The road to finding your first apartment can be a rough one. However, when you finally walk into the perfect place that you now call home, after getting through the hassle of moving, and dealing with a lot of uncertainties, you are ready to jump right into one of the most fun aspects of living on your own — decorating. Your childhood bedroom was a start, your college dorm room was just a tease, but with your very own place you can experience the fun of styling every wall and every room from top to bottom. While some of us apartment dwellers may be naturally gifted decoristas, some first time apartment dwellers may need a little inspiration to get their budding creativity going. To get started myself, I always turned to these eight amazing decorating and style websites to get my imagination going. Maybe, just maybe, they’ll do the same for you. Explore below.
Elle Decor Why it’s awesome: If you have a limitless budget and endless time to browse every fabulous thrift store and designer shop, then Elle Decor is a complete dreamland of inspiration. For a newbies, the site is better used for hacking expensive ideas and making them into affordable chic items for your apartment. When in the mood to just browse and find perfectly put together rooms, this is your site.
Apartment Therapy Why it’s awesome: Apartment Therapy is a fabulous resource for all first time renters. When you need ideas to get started decorating or ideas for how to revamp you interior, this site is heaven sent. Budget friendly, DIY friendly, and small space friendly, too. The best part is that the blogs are written by real apartment owners and feature real, everyday spaces so what you see is truly what you can get.
Loft I Love Why it’s awesome: If you’re in the mood to just scroll through pages of pretty spaces, then Loft I Love is a go-to decorating site because it only features images — no lengthy, wordy posts, no details, just pretty images. However, the site lacks the majority of content, so take note to do most of your browsing on their facebook page. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Offbeat Home & Life Why it’s awesome: Ever heard of Offbeat Bride? Well, it’s the road less traveled version of bridal inspiration. Offbeat Home & Life is its sister site that focuses on home and lifestyle issues and it’s great because it lacks the pretentious quality that most apartment/home decor sites like to resort to when presenting content. Laid back, realistic, and down to earth all sound like things I want in a good inspiration blog.
Style Me Pretty Living Why it’s awesome: Style Me Pretty is the powerhouse blog that literally started the online bridal blog craze. Now, they’ve expanded and started taking on the equally as fun and festive topic of home decor. This site is fabulous for a first time decorator because it caters to every style possible and does so by proving oodles of eye candy and tips for making your place your own.
Design Sponge Why it’s awesome: This site is a jack or jill of all trades of sorts in that not only does it host excellent design ideas for your apartment, but it will spark many ideas for party planning, DIY, and much more. Basically, if you are looking to harness your inner creative, this blog is calling your name.
SF Girl By Bay Why it’s awesome: From the non-stop images to the easy-going writing style, this blog is all about character; adding character to your home, your life, and being your very own character. I honestly can’t get enough of the bohemian modern style and great finds that SF Girl By Bay gives to its readers.
Decor8 Why it’s awesome: Penned by an ex human resources and project manager turned wonder woman interior stylist, author, and workshop leader, Decor8 brings a fresh perspective in that it it mixes high end inspirational photos with realistic advice about how to actually achieve what you see. As one familiar with decorating sites by the dozen, this “how to actually accomplish this look” tone is a nice change of pace.
These are a just a few of my many favorites, so to get you started on your path to becoming a decorista in your own right, get to browsing, scrolling, and creating with all 8 sites! As always, sharing is welcome, so be sure to post your most-loved sited in the comment section below.