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DoItYourself.com >>

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This site covers a wide range of 'how-to' topics from interior home improvement and remodelling, to painting, electrical and lighting; as well as a comprehensive online store for endless practical items for the home, office, car, or even for your pet!

homes2gardens >>

homes2gardens offers an ever expanding directory covering home decor, gardening, hobbies and much more, but is now somewhat dated in its design and is rather cluttered with advertising... That said, it is one of few UK directory sites.
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Better Homes & Gardens >>

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This diverse and informative website is packed with practical instructions and ideas, brought to you by the recognised US magazine publication. The site is divided into sections covering topics such as decorating, home improvement, food and recipes, gardening, crafts, holidays, health and family. It is an attractively designed and dynamic magazine style site worth visiting.
Creating Home Decor >>

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The last time we checked, this site was being given a revamp and was temporarily offline, however lets hope the new site is a success. Previously the site was both a useful directory of links to relevant websites covering interior design and crafts, and a source of useful advice tips and feature articles for styling your home.  
Home & Garden from  iVillage >>

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The home and garden 'channel' within one of the leading US portals, features a wide range of interesting and informative articles. At our last visit, main categories included home decorating, home trends and improvements, but also extend to finance, pets, and lifestyle related topics. There's online shopping, interesting features and lots of inspiration through photo galleries. 
Home Decor from Woman's Day >>

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This women's portal - focused on recipes, health and home decor - offers a diverse range of interesting and creative feature articles on how to improve the look and feel of your home. From decorating to accessorising, for all rooms in the house.  
DIY sites
DIY.com from B&Q >>

B&Q's online store not only allows you to order a diverse range of products (large and small) for home delivery, but also provides real added value in terms of information services. The site offers useful DIY advice and inspiration covering building, gardening, decorating and design, carpenty, plumbing and electrical. 'How to' articles are intelligently put together, specifying the skill level required, tips on safety and a list of the items you will need to complete the project (linking directly to the product ready to purchase online). Other useful services include a DIY glossary, buyers guides, calculators and a store locator.
ImproveLine.com >>

Use this site to find screened reliable tradesman and contractors throughout the UK, including builders, electricians, plumbers and decorators. You'll also find an 'ask the expert' service in association with B&Q, information on regulations, contracts, finance and other advice.
RenovationExperts.com >>

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This site is designed to help US residents find professional, reliable contractors for a wide range of DIY and building projects. Search by category/topic, then your location and provide details of your project in order to get free quotes.
HomePro.com >>

The UK's largest directory of screened UK contractors and tradesman, with insurance backed guarantees for extra peace of mind. Use their 24hr telephone callout service to help find professional in an emergency, or their standard 'Find a Pro' service online, to locate a wide range of businesses in your area - from carpenters to cleaning and drainage specialists.
Online magazines
House Beautiful >>

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This is an inspiring and insightful online magazine providing a wide range of interesting feature articles and other resources. The bonus is that House Beautiful also offers a number of handy interactive tools  including Interactive Windows. This tool allows you to 'mix and match' window treatments such as curtains, blinds, shades, valances and swags, or to select standalone treatments to view separately. Unfortunately, the last time we checked the tool did not allow you to change the colours of fabrics displayed.
Homes & Gardens >>

The stylish online destination for the popular English magazine, featuring articles on reader's own homes, room galleries and an interior decoration directory called 'All things home'.. 
Ideal Home >>

A comprehensive magazine site offering feature articles covering a wide range of topics, a product finder, expert advice, the usual 'galleries' and handy calculators for estimating materials for painting and wallpaper.
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