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I keep finding myself returning to these inspirational sources for home design. Naturally, when I envision what our home to look like, I often pull from my travel memories. In my mind I see the courtyard pool of Riad Yasmine, I see the textures from the brick at the Katamama in Bali, and everywhere else in between. Realistically our home cannot be all of that so I’ve been narrowing down what we can do to intertwine our inspiration.

I’ve been leaning on a few trusted resources that, for me, have really become the groundwork for the house. There are two parts to the home, both the renovation and the interior design. We are only showing up with a bed and a small seat, so we have a few things to fill. Along with that, tile colors, paint, and more fun accessories have to be decided on.

As the process has been in full force, I’ve really made a commitment that this home would be much more than just another project. It’s an opportunity to create a mindful space that reflects what matters to Travis and I. Everything from the emotions that the color tones give to embracing the imperfect in the perfect. I have a few books and sites that I really enjoy and so I’m sharing with you my personal 8 inspirational sources for home design.

8 Inspirational Sources for Home Renovation

8 Inspirational Sources for Home Design

Book: WABI-SABI Welcome

For me, this book is the key to our home. It covers everything that we value from slow living to the art of hosting, foraging for goods for your home and more. The photos inside are beautiful and feature one of my favorite stays at Camellas-Lloret (another source of inspiration!). The word “wabi-sabi” is Japanese and is one of the hardest words to describe. It captures the beauty of the imperfect, something we are looking to embrace with our 1920’s home. 

8 Inspirational Sources for Home Design

Website: Remodelista

Have you ever seen an Instagram post from an interior designer and wondered which color the paint is? Remodelista has probably covered the interior design of most well-loved homes on the internet. I love that they give a full clickable list for each item in the photo, making my job a lot easier. I head to their page *frequently* for finding paint colors, faucets, and more.

8 Inspirational Sources for Home Design

Website: Pinterest

It’s amazing what you can find on Pinterest. I have a few boards for our home (they are public!) I am constantly adding to. I find that you can type very specific words into it to find exactly what you need. 

8 Inspirational Sources for Home Design

Book: The Little Book of Hygge

I picked up this small and great coffee table book when I visited Copenhagen last year. “Hygge” is the word that captures the cozy or warm feeling, like you get from candlelight or reading a book with a warm tea. It has a lot to do with your home and how you create your space, so this book is a great read for just that.

Magazine: Dwell

Since I’m an avid architecture lover, Dwell always captures my eye. It’s one of the best-printed magazines for home interiors and does an excellent job at curating beautiful spaces. I love to see how other designers envision a space.

8 Inspirational Sources for Home Design

Magazine: Sunset Magazine

Personally biased since I am on the west coast, Sunset Magazine’s mantra is “living in the west.” The magazine has done such a good job at covering topics from home to cooking, to gardening, and outdoor adventures. I love skimming through to see what they’ve uncovered.

Book: Remodelista: The Organized Home: Simple, Stylish Storage Ideas for All Over the House

If you don’t feel like cleaning up after this book, I don’t know what will. This one is a thoughtful handbook to organizing your home and doing it beautifully.

Book: The Monocle Guide to Better Living

Led by the famed magazine, their book version is a collection of things for the home that aids the better living. It’s inspirational and always a fun book to flip through. 

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