Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My favourite new app - Houzz

If you're like me and have a bit of an obsession with interior design, and you happen to have an iPad or iPhone, you've got to download the "Houzz" app STAT!  I read about it in House Beautiful yesterday and have been smitten ever since. 

As I'm currently reading the controversial book A Million Little Pieces, I'm hesitant to say that I'm addicted, but I did stay up too late last night absorbing the perfection of it, and was almost late for yoga because I just couldn't put it down. It's sounds like hyperbole, but it's not.

CNN calls it the "Wikipedia of exterior and interior design," and I couldn't have said it better myself.  There are over 250,000 stunning photos that you can catalogue and save to your account - which is fantastic whether you're decorating a room or designing a whole house.  The photos are broken down into categories (such as bathroom, bedroom, kids room, etc) to make it easy to find the inspiration you're looking for.

Most dangerous for my bank balance is the products section where you simply click on your category (fabric, furniture, floors, lighting, etc) and receive a constant stream of stylish options which can link you directly to the retailer's website.  The retailers are some of my favourites, such as West Elm, CB2, Etsy and Restoration Hardware, and I've also discovered a few fabulous, new-to-me shops such as Horchow.

Ever since I saw this pendant light on HGTV, I've been trying to source it.  I was so excited to finally find it on Houzz - it turns out it's from Horchow and it's a very affordable $350.

Here are some of my fav inspiration photos I discovered...

Hollcraft Residence modern exterior

I could wake up every day to this view...
Dawna Jones Design modern bedroom

Dawna Jones Design modern bathroom

Bluff Point modern patio

Bluff Point modern entry

If you don't have an iPhone or iPad, you can still access the brilliance of Houzz at www.Houzz.com. The nice thing about the app is the fact that the photos just keep uploading as long as you keep scrolling. With the website, you have to keep navigating to the next page to continue viewing photos.  My impatient side loves that I don't need to wait for a new page to load when I want to see more pictures.

The best part about this app?  It's free.

1 comment:

Mary's Dwellings said...

Uh-oh, I'm in trouble. Luckily I don't have an iPhone or an iPad, so I'm limited to how long I can spend on this site since I don't walk around with my laptop! hah! That first house you posted is amazing, I love it!

P.S. A Million Little Pieces is one of my favourite books ever, despite all the controversy. No matter whether it's true or not, the story is a great one. If you do end up enjoying it, the follow-up, My Friend Leonard, was equally well written.