3 Free Sites for Online Inspiration
The web is a treasure trove of information but where do you go for an online escape? Houzz, Pinterest, and Polyvore are free sites that I could easily get lost in as I daydream about my home, fashion, and other treasures curated and shared by my friends.
Houzz—We bought our house always knowing that an addition was in our future. For years, I clipped out pictures from magazines and catalogs featuring the white cabinets and granite countertops I wanted in my kitchen, the perfect blue for our master bathroom, along with light fixtures for each room in the new part of our home and filling a giant three room binder. Instead of flipping through magazines and organizing my clippings, I can do it online thanks to Houzz. Featuring interior and exterior photos from professionals and homeowners, expert articles, product recommendations, Houzz is a dream come true for home design enthusiasts. I love Houzz for the expert advice from design professionals who showcase design and decorating ideas through the site along with user generated content from homeowners who upload their favorite photos into ideabooks.
Pinterest— The visually stunning Pinterest has gone mainstream since it was first introduced in 2010 and now it’s a treasure trove for everything from holiday wish lists, witty musings, inspiration for birthday party favors, the evening’s meal, and things users covet. Search for inspiration or use it to curate things you find around the web by creating your own boards. Follow your friends to see the things they’re pinning and share your finds.
Polyvore— Whether you’re a fashionista who loves to create style boards or are in need of spicing up your current wardrobe, Polyvore is fashion eye candy. As the web’s largest community fashion site, be inspired by the 44 million style sets created by users who select products from favorite online retailers, mix and match them into sets reflecting their style, and sharing them through blogs and social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.
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