1. Houzz.com – This is a beautiful full-color photo site designed to make everyone reimagine the space they have – or the space they COULD have! Anyone can browse, but signing up for an account lets your clients create their own “idea book” to collect all the great inspiration they find on the site.
2. Better Living Through Design.com – Do you yearn for furnishings that step beyond the familiar furniture and decorating options offered through local retail outlets? This website features a wide range of products (and price points) from around the world.
3. HGTV.com – A “browse” feature for online decorating portfolios lets you sort by room, by style or even by color. There are also full episodes of HGTV programming and a project and idea-laden blog.
4. Lowes.com – A “how to” library and projects page covers topics ranging from how to decorate to how to install tile floors and home maintenance tips. Design inspiration tools, powered by Houzz, let you sort by type of room, design style, and metro area. Check out “My Lowes” tools to set seasonal reminders, track purchases and organize your home improvement projects.
5. Pinterest.com – Browse through design boards of professionals in many industries – then create your own idea board for different rooms in your home.
6. Remodelista.com – Remodelista’s blog is rich with design ideas. But it’s their “Steal This Look” features, providing sources and prices for key design elements, that are particularly interesting to new home buyers. Check out companion site Gardenista too.
7. Apartment Therapy.com – Although targeted for apartment dwellers, this site offers some of the best do-it-yourself decorating ideas and advice on organization and storage options to make smaller spaces work harder. It also offers “budget” options for decorating, has a great “before and after” section for inspiration, and a video “how to” series.