If you’re looking for home design inspiration, then check out one of my favorite websites, houzz.com. houzz is home to nearly 400,000 home design photographs that you can search through using various criteria such as style (Contemporary, Mediterranean, Modern, Traditional, etc…) and space (kitchen, bathroom, living room, staircase, wine cellar, etc…). Say you want to look at modern kitchens, here’s a link to what your modern kitchen search results would look like.
The houzz experience is similar to having piles of home design magazines at home like Architectural Digest, Real Simple, or Sunset. You can browse through the photos and paste them into virtual scrapbooks called, Ideabooks. To create your own Ideabook, click on a photo and houzz will prompt you to start your free user account. It is as easy as that! The beauty of the Ideabook is that you can communicate your home improvement ideas with your spouse, your friends, your designer, your architect, or your contractor. Home design professionals also create Ideabooks to share with their clients. You know what they say – a picture is worth a thousand words! Here’s an example of an Ideabook I created on Skylight Wells.
Another fun aspect of houzz is that there are short feature stories on the home page. You can even subscribe to these via email. Here is a recent story that featured our front yard tree fort, by Lawrence Karol: 9 Incredible Treehouses.
Here’s a more practical story by Becky Harris, a prolific houzz lead contributor: Avoid Falling Bottles with a Shower Niche!
The user interface is pretty straight forward. An inevitable progression has become the monetization of the site through ads, although they’ve done a good job of making the ads relevant and not overly distracting. Once you’re on there, you’ll discover there’s a lot more to houzz. Have Fun!