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One of the biggest frustrations we hear from our readers is not knowing where to start with a remodeling or redecorating project. Most people
Planning and envisioning an “after” while standing in the middle of your “before” can be a daunting task, so it’s important to take some time and establish a good foundation for what you want from the room — how you want the room to feel, how you need the room to function, and what elements (both functional and aesthetic) you like. And finding what you like in decorating is a lot like Julia Roberts’ character and eggs in Runaway Bride — it takes some time and eating a lot of different egg preparations to find out that you only like eggs Benedict. When decorating a home, that process of finding who you are and what you like involves less eating and more browsing — for inspiration!
I’ve been into homes and decorating since I first decorated and re-decorated my childhood dollhouse. I don’t recall exactly, but I’m pretty sure it was decorated in the style of “Full House.” Since then, as my style has grown up and evolved, and as I studied interior design in college, I’ve realize more and more the importance of having good design inspiration for any project — something beyond whatever is on the latest sitcom (no matter how fashionable the Tanners might have been, then or now). One of our very favorite Remodelaholic tricks for getting inspired is going to our local Parade of Homes.
Lucky girl that I am, Justin likes touring homes, too, so during the weeks of the home show we go on lots to check out the homes in our area and soak in the inspiration, from the classically beautifully styled with space-saving built-ins (swoon!) to the newer trending features like really interesting tile. We’re always on the lookout for interesting
We share lots of the inspiration we find there in
Professional designers and architects also often have budgets that allow them to do something non-conventional but amazing in a space, especially in smaller spaces that can be so inspiring for those of us without soaring ceilings and spacious butler’s pantries. I love finding ways to make spaces function better, and it’s hard to get more space-smart ideas than looking at higher end small homes — and of course, tiny houses are a favorite of mine, too.
Not everyone has a great local Parade of Homes like we do, or the free time to visit all the homes, so that’s where today’s post comes in. Today we’re partnering with
Houzz has the world’s
For example, if you’re looking for ideas for a small living room but you’re not totally sure what your style is yet, set your parameters and start drooling.
When you see a setup that you really like, just tap (or click) the photo to see more info about the room, save it to your Houzz ideabook, and, for most photos, to see more photos from the same room and home, as well as similar photos. You can also see the professional behind the project should you be looking for a pro to help. (In the app, tap more or swipe up to see more photos and info.)
As you save photos to your ideabook, you can review them and refine what it is you like about each space as you define (or re-define) your style. Is it the accent colors you like? The furniture style? The wall color or flooring? You can add notes to each photo you save to your Houzz ideabook to note what you like about each space. If you see a specific product that you love, Houzz also has a tool called
As you browse and save your favorites, you can watch for patterns and learn what you like and what you don’t — maybe you’re a genuine rustic farmhouse kinda gal, with neutrals and weathered wood and antique “junk” as your design-love language:
or, maybe, even though your friends are all about Joanna Gaines and you like their homes… maybe you’re more of a colorful mid-century modern momma:
Don’t feel locked in to one particular style — remember, it’s your home, and it’s most important that you’re happy there and that it functions for you and your family, while reflecting your likes and passions. You can select multiple styles on Houzz while you’re browsing, too, so don’t shy away from
Once you’ve assembled a small portfolio of your favorite looks, then you’ll be ready to follow our
So now I want to know — what kind of inspiration are you looking for? Are you working on your kitchen? Master bedroom? I love hearing and seeing what inspires you, so leave me a comment below!