Posted by: thebellalife | July 26, 2009

Oh The Places You’ll Go…For Style Ideas!

 
 Where do you go for inspiration?
Or could I live with this?

Could I live with this?

 

 

Or is this my style?

Is this my style?

 

 

Will I get tired of this look?

Will I get tired of this look?

                                

 Where do YOU find ideas that help you discover and define your design style?

Im soooo confused!

I'm soooo confused!

 

 

 And once you have a name for your style, where do you find decorating ideas? 

Where do you find eclectic french country decor?

Where do you find eclectic french country decor?

 

 

 

 

 And where are THE “great places to go”…for STYLE IDEAS?  

Where can I find ceramic flying fish?

Do you know where I can find ceramic swimming fish?

 

  

HERE’S SOME “GREAT PLACES TO GO”…

 FOR DÉCOR STYLE IDEAS

 

Photo courtesy Trianon Antiques

Photo courtesy Trianon Antiques

 Design Magazines: Visit your local bookstore and pull a variety of different design style magazines. Go through each one noticing such things as the style of decorating you like, the colors that appeal to you and any ideas that you would like to incorporate into your own decor. Those that have 2 or more ideas you like are worth purchasing. Put these ideas into a “Decorating Notebook”. (I will share more with you about this idea in my next post.)

 

Elle Decor
Elle Decor

 

Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest

 

House Beautiful
House Beautiful

 

Country Living
Country Living

 

www.veranda.com

Veranda

 

Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

Interior Design Books:  Two of my favorite design books are:

 

Domino: The Book of Decorating

Domino: The Book of Decorating

The Nest Home Design Workbook

The Nest Home Design Workbook

 

Internet Design Sources: I love going online and checking out the websites of my favorite design magazines. These sites collect ideas that are easily found: Color Pallets, Design Style, and Décor Ideas. Some even offer design tools including furniture and space planning. Other great resources on the internet are TV or Cable Design Show’s websites. Many shows offer specific project information that offer a one stop décor resource. Here’s one of my favorite.

 

HGTV

HGTV

 

Visit Design Models: To see ideas in a tangible form I like visiting local model homes. Other great ways to see things in person that are out of the ordinary might be go on home tours that feature neighborhoods or designers. Many charities team up with designers and do yearly shows that showcase custom homes.

 

Photo Courtesy Luxist

Photo Courtesy Luxist

 

There are many more “places to go” for design inspiration– blogs, design centers, furniture stores-just to name a few. In addition, if you have any design questions or comments feel free to leave comments! I’d be happy to help you find the resources that will work specifically for you.

 

Debs

 

Next post:  Your Design Style Notebook…

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