In the market for a new couch, rug, or even wallpaper? Today, everyone it seems is not only a do-it-yourselfer but also a decorator. And why not? HGTV has taught us that we can makeover our homes, while the Internet has made both shopping and browsing for the perfect sconce, mirror, or duvet as easy as boiling water.
Here are some of the Web's most appealing destinations for home decor - careful, they may be addictive!
This site offers home decor for every room of the house and a line of creative gifts/products. The pieces promote elegant, charming and shabby chic atmospheres; many are handmade. Its owner promote classical designs that never go out of style. Great quality, fast shipping and lower than market prices. Includes pillowcases, quilts, shams, rugs, creatives, bags, blankets, duvets, sheets, curtains, doilies, aprons, bedding, cushions and more.
This site features everything from rugs to wall dividers to art. The items are modern without being sleek or cold. The site also includes blogs, such as Design Sponge, that you can use to glean inspiration and information.
"The furniture and textiles are very romantic and sexy, but still have a modern edge," says Danielle Hirsch from HGTV's new series "Color Splash". Look for Louis-style chairs painted in a crisp clean whites, ornate but stylish mirrors and sconces, as well as chandeliers, window panels, wall decor, and bathroom decorations. Plus, the prices are good.
The site is HGTV's Internet resource for items used on its shows. Once you find the product, the site whisks you to a Web page where you can make a purchase. This shopper's guide features everything from lighting fixtures to toasters to Italian faucets.
If you're looking to decorate a kid's room, this Web destination focuses on children's furniture and linens and also includes a corresponding paint line. You'll find bumpers, sheets, and skirts with matching fabrics for chairs, pillows, or duvets. And they're all fully washable!
This online home for British magazine Living Etc offers a potpourri of home decorating advice and tools. If you need to know how much wallpaper or paint you'll need, you can find calculators here to tell you. Need details on basement or loft conversions? You'll find it here too, along with details on other home renovation projects. You can also ask the magazine's design expert for advice on any decorating topic.