(The answer to all of these questions is "yes," by the way.)
In addition to searchable photo files, which you can assemble into your own "ideabooks," houzz offers illustrated articles by a group of approved writers, talking about everything from what to do with brass hardware to how to lay out garden beds to fascinating drapery ideas. I saw this ideabook the other day, on decorating a dining room. I think the stuff she found is cute, and I like the idea. But I think it could be a little more bargain-priced, and I thought I might be able to help with that...
She started with a nice sideboard in a happy color:
But it's $800. This one from Amazon has even more vibrant color, and is $199:
Then she found this harvest dining table:
That's still a lot for a dining room table, I grant you - more than I was willing to spend. I think if you want a retail item, you pay retail (and maybe wait for a sale). But if you are a bargain shopper who is willing to do a bit of work, and think broadly about your requirements, there are always options. Obviously, I love craigslist, and for this post I've stuck to just my local craigslist (to be fair about what's available). And this little number is $100 and 68" long:
Next, we have a $999 bar cart:
Then the article throws in a few tabletop items. Now these I like!
Next the ideabook has plates that I'm going to ignore, because I don't like them. We all have plates already. And then it has this, from West Elm:
So next the ideabook has placemats, which I also do not like. I'm generally not big on placemats. For casual table-covering (i.e., not a tablecloth), I'd go for a runner instead, and I really love sari-print. Maybe something like this, from Saffron Marigold:
They're both $35-$55, depending on the size. Given that the suggested placemats are $23.80 apiece, seating 8 would run you $190.40 - a lot more than a really pretty runner! OK, next we have a $249 wall mirror in "natural wood":
I love lamp. It's very pretty. It's $335. This $47 one from Target is pretty darn similar:
Well, you also have to buy a lampshade. So, a couple more dollars. That brings us to the $499 dining bench:
And Ikea sells this nice solid-wood bistro-style bench for just $70:
Now we move on to one of my favorite subjects: wallpaper. The ideabook offers a printed grasscloth that's quite handsome:
I think everyone's already good on plates and flatware, so I'll skip those. The next suggestion in the ideabook is $34/panel curtains from West Elm:
OK, I'm done with my little internet decorating treasure hunt. Anyone else want to play?