5 Places to Find Home Inspiration (Away from the Internet)

5 Places to Find Home Inspiration (Away from the Internet)

Sarah Rainwater
May 11, 2010

We spend much of our day trolling the web in search of home trends, inspiration and eye candy which can be found in spades, but sometimes the more we look, the less we actually see. Some days it feels like the same images are popping up over and over again, while spring's glorious weather practically begs us to drag ourselves away from the computer screen.

While none of these are likely to come as a huge revelation, here are 5 suggestions for places to find ideas for your home that don't require an internet connection. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves just how easy that can be.

BOOKSTORES & LIBRARIES: Books and magazines are vast sources for ideas and images. Interiors from another decade or country, high concept designs, or even just devouring a tome by your favorite designer can be a revelation.

MUSEUMS: Ancient, contemporary, or even science and nature exhibits have the potential to spark creativity from unexpected color palettes to potential DIYs and many museum gift shops are design resources in their own right.

HISTORIC HOME TOURS: Pretty much anywhere you are in the country, there are traditional and modern historic homes open to the public. Even if they aren't necessarily your style, you might be surprised by how different it feels to actually be in a space as opposed to just looking at it in photographs.

STORES & RESTAURANTS: Retail and restaurant spaces usually take more liberties with design than you would at home, which is exactly why we find these places inspiring. Fantastic and over-the-top or simple and minimal, there's often a brilliant idea for use of space worth filing away.

GO FOR A WALK: Even in cities where walking everywhere is the norm, it's easy to stick to the usual route with your eyes glued to the sidewalk. Take a stroll through a neighborhood you've never been to and look closely at gardens and exteriors that you might normally ignore.

Where do you go to find inspiration for your home?

The Gropius House: A Look Inside
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Upside-Down House at Mass MoCA
Design Inspiration at Hungry Mother Restaurant
Jon Brooks' Home: A Sculptor's Handmade Retreat
Haunted Houses: An H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour
A Dramatic & Colorful Gallery at the RISD Museum
Rosecliff Mansion: Gilded Age Style

Image: The Contemporary Design Room at London's Victoria & Albert Museum, Sarah Rainwater

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