If you’re super sick of me talking about apartments already, I’m sorry… once I’m all moved in in a couple of weeks, all this talk will be dialed down; I promise
Because I’m a newbie both to having my own place and decorating, I’ve been doing research on everything from inspiration to the technical issues (“What’s the best way to deal with no overhead lighting?” “How do I make the most of little counter space?”) From answered questions to aesthetic inspiration, I’ve come across some amazing sites that have been so helpful to me! So, without further ado, here is a roundup of what I think are the best websites for anyone moving into a new home, or just looking to spruce your current space up a little!
- Apartment Therapy. I cannot even begin to describe how phenomenal this site is. It has literally been my go-to for any question I’ve had over the past few weeks. Like, to the point where I can Google something ridiculously specific like “Apartment Therapy Hiding a Paper Lantern Light Cord” and the first result is the answer to my exact question. It’s like the running iPhone joke: “there’s an app for that,” except that it’s an Apartment Therapy article.The site also has amazing design inspiration for every aspect of your decorating process and size of apartment, great DIY ideas, and user generated examples so you can see real-life examples of people solving design problems and making a small space their own.
- Design*Sponge. This one features everything from decor inspiration to lifestyle and entertaining. Though not quite as extensive as Apartment Therapy, one of the best features of Design*Sponge is “Sneak Peak”, a consolidation of all of their user space posts that are categorized by location, size, design style, and even ownership vs. rentals. For example, if I click “Small” “Rent” “New York City” “Modern,” I get spaces similar to my own- it’s the most foolproof way to find inspiration tailored to you and your style!
- House of Turquoise. As a turquoise/teal/seafoam junkie, I looove this blog! Erin curates a beautiful collection of inspired spaces featuring shades of- you guessed it- turquoise (and, as she lists in her header, “teal, robin’s egg blue, aqua, sky blue, seafoam green, and ocean blue”). It takes just one scroll of her site to get lost in those dreamy hues. Turquoise ain’t your color? Don’t fear! Erin has branched out with Decor By Color, so you can find your shade.
- CasaSugar. This is home design meets Us Weekly. Amongst the articles of decor inspiration and DIY are headlines about celebrity real estate and slideshows of the most fabulous beach abodes around the world.
- Curbed. Part of the Racked/Eater trifecta, Curbed is great because it’s personalized to your location. I’m on Curbed NY and I get news about all real estate activity going on in the city. Obviously this isn’t really the mothership for decor and DIY tips, but it’s great if you want the lowdown of what’s happening in your city,. Plus, the Marketplace tells you what’s for sale and for rent in your area, and if you are looking for some design inspiration, there are plenty of swanky house tours. You’ll also hear about store openings, sales, etc.
- Remodelista. Eye-candy central. Check out some of the most beautiful architecture and design from around the world. Also, get info about specific products, appliances, interior design firms, and city guides, in addition to DIY ideas to make the most beautiful space you could possibly live in.
- If you have any great sites you think should be on the list, let me know… I’m a home decorating junkie!