Welcome to Episode 2 of Ambassadors of Style! (and you thought I had forgotten) Episode 1 was a healthy dose of color theory with Lauren Willhite of Color Collective. Today’s episode features an equally awesome internet sensation, Kelly Ottinger! This interior designer meets editorial contributor meets serious design blog rising star has a lot to share. Her site, Kelly Market, focuses on the resources and inspirations behind the beautiful rooms that we love and admire in magazines. So she’s going to fill us in on a few of her secrets.

Follow THIS link to find the sources for Kelly’s collage above.

Hilary Inspired: Hi Kelly! Welcome to Hilary Inspired! As a rising star in the design blogosphere, we’d love to pick your brain on a few topics. Like for instance, your expertise in the arena of home accessories and decor. Your resource focused blog, Kelly Market, has become an instant sensation. Would you tell us a bit about what inspired its creation? 

Kelly:  I’ve been reading other blogs for a long time and had been toying around with the idea for a good six months or so before I finally launched (in September 2010).  Where a lot of other blogs focus on shots of interiors, I wanted to create layouts and focus more on products and inspiration, which for me ranges anywhere from fashion to people to old movies.  I’m also an interior designer with a growing business, so blogging is a perfect side activity.

HI: When on the search for collage content for your daily posts, do you have a first stop for inspiration? 

Kelly: One of my biggest inspirations is fashion….I read a lot of fashion magazines, websites, street style blogs, etc.  Some favorites are: Vogue, Jak & Jil, Garance Dore, The Coveteur, Hanneli, Olsens Anonymous

HI: Much of your post content seems to be inspired by travel and foreign places…what are your favorite exotic destinations to gather inspiration from?

Kelly: While there’s nothing like NYC or Paris, I do trend toward exotic, off-the-beaten-path locales.  I love South America and have spent time in Brazil and just returned from a trip to Costa Rica.  I love animals and dream of going on safari in Africa – definitely high on my travel list.  

HI: Do you have any current decor obsessions that you would love to have in your own home?

Kelly: One word: Quadrille.  Their patterns are hands-down the best….timeless and colorful-my only problem is choosing a favorite!  I just bought five yards of Java in red and am having a hard time deciding what to use it on- so many options!  

HI: For the style enthusiast on a budget, what is your preferred resource for unique home accessories that have maximal style but minimal expense?

Kelly: I’m a big DIYer…if you truly want something unique and are on a budget, I say make it yourself!  I love buying things on Craiglist, eBay, or at local flea markets, consignment stores, and antique shops and fixing them up myself.  

HI: Etsy is quickly becoming a fantastic go-to for artwork from up and coming artists. Would you let us in on your favorite Etsy hidden treasures? 

Kelly: I love Etsy for so many things and really use all three categories: handmade, vintage, and supplies…here are some of my favorite shops:


Drift Wood Interiors 

Emma Kisstina 

Berkley Illustration 

Samantha French

Anne Chovie 


High Street Market 

Sara Kate Huff 

Estate Eclectic 

Fabulous Mess 

Vintage Modern Design 

Paper: My favorite!  

Letter Love Designs  (Here is some stationery I have from her: 1, 2)


Verde Studio (I love giving vintage postage stamps as gifts & they have a great selection)

Home Décor:

Tilly Maison 

Element Clay Studio 

Jill Rosenwald 

HI: Do you have a style motto that guides your decisions when compiling pieces for the home?

Kelly: “Be faithful to your own taste because nothing you really like is ever out of style.” Billy Baldwin 

HI: So true!!

Thank you so much for your time and insight, Kelly. I’m afraid we’re going to be browsing through Etsy for days!!

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