Living Space: Digital decorating
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With the rise in popularity of smartphones and tablets, computers are more portable than ever before. This means we can surf websites, open apps and make online purchases anywhere, anytime.
Rather than searching through multiple expensive magazines, you can find almost limitless design ideas and resources with a click of a mouse. With all the options to view great decorating blogs and browse stores, it's never been easier to decorate smartly.
Setting your sites
As you begin a decorating project, the first stop might be a decorating website or blog. Both are available for just about any decorating style. The same is true with color.
Houseofturquoise.com is filled with gorgeous photos of lush room settings in blue-green tones. The accompanying blog, Everything Turquoise, highlights products. For other sites with terrific photos and inspirational tips, go to elledecor.com and Jadoredecor.blogspot.com.
If you're an apartment dweller, apartmenttherapy.com offers snappy ideas and clever space-saving ideas that can be adapted for any home.
Looking for something really fresh? Take a peek at Chinoiseriechic.blogspot.com. It's chock-a-block with fun, fresh and beautiful Chinois-style decorating examples and taps into a style enjoying renewed interest.
For the ultimate in image surfing, click on the Home Decor page at pinterest.com for a fabulous assortment of interior design photos.
If you own a smart phone, decorating ideas are only a swipe of your finger away. Houzz, a free decorating app, follows in the steps of the website, Houzz.com. You can peruse decorated rooms, save info to folders and link to items shown in the photos to make purchases.
The app Paintingwallspro can help you envision your space painted in different colors, taking the fear out of a big color change. SnapshopPro can help you decide if a piece of furniture would look right in your space. You simply drop an image of the chair or chest into a photo of the room where it's intended to go. If you're considering a big furniture purchase, this free app could save you thousands.
Ready to buy? Check sites like Ebay and Craigslist for bargains on the items you want. Specialty sites can point you to any style you fancy. Sofa looking stained and tired, but you hate those saggy slipcovers that look like oversized sheets? Go to Stretchandcover.com for covers that fit.
Insideavenue.com offers everything from sleek upholstered headboards to contemporary bar stools. Insidefabric.com has a huge supply of cloth, trim and wallpaper. Like the Chinoiseriechic blog, Thepinkpagoda.us is both a blog and a source of Chinoiserie if you're looking for an Asian touch.
Kathryn Weber is a home and decorating columnist and publishes the Red Lotus Letter feng shui ezine. For more information, contact Weber through her website, redlotusletter.com.