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April 29, 2014

Some of you might not know this, but I graduated college with an Interior Design degree. I slaved through four years of studio-based classes, learned how to hand-render and draft, learned AutoCAD, learned the Adobe suite programs, broke out in hives presenting projects each semester, and learned a year’s worth of architectural history I now don’t remember. The major was tough and some days I wish I had chosen to peruse Graphic Design, but everything happens for a reason and my first job and the two that came after it have led me to where I am now (working from…

Some of you might not know this, but I graduated college with an Interior Design degree. I slaved through four years of studio-based classes, learned how to hand-render and draft, learned AutoCAD, learned the Adobe suite programs, broke out in hives presenting projects each semester, and learned a year’s worth of architectural history I now don’t remember. The major was tough and some days I wish I had chosen to peruse Graphic Design, but everything happens for a reason and my first job and the two that came after it have led me to where I am now (working from home, with a sleepy puppy at my feet).

The reason I bring up this blast from the past is because I was trained in commercial interior design – not home design. After seeing my mom work as a residential interior designer I made a note not to go that route because of all the leg work it required…searching for the perfect fabrics, managing a client’s budget and expectations, being on-site to oversee quality control, and of course finding the furniture, lighting, accessories and accents that make a house a home. I remember her saying something along the lines of, “I can’t just give Client XYZ two lamp options, she wants 20.” I understand both sides: designers are hired for their taste, talent, and knowledge base so they want clients that go with the flow instead of second guessing but clients are spending a ton of money so they can live in a perfect environment and pulling the trigger is hard sometimes.

Basically, when my friend Pete McCarthy (husband of Biscuit Home owner Bailey and daddy to Grace and Harry) first told me about decorBase I told him he was a genius. After noticing how much time his wickedly talented wife spent scouring the internets for products to be used in her client projects, he saw a need for a one-stop-shop resource and had the intuition to fill the void. decorBase is the perfect tool for interior designers, design bloggers, and really anyone looking to spruce up a room in their home. The platform lets you find everything you want and need to design a home. The “shop” tab enables users to search and purchase decor items from a multitude of home goods stores from across the web (you read that correctly). To help you visualize how pieces would work together in your room the “create” feature lets you make an inspiration board (the answer to the prayers of anyone who doesn’t know Photoshop or CAD). And if you know what you like but don’t know how to pull it all together, you can browse their online database and “hire” an interior decorator who will make your room dreams come to life.

It all sounds too good to be true but it’s not. I’ve been playing around on the site and couldn’t believe all the retailers and brands that it pulls products from. This video does an better job explaining the ins and outs of the site but I really urge you all to head to decorBase to check it out!

(Images via decorBasethe Everygirl via Golden White DecorEmily Johnston)

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  1. This is such a wonderful idea! I work as an assistant to a traditional-meets-modern interior designer in Kansas City, and my boss and I will spend HOURS searching for the perfect products for our clients. We’ve compiled a list of websites whose products we love, but bouncing from site to site can be time consuming. This seems to be the answer to our prayers, and will save our clients money in the long run as we’ll log less hours.

    In regards to Ashley’s comment, I have a few thoughts! I totally get that interior design is expensive, and not everyone can afford to go all out all at once (in fact, I think that the best projects are done over time). But I like to think of designing a home like building a wardrobe. Investing in high-quality basics is the smartest thing you can do! You could buy a million trendy pieces from Forever 21, but they’ll last a season. You’ll grow tired of them. The quality will bum you out. For the same amount of money, you could invest in one or two beautiful pieces that will last for years.

    That ikea sofa may be cheaper than a Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams one, but in a few years you’ll be tempted to sell it on craigslist for 1/20th of the price originally paid. Then, you’ll buy a new one. A higher-quality piece with a lifetime warranty would ultimately be cheaper!

    Do I sprinkle my apartment with steals from Home Goods and Target? Of course I do! You can find some pretty rad things there. However, I’ll always buy the basics from reputable companies who stand by their products. In a world where throwaway fashion seems to be the norm, I find comfort in knowing that my sofa won’t fall apart before the next season of “House of Cards” airs. I learned this lesson the hard way and I won’t make the same mistake again!

    Alright. Off of my soapbox for the time being. Congrats to the DecorBase team for a job well done!

  2. Hi Ashley!

    We’re sorry to hear about your experience with our site. We’d love your feedback about where you shop as we created this as a more “open source” design tool for all different users and budgets. At the moment we have over 10,000 products on the site, with a primary focus on goods priced under $1000, and we continue to add more products every single day.

    New stores that will have a presence on our site include Joss and Main, Land of Nod, and Pottery Barn (among others), but we would love to know if you’re looking for other stores or just more products within a certain price point.

    Hopefully you’ll let us know and give us another chance. Thanks for your feedback!

  3. I love following your blog as well as Biscuit Home and happen to live in Houston so I get to actually stop by and shop at Biscuit. However, I think decorBase is just another means of advertisement for Biscuit and the design services they offer, not to mention the high price tag on most of the decorating items. I was let down by the website and really only see this being for the people with a higher budget to decorate. As someone who loves to decorate and budget friendly I cannot say I would recommend this to the general population.