Houzz! As in Decorating Your New House

by Karen Powell, Marketing Consultant

I have to admit, I love to watch HGTV for design and decorating ideas. I also buy those niche magazines filled with tips and pictures of what I could create if I just had the energy and the nerve to try. But this weekend, I came across a real nugget. Houzz!

That’s a funky way to spell houses.

With more than 350,000 photos and 140,000 product recommendations, Houzz is a titan among design and home improvement websites, and it’s also available as a mobile app. All of this material is searchable by keyword or phrase, so just type in “pressed tin ceiling” and scroll through hundreds of images. But the site’s most compelling feature may be the ability for users to register for a Houzz account and create themed “idea books” through bookmarking and uploading photos. There are some 2 million idea books to explore and comment on, and more than 1 million home improvement professionals participate through uploading photos and sharing expertise.

So, now that you have built or purchased that brand new home you’ve dreamed about, why not start dreaming all over again of projects that will turn your new home into your true dream home?  Check it out!