Five Design Sites You Need In Your Life

August 26, 2014

DIY / home / inspiration / style

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There are so many resources for home inspiration online these days. In the past, I would start at Pinterest and three hours later realized I had fallen into a black hole of design sites and DIY blogs. In an effort to jump-start your inspiration expedition, I’ve shared my cheat sheet for never-fail, always-inspiring design sites.

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DOMAINE // You need Domaine in your life. Even if you’re not moving into a new place, you can read up on how to organize your home beautifully, host the perfect dinner party, and don’t you want to see Jessica Alba’s bedroom?! I love gathering inspiration from the home tours and seeing how some of my favorite celebs live their fabulously glamorous lives. If you’re looking for ideas on stepping up your home and adding a little luxe to your space, Domaine is the place to do it.

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APARTMENT THERAPY // Now, this is how the real peeps live. I’m warning you now, if DIYs and Before & Afters are your thing, you will get sucked in to Apartment Therapy. I love this site because its contributors cover so many different types of living spaces. From 400 square foot cabins in the Pacific Northwest to 3,000 square foot Brooklyn brownstones, there’s something for everyone. AND it’s a virtual jackpot of IKEA hacks and creative living solutions.

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HOMEPOLISH // Homepolish is this amazing design service that pairs you up with a designer depending on your location, space and budget. Even if you’re not ready to commit to the expense of a designer, you can check out their work on the site, and see what’s in vogue in homes across the country.  BONUS: Creative Director, Orlando Soria, has a great blog (Hommemaker) with DIYs, style tips, and home makeovers in his own unique voice.

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EMILY HENDERSON // Okay, in the world of design and cheer and all things pretty in a living space, I bow down to Emily Henderson. She’s an HGTV host, stylist, designer, blogger, creative guru and she’s paired with the likes of Target and West Elm, just to name a few. She’s also designed some of my favorite bloggers’ spaces, like Oh Joy’s studio and A Cup of Jo’s living room. Her blog is as entertaining as it is informative, and she has a few series that I love: Trolling Craigslist where she breaks down awesome finds from Craigslist in different cities, and more recently, she’s started answering followers’ design questions, which I find incredibly relate-able and helpful. Also, her videos are BOMB. (Please see: How to Add Personality to Your Space, and Mixing Patterns.) And, P.S. she’s working on a new style book that I can’t wait to get my hands on!

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DOMINO // Domino Magazine was launched in 2005 by Condé Nast but the doors were later closed due to the down economy. To everyone’s delight though, the publication relaunched last year and with it came Domino.com.  If you want a shopping list of all things current, Domino has done the work for you with their daily deals. I highly recommend subscribing to the magazine and if you’re attempting to overhaul a space or move into a new one, pick up Domino: The Book of Decorating, which will help you define your style and break down the elements of each room.

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