We understand the process of designing a new home can sometimes be overwhelming. With so many interesting designs, enviable colour palettes and innovative features to consider, it can be difficult to know where to start.
To help you with your design process we’ve compiled a list of some wonderful websites, books and magazines we love to visit for inspiration.
Browse through more than 14 million photos of home designs, which you can filter based on your individual style. It provides you with the option to connect with local professionals who can help turn your dreams into reality. And if you find a particular product really catches your eye, you can purchase it direct through the website (although be careful not to get caught up with international providers who don’t ship to Australia). If you haven’t visited Houzz before rest assured it’s easy to sign up via email or through Facebook. But let us warn you, it can be addictive.
A printed magazine and website, Home Beautiful provides amazing imagery you could easily spend hours gazing through. Not only can you find gorgeous photos to spike your imagination, but also hundreds of articles to read. It provides brilliant insights into designing a home and what elements might suit your family’s needs. You can also find some great tips for items you may never have thought of, as well as ideas on how to work within your budget and countless articles on creating a family-friendly space.
Homes To Love
This Australian website is absolutely brilliant! Find real homes, local suppliers, DIY activities and loads of tips for building. From the benefits of buying land and hints for going solar through to growing trees in your garden, there’ll be an article to interest you. You’ll also stumble upon the famous Belle Magazine here, which has been providing the world with exquisite Australian and international design for over 40 years.
The Interiors Addict
Former journalist and obsessed interior lover, Jen Bishop, created the Interiors Addict as a place for those interested in design – and building new homes – to find all the latest trends, news and expert tips they could ever need. Go on virtual tours of real homes, find helpful hints for styling every room in the house, and check out interviews with experts in the field. Plus, there are tasty recipes to amaze your guests with! You’ll very quickly fall into a rabbit hole of amazing articles.
The Design Files
This website has quickly a haven for all things creative, including architecture, homes and gardens. Updated regularly, this is the place to go to find quirky and unique dwellings to encourage you to make every room a representation of your personality. You may even stumble across helpful online tools to further guide you along the way.
Spaces by frankie magazine is a beautiful coffee table book for the home décor lover. Buy it to help you find ways to fill your new space with colourful features, and then use it as one of those features when you’ve read through and tabbed the pages you love. The fourth edition is currently available online (and at good newsagencies).
Country Living Magazine
If you’ve always dreamed of living in the picturesque Hills region, this magazine and website is your go-to. From the charming country home to extravagant mansions, there will certainly be a property you’ll fall in love with. Use it as a place to start your own design process and find the property you’ve always imagined living in. You can also find tips for home maintenance, entertaining, gardening and living a country lifestyle. We recommend subscribing to their newsletter to avoid missing out.
As the number one country living magazine in Australia, Country Style offers amazing imagery and articles for those passionate about creating a loving home. Not only does it explore gardens and rooms around the country, their writers also chat to people with amazing life stories making it an excellent read and conversation starter.
Ah, Pinterest. Is there anything you can’t find on Pinterest? Use it as a search engine and simply type in what you’re looking to find – you’ll be amazed with the thousands upon thousands of images and websites you will discover. Create boards and ‘pin’ the pages you like to them so you can go back later, or send them to your significant other to get their feedback instantly. Beware though, you can lose hours of your day (or night) as you happily pin away.
We’ve barely touched the surface of all the amazing places you can find inspiration – both online and in print – but we hope this has provided you with a range of choices to help you turn your dreams into reality.
At Newenham, you can talk to Brianne, our Design Manager to help get you started. If you’d like to book an appointment, contact Brianne, on (08) 8210 7661 or visit our Sales & Information Centre, open daily from 12 – 5pm at 164 Flaxley Road, Mount Barker.
We look forward to welcoming you to Newenham soon.