A Houzz ideabook is a place where you can store ideas and build dreams. It’s where you save your favorite home design photos and product shots, notes, PDFs and other details of your home project.

You can also use your Houzz ideabook to communicate with others working on the project. For example, if you’re dreaming of a kitchen remodel, collecting photos of kitchens you like can help you pinpoint the styles, colors and layouts that appeal to you. When you’re ready to get started on the remodel, you can email your collection to a pro you’re working with to show what you want and start narrowing down your choices. With a simple setting change, you can let others add comments and photos also, turning your ideabook into a joint project workbook.

See how an Austin family used the Houzz app to find and save ideas for their remodel:

And here’s how you can create your own ideabook on Houzz:

On the Houzz App

Saving photos. Browse through photos on Houzz. When you find something you like, click the “Save” button at the bottom of the photo, as shown in this living room photo in the iOS app.

After you click the “Save” button, a new screen will pop up, allowing you add the photo to an existing ideabook. You also can create a new ideabook by clicking the title field, then selecting “Create new ideabook.”

You can add a comment about the photo at this step by typing it into the “What do you like about this photo?” field; you can also add and edit comments on all photos in the ideabook later.

Tip: Consider creating separate ideabooks for different projects or themes. You can create as many as you want.

Viewing your ideabooks. When you’re done adding photos, you can look at your ideabook by clicking Ideabooks at the top of your screen.

In the iOS app, you’ll find yourself on a page like this. Click the title of the ideabook you just created to open it completely.

Making changes. You can add new photos, delete photos and make changes to your notes.

Delete a photo by simply clicking on the red “X” in the right-hand corner of the image. To add text, place your cursor in the blank box that appears when you hover over each photo, and type.

Privacy, sharing and collaborating. Once you’ve put the finishing touches on your ideabook, you can share it with friends, family or your home design professional. Click the Collaborate button underneath your ideabook title, as shown here in the app.

On Houzz.com

Saving photos. Here’s how saving a photo might look on the web version. The green Save button appears at the bottom of this kitchen photo.

You can also add a photo to an existing ideabook or create a new one.

Viewing your ideabooks. On the web version, your ideabook page will look like this.

Similar to the app, you can add new photos, delete photos and make changes to your notes.

Delete a photo by simply clicking on the red “X” in the right-hand corner of the image. To add text, place your cursor in the blank box that appears when you hover over each photo, and type.

Privacy, sharing and collaborating. Here’s what you might see in the web version. Again, the collaboration button is beneath the ideabook title. (Click on the photo for a closer look.)

You can make your ideabook private or public and add additional viewers or editors by typing their Houzz username or email address into the Search field and clicking Add; you can allow each person to edit or just view the ideabook.

Click View, for example, to show your sister the private ideabook of tile backsplashes you’re considering. Or click Edit to give your interior designer the ability to add photos and make comments underneath your own.

After you click Save Settings, your friend or designer will receive a notification email, so they can help you start making your home design dreams a reality.