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10 of the most creative and inspiring Instagram accounts to follow

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The thing we love most about Instagram is that it gives us a chance to take a look at the alternative lives we tell ourselves we could live.

So, while we sit in traffic on the 55 bus, we can be wondering at the adventures of the woman who packed in the day job and went on a travelling adventure, or staring wide eyed in wonder  at the beautiful home of the girl who has left London behind for an idyllic life in the country.

And, while we are well aware that Instagram is all about presenting the picture perfect moments rather than a rounded impression of a person's lifestyle, we love to indulge in a spot of life stalking.

So, we have gathered 10 of the best Instagram accounts to follow if you're looking for an alternative view on life. These brilliant individuals have carved a different path and built a life that so many of us dream of, so take five and seek a little inspiration from their impeccably curated accounts. 

  • Artemis Russell

    Artemis runs the blog Junkaholique and splits her time between her jewellery shop in London and her family home on the Isle of Wight.

  • Artemis Russell

    Her blog is called Junkaholique because she loves collecting "old junk" from knick knacks to furniture which she now sells on her online store of the same name.

  • Artemis Russell

    But we also love looking at her shots of her beautiful country lifestyle to remind us that the city is not the be all and end all.

    Follow Artemis @junkaholique

  • Kate Waddleton

    Brighton-based Kate is a craftmaker with a love of typography. She makes her own alphabet cushions and other crafts, but also shares pictures of typography she likes.

  • Kate Waddleton

    Typography inspiration can strike wherever, from a spotting charming old advert while walking around Lewes, East Sussex...

  • Kate Waddleton

    ...to Kate's own personalised cushions. The different fonts and ways of presenting words are what really fascinates her and you may get drawn in too.

    Follow Kate @actuallyido

  • Andrew Knapp

    Andrew Knapp is a photographer who likes to play a game of Where's Wally with his dog Momo. Can you see him in this snowstorm?

  • Andrew Knapp

    Andrew and Momo roam around their home in Ohio taking amazing shots, with Momo peeking out of a hidden corner here and there.

  • Andrew Knapp

    Can you see him among these trees?

    Follow Andrew @andrewknapp

  • Kate Jordan

    This is Kate. In 2012 she came home from work and told her boyfriend that she'd had enough and they had to leave the UK.

  • Kate Jordan

    They have since lived in five different countries, and are currently living in Frankfurt, Germany.

  • Kate Jordan

    Kate now works as a freelance web designer and travel blogger, which means she also has time to visit amazing destinations like Greece.

    Follow Kate @relokateblog

  • A Lady In London

    But for a different perspective on UK living, this Californian ex-pat actually chose to come here and celebrates all London's lovely quirks through less cynical eyes than we're used to...

  • A Lady In London

    She finds the little spots that many of us might miss while grumbling our way through our commute.

  • A Lady In London

    And picks up on beautiful images throughout the capital.

    Follow her @aladyinlondon

  • Jeska Hearne

    Jeska is an interior stylist, blogger and photographer who lives by the sea in East Sussex.

  • Jeska Hearne

    She takes beautiful photographs of the places she visits, and her shoots.

  • Jeska Hearne

    As well as a good dose of what she's eating and enjoying.

    Follow Jeska @lobsterandswan

  • Junanto Herdiawan

    Junanto is an Indonesian businessman who has a pretty cool hobby on the site: levitating.

  • Junanto Herdiawan

    He takes jumping shots with a fast lens to make it look like he is levitating at all the exciting locations in the world, from Washington DC...

  • Junanto Herdiawan

    ...to Paris. Junanto says "Levitation is like philosophy. It's not just a jump shot; it is a floating moment.

    Follow him @junantoherdiawan

  • Charity: Water

    This account for the drinking water charity raises awareness of the cause they support through beautiful photographs.

  • Charity: Water

    The photographs tell the stories of both those who are at the recieving end of their work, like Tenica, whose bread-making business took off since getting access to clean water to bake with.

  • Charity: Water

    The charity also post up pictures of those helping to raise money for them, like these girls selling lemonade and sweet treats in New York.

    Follow Charity: Water @charitywater

  • Julie Lee

    Julie's Kitchen is a California-based food blog taking beautiful pictures of the healthy food its owner Julie Lee is making and eating.

  • Julie Lee

    But the blog is most famous for Julie's food collages, presenting the ingredients of what she's making in this lovely wallpaper style

  • Julie Lee

    Her collages throw up an interesting perspective on food - this is a deconstructed croque madame, for instance.

    Follow Julie @julieskitchen

  • Tiny Wanderer

    Ying, 29, was left with a sense of urgency to live fully when her mother passed away. Although she started a job in PR she always planned to quit her job and travel, and in 2007 she did just that. 

  • Tiny Wanderer

    Originally from Malaysia, she worked on cruise ships to save up enough money to visit countries from Czech Republic...

  • Tiny Wanderer

    ...to the beautiful Maldives, and her Instagram account is full of varied and envy-inducing pictures.

    Follow Ying @whereisying

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