February 16th 2012

Our favorite 15 design sites

Looking for some design inspiration? You don’t need to head into showrooms or scour the internet in the search for the best. Instead, we’ve laid it all out for you: fifteen of the best design websites featuring everything you love, and more.

From the ever popular Design Sponge to the green-inspired InHabitat to the hole-in-the-wall Remodelista, check out these top sites and save them in your Favorites/Bookmarks, because you know you’ll be back for more.

Design Sponge

One of the most popular design site, Design Sponge covers home design, new and innovative products, tips,  mini trends, “before and afters”, and more. Although many of the products correspond with haute design, it’s beautiful layout and simplicity will equal hours of browsing, with some inspiration for decorating your home.

Moco Loco

This online magazine is dedicated to everything modern, including furniture, architecture, interior design, accessories, and so much more. It offers the latest news, reviews and recommendations of innovative products and services from a wide variety of sources.

Apartment Therapy

“Saving the world, one room at a time”, Apartment Therapy features both local posts (Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles) along with inspiration for bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms. There is also a big community here, and readers are encouraged to post comments, can send in design questions, ask for feedback and more.  It is the perfect balance of luxury and simplicity.

InHabitat

InHabitat is a green-inspired design website featuring ideas that are cutting-edge, high-tech, innovative and sustainable. It looks to feature environmentally-friendly and future trends, with product reviews, fashion recommendations, and design tips with the mantra that green design will save the world.

IKEA Hacker

This website features readers who take traditional IKEA furniture and redesign them into something amazing. Each post features an IKEA item’s before photo, followed by an after photo with the modifications. Some things are simple (painted), while others are complex (a bed from three kitchen tables). This is an excellent website for those who love IKEA but love DIY projects even more. A perfect way to bring life to old tired furniture.

Yanko Design

Since 2002, Yanko Design has been focused on future design and bringing it into the now. It focuses on modern industrial design, the up-and-coming, and the cutting-edge and the future of design. They cover everything from industrial design to concepts, technology, interior design, architecture, exhibition, fashion, and more.

Decor8

This style blog brings you posts about independent artists, designers and other creative inspirations mixed with tips about interior design, updates about trade shows, giveaways and contests, and more. It’s owned by an interior design consultant, who focuses on “fresh finds for hip places”.

Design Spotter

Design Spotter features young talent, highlighting undiscovered design artists and creating a base for communication among new designers and a place for them to showcase their products and ideas. The website is featured around modern, contemporary, fresh and new ideas, and readers and designers can submit their ideas and events.

Better Living through Design

Better Living through Design is the resource you need whether you are planning on a huge redecoration or looking for that specific and special piece of furniture. The site features creative and unique pieces of furniture that are available for purchase online. The site searches the interwebs to bring you the best products each day, and providing easy linking to where you can order them.

Freshome

Freshome features ideas to beautify your home, with gadgets, furniture pieces, tips and more, offering readers inspiration and tips. The fix is on affordable, beautiful pieces balanced with modern design in an easy-to-read layout.

Design Milk

Art and beauty come together for the blog posts on Design Milk. Creative and unique images may feature street art on the side of a building or a crumpled paper chair. They scour the web for that perfect balance of design featuring the two aesthetics. Each post has a link back to the original, a high quality photo, and a write up with text and ideas.

Remodelista

Remodelista is a clean and crisp web design for interior design addicts. It is dedicated to complete design ideas, home accessories, shopping secrets and advice on renovations. We especially love comparing and guessing in their high/low section.

GrassrootsModern

GrassrootsModern is focused on providing affordable home design tips and products to its readers, featuring wallet-friendly products for the majority of us. Run by two do-it-yourself enthusiasts, it is home to many minimalist and modern, along with affordable, design. There are also many before and afters.

Coochicoos

Are you a parent trying to balance cool design with having your children? Coochicoos features modern and hip baby products, kid’s furniture, and the little things that help make being a parent easier. Along with tips and news on everything you can think of (baby showers, toddler beds, et cetera), it is completely devote to you and your child.

Breathe Modern

This Tumblr site features a little bit of everything: innovative products, eclectic and off-the-wall design, update retro favorites, modern architectures, and more. The focus is on the photos, without a lot of text to get in the way. Breathe Modern succeeds in bringing modern products to your screen, in a simplistic layout that makes for an easy read.

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Andrew loves art and design, and pursues his studies in his final year at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He loves seeking out new artists and giving them their dues, and in his spare time, focuses on his own abstract sculpture.