Inspiration

For so many people, when faced with renovations, remodeling, or redesigning a space, they have no idea where to start.  And unfortunately, this feeling of not knowing leaves them paralyzed to the point that they give up in frustration and continue to live in (and accept) a space that deep down, they really don’t like.  So, what’s the cure for this design paralysis? It’s inspiration I say.

Inspiration (or a ‘jumping off point’) can be found in a multitude of places.  It can be found in a fabric swatch, in a favourite painting, in a photograph from a recent vacation, in a paint chip, or a piece of wallpaper, or just by looking out the window.  Inspiration can also be found on the internet.

In today’s day and age, there is a multitude of design websites and blogs out there to give you endless fodder.  Here’s a listing of some of my favourite places to go for design inspiration. We’d love for you to add your favourites to the list also.

Enjoy.

The Marion House Book

The Marion House Book is one of the first design blogs that I really started to follow.  It was started in 2010 by a very talented designer in Toronto named Emma Reddington and has recently been named one of the 100 Best design blogs.  We were lucky enough to have the stairway from our previous home featured in her ‘Cast Your Vote’ series, and you can see the submission here.

Houzz

Houzz is a leading destination site for home design enthusiasts– professionals and homeowners. The Houzz site feature over 250,000 interior and exterior photos, thousands of articles written by design experts, product recommendations and social tools to manage the remodeling and decorating process. I particularly like the fact that you can search photos by style, and by space.

Design Sponge

Design*Sponge is one of my ‘go to’ places for design inspiration. This site gives readers sneak peeks into beautiful homes and shows inspiring before-and-after shots of home improvement projects.

Freshome

With a focus on interior design and architecture, Freshome is the ultimate website for the design enthusiast. This blog shows off amazing design ideas in a wide range of spaces – from Scandinavian flats to New York penthouses. Fresh Home has categories that include places within a house like the bedroom, kitchen and living room, so it’s easy to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy is one of the most popular and influential design blogs out there.  It speaks to a wide, enthusiastic audience because of its inherent belief that “simplicity and luxury are not mutually exclusive.” You can come here to find interior design inspiration from real homes in major metropolitan cities and everywhere in between.

Desire to Inspire

Desire to Inspire has been called by Martha Stewart’s editors one of the Web’s leading lifestyle blogs. Visit Desire to Inspire to peek inside modern homes, get to know interior designers and decorators or to find a home decorating style that suits you the most.

Cococozy

To be honest with you, I only recently discovered Cococozy, and I’m loving it more and more every time I visit.  Come to Cococozy to see a mix of great styles, from modern to traditional; but mostly, visit Cococozy if you’re a fan of that fresh and clean feeling.

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