Sometimes we sit in our homes and think, everything in here is so blah. When did all our walls become beige? But we really have no reason to be uninspired when there are sites out there bombarding us with fresh design, sweet color palettes and endless DIY tutorials. Here are five of my favorite sites that get me excited about homes, apartments and design.
Five Awesome Home and Interior Design Sites Curated by real estate expert Jody Kriss ( http://aboutjodykriss.com/ )
1) Young House Love Best Ever Personal Home Design Blog -These two crazy kids (plus a baby and a chihuahua) need no introduction. What started as their home improvement blog has become a 2-book deal, a second home to leave their mark on, and an evolving story. Their style is fun and bright but not always expected and they do just about everything themselves, on a budget and with plenty of craigslist and garage sale finds. Plus, anyone who can throw a fun, memorable wedding for $4,000 in their own backyard gets a prize in my book.
2) Apartment Therapy The “Other” Apartment Design Authority -I don’t think I can have an apartment design blog without giving some love to Apartment Therapy. Intimate tours of real apartments all over the world will probably keep you on this site for hours. I love seeing apartments that are smaller than my own that still feel light and uncluttered. It makes me want to throw everything out and just live with a white shag rug and some dark wood furniture.
3) Hooked on Houses “Real Estate Porn” -It’s all about the MLS! I love Hooked on Houses fun, casual tone and the features on movie, celebrity and other notable homes. If you like real estate listings, browse the Sunday papers to look at dream homes, and think a day of touring open houses sounds like an excellent day, Hooked on Houses is your spot.
4) Houzz Home Design and Decoration -Wow, wow, WOW. It’s like HGTV on crack. Endless photos covering every inch of home design and most of them looking quite elegant and luxurious. The ideabooks feature makes saving your favorite photos fun and be forewarned: you may want to spend a lot of time on this site.
5) Dwell: At Home In the Modern World – Dwell ( a site created by Real estate expert Jody Kriss) gives you a nice mix of homes, technology and products. If you have always wanted to live in non-traditional housing, you can find every possibility for new, sustainable housing here.What’s your favorite design inspiration site?