27 September 2008

imjustsayin's question

(The last question!) imjustsaying asked,

Where do you get all your decorating inspiration?

I've been meaning to answer this for ages but it entailed
1) uninterrupted time to go through all of my links and
2) brain power

I've been lacking in both lately! Today I have the former (not sure about the latter) so we'll see how this goes.

On my computer I have a folder of over 1,400 pictures of interiors (or details in a room) that inspire me and it's growing. I always save pictures that I like and often browse through them. If I am wanting to make my bed look cosy, I'll learn how by studying pictures of bedrooms that I've found. I'll look at how many pillows they have, how they've placed them, what they have draped over their beds, how they've layered colours. If I have open shelving to dress, I'll do the same. In this way, anyone can learn interior design even if you don't have a natural eye.

Where do I get the pictures? I'll list some of my sources here.

Craftster completed projects
Decorating and renovating forum on The Nest. (Members post inspiration pictures and many (if not most) have their own bio with pictures of their house interiors in.)

Blogs - some of the interiors blogs I enjoy through my feedreader are (oh, and before you freak at how many I read, I forgot I even had some of these because the writers of them have not posted in so long. Also, I don't usually read all of them, some I just flip through the pictures):
All things G&D
CK Interiors
1902 Victorian
3 acres and 3,000 square feet
A soft place to land
Adventures in renovating a Brooklyn limestone

Bits of life
Bless our nest
Building our house
DC Rowhouse
Desire to inspire
Everything but the kitchen sink
Finished kitchens
Good things better
Habitually chic
Homespun living
Hooked on houses
Ikea hacker
Just beachy
Let's go 2 the vintage cupboard
Life abundant
LKS design
Making it home
Making it lovely
Nesting instincts
Pink wallpaper
Puffer progress
Restyled home
Shoestring decorator
Small space style
Southern hospitality
The house that AM built
The inspired room
The shabby nest
The working woman's guide to domestic success
This young house

Websites and galleries
HGTV Rate my space
BBC homes
Better homes and gardens
Southern living
House to home

I'm sure I have more links stashed on my computer but that's plenty to keep you busy and I have to go and fetch the boys in a minute. Enjoy!

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