Nearly 70 percent of us own our homes. As adults, we'll change residences more than 10 times. Our homes define us, shelter us, and support us. Whether you want to find a new home, sell an old home, fix up your home, insure it, fireproof it, decorate it, or refinance it, the Web has all the information you need to accomplish these tasks, and much more. The findingDulcinea Homes Guide will lead you to the Where, the Which, and the How Much for your heart's desire.
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Even if the only time you spend at home is during the few hours of sleep you allow yourself each night, it is important that you feel comfortable in your own space. Part of that comfort comes from how you decorate (and by "decorate" we do not mean the pile of cardboard boxes in the corner left over from your last move). There are plenty of Web sites with inspiration and instruction to help you complete all of those projects that will make your house a home.
- Lots of television shows and magazines that cover home decorating have their own Web sites including: Oprah, Martha Stewart, HGTV, Real Simple, and House and Garden. If you have a favorite magazine or television show, try entering its name in a search engine to find the associated site.
For design ideas ...
is a design community where you can get advice and inspiration from other people who love design. Find ideas for projects as varied as reupholstery and recycling your wine corks.
will let you search or browse to find home products and inspiration. Browse by room, keyword, or style, and you'll find products and where to buy them. The simple, clean design of this site makes it easy to find what you're looking for.
can help you find fun and funky stuff for your home and provides links to where you can buy it. If you stumble across some interesting piece of art, furniture, a kitchen appliance, or other home item, you can save it to your Cribcandy account. This site is similar in function to HomePortfolio with an emphasis on the obscure items, and navigation that is a bit less intuitive.
has lots of pictures categorized by styles such as Mediterranean, country, or whimsical. You have to become a member (about $50/year) to view all of the photos and save your favorites, but previewing some of the pictures for free might be enough to get your creative energies going.
American Society of Interior Designers
has a number of useful links on its site. Try the "Knowledge Center" or the "Resource Center" sections of the site; you'll find links to more information about sustainable design, codes and standards, and other design-related topics.
has a collection of decorating and interior design articles and resources. You'll find links to the sites of HGTV design shows along with tips and how-to's for your own design projects.
Rental Decorating Digest
has a number of good articles to help you start thinking about decorating or organizing your space. A sampling of the decorating tips might cover dorm decorating, wall decorating, first-time renter decorating, decorating on a budget, and small space decorating.
has a lot of hip and fun design ideas for your space. Find new products, links to other design sites, and even help from the blog's author on how to find an item you saw in a magazine but couldn't find yourself.
is a blog for those with smaller living spaces. Get inspired to make your space work for you here with sections focused on New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, the kitchen, the nursery, and home tech.
is a design blog devoted to the latest products and design trends for the high-end luxury market. Find interesting and inspiring trends and products posted here, but be on the lookout for lots of ads.
gives you plenty of hip home decorating ideas. On this blog you'll also find a section for student designers and profiles of up-and-coming designers. Check out the Podcasts to hear interviews with a variety of artists and designers.
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