Nine Instagram accounts to follow for the ultimate home and garden inspiration

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Inject a little life into your own lounge with the help of some of this Instagram inspiration. Photo credit: Instagram: Evie Kemp/Cigar.

If you're anything like me you spend a lot more time on your phone during lockdown. 

Whether we're at level 2, 3 or the mooted 1.5, there's always time to trawl Instagram for house and garden inspiration - especially now we're spending so much more time in our homes. 

From DIY influencers to design bloggers, budding gardeners, builders and stylists, these nine accounts should keep your feeds full of inspiration.

Easy Tiger Style Co

Follow along as interior stylist/marketer Sophie Ericksen and builder/furniture designer Ryan Buxeda - and their adorable bulldog - renovate their first home - a mid-century style beauty in Titirangi, Auckland. Makeover updates are mixed in with mid-century inspo on their Instagram, as well as over on their blog. 

Erena Te Paa 

Picture a castle on a cloud and you'll have some idea of the dreamy Hamilton home that Erena Te Paa has created - all cream, timber and white tones, beautiful curves and amazing secondhand finds. The stylist and writer also runs a stylish Airbnb on her property if you want to live the dream yourself for a weekend. 

Studio Home Gardening

Julia Atkinson-Dunn has been blogging at Studio Home since 2008, and she shares snaps of her gorgeous Christchurch villa on her main Instagram. But her lesser-known page, dedicated to her "beginner" gardening journey, is well worth checking out too, for a flurry of wildflowers, gardening tips and guest appearances by her adorable Tonkinese cat. 

The Forest Cantina

Although mostly known for her food photography and recipe creation, The Forest Cantina's Unna Burch is in the process of renovating her 1940s Wellington home, so her delicious feed is accented with beautifully renovated rooms which will make you want to move right in.


If you're into plant-filled interiors and beautiful vintage furniture, you should be following Ron Goh, aka Cigar. He's currently renovating his inner-city Auckland 'jungle loft', housed in a former factory. He also sells some of his vintage finds, so you can get the look for yourself, over at Homebody. 

She Builds Bro

Chelsea Roper, a graphic designer turned carpentry apprentice based in Queenstown, shares her life as a female in the male-dominated construction industry. As well as on-the-job snaps, she shares progress of her own house build, which she is working on with her partner, a fellow builder, and reviews construction products on her website.

Maiko Nagao

Artist and designer Maiko Nagao's Auckland home features a delightful mix of artwork, cane and timber pieces and Trade Me finds. You'll find it hard to believe Maiko and her husband Mike completed their DIY reno for just $12,000. Follow Maiko's feed for snippets into her life or head to her shop to make your home as cool as hers.

Tiny House Family NZ

Think you would struggle to live in a tiny house? Graphic designer Kate van den Bergh and husband Willem, an architectural designer, somehow manage to share theirs with a baby and a cat. Kate's Instagram documents the highs and the lows of living in an 18sqm home, set in idyllic bush on Waiheke Island. The couple are about to start building a slightly larger home - 95sqm - on the property, leaving the tiny house free for visitors - sign us up!

Evie Kemp

Stylist, artist, designer, dog mum and so much more, Evie Kemp's colourful, print-filled Insta offers a delightful break from the white walls often found on Instagram. Her south Auckland home can only be described as fabulous, and her gallery walls, filled with her own artworks, neon lights and vintage prints, are a sight to behold. If you want to create a slice of colour in your own home, you can purchase one of Evie's prints, or perhaps a custom pet portrait, from her website.