Best Sources for Real-Life Home Inspiration

Best Sources for Real-Life Home Inspiration

Sarah Coffey
Apr 29, 2009

Inspiration is everywhere, but it's not always the accessible variety. We love looking at unbelievably gorgeous homes as much as the next person. It's part of our job, and we're happy to do it, but we're really thrilled when we stumble across an idea that's simple, affordable, and totally do-able. For a few real-life sources of inspiration, click below...

  • Your Own Home: Instead of focusing on what you don't have, examine what you already own. Get inspired by rearranging your furniture, cleaning your home, or just rethinking your space.
  • Other People's Homes: Seeing what others do with limited resources can lead to great ideas. For starters, look to the homes you admire that belong to friends and family, and check out Apartment Therapy's house tours for a peek inside homes around the world.
  • Beyond the Shelter World: For unexpected ideas, it often helps to step outside the world of shelter magazines and blogs. Think about the things that have meant something to you: movies, books, travel. Surround yourself with things that you genuinely love, and your place will feel like home.
  • These are just our initial thoughts. To round out the list, add your sources for real-life inspiration in the comments below.

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