Did you know that both designers and architects seek websites for renovation inspirations for information, specs and shopping?
Cheryl Katz, designer
"I love hivemodern.com, which is a great siter classical modern, and I use eboniste.com for lighting. Generally, I use the Web to order things from lines I have already seen in person, so there's no question about quality."
Eric Cohler, designer
"1stdibs.com is the one resource that links us to almost every reputable antiques dealer in the trade. We can do our research online and see the piece right there, and we can send the link to our clients, so that they can view the piece as well."
John O'Connor, architect
"Inhabitat.com is about forward-thinking, sustainable design. It promotes the substance behind the stylistic aspects of modern design."
Darryl Carter, designer
" Rejunvenation.com is a fantastic website. They carry antique lighting as well as reproductions, and on theor website, you can pick a fixture and move a different globe or shade or hurrican onto it, so you are basically designing your own fixture. I also rely on homeannex.com. they sell everything under the sun from plumbing fixtures and fittings to door hardware,. Because a website can show you how something looks but not how it feels. I often order just one faucet or fixture as a sample when I'm shopping online--especially if there is a reshelving fee on returns."
Jamie Drake, designer
"One of my favorite sites now is flavorleague.com, site of Flavor wallpaper company, which has the pop-psychedelic papers we love to use, with custom capability and the whole swinging '70's vibe."
Denise: Eve Robins, designer finds "one-stop shopping" at waterworks.com for bathroom renovation and erbutler.com for amazing hardware and door handles.
Gwen: If you are planning a kitchen, Jordan Goldstein uses ikea.com. Just drag and drop the different units into your layouts. The really great feature is you can see things in 3-D-!!"
Denise: Here's another fabulous site the David Jameson, architect, speaks highly about if you are interested in "how materials that have been designed for one use can be rethought for other uses. Materialconnection.com. shows products that were designed for the space shuttle......that can be used in home building and renovation."
Gwen: Finally, I would like to include a site Lisa Piper Gilbert, architect relies on......for all those into the field of green building, buildinggreen.com.
Information taken from Met Home September 2006
Denise & Gwen