Can I be real with y’all for a minute? I’m terrible at writing introductions for blog posts. I never know how to start things off and I always end up staring at the screen or clicking over to another tab to do a little online window shopping. Am I the only one who struggles with this? Alright, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, I’m sharing my five favorite sources for design inspiration today!
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1. Home Decor Magazines
Home decor magazines are one of my favorite sources for inspiration. Ones I pick up each month include HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, and House Beautiful. I also like Southern Home and Traditional Home, but they’re a bit more expensive, so I don’t buy them every single month.
Home decor magazines are a great source for paint colors, retailers or brands you may not have heard about, and DIY tutorials. If you’re like me and go for the same magazines each month, I’d definitely get a subscription. I’ve discovered that if you Google whatever magazine you want, you can often find yearly subscriptions cheaper than what they advertise in the magazine.
2. Home Decor Books
Not only do home decor books make great accessories for styling coffee tables and bookshelves, they’re also a great source for design inspiration. A few of my favorites are the Domino books, Styled by Emily Henderson, Elements of Style by Erin Gates, and Cupcakes and Cashmere At Home by Emily Schuman. A few that are currently on my wishlist are The Decorated Home by Meg Braff, House Beautiful Style Secrets by Sophie Donelson, Palm Beach Chic by Jennifer Ash Rudick, and Palm Beach Entertaining by Annie Falk.
I love looking through design books not only for inspiration, but also for professional design advice and tips like how to style a piece of furniture or a coffee table vignette, coordinating different colors and patterns, or curating the perfect gallery wall. And, just like home decor magazines, they’re also a great source for home decor retailers.
3. Brand Catalogs
One of my all time favorite things to do in life is check the mail. There’s something so exciting about never knowing what might be in there. One of my favorite things to receive in the mail are brand catalogs. Some of my favorites are Frontgate, Ballard Designs, Serena and Lily, and Pottery Barn. I know these are all more high end retailers, but they’re all such great inspiration.
Personally, I look at them when I need help styling something, particularly when I’m taking photos for a blog post. But, if you’re not a blogger, they can also be extremely helpful. For example, if you’re entertaining and want to create a table scape or you need help making your bed look more cozy and luxurious (but seriously, don’t the beds in those catalogs make you want to jump right on in?). I really could go on and on about how much I love catalogs because they’re such great inspiration and they’re free. What could be better?
If you’re curious about how to start receiving catalogs, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. First, decide which companies you’re interested in, but be aware that not all publish catalogs. Then, go to their website and scroll all the way to the bottom. Click on “catalog request”. After you put in all of your info, you should receive them in a couple of weeks depending on the retailer. Another little tid bit is many of the catalogs provide you with a special coupon which is great if you do find something you can’t live without.
Before Stewart and I moved into our first apartment almost four years ago, I didn’t even know home decor blogs were a thing. The first blog I started reading was Dwellings by Devore. Her style and simple, affordable DIY’s got me hooked! Some of my favorite home decor blogs are of course, the one I mentioned above, Dimples and Tangles, The Pink Clutch, Style Your Senses, Girls in Madras, and Classy Clutter.
Home decor blogs are a great source for design inspiration, but my favorite part about blogs is that they’re so relatable. Often times, it’s a woman just like you and I with the same passion for home decor and making her home beautiful for her family. Maybe it’s just me, but I think that’s so cool! Also, I think it’s pretty amazing how incredibly creative people are out there!
I know, this may seem a little odd since home design is so visual, but just hear me out. After seeing Young House Love speak at Haven Conference a little over a year ago, I started listening to their podcast religiously. Since I’ve started listening, I’ve learned so many useful home decor tips that I can totally implement in my own home. I would list some of my favorite episodes for y’all, but they’re all great! Another one I love is Ballard Designs, How to Decorate podcast. Ever episode, they interview professional interior designers that have such great advice and I feel like I learn something new every time I listen. If you’re ready to start listening, some of my favorite episodes are episode #27 with Meg Braff (a fellow color enthusiast), episode #24 with Nancy Braithwaite, and episode #23 with the guys from Madcap Cottage.
Where do you get your inspiration from?