As a freelance designer you will know that staying on top of trends and getting new ideas is the lifeblood of your business. One thing is for certain - there is no shortage of interior design websites, blogs and social media accounts on the internet. The problem is you can't read, watch or follow them all, and many of them are not worth your time.
And as a freelancer, your time is one of the most important commodities that you own.
So, here is a carefully curated list of interior design resources that you should take the time to become familiar with.
Houzz - a huge website with tens of thousands of design and home improvement ideas
icreatived.com - if you are looking for the unique, unusual, and highbrow, this is the place to go
design-milk.com - because finishing touches are all important
desiretoinspire.net - many interior design websites are focused on a single country but this one offers design inspiration with a truly global feel
notonthehighstreet.com - this site lets artists and designers sell their creations, but it is also a good place to get design inspiration.
etsy.com – Etsy is like your local boutique market, only bigger. It is much more creative than eBay and because you are buying directly from designers and creators, you can save lots of money.
ikeahackers.net - Ikea products are good value for money, but with this site you can go a step further. With contributions from people all over the world, there are loads of ideas to improve on the Ikea norm.
gumtree.com - this has now become one of the older sites on the internet, but it is still a great place to look if you want to save money on a particular item or piece of furniture
surfaceview.co.uk - stunning and unique murals, walls, wallpapers, prints, canvases, and more
culturelabel.com - this is a good place to look for design inspiration, but it is also a great place to find new pieces, including those from up and coming designers
theholdingcompany.co.uk - if you need a storage solution, this is the place to look
The Retro Look
skinflintdesign.co.uk - salvaged and reclaimed lighting
source-antiques.co.uk - Bristol based architectural salvage with an impressive collection
themodernwarehouse.com – the perfect place if you like Scandinavian design with a retro look
Blogs To Follow
witandwhistle.com/blog - entertaining and informative blog from Amanda Wright. You will find the tips both practical and useful.
thebeatthatmyheartskipped.co.uk - design and lifestyle blog from Rohini covering home inspiration, design trends, and more
frolic-blog.com - a design a lifestyle blog from the floral designer Chelsea Fuss
@Benekejurgen - tweets from the designer and film-set designer Jurgen Beneke
@housetohome - style tips, advice and interior design inspiration
@inhabitat – eco-friendly design ideas, advice and inspiration
Including these websites, blogs and social media accounts on your regular reading list will ensure you are always up-to-date and inspired.