Posted: Sep 22, 2014 7:06 PM
 
Browse the most beautiful homes, shop for outstanding furniture and decor and get expert advice for DIY at these must-see websites.
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I am obsessed with houses and have been since I was a little girl (my favorite storybooks were those featuring a lot of house illustrations). My husband and I built our home exactly 20 years ago, but it continues to feel like a brand-new adventure with never-ending decorating, DIY projects and furniture roulette. And thanks to tablets and smartphones, I can fuel my obsession with the most fabulous home decorating sites, like these:

Better Homes & Gardens

Since 1922, Better Homes & Gardens has been encouraging readers to take an interest in their homes. While it remains the fourth best-selling magazine in the U.S., it's also an absolute trendsetter on the web. BHG.com's pin-worthy photos and tips are like magazine pages come-to-life and they're surrounded by fun daily and monthly sweepstakes. This site is particularly awesome for seasonal decorating tips.

Houzz

Houzz is rocking the interior design industry. The gorgeous website boasts more than three million photos and 20 million homeowners, design enthusiasts and professionals. Forget about your piles of magazine clippings and jump on the Houzz Ideabook bandwagon instead. Browse more than 29 million ideabooks or create your own. Have a question about something you saw in a Houzz photo? Leave a comment and you may just get a response from an expert.

domino

When domino magazine was launched in 2005, it soared to popularity and received rave reviews. Rising expenses forced the publication to go on hiatus in 2009. It was re-launched by the Domino Media Group in 2013. The editorial content was enhanced with digital technology at domino.com, a magazine and store in one. See something you like in an online article? Buy it right there, on the spot — without being redirected to a different site to complete your purchase. Domino lets home decorating junkies organize images and ideas with its My Deco File app. Great inspiration and so easy!

Joss & Main

This flash sales site features fantastic home decor events every day, with savings of up to 70 percent off high-end brands and niche designers. The daily events make it easy to visualize and create beautiful spaces and include ever-changing themes such as Turkish Bazaar, English Cottage, Rustic Country and Lakeside Lodge. Joss & Main, which is owned by Wayfair, is responsible for those attention-getting sidebar ads that web surfers just can't resist.

Honorable mentions

Honestly, online inspiration is endless. Google your desire, and within seconds you'll have expert tips, images and everything you need to jump start your next decorating project. In addition to the awesome sites listed above, you might also want to visit HGTV.com, One Kings Lane, This Old House, Dot & Bo and Wayfair (to name just a few). Happy browsing!

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