Idea House: Step 7 • Inspiration

It can come from anywhere

It took a village to design and build the LOCAL Life Idea House. It was an amalgamation of professionals and inspiration sources: Architect, builder, designers, magazines, Pinterest, Google, Houzz, model homes and HGTV. We want to share some of the inspiration sources and tech tips that may help with your next renovation or construction project.

Two Tech Tips

1. Pinterest Pinterest’s intuitive search makes it easy to find what you are looking for and to inspire new ideas. Hootsuite confirms this social media platform as a top resource for people looking for ideas, citing the most popular searches as DIY & Craft, Food & Drink and Home Décor. The Idea House homeowner created a private “Board” to easily save pins to reference and share with the team.

2. Google Image Search This may be the Cliff Claven “little known tip” for home décor and design searches. Did you know you can drag and drop an image into the search bar and find similar images on Google? Just click on “Images” to open image search and drag and drop photos right into the search bar.

Inspirational images:

When one door opens
• A vintage farmhouse door is perfectly repurposed for the pantry.
• A sliding bathroom barn door offers both privacy and style.
• Homes with small children or pets should consider a dutch door.

The laundry room is the new “it” room
• Consider a laundry basket that doubles as a seat.
• Organize your laundry room with open shelving.

The devil is in the details
• Use an empty wall in a small laundry room to dry clothes.
• Install clever electrical outlets for the kitchen.


ON THE SAME PAGE • LOCAL LIfe’s Oct. 2017 featured home inspired the Idea House.

Ain’t nothing like the real thing

Visit Model Homes: Check out a number of model homes and take photos. This can help to set expectations for the architect and designers in terms of the general style and finishings. TIP: Save these photos in a folder on your phone called “Model Home Pics” for easy future reference and share them with your team. Keep taking photos and adding to the folder throughout your project.

Tear up magazines: The LOCAL Life Idea Home was inspired by the featured home in the October 2017 issue of LOCAL Life (above). Additional magazines were used to find reference for “dream rooms,” color palettes and furniture ideas.
TIP: Check out magazines like Verenda, Coastal Living, Southern Living, Charleston and Atlanta Homes for beautiful room photos and retail sources. Don’t forget to include LOCAL Life on your list.

Get out of the house: Look around when you are in restaurants, offices, retail stores and friends’ houses. Home design ideas are everywhere. For example, the “Coastal Industrial” design trend combines the stone and open pipes and duct work, often seen in offices and restaurants, with the familiar whitewash and blue hues in costal designs.
TIP: Don’t be too shy to ask the proprietor for sources and photos.