the best places to find interior styling inspiration

So if you are not a complete interior styling junkie like me you may be looking for some great sources of inspiration when you are looking to update your own home. Well, I’ve scoured the web and beyond in search of quality design and wanted to share some of my favorites with you. Some of these sources overlap, but I want to give you a full look at my go tos.

First let’s think of the most conventional mediums for this kind of thing – MAGAZINES!

My top two favorites are:

House Beautiful – Offering tons of ideas, tips, and tricks for decorating

Domino – A quarterly and online mag that gives you the opportunity to ‘Shop the Look’ directly from their site

Next up – I have a few interior blogs that I follow regularly. These are the ones that I really love in terms of style, and they are each a bit different:

Style by Emily Henderson – HGTV Star/Interior Stylist sharing her journey to make over her own home and show off her work with other bloggers homes

Decor8 (by Holly Becker) – Interior styling hub that highlights so many beautiful ideas from around the web (plus ecourses on blogging!)

I Suwannee (by Jamie Meares) – This is the blog for Furbish Studio and I love getting to look at the behind the scenes of running this shop

Arianna Belle – This site has a shop full of gorgeous pillows and posts showing beautiful homes

Teal & Lime (by Jackie Hernandez) – She is an eDecorator (like me 🙂 ) and blogs  a ton about DIY decorating

Some other great places to scope out beautiful interiors on the web are:

The Everygirl | The Glitter Guide | Rue Magazine

Each of these is a magazine style site with all different kinds of posts (on fashion/beauty/career/etc) but my favorite are the home tours that each of them exhibits.

And now for my book collection…


Now, I must admit that I haven’t read through all of these yet as I’ve recently acquired  most of them as gifts. Actually, I got the idea for this post this past weekend when I got two of these as birthday presents from my aunt. As I go through each book I will give a review but here is the list of what is shown above:

Young House Love | Domino – The Book of Decorating | The Perfectly Imperfect Home
Design Sponge at Home | Decorate Workshop

We can’t forget Pinterest in this discussion. Just plug in interior styling (or any other home decor type search – think furniture, accessories, color) to the search and you will have a plethora of idea. I follow some pretty awesome boards that always bring up new vision.

Beyond all of this media some of the best ways to get inspiration are by being somewhere in person. Two of my favorite shops for this are Anthropologie & ABC Home & Carpet (in NYC). Not only do they offer great furniture and accessories but the stores themselves are beautifully put together. (ps – I’m going to put a resource list of my favorite places to go shopping – that’s a whole other project in itself!)

And here are a couple you might not have thought of…

Hotels | Restaurants | Offices |Other people’s homes

Some times the best ideas come when we are out and about in the world. Don’t be afraid to pick up on the design cues around you the next time you are go on a trip or visit a friend’s house. I actually got really inspired to get into interior design when I was staying at host homes during musical production tour I was on. Seeing how different people dress up their dwellings light a spark in me.

Now, I would love to know where YOU go to get inspired as you make your house/apartment into a home. Please share in the comments below!

If you liked this post and know someone who is looking for some great interior styling ideas, why not share it?

Hope this post was helpful to you, it was helpful to me to compile this collection together for you.

Now, its time to do some dreaming!



it doesn’t need to look like the magazines (or Pinterest)

You have quite the collection of design magazines full of inspiring interiors that seem beyond you & you spend plenty of time scouring Pinterest but when you look around your house it’s lacking that dreamy look.

And you’re thinking, “how in the world could I ever have a home that looked like THAT?”

Want the truth?

It may never look like the magazines or Pinterest (but it can come quite close).

And that’s O. K.

Want proof?

Here is a pic I took in my living room:

sofa&magsFrom what I can tell its a pretty good shot, though I’m not a professional photographer. And I’ve styled it using items that I already own.

You see, when it comes to every magazine image, and most interior photos on Pinterest a stylist has brought in props to make the room look more photo-ready, and even may arrange furniture in a way that looks great on camera but is not practical for actually using in real life.

Before I took this photo I did some major editing of the space that I photographed. Honestly though, what’s behind the camera doesn’t look as nice and what it looks like right now as I type this – it’s, well, not so photogenic. That’s because I actually live in my house. There are things out of place. I just got home from work and as I walked in the door I noticed items that need to be put away.

And that’s O.K.

There is a gap between a perfectly planned out moment in time that we capture and all of the life that happens in a space every other moment of every other day.

So how do we aspire for a dream house when we know in reality that things don’t always stay just so?

Its a process that needs to be worked on frequently. We need to discover what our true style is, collect pieces that fit that style and function in our lifestyle, get rid of items that don’t, and most importantly maintain what we’ve created.

It all comes down to actively loving your home.

Think about it – this is the place you spend a majority of your waking (and sleeping) time outside of your work. And if you work from home – well its the space where most of your life happens.

So start with taking small steps each day to create a home environment that is full of bliss and supports the awesome life you are living.

One day you may just step back and decide that its ready for its close-up. The point is that it’s not about making others envy your space but finding a way to make your home really shine for YOU. And if you’re happy with it, then by all means celebrate it!

Now, I want to know what you think – Should your home look good enough to be photographed and admired by the world? Do you think your current space is Pinterest-worthy? Do you want it to be? Please leave a comment below – I’d love to know your thoughts!

And if you liked this post, it would make my day if you shared it with someone who is a magazine/Pinterest junkie, like us 😉

welcome to my graceful haven!

This is my very first post and I welcome to you my little space on the web 🙂

A little background on why I started this blog at this time…

While I had some good efforts at starting blogs in the past I never really had a clear focus as to what I was going to post about.  I knew it would be surrounding my love for all things interior design, but to say the list I didn’t know my ‘brand’.   This time around things will be different because…

I signed up for Blogging Your Way with Intention & Style created by Holly Becker of decor8.   I just started the course this weekend and I am more than thrilled to step out on this journey to making this blog the very best it can be!

To find out more about the course and other courses by decor8 click on my student badge to the right.

So here I go – one post at a time declaring to the world my vision of making home feel more like heaven.  I’m ready to share what inspires me, my favorite finds around the web for furniture, color, and decor, and along the way show you the progress I am making in my own home.

These are a few things I love when it comes to interior style: clean lines and a light and airy feel, the color blue – my favorite color for decorating, and finally, accessories that add a bright, cheerful, playfulness to any given space.

This brings me to the question I have for you –

When you are thinking of your ideal interior what aspect do you feel defines your own personal aesthetic?  What do you want to see in it the most?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments and look forward to connecting with your via this venue!