Not all decorating sites are created equal. Many appeal to those who want their houses to look like a “French Traditional showplace,” but most of us are looking for practical tips for our lived-in homes. That’s why these sites rock.
Beginner’s paradise: BHG.com
Better Homes and Gardens, first published in 1922, is the fourth best-selling magazine in the nation. Evolving with the times, the beloved mag now complements print issues with a fabulous website. Go online for DIY how-to videos, practical decorating tips, breathtaking slideshows and easy-to-use shopping guides. Perfect for beginner and budget-conscious decorators alike.
Something for everyone: Wayfair.com
You like Bohemian; he likes Coastal Cottage. Meet each other in the middle with help from Wayfair.com. Peruse by room, design style, function, price point and beyond. The site features daily sales, styles that are trending today, expert picks and easy-to-replicate decorating. Sign up for Wayfair’s email notifications to receive daily decor deals and inspiration.
Internationally inspired: WorldMarket.com
World travelers furnish their homes with international treasures. Some of us, unfortunately, don’t have the time or money to visit Morocco or the Far East. Cost Plus World Market “travels the world to find traditional, contemporary and modern furniture to bring a sophisticated, eclectic look to your living room, bedroom, dining room and more.” Bonus: The prices are truly affordable.
Expert assistance: ThisOldHouse.com
Since the first episode of This Old House aired in 1979, we’ve come to trust the show’s experts on major home improvement and remodeling projects. Now we have 24/7 access to the experts online at ThisOldHouse.com. They walk us step-by-step through the tasks we want to take on ourselves. But it’s not all about the nuts and bolts of renovations — the site also shares realistic design advice, such as how to create a laid-back living room.
Inspired shopping: Overstock.com
Overstock.com is not just a discount shopping site. The site’s “Idea Gallery” features hundreds of photos of beautifully designed rooms. Find everything you need to create an eclectic living room, art deco kitchen or industrial-style den. Overstock.com is renowned for first-rate customer service and affordable product prices and shipping.
From our favorite TV shows: HGTV.com
If you can’t get enough of HGTV on the air, then tune in to its outstanding website. Enjoy tips from your favorite hosts and designers, and browse inspiring photo galleries such as colorful kitchen designs, stylish bathrooms and DIY projects using just one can of paint. So much fun!
Flash sale finds: OneKingsLane.com
Among flash sale sites, One Kings Lane is one of the best. Style an entire room with The Breezy Bedroom event, or pick up a few special decor pieces from the Instant Refresh sale. And vintage lovers can pick up a $5 tea towel like Grandma had or snag an $80,000 antique Serapi rug for a mere $40,000.