What’s your favorite source for “house porn”? What favorite sites and blogs do you gaze longingly at when there’s no one to peek over your shoulder at the laptop screen?
Thought that would grab your attention.
Now, let’s back up and start at the beginning. A Charlotte public relations pro asked me recently what online home design and project sites I visit regularly. Which were my favorite blogs?
I had to think a bit…
I covered the International Furniture Market in High Point for years, and enjoyed it: www.highpointmarket.org.
You’ll find “Style Reports” from the most recent markets, and links to interesting furniture bloggers.
Anyway, for kitchens and bathrooms, I still like the familiar National Kitchen & Bath Association site. It’s at www.nkba.org. You’ll find extensive portfolios of prize-winning projects, plus downloadable kitchen and bath renovation planners.
I like sites as different as contemporary www.dwell.com and traditional www.thisoldhouse.com. Go figure. This Old House currently is featuring a nicely done story that explains the mysteries of the color wheel.
Remodeling magazine is an industry publication, but there’s lots for the rest of us, too. The magazine produces the annual Cost vs. Value report, which can help shape your next project, http:www.remodeling.hw.net.
I visit the local NARI site often. That’s the Charlotte chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, at www.naricharlotte.com. It features before-and-after pictures of award-winning projects, always a nice bonus. From the NARI site – and from the Charlotte home builders’ (www.hbacharlotte.com) and Lake Norman builders’ (www.lakenormanhba.com) sites – you can connect to individual builders, who display their top projects.
Which brings us to the mother of all home sites: www.houzz.com. You’ll find more beautiful and inspirational home design pictures than you can ever click through. If you see something you like, just click and add it to your personal Ideabook.
So, what are your favorite sites? Discovered a new blogger?
Drop me an email to the address below. I’ll share the best with other readers – and bookmark them, too.