Maybe you live in a dreary rental that you can’t do much with. Maybe you’re dying to change something about home, but you don’t have much of a budget. Maybe you’ve got the time to embark on a weekend home improvement project, but you’re lacking inspiration. Or maybe you just like to dream?
No matter what the reason, going online can be a huge source of ideas, inspiration, daydreams and super practical advice for anyone with the decorating bug. I certainly have one... so here are a few my favourite places to find inspiration when I’m online!
Apartment Therapy: One of the most popular online design sites, and a personal favourite of mine. Apartment Therapy works hard to be a fantastic resource - it’s constantly updating during the day with a great mix of DIY projects, design showcases from around the world, interviews with artisans and designers and even photographic tours of Apartment Therapy reader’s homes from around the world. If you like homes and design, it should be in your bookmarks folder.
Freshome: Skewing much higher in the budget range than Apartment Therapy. With plenty of pictures and information about some of the most stunning and inventive architecture in residential homes today, reading Freshome is a fantastic way to fuel your daydreams if you’re a fan of architecture. If that’s not entirely your speed, don’t be deterred - there are still plenty of great articles and inspiring ideas on the site.
Design*Sponge: This site is almost the polar opposite of Freshome. Where is the former is about offering up high end inspiration, Design*Sponge is all hands on, affordable and ever so slightly twee. There is a great focus on putting up fun, practical DIY projects - so if you read Design*Sponge, you’ll never be bored and wishing you had something to do on a dark, wet winter afternoon! Also not to miss: the period under $100 product round ups.
Ikea Hacker: Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s amazing, occasionally you’ll want to do it yourself, but a lot of the time, you wonder why anyone would ever do that to perfectly good furniture... It’s Ikea Hacker - the blog where readers from all over the world showcase their (occasionally misguided) efforts to improve on the products from the world’s most popular design store. Whatever the outcome, the owners of the furniture in question are happy, and usually it’s structurally sound...
And there you have it - a round up of some of my favourite websites for design inspiration. Got suggestions of your own? Share them in the comments!