If you are anything like me, every time your landlord annoys you, you like to scour the internet looking at beautiful inspiration for that home you hope to one day own. And of course, you'll do it all yourself just like Meg Ryan's character in The Women. Here are my 4 favorite home design and renovation blogs in no particular order. Warning: large Home Depot bills forthcoming.
Follow Cathy, the self proclaimed "DIY addict," as she and her family renovate vintage homes in Seattle. Yes, homes plural. Her style is crisp, clean, casual, and eclectic. The homes feel effortless cool and happily lived in.
Why I love The Grit & Polish: The blog is clean, easy to navigate, and professionally done. She posts tons of pictures per post and her tutorials are really detailed. Plus, she posts consistently and often.
This blog won't just make you want to finally buy your first house, it will make you want to buy one of her houses. Liz is a lawyer turned "serial house improver" who chronicles each of her flips in great detail for your reading pleasure. She proves you can keep flips neutral without being boring.
Why I love It's Great to be Home: Liz knows what she's talking about and gives you all of the inside scoop. Sure, I may never flip a house. But that doesn't stop me from living vicariously through Liz. And this isn't just the typical before and after site; she gets into everything from doorknob choices to her home-buying strategies.
Sarah Fogle journals her life as a single, DIY-obsessed homeowner in the most hilarious way. She posts often, gives extensive details, and her pictures crack me up.
Why I love The Ugly Duckling House: This blog steps up the blogging game. It has a great amount of original content all while Sarah holds down a full-time job. I'm pretty convinced Sarah is super woman or has secretly hired blogging elves (on that note, if you know where I can find them, please let me know). And she mixes in really funny commentary.
In her self-titled blog, Stephanie has a great collection of her own DIY-projects and curated inspiration from around the web.
Why I love Stephanie White: She has a great eye and a lot of new ideas. Her posts have a huge range, from the normal kitchen/bathroom inspiration stuff to hosting ideas. Two words: pumpkin keg.
Caity Salvatore founded Nestment.com when she was sick of hearing her friends complain about their real estate agents. She is out to prove that great agents do exist, and works as a matchmaker between home buyers/sellers and real estate agents. She spends her days interviewing agents and bingeing on Dunkin Donuts.