Guilty Pleasure Design Websites

It is hard to stay focused on the task at hand when my work involves perusing design blogs, online furniture stores, and watching design related television shows. Last week we wrote about Pinterest, which is a new social shopping site and now I find myself splitting my procrastination time between Facebook and Pinterest. I can't deny how much fun it is to see Desire to Inspire's roundup of Pets on Furniture or read about the latest celebrity selling them home in the Hollywood Hills. Below the jump are my favorite design related websites.

  • Desire to Inspire: Besides the beautiful home tours, who doesn't love their roundup of pets on furniture. My friend has become quite consumed with submitting pets to their site.
  • The Real Estalker: If you love following Hollywood gossip, you will love Real Estalker's almost daily update on which celebrities are buying or selling their homes.
  • Pinterest: Enter at your own risk, the social shopping site is very addicting. Each member creates boards to share interior spaces, photography, art and other inspirations with the rest of the Pinterest community.
  • HGTV Curb Appeal: The Block: I love that I can watch the full episodes of most shows online without even turning on the television. I will admit I watch Curb Appeal just to stare at John Gidding.
  • Rue Magazine: Yes, we are at a point in time when almost everything is now digital. Rue is one of my favorite online design magazines because it keeps the integrity of a print magazine, yet offers the magazine available online.
  • The Foundary: A few weeks back I rounded up 10 private sale sites and The Foundary became my favorite. I find myself logging on daily to view new sales and see which sales are ending. With all private sale sites, part of the fun of shopping on the site is trying to beat the clock and purchase goods before they are sold out or the sale ends. If you love the thrill of finding a deal, you will love shopping private sale sites.
  • AphroChic: We recently featured Jeanine Hays, the designer behind Aphrochic's blog and product line, in our 10 Women Designers to Watch in 2011 feature. Her journey from lawyer to blogger to product designer has been such a personal inspiration to me. My favorite posts on her blog are her Style Talk interviews, which feature interviews from HGTV hosts and most recently an interview with Maxwell. Of course, if you haven't yet taken a peak at her pillows inspired by the energy of Brooklyn, you must venture over to the AphroChic store.
  • Etsy: When composing a list of guilty pleasure websites, I couldn't leave Etsy off the list. It is really interesting to see all the handmade goods and gather inspiration for DIY projects.

What are your favorite guilty pleasure design websites?

Images: AphroChic, Desire to Inspire, Rue, Pinterest

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Marcia is an interior, portrait, and travel photographer and has photographed over 50 homes of creatives. Her photographic style is capturing her subject in the most natural state and creating an emotional response.