Faced with an imminent house move its already an expensive business, bills to pay, broadband to re- connect, deposit to secure and any little repairs when you finally move in, it can be hard to find the cash to make it your own. But fear not! There any many online forums featuring helpful ideas for customising your new pad so that it feels like home in no time.
Ikea Hackers is an online forum where users can log on and share their tips on customising Ikea furniture. Using only Ikea materials, bloggers can share and search things to do with a lamp, table or shower curtain that you no longer need.There are also ideas on how to get the best from your purchase or ideas on how to customise your Ikea products to make them more personal. My favourite is this kids Lego table, made using a £45 standard table, £10 Lego base plates and £1 storage containers to create the perfect games station for your little monsters!
Freshome is a unique user experience boasting innovative ideas devoted to uncovering and sharing the most up-to-date interior design products and ideas from eco-friendly, cardboard furniture to natural stone bath tubs. Founder Micle Mihai Cristian looks after a small team who run the site, hoping to inspire budding architects, crafty creators and diverse dab- handers. His ideas are a bit out there, but there is plenty of variety for those who are looking for a more mainstream approach to decorating.
Online magazine Design Milk is a leading modern platform bringing you a sniff of whats new in the design world. Featuring a number of columns including “Where I Work” which explores the offices, desk drawers and pencil cases of some of interior designs top designers and ‘Friday Five’, where a guest artist or designer tells us their five favourite things.
Decor8 was launched by Holly Becker in 2006 and has since been a mega- hit with interior design nerds all over the world. Decor8 offers an in- depth look into her life as a designer and freelance journalist and includes her own favourite blogs, shops, and an online “Blogging your Way” a four week, mini- course which takes it’s students from A- Z of writing, from finding your design personality to copyright laws and brand marketing.
Material Girls is a straight talking, honest design blog by six American designers from across the states. If you’re looking for inspiration, look no further. Their ‘furniture Friday‘ section plays host to every piece of furniture you can imagine, click on your favourite item to view the many different ways you can use pieces like this in your home, whether you need to hide stray television wires or customise the dog’s bed, from the New York to the Dallas way, there is something for everyone.