Exploring Hot Trends, How-Tos and Local Options for Stunning Decor
Jul 15, 2013
At Home with Houzz
I’m a Pinterest junkie. With twenty-five boards encompassing everything from wedding plans to perfect uses of ikat, I’m never short on inspiration. But while I love the visuals and tutorials, I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the wide variety of pins. It can be challenging to look for backsplash ideas without being distracted by food, clothes, hairstyles and kittens (among many other fun pins!).
That’s why I love my Houzz account! Similar to Pinterest, it offers ideas that you can save to a digital space—but its sole focus is the home, making it much easier to design a dream space. Even better, it’s tailored to your location. So, if I’m browsing in my living room, I find not only design ideas, but also local contractors to help me get the look.
A few of my other favorite things about Houzz:
- Find Local Pros. It’s one thing to find something you like and want to duplicate in your own home, but it’s a whole other issue to find someone to help you execute that plan. There’s even a space to review professionals, so if you love a local business, you can help promote them to your friends. Brownhouse Designs, Angie Schwab Interiors LLC, DC Interiors & Renovations and Ginkgo House Architecture are just a few local groups who’ve taken to the site.
- The Real Cost Finder. Even if you aren’t on a budget, this handy tool can help you keep things in perspective. By syncing with your location, it identifies not only suggested products and services, but also the estimated cost based on your region.
- Post a Design Dilemma. The perfect space to ask or answer a question, plus the opportunity to show off before and after pictures, consider the forum space as the chance for a free consultation. Even the experts are chiming in to help.
If you aren’t already a member, take a tour at www.houzz.com. Joining is free and the inside scoops are priceless! If you’re already on the site, let’s connect. I’d love to see your projects and know what inspires you!