Creating a beautiful home in 2011

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I don’t know about you, but I certainly enjoy reading all the self-help tips that are so prevalent every New Year. Resolutions abound as we think about de-cluttering our homes and our lives. Or perhaps it’s a resolution to begin a healthier lifestyle. Maybe it’s adding one or two fantastic ideas to our bucket lists. Whatever your New Year’s resolutions are, I hope one of them might be creating an even more beautiful home in 2011!!

We all know that nothing happens without a plan, so I’d like to encourage you to start your own comprehensive detailed decorating plan to help you create the a new fresh look for your home!

What should be included in your decorating plan? Everything that needs to be done, including timing priorities and budget. It’s vitally important to write down everything and be as specific as possible.

Most people feel they need assistance in creating and implementing their decorating plan. Professional interior decorators have the talent, experience and specialized knowledge to help you pull it all together. They can also save you time and money. After all, the most costly furnishings you will ever buy are the ones that prove to be mistakes! Here are a few suggestions that will help you understand your own preferences and prepare you to work with a decorator.

Begin by collecting decorating magazines or design books. Consider cutting out photographs of furniture, styles, window treatments, color schemes, floor and wall coverings, etc., that appeal to you.

Then, compile everything you’ve collected into a notebook and organize it into sections for each room you’ll be doing. If you chose to work with a decorator, your preplanning will make it much easier for you to communicate your likes and dislikes.

Evaluate your present furnishing and decide what you would like to keep, eliminate and redo. Write down the various items in your notebook. What will be your overall color scheme? Does the carpeting need to be replaced? Which room do you want completed first? What budget have you established for each decorating project you wish to undertake? Knowing this information will prove valuable in working with your chosen interior decorator.

And remember: No matter what your lifestyle, your home should be a reflection of your tastes – your likes and your interests!

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