Ah, the search for a new home! Now is your opportunity to live your dream, change your life, become your fantasy!
Searching for a home that reflects your taste and personality doesn’t have to leave you in hives. Chances are you already know what you like – you just need to find a visual representation of that cozy ideal. The good news? Magazines and blogs live to serve your deepest styling wishes. And there are plenty of little-known-to-the-masses publications that qualify as must-reads.
Begin your journey with the outstanding blog Elements of Style, because Erin Gates’ classic but funky but approachable aesthetic works for so many house hunters. Because Elements of Style incorporates such a range of looks, you should have an easy time picking and choosing from the dozens of photos. Is modern your language, or does that French Provincial piece catch your eye? When you can answer these questions, you’ll know where you need to look next.
Next, check out Better Homes and Gardens. Yes, BHG has been around forever -- you still need to read it. BHG excels at livable-but-classic-with-a-touch-of-modern looks. Plus, prices tend toward the reasonable, unlike many magazines for the home.
Your next stop should be your local big box hardware store. If you’re searching for the perfect beach cottage but you live in Vermont, your local Lowes or Home Depot has what you need. You can find unheard of magazines that focus on a variety of lifestyles, from cottage to mid-century modern – and everything in between and beyond.
There are others, of course – Martha Stewart Living, Architectural Digest – but try to look off the beaten path. You might even try a Google search: “cool houses.” See what comes up. You never know what photo will inspire you to a world you never knew you loved.
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