When it Comes to Interior Design – Wait!

Don’t let the lack of an interior design budget stop you from creating the look and feel in your home that you have always wanted for you and your loved ones. This article will show you how to acquire everything you need. Interior design is not a simple act of instant gratification. It’s steady, incremental changes made as time and circumstance allow.

The most comfortable and well designed homes have been created over time. Don’t be fooled by those 60 minute television shows. What you don’t see is hours, weeks, months of preparation by a team of experts to put it all together, lickety split.

But for real, every day people, like you and me it’s a step by step process. It takes time to locate just the right furniture piece for your room and to buy it, find it or create it with amazing affordability. Believe me when I say – patience is an absolute must to interior design do it yourself success. That said, don’t put your interior design goals on hold.

Start by having a clear idea of the interior design look you want to create. Try not to be too specific about each item that way you will be able to apply some creative license to the over all design.

How does this work?

Let’s use a table lamp as an example. Maybe you have one currently in your home that no longer fits into the pending design scheme. Add some additional ribbons, or change up the shade with stencil art, ribbon or fabric? By being creative with what you already own is an excellent way to bring quality items up to date. Or maybe that bathroom hutch can be turned into a dining room buffet by giving it a fresh finish and changing the door pulls to ones that better suit your decor ideas.

Don’t settle for something that you simply don’t LOVE. Don’t buy something just to fill in a space, wait for it – it will present itself in the most unexpected places. Don’t be afraid to leave a room looking blank or sparse for a season as you wait for the perfect opportunity to present itself.

It could be in the form of:

  • A Seasonal sale
  • A Scratch and Dent Clearance –
  • Going Out of Business Liquidation
  • A Yard or Moving Sale
  • Craig’s List Item
  • Inheritance
  • Real Estate Model Home Furniture Discounts

While you wait be sure to review your interior ideas and goals frequently so when you come across an item you will be able to act quickly.

This system has been proven to me over and over again. One of my favorite experiences happened a few years ago, though it had been anticipated for several years prior to its fulfillment. I had a specific size, shape and style of mirror in mind. Being that it was an antique, I knew my resources were limited. So, I waited AND kept my eyes open. Be it window shopping, antique hopping, or yard sale stopping I would be ever alert to catch a glimpse of “my mirror”.

Then one day, though sad, a member of my community had died and his children were cleaning out his house and placing items near the road for anyone to take. Lo and behold, I spotted it. It was the mirror I had envisioned,. It was perfect. And, best of all – it was FREE! Today, years later, my “miracle mirror” still brings me great joy by not only accenting my wall beautifully but as a monumental reminder to the power of patience applied to interior design.