Over the past several years we have seen technology creep into our lives faster than you can say "iphone 7." As designers we've seen the rise and fall of TV cabinets large enough to house an army, to make way for the slim and sleek wall mounted flat screen. Kitchen appliances seamlessly built into drawers, and wireless thermostats you can control through your phone, while on vacation! As technology has transformed our homes and how we live in them, it has also transformed how we can connect with other designers, products, and inspiration. Gone are the days when you had to purchase a physical magazine and save the pages you liked- it's 2016 and we want to share our favorite ways to connect with design inspiration.
Probably the most popular way to look through images of home inspiration is Pinterest. Pinterest is a way you can collect images that will link you back to the source webpage. You can pin anything from recipes to birthday gift ideas to home decor ideas. As we start working with a new client we create secret pin boards for each of them, then we get pinning away- adding design ideas, fabrics, and furniture that we love. I's also a great way for us to see our client's style if they have already started using Pinterest.
Houzz is an online platform where you can look through the work of other designers, architects, and home professionals. You can find local professionals in your area, see what their work is like, and read reviews from other clients. If you find images and projects you love you can save them to "idea books" It's a similar idea to Pinterest, but it's specific to the home building industry. You can also shop many of the products featured on designer's pages.
Instagram is one of our favorite social media platforms, because it is all visual. You can follow your favorite designers, and brands, and see what they are up to and what trends they are embracing. You can also search hashtags like #hpmkt (high point market) to see the latest furniture, art, and fabric releases or #interiordesign to see amazing homes and spaces.