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Beach Books + Blogs: A roundup of our favorite resources for home décor ideas

We’ve rounded up some of our go-to sources of inspiration (outside of just Pinterest and Instagram, which are also endless wells of unique ideas). From magazines, to blogs, to old-school design books, here are some of our favorites to get you started on the path to a stylish home.

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Published on August 05, 2022

Designing a cool, unique space doesn’t have to be a solo endeavor. Even among the most experienced designers and decorators, the first step before making any big decisions is digging through sources for inspiration, whether they be in print or online. Especially in this day and age, it’s never been easier to find a massive variety of inspiration across social media—the challenge is more likely not getting overwhelmed by too many ideas and style decisions.

We’ve rounded up some of our go-to sources of inspiration (outside of just Pinterest and Instagram, which are also endless wells of unique ideas). From magazines, to blogs, to old-school design books, here are some of our favorites to get you started on the path to a stylish home.

a woman lies at the beach reading a book

Style by Emily Henderson

There’s a reason that stylist and author Emily Henderson has gained nearly 1 million Instagram followers and almost 500,000 Pinterest followers—her California style is breezy and relaxed, yet bold and colorful for those who want to get a bit more daring. She and her team create content that makes design approachable and exciting.

As the creator of Style by Emily Henderson and author of recently published “The New Design Rules”, Emily is both a master of her craft and a friendly, supportive source of ideas, providing a deep well of inspiration across all of her platforms. Whether you prefer to do your research online or in print, she’s got the answers.

bedroom with many plants, sunlight and vinyl plank flooring with a white pine look
This bedroom brings in a natural, breezy style with plants, light colors, and the distressed wood look of CoreLuxe New Point Coastal Pine rigid vinyl plank flooring.

 

Apartment Therapy

Over 3 million Instagram followers know what’s up—Apartment Therapy is the go-to place for cool, funky design ideas to fit any home. Though the name suggests design for tight spaces, the brand has exploded since its founding in 2001, now highlighting unique spaces from every imaginable style of home, from British country cottages to modern California bungalows. The Apartment Therapy website has articles on everything from style tips and real estate stories, to ideas for organization and DIY projects.

If you’re in search of purely visual inspiration, Apartment Therapy's Instagram is a great place to scroll and find some vibrant, one-of-a-kind spaces that are sure to spark your creativity. 

Living room with a small palm tree, bright accents, light furniture, and rigid vinyl plank flooring.
This living room captures modern California style with potted palms, bright accents,
and the geometric influence of CoreLuxe XD Pacific Coast Oak waterproof rigid vinyl plank.

The Spruce

This is your one-stop-shop for all things related to your home. From indoors to outdoors, style to renovation tips, and anything in between, The Spruce has the all the info you need.

The best part about The Spruce is that its content doesn’t apply to any one style approach—for lovers of both neutral tones and bold palates, the site has a wide array of ideas for decor, DIY projects, and tips to get you started on your next big design renovation.

Dining area with teal chairs and waterproof laminate flooring
This dining area features neutrals that are livened up with just a touch of coastal-inspired accent colors.
Featuring Dream Home's Shelter Bay Oak Waterproof Laminate Flooring with attached pad.

“Made for Living” by Amber Lewis

Though the internet has everything we could possibly need for design inspiration, sometimes the best thing to do is unplug completely and turn to a good ol’ fashioned design book to get started. Designer Amber Lewis has mastered the fine art of neutral design, creating spaces that simultaneously feel calming and rich in texture.

With the 2022 release of her book “Made for Living”, Amber breaks down her process of layering texture, color, and lighting to create rooms that feel effortless and timeless.

What are some of your go-to sources for design inspo?

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