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Best Design Inspiration Websites for Chicago Homeowners

Jun 21, 2020 | Industry News

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Are you in need of some interior design inspiration? Whether you’re looking to give your home a makeover, looking for some quick DIY tips, or are entering the real estate market as a house flipper in Chicago, all the inspiration you need can be found at the touch of your fingertips. With the thousands of design websites available, finding what you need can be a little overwhelming, so here are a few that are definitely worth a look.


Apartment Therapy


Apartment Therapy, created by Maxwell Ryan, is one of the top websites for design inspiration.  It offers how-to guides as well as tips and tricks for everything home related, from gardening to finances. The site includes house tours from cities around the globe, style and design tips, a guide for home maintenance and gardening, organizational and cleaning solutions, shopping guides, and articles about everyday life decisions. Apartment Therapy is unique in that it lets you determine what styles and designs suit your taste and then will show you how to reach those goals on your own.




If you’re looking for inspiration but aren’t settled on a design style yet, Houzz has you covered – the website was created with home inspiration in mind. Houzz is also unique in that it not only is a one stop shop for ideas, but also lets you shop for furniture and products as well as gives you the ability to search for contractors in your area. Houzz’s online magazine offers articles on every room in the house, children's areas, DIY projects, architecture, décor, and more. Looking for a professional in your area to assist with your design dreams? Houzz offers those too.  Simply, search by your area and you’ll have thousands of professionals to choose from as well as have access to reviews of their work. 


Architectural Digest


Architectural Digest is a well-known magazine that has highlighted not only architecture but also interior design and the art world for years. The website offers a plethora of design inspiration from all over the globe. The sites menu includes a section for architecture and design, a section for clever designs, a section highlighting celebrity style, a section about lifestyle, and a section with multiple articles from designers themselves. 


Young House Love


If you’re a fan of comparing before and after photos, Young House Love is the perfect site for you. Long time renovators, Sherry and John Petersik share their personal experiences as well as their successes and failures of their multiple home renovations. The site has an extensive DIY section with over 3000 projects to choose from, as well as helpful tips that range from decorating to home maintenance. 


Better Homes and Gardens


BHG is the official website for Better Homes and Gardens magazine and is full of organizational ideas, decorating tips, DIY projects, and home improvement ideas for the entire home and outdoor space. The site includes gardening hints and tips (allowing you to input your region), excellent recipes, design ideas, and home improvement tips as well. 



Whether you’re looking for design inspiration, renovating ideas, or fun and creative DIY tips, you’ll find what you need by perusing the sites above. What websites inspire your inner interior designer?

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