Happy Monday. Hopefully you were all able to enjoy some great fall weather like we had in Michigan this weekend. The air has become cool and crisp. It was fantastic and I even enjoyed a easy paced 11 miler on Saturday.
We have been in our new place for a little over a month and a lot has changed in that time. First, we managed to paint just about every single space inside. Let me be the first to say that painting is no easy task. Beyond just the physical labor, picking a color can be very difficult. Heck, we knew we wanted to go with a gray. But I pondered which gray for weeks before finally picking one (and then questioning it the entire time we painted).
Two things really helped me with this process. The HGTV magazine is one of my favorite subscriptions. I get awesome ideas from their pages and had fun chalk painting furniture and trying out decorating inspiration all summer.
The other thing that really helped was a suggestion by my sister-in-law to check out Houzz.com. If you haven’t visited this website, go there immediately (after you finish reading this, of course). Not only can you purchase great furniture and other products from this site, but you can search photos of decorating ideas. For example you can type in: “dining room in Gray Mist by Benjamin Moore” and dozens of pictures will show up. You can save pictures to an idea book and come back later to continue with your decorating inspiration.
Although I have yet to make a purchase, I have zeroed in on several great furniture pieces on Wayfair.com. The prices are amazing, most items ship for free, and arrive within days. Reviews of products are pretty great, but if you see something you like, you often have to act quickly. Every time I ponder a piece of furniture, it is gone by the time I go to grab it! You seriously can’t beat a couch for under $400!!
Another site that is similar to Wayfair.com is Hayneedle.com. The prices are fantastic and they have a little bit of everything. I’m seriously contemplating a gym grade treadmill that is for sale at 60% off. (Don’t you go and buy that up from underneath me!)
One final site that I recently found is The Skimm. Sign up and receive a newsletter each day that is a quick sampling of the news. Ever hear about something that is going on and think, “I have no idea what they are talking about?!” This daily e-mail leaves you informed from both sides of an issue. A quick skim of the news and you are good to go for the day.
These are just a few of my favorite spots to read, shop,and dream about future purchases. I love that they offer so many options and ideas and it is fun to plan and scheme while you wait and contemplate. Disclosure: I have not been compensated or contacted by any of these sites. These are my own opinions (but I would of course love a little love from them….wink, wink).
What are your favorite home/decorating sites? Have you ever had so much difficulty with one shade of a color?