Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Great Online Resources To Help Decorate Your Home

Home redecorating can be stressful when you lack direction or inspiration.  I am always asked where I go for help to get moving on a home improvement project.   Below are my 'go to' home improvement resources.  You have probably heard of all or most already, but if not, read a little more about how you can use them to your advantage!

Beware:  These online sites are VERY addicting!

These 3 Online Sites Allow Their Users To Interact:

Olioboard is an online, interior design, mood board creator, where users can create 2D and 3D room designs using real products from all their favorite brands.  You just drag and drop real products onto a digital canvas you create!  You can even load your own photos onto the boards.  It is just so much fun!  You can view other users mood boards and get inspired. 

Olioboard has become a community who chat, compete in design challenges, and have fun experimenting with interior design.

For you Pinterest newbies out there, this is a great place to search for creative ideas on subjects ranging from home improvement, cooking, travel and more!  Then save those ideas by ‘pinning’ them to boards you create.  Many photos online, not on Pinterest, allow you to save them to your boards as well!  You can write a description as you ‘pin’ to help you remember why you liked it.  You can also follow other people to see what they ‘pin’!

Houzz is the fastest growing online resource for home improvement ideas.  A place to browse and save beautiful home photos. A place to find the right design and construction professionals. A place to connect with others who have been there too. Houzz has become a community of more than 35 million homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals—across the country and around the world.  Similar to Pinterest, you save photos to idea books, and you can also follow other Houzz users to what they add.  Houzz also has a ton of advice from design professionals and Q&A from other ‘Houzzers’ (people like you). 

More Online Sites Worth Checking Out:

I love their ‘Design and Decorate’ Section of HGTV.  Its chock full of great ideas, trending design and décor, photos you can save and videos from HGTV shows and quick tips from the popular hosts!  There is a ton of DIY, Before and After, and so much more.  

No, Apartment Therapy is not just for people living in an apartment.  It has great budget friendly ideas, animal and kid decorating advice, creative solutions dealing with small spaces, and so much more!  Apartment Therapy has many detailed topics that are fun and inspirational: everything from tours of apartments to get inspiration, to DIY projects, Before and Afters, and decorating ideas.  You can even search by color and a bunch of photos of rooms and more come up using that color.

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