If you ask me, there isn’t much reason to subscribe to print versions of decorating magazines anymore. Either they stack up in your living room, messing up your feng shui, or you quickly flip through them and then recycle them. And although they are practically giving away magazine subscriptions these days, it seems to me that trees are too important to be wasted on something as temporal as a month’s issue of Country Living.
Lucky for us eco-minded cheapskates, we have the Internet. Since I have an iPad, and since we plan to do some fairly large-scale remodeling this year, I am scarfing up photos from the web left and right. It is so much easier to keep things in a digital form instead of in a notebook or folder.
Below are a few of the best online decorating sites that I’ve come across. Most of these are run by very clever women who’ve managed to create a business of blogging about their home. I have a dedicated email address that I use just for such email subscriptions. These are things that I want to look at eventually, but I don’t want them getting mixed in with more important messages.
I’m sure most of you have already discovered that new gold mine for decorating ideas, Pinterest. And it’s a great site. I have been known to pin some stuff. But overall, I prefer having all my photos on my own computer instead of trying to remember which things I pinned on Pinterest, which are on my computer, and which are at some other decorating site.
Pinterest – you already know about this, I’m sure. It’s great when you are searching for something specific, like “lime green kitchen” or “cozy family room.” Otherwise, it can just be another time suck: Facebook for decorators?
Houzz - This is my favorite decorating site, because it has zillions of photos of all sorts of homes. You can search for particular things like you’d do on Pinterest, and they have an Ideabooks feature, similar to Pinterest boards. But I strongly suggest that subscribe to their email. You’ll get updates with a group of related photos, such as “The New Old Bathroom” which you can quickly scan and home in on what interests you.
So don’t feel bad about unsubscribing from your magazines. You’ll save money, and I don’t think we’re going to put them out of business, because most of them are advertising on the new blogs.
Here’s a cutie who’d love to help you with your decorating. Or at least, he’ll lie on the couch next to you while you watch taped episodes of The Nate Berkus Show and munch on chips and salsa. For information how to adopt this adult Cocker, contact Denton Animal Services or email firstname.lastname@example.org. And thanks to Beau’s Bath House & Doggie Spa, about whom I have no knowledge, except that they regularly groom dogs at the animal shelter that especially need it. So send your dog there, and tell ‘em thanks for what they’re doing for the neediest animals.
* * * * *
What are you favorite decorating sites? Email me or post here. Thanks for reading!