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Your Go-To Home Decor Inspiration List

October 20, 2009 at 4:15 pm , by

courtney-smYour little guest bathroom (in need of a major makeover) looms beyond a slightly ajar door, begging you to face its bare and boring walls. You want to spruce it up, but you don’t know where to start. Should you give the walls a quick coat of paint, put up some trendy wall decals, or just a hang a few new pictures? The project suddenly becomes too overwhelming for a Saturday, and you find yourself turning to something like laundry—I mean an episode of The Real Housewives of Somewhere.

Too often we become frustrated with trying to improve a space in our homes (I’m not talking major renovation here people, just a bit of deserved attention) and we decide to abandon the task altogether. There is no plan, no inspiration, and you end up with something like nice new towels in a color that you will inevitably hate next month.

When I find myself in these predicaments, I turn to some of my favorite home blogs and sites for help. I spend some time with these friends, take some notes, and before I know it, I have tons of fresh new ideas! The list is short and sweet, because inspiration overload can also lead to excessive and unproductive viewing of The Real Housewives of Somewhere. Next time you find yourself in a state of home decoration confusion, (or on the couch for 3-plus hours) refer to this list for an instant shot of inspiration.

Casasugar.com This blog is always full of unique and fresh home decor ideas—a good mix of fabulous design and cheap decorating options.

Apartmenttherapy.com Great inspiration for small spaces!

Allthebestblog.com Got a design question? Glasgow-based editor Ronda Carmen hosts helpful Q and A’s with designers and trendsetters that are sure to help you find an answer.

Remodelista.com Don’t miss Steal This Look, and 10 Easy Pieces under “Inspiration.” These sections are sure to get your creative juices flowing!

Onekingslane.com/ladies Check out this new site for some amazing deals on home products we all love. There’s nothing like a great sale to get a makeover moving—am I right? This site hosts private sales for members daily, and becoming a member is painless. So we have an exclusive deal for you: Click on the link above, and receive $10 instantly when you join, just for Ladies’ Lounge readers! The offer expires October 31st, so get on it, and get shopping.

Etsy.com This site has more than 100,000 vendors who offer unique vintage and handmade finds, home decor included of course. If you’re looking for that perfect conversation piece that no one else has, chances are you will find it here.

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Inspiration is Still Free

October 7, 2009 at 3:58 pm , by

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Sometimes when strolling out and about in fabulous New York City I pass a beautiful home store and think, Why even bother going in, those lovely things are probably waaaay too fancy for me. My mind instantly flashes back to the scene in “Pretty Woman” where the saleswomen shun poor scantily clad Julia Roberts for even attempting to peruse their fine merchandise. I cautiously glance at the beautiful window displays as I pass by, as if some expensive item might jump into my hand if I don’t move quickly. A&G Merch2I don’t give it much thought after that, and continue on toward more familiar territory. Well, guess what I did last weekend? I shrugged off my inhibitions and went into an adorable design store, A&G Merch, in Brooklyn—and you know what, it was a fantastic experience. Okay, so there were a few things out of my price range, but what I found most enjoyable were all of the creative displays! My mind couldn’t help but think about how I could incorporate some of their funky design ideas into my own apartment and the inspiration was undeniable. I started to wonder about other shops that I had walked by in the past and what muse-like displays I had unknowingly deprived myself of.

Inspiration is free, and perhaps more important than ever during these trying economic times. Window shopping is great fun when you walk away with a brain full of new ideas. Okay, friends, your assignment is simple—the next time you pass a store that strikes your fancy, even if you think it might be too fancy for your wallet, go in! You never know what you might find. Oh, and a nice shade of lipstick can definitely help… See Erica’s entry on red lips!