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7 Steps to Becoming Your Own Decorator, Step 1: Be Inspired

As talented as our favorite interior designers are, unfortunately, we can't all afford them. But that doesn't mean all hope is lost for those of us without a decorator budget. We can still take inspiration from them, and then by thinking analytically, create utterly chic homes for ourselves, which will inspire our friends. You're only a few easy steps away from becoming your own decorator!The first step to becoming your own decorator is to be inspired. You've got a leg up on interior designers here because you don't have to play any guessing games as to what makes you smile. For further details,

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Pull ideas and images from your favorite books, magazines, and runway collections, and just start an inspiration board. If you see a paint or fabric swatch or a wallpaper sample you like — even if it's out of your price range — save it.

Then, let this all simmer. Now, see if there are any themes running through your picks. Do you like purple tones? Trellis patterns? Architectural details? Textured fabrics? Keep your eyes open and you're likely to see a single thread which will serve as a jumping-off point for your design.
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