Thursday, January 10, 2013

Best Friends (who don't know us...)

We don't think of ourselves as particularly creative people.  We rely on other people to make awesome things and then copy them shamelessly...

Okay, so it's not quite that simple, but sometimes it comes pretty close.  We do a lot of "inspiration research," (aka blog stalking) to find homes and ideas that we like.  Then we find ways to apply them in our own home.  So today, we thought we'd introduce you to some of our "besties."  These are our best friends who happen to not know that we exist...

Centsational Girl:
Kate is the boss over at Centsational Girl and we oogle over her DIY wood staircase and wainscoting.  She does a lot of DIY as well as crafts and recipes. We're also oogling over pretty much everything in this picture:  upholstered headboard with nail trim, stenciled wall, etc.

Apartment Therapy:
This website covers lots of different things.   We love their home tours and their focus on DIY in small spaces, with small budgets, and small people (kiddos that is...).

Ana-White is amazing.  She is building a "mom-plex" for her mother and mother-in-law to live in and documents it all on her blog.  Her website features lots of plans for simple carpentry projects (like our upcoming farmhouse table!) which is why it's a must see.

Young House Love:
Sherry and John at Young House Love are our kindred spirits.  They're just crazy kids starting a family and creating their own home (like us!).  So while we enjoy the projects and tutorials and what not, I think I mostly keep reading because they've become my friends.  Maybe, one day, they'll agree... hah

This is the go-to website for dream homes.  Oh man, we get lost looking at all of the crazy fancy homes on this site.  Want to look at kitchens?  Click the kitchen button and you will have enough amazing faucets and backsplashes to drool over for hours.

We love Dana's style over at House Tweaking.  We love it so much that we copied some of her paint colors (thank you!).  And we love the idea that your home is never finished, that there is always some tweaking to do.  

This comes last, but certainly not least. Pinterest, while great for finding inspiration, is also especially useful for inspiration organization.  Sometimes we repin other people's pins, but often we pin from Houzz or Apartment Therapy to remember what we liked.  We try to type exactly why we liked that particular photo, but it doesn't always happen.  It's also useful for figuring out room layouts.  Instead of moving furniture around a bunch of times, we'll look at pictures of rooms with the same elements and decide which looks best.

What are your inspiration go-to websites?  Any we should add to our list?!


  1. Thanks for posting this. I love all our your creative ideas and I'm excited to explore these awesome sites as well:-)

    1. Thanks Bekah! A true compliment from a stylish girl.

  2. Hi my loves! I love House of Smiths (just google it!) I love how she turned her small coat closet into a little mud room/coat room! And I love her accessories! But not as much as I love you guys!

    1. Ooh I like that one too. I don't go there regularly, and I haven't seen the coat closet so I'll have to check it out. Love you too :)