Home design is everywhere | Think real estate

Several sources of information are available to help you learn more about home design.

The challenge of flipping or remodeling an investment property can be daunting when it comes to the design side. Whether it’s your very first investment project or your hundredth, being creative can be a challenge.

Luckily, we live in an era where home design ideas are everywhere – from your computer or phone, to book stores and magazine stands at your local grocery store, from your television in your own home, or just while studying the designs of the buildings in yours Hometown.

Sitting down with your computer or phone is a great way to learn about the world of home design. From online courses to social media, there is an endless amount of information available to help you with your next big project.

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Social media plays an important role in the home design and construction industry. Platforms like Pinterest, Houzz and even Instagram have become go-to places for many looking to expand their home design knowledge.

Leveraging social media platforms provides builders, investors and designers with a quick and easy way to see thousands of great design ideas. By collecting and storing these ideas on your phone or computer, you can have them at your fingertips quickly and easily. Having them available right on the job site can be a valuable resource and reduce the chance of errors.


Of course, books are always at the top of my list when I want to continue my education. What better way to see, read and absorb information than through a book? With their colorful, glossy pages, books are a great way to experience and enjoy the process of collecting home decor ideas. Even the list of designers in today’s “Who’s Who” world will most likely have a book with their name in the bookstore.

Being able to carry around a book to look at can help you ponder possible design ideas throughout the day. Looking at these images throughout the day can help you spot any design flaws before you start putting them in motion. Since not everyone is born with a visual mind, the more you can ponder and study your design idea throughout the day, the more confidence you will have in the design direction you want to take. Never underestimate the power of a good old-fashioned book, which will not only help you educate yourself, but will also provide you with an exceptional tool for viewing the works of art in home design and architecture.


Magazines have been one of the first sources everyone turns to for great design ideas for years. Since magazines come out monthly, their ideas are fresh. They are easily accessible as they are available at every checkout in grocery stores.

Many HGTV and Magnolia Network hosts also have their own design magazines.

Magazines are inexpensive, so it’s common to mark the pages with your notes or even rip out the pages that have design ideas you like. It’s always a good idea to find a physical photo of a home design you like in a magazine, rip it out, and bring it to the site for the contractor to work on. That way there are never any questions and everyone is always on the same page about the design you are trying to achieve, literally!

There’s a magazine for almost every aspect of your investment property remodel – from kitchens to bathroom remodels to woodwork finishing and landscaping. From the outside of the house to the inside you will find magazines covering everything. Whether you’re building a home from scratch or remodeling an investment property, home design magazines are great resources for any project.


Of course, with all the home remodeling shows, television is going to be one of the biggest influencers when it comes to sparking our desire to learn more about home design.

Being able to see the design process from start to finish right before your eyes is a huge benefit. Learning what goes into a design you like can be of great benefit. It can help you see the time frame you might be looking at and better understand if a particular design fits into your time frame and budget.

One downside to using television as a tool for learning new home designs is sharing the ideas you see. When you have a contractor overseeing the project for your investment property, it can be difficult to explain the design ideas you heard about on TV. Most contractors work better from drawings or pictures.

Still, it’s easy and convenient to use your TV at home as a teaching tool.

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After all, one of the best places to educate yourself and get creative home design ideas is right in your own hometown. Historically, the design of interior spaces evolved in coordination with architecture. By observing the houses and buildings around you, you can discover great design ideas.

If you pay attention to the paint colors and materials used, you can create a whole new home design look. However, this approach can be risky since you don’t follow guidelines and don’t have pictures to show your contractor. Additionally, the cost and time required to create a completely new design look can be difficult to estimate. Still, the rewards of a new look can be worth the risk.

Utilizing some or all of these resources will help you be more confident and creative when it comes to your home design decisions. Expanding your home design knowledge is time well spent when it saves you from costly mistakes, differentiates your renovation or conversion project from others in the area and ultimately gives you a faster buyer and a better return on your investment.

Michele Van Der Veen hosts Good Day segments including Flip It, Decorate Like a Designer and Stage to Sell. She began her career in real estate investing more than 30 years ago.

As a published author, Van Der Veen has been recognized and featured in international magazines for her unique approach to interior design. She received formal training from the Interior Designers Institute of California and gained experience building custom homes, remodeling more than 100 homes and working in commercial real estate development alongside her father from a young age. Van Der Veen is not afraid to push the boundaries of her own designs and investments, and Van Der Veen can often be heard reassuring her team about their decisions by saying, “Don’t worry, we’re the comps!”

To learn more about Van Der Veen’s work or to contact her, visit iHeartHomescorp.com

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