If you don't collect your designs you might not get the best results. Take our quiz to find whether you know how best to collect your designs.
No matter how good your memory, redecorating your home involves a lot of detail. If you keep a record of your ideas you're going to have more success.
Having a separate binder for each room will allow you to easily organize the material.
Magazines have beautiful, high-quality photographs that can be pasted into your design book.
Take as many photographs as you can. You can always decide later which ones to keep and which ones to erase.
Who can remember all of those names they have for paint colors? Paint chips provide a small sample of the color you fell in love with.
Whether you need wallpaper or flooring, most dealers keep small samples in their stores. These samples will fit on a scrap book sheet, and you can write the price next to the sample.
Knowing how home improvements are done, and knowing the lingo, can make you a more savvy consumer. Don't fall into the trap of trusting a pro; learn everything you can and get the most for your money.
Contractors rarely offer guarantees, but they do provide estimates. To get the best price you should shop around, and then store the info in your design book.
It can be a lot of fun to compare before-and-after photos of your project. Try it and see!
Contractors often provide a final checklist to make sure they do the job to your specifications. You're better off having your own copy.
If you don't look at how the various components of a project work together you might not be thrilled with the end result. Collect the ideas in such a way that you can envision the room and see whether its works.
Some things, like electrical repairs, are best left to the pros. Other tasks, like flooring, you can do yourself.
Rather than go straight out and shop, or try to remember where you saw the best prices, simply collect ticket samples from various stores.
When it comes to getting you in the mood to redecorate nothing beats one of these upscale catalogues.
Most upscale décor magazines and catalogues do a great job of showing you how beautiful a home can be. They don't really focus very much on practicality or cost.