachable home decor book if you want to bring some style into your house but have no idea how to do that. Her book walks you through the process of making the most of your home, step by step and room by room. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

If you love the book and want some real-time advice on your process as you “CoMi” your home (yes, that’s a verb), Myquillyn also offers a private Facebook group called The Cozy Community. It’s $10 monthly, a reasonable rate to get feedback and inspiration from a group of people who are working through the same process as you are (as well as some weekly Q+A’s with Myquillyn herself).

Another fun thing that Myquillyn offers is her annual Nest Fest on her property in MIdland, North Carolina. My mom, sister and I drove up for the 2019 event and really enjoyed it! Read more about our experience here.

I really love Myquillyn’s approach to decorating:

  • Start with what you have
  • More Style, Less Stuff
  • Cozy doesn’t mean Cluttered
  • Be Intentional about What You Bring into Your Home

Also, Myquillyn is funny. And she’s an Enneagram 5 (like me)! And her sister is Emily P. Freeman, who I also love.

the nester planked ceilingsFavorite Post: Popcorn Ceilings and How We Fake Planked Them

  • Author: Diane Henkler
  • State: South Carolina
  • Blogging since 2009
  • Emphasis: You should feel at home in your home.
  • Instagram: @inmyownstyle

Diane is full of practical ideas for decorating your home. She and her husband bought a house on Lake Murray (near Columbia, SC) in 2015 and it’s been so much fun to see her make South Carolina home!

I found Diane’s blog years ago through a Pinterest pin on making a wall monogram from foam board.  Ever since then I’ve been subscribed to her blog, and I really love her mix of travel, crafty DIY projects like this one and her home decor-related post. Diane’s style is casual, budget-friendly and inviting; I feel like we have a lot in common. Dollar-Store-DIY-large-mono_thumbDiane and I have both come a long way since we wanted to cut monograms out of foam board, and her newsletter is one of the few I click through every week to see what she has to say.

Favorite Post: Why I Like to Decorate Using the Slow Method. (Also she had a giveaway for a sheet set in this post and I entered and WON! You can see my name at the bottom of the post. So we’re pretty much best friends now.)

  • Author: Lauren Shaver
  • State: South Carolina
  • Blogging since 2013
  • Emphasis: Budget Decorating | Simplified DIY 
  • Instagram: @blesserhouse
blesser house breakfast nook

Lauren Shaver is another great one to follow for practical diy/thrifting advice. Her tutorials are immensely actionable and super, super thorough. You can tell she was a teacher before she became a full-time blogger.

blesser house back porchLauren’s really active on Instagram too, and I love how real and unpretentious she is.

Lauren is also a big fan of thrifting, and she has one of the best tutorials on painting furniture around.

Recently, I used her tutorial on limewashing the fireplace when I limewashed ours. blesser house limewashed fireplace

I love Lauren’s heart; I’ve messaged her a few times on Instagram with questions and she’s always been very kind and helpful in her replies. You can tell she’s just a great person as well as a talented home decor blogger.

blesser house dining room

Favorite Post: 16 Must Have Home Decor Thrift Store Staples

  • Author: Tasha Agruso
  • State: North Carolina
  • Blogging since 2013
  • Emphasis: Colorful, Budget-Friendly Decorating 
  • Instagram: @tasha.kaleidoscope
kaleidoscope living herringbone wall


Tasha Agruso was a lawyer for 13 years before she decided to go full-time with her blogging. Crazy, huh?

She is fearless in her use of color and bold pattern in her home, and it’s a fun change from the stately, staid home decor of more traditional homes.

foyer kaleidoscope

Tasha is very active in her stories on Instagram. She’s very personable and you can tell she has a really open relationship with her audience.

Tasha also created a Designer In A Binder product that is pretty helpful if you are starting on a room or house from scratch. I bought the hard copy version when it was on sale for Black Friday. I’m using it as a help my sister decorate her new vacation home in Florida (more posts to come on that).

pompom wreath kaleidoscope

I mean, look how fun that wreath is? She has all the instructions to make your own here.

large picture frame

Favorite Post: How to Make a Picture Frame for Large Prints

  • Author: Sonya Barker
  • State: South Carolina
  • Blogging since 2013
  • Emphasis: Helping You With Your Home Projects
  • Instagram: @athomewiththebarkers


Sonya Barker is an upstate South Carolina girl (like me). I love how straightforward and thorough her blog posts are. She is committed to natural living products that have minimal impact on our environment.

She blogs what’s on her heart, so those blog topics can vary pretty widely. But she’s always working on something in her home.

Would you take a look at this shed and the black picket fence? What a great backyard scene!

Her post about the renovation of their backyard shed is far and away my favorite. Go take a look at it here.

  • Author: Christy Little
  • State: South Carolina
  • Blogging since 2012
  • Emphasis: Mixing High-End and Thrifted Pieces for an Eclectic yet Traditional Look
  • Instagram: @oursouthernhome

Christy is a Clemson grad who calls the Greenville, South Carolina area home. She has been blogging since 2012 and like the other bloggers, her blog is a wealth of information on craft projects and home decor tips. She is also a realtor and her home is just beautiful.

I love their dramatic fireplace wall and that herringbone brick fireplace surround is just amazing.

It’s so fun to follow bloggers with such a variety of decorating styles. Christy is not as minimalist as some of the others, but her home is still welcoming and cozy. It just goes to show you that we can all find different ways to express our personal style.

Favorite Post: This big round up of  Thrift Store Decor Projects from 2019.


Lindsay is another upstate South Carolina blogger; she dubs her look as Country Modern Bohemian.

She has a really great sense of style, and it’s fun to look through some of her old blog posts to see how that style has evolved and become more refined over the years.

Right now, her family is getting ready to move into a new home. She’s making some fun choices with her finishes and lighting in this place.

Here’s a look at their current master bedroom: I love this eclectic, airy feel!

Not sure what my favorite post from Lindsay would be, but I do enjoy how she documents her design choices from start to finish, as seen here in this master bath design post.

Who Would You Add to the List?

So that’s it, seven of my favorite home decor bloggers based right here in the Carolinas. But I’m sure that there are even more talented folks out there in the Blogosphere that I’ve never even heard of!

Who would you add to the list?


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