Taking the Time to Get Decorating Right

Interior designers are “doers!” We like to take a design idea and run with it.  A good designer listens and helps you plan so you can make the best decisions.  Hasty decisions to satisfy a spontaneous idea can result in pieces of furniture, or painted cabinets, that really aren’t what you wanted. It’s like driving through a fast food window because you’re hungry, and feeling guilty afterwards.

Here are tips to help you stay committed to the “slow design” movement so your home decor makes you feel good, and is an authentic reflection of who you are.




Keep a list. Maintain a running list of things you love and hope to acquire. When you feel the impulsive urge to buy something, check it against your list. If it’s there, great. If not, channel that spontaneous energy into completing or tracking down one of your list items.



Prioritize quality. Don’t buy cheap furniture that might not last. Be patient and save to buy high-quality items that last.



Be thrifty. Cost is one of the biggest inhibitors to home designs, so start exercising your thrifty muscles. Look for vintage (or free!) high-quality items on eBay, Craigslist, and flea markets. Consider great options like reupholstering, refinishing, and painting to transform discounts into treasures.  Remember that consignment stores can offer high-quality items at a great price.

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How to Use Table Books as Decorations

We all know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But, let’s face it, covers matter. Your books may be functional, but attractive covers can also be used to decorate your space. Book covers can serve as stand-alone works of art. By rotating the books in your collection, you can achieve a variety of looks and moods, without ever spending a dime.

Here are interior design ideas that use table books as decorations.


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Show their faces. Ever noticed you are more drawn to the books in a bookstore that are displayed with their full covers? Placing attractive books in this position on your book shelves and display cases draws the eye. You can arrange them by color, season, or theme.

Create a stage. Stacking books on their side can elevate accessories so they aren’t all displayed on the same plane. Or, they can serve as a stage to display a real piece of art.


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Covers by color. What a fun “coincidence” that the colors in the fresh floral arrangement mimic the colors in the cover of the display book. Peruse your coffee table books for covers that blend with other key room accents.

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Decorating for Couples: When Styles Clash

We all know that opposites attract, but it can be tricky when those opposites try to work together to create a new interior design. The home decor can become a mismatched mess if you don’t put the right opposites together.

Here are some suggestions on how to blend two different design styles into a harmonious motif.


Female interior designer with two clients at office choosing colors

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Set the expectations early. Before you embark on your redesign, sit down and agree on the basics: budget, color palette, types of furnishings, as well as what should stay and what should go. This will help to smooth out the transition process. Make sure that all parties in the home are represented in the design.


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Listen. In my time as an interior designer, I have noticed that many couples have a single “nester,” and it’s the nester who makes 99% or more of the design choices. It’s important that the main designer really listen to the other party. If they hesitate before responding to a query, or suggest that you don’t need to purchase a particular item, that may be their way of saying, “that really doesn’t reflect my taste.”

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