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I find Houzz.com to be an extremely valuable resource for both my own and my clients’ remodeling and redecorating projects. In case you’ve been on another planet for the past couple of years, here’s what Houzz is all about (in their own words):
Houzz is the leading online platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts, and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality.
On Houzz, you can search a huge database of images for architecture and decor ideas, using just about any style or design or color keywords you can think of. When you see something you like, you can add that image to a personal Ideabook. You can also add notes about why you like that image or what specific aspect or item in it appealed to you. Your Ideabook becomes a montage of features you’d like to include in your room or home.
Houzz Ideabooks are particularly useful to me in my work with clients. The Ideabook my client puts together tells me a story about what they want to see in their renderings. And because pictures speak louder than words, I don’t have to spend a lot of time guessing about what exactly they meant by “I want a French country living room.” The images they choose to include in their “French County Living Room Design Ideas” Ideabook can communicate very clearly the specific look they have in mind, especially if they’ve annotated the images with comments about particular features.
As an example of how this works, I put together an Ideabook of my own with images of beautiful bedrooms that I liked, including notes about what appealed to me about each image. You can see it here. Then I modeled and rendered this luxurious, serene, bed-sitting room using the elements I liked best from each image.
I started with the rug and general layout of this room, which was my favorite, and then added in various other elements from some of the other rooms. I love the muted color scheme of taupes and blues with white trim and natural wood floors — so relaxing. Actually, I love everything about this space because I designed it just for me!
There are many other useful features on Houzz. You can search out a variety of home design professionals, find information about specific products, engage in topical discussions, or get your home design problems solved by the Houzz community. You can follow others (and be followed in return), read and write reviews of professionals, see before-and-after examples, and much more. Houzz is pretty indispensable these days for anyone interested in home design, decor, and remodeling.
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