I have a love-dislike relationship with blogs.
I love, love, love reading them because they expose me to new ideas, inspire my creativity, teach me new things, and connect me with new people.
I occasionally dislike them because they overwhelm me with so many different options, tempt me to spend more money than I should, and make me insecure about choices I've already made.
For instance, Matt and I are in the process of updating our interior design. My couch has traveled from rural Louisiana to Texas to my friend's apartment while I traveled for a year to a new apartment in Texas to Colorado and back to Texas in our new/old house.
I look at blogs for design inspiration on a daily basis, and, of course, my love-dislike relationship kicks in.
I love looking at other people's design choices--room after room after room. I get so many new ideas and I'm so inspired.
Some of my favorite sites are:
I guess the trick is to recognize that there is a line between the benefits of looking into other people's lives via blogs and the drawbacks. When I feel myself start to cross the line, I need to close my browser, appreciate my own life and choices, and move onto other work. It's easier said than done, but it's important for my own sanity.
Image via This Young House (I'm jealous of their secluded and wooded backyard)