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I did it: I made The List. In an ambitious fervor that could have only been brought on by the combination of a new house, a new year and a long weekend, I galloped from room to room writing down everything I wanted to do, short term and long term, at my new home. (Believe me, there’s lots to be done.)

When I finished the double-sided, multi-columned list, I learned three things: 1) I really need to send more handwritten letters (it took my wrist several hours to un-cramp), 2) There’s a ridiculous amount I want to accomplish, and 3) I need a room-by-room, concrete plan.

Right now, I’m prioritizing The List (like many of you said I should), but I’m also doing something a little more fun: Scouring the web for inspiration. Here are some of my go-to renovation blogs and resources — check ‘em out, then tell me your faves!

Real Renovations at HGTVRemodels

Justine Rubin and Robin Finch's charcoal kitchen on HGTVRemodels

Real Renovations on HGTVRemodels
Okay, I’m a little biased since this is HGTV’s  newest sister site, but what I love are the amazing remodels from real homeowners — like this kitchen in Justine Rubin and Robin Finch’s airy home. (Plus, check out our blogger Bryan Patrick Flynn’s amazing basement remodel.)

Erin and Ken Loechner - Dining Room

Erin and Ken Loechner's finished dining room

Erin and Ken Loechner’s Scandinavian Reno
It’s been so inspiring to watch Erin and Ken’s Scandinavian-inspired reno unfold right here on Design Happens. Even though I’m planning to use quite a bit more color in my home, I love their DIY spirit and the way they transform ordinary objects into chic designer accessories — plywood stockings, anyone?

Young House Love

What a lovely living room! Photo via Young House Love

YoungHouseLove
It’s easy to see why this renovation blog is super-popular — homeowners Sherry and John write not only about their successes (like their blue-and-green living room) but also their not-so-successful projects (their greenish-yellow living room.) Plus, they’ve already remodeled one house — if they can do it, I can too!

The Home Project wallpaper

Vintage maps in custom frames on The Home Project.

The Home Project
Like Josh and me, The Home Project blogger Linn and her husband are pretty new to remodeling — they purchased their first home this past summer.  Also like them, our home has dated decor but no major system needs. It’s inspiring to see their projects big and small unfold (like the vintage maps, above) and I’m hoping they can help me avoid a few rookie mistakes, too.

Retro Renovation Photo Via the New York Times

Pam of Retro Renovation, in her retro kitchen. Photo by Nancy Palmieri for The New York Times

Retro Renovation
This site is a one-stop shop for people who are remodeling retro homes. Since mine was built in 1957 and I hope to maintain its midcentury charm, posts on everything from flooring to before-and-afters to appropriate period carpet are super inspirational.  And the editor, Pam, has amazing style as well — check out her fun aqua kitchen!  


Pinterest Board-HGTV Liz

My home inspiration board on Pinterest.

And of Course, Pinterest
For anyone not using Pinterest, it’s the most addictive thing since chocolate chip cookies (Sure, I can go back for just one more...).  Follow my home inspiration board to see what I’m planning — as you can see, I’ve got a major thing for yellow.

23 Responses

  1. Amber says:

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  2. Randy says:

    Great post! Inspirational photos for sure. I'll be sending some clients here to check it out:) <a href="http://www.RandyArmstrongConstruction.com” target=”_blank”>www.RandyArmstrongConstruction.com

  3. delane says:

    I love the teal cabinets!!!

    I was looking for a great color and this just might be it!

    Water Damage Altamahaw Ossipee NC

  4. Sherly says:

    A Tip for Homeowners that plan on getting remodeling…

    A great way to save money is to get your carpets, and tile&grout clean by a pro, instead of getting them replace…
    It will save you a pretty penny.
    http://www.procleanersnj.com/

  5. Bathroom Supplies says:

    bathroom supplies
    Great design, and nice submit.

  6. good work, I like the dining room

  7. Felicia says:

    Congrats on making the list!! I'm trying to get myself out there as well! What a task marketing a blog can be :) But it's definitely a fun project! http://thetinyprofessional.blogspot.com/2014/02/k… We recently renovated our kitchen and first home. Hopefully this spring we will tackle the exterior and eventually the main bathroom! It's going to be project after project! I really enjoyed reading your posts! They are very inspiring!

    The Tiny Professional

  8. london dj says:

    Thanks for finally writing about > Best Renovation Blogs and
    Resources | HGTV Design Blog – Design Happens < Liked it!

  9. excellent put up, very informative. I ponder why the other experts of this sector do not understand this.
    You must proceed your writing. I am confident, you’ve a great readers’ base already!

  10. 123remodeling says:

    Great post. This was very inspiring. Thanks

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Liz GrayLiz is a Senior Editor at HGTV.com. She lives in a midcentury tri-level that’s stuck in the ‘70s…for now. When she’s not working on remodeling projects with her boyfriend and...

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