How to Plan a Home Decorating Project – Getting Started!

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  1. Ron says:

    I must say this is a very good site you have, my wife and I just redecorated our home and It came out fine and we are looking for some ideas about decorating the basement. In looking at your site I see that you have some very good advice on going about it. YES I agree BUDGET is very important. Our basement is unfinished so it’s not going to be cheap. We do have a scope in mind that change from week to week for right now but I’m sure we will come together on it soon. About style I did take a look at your blog post but as you know it’s all about the living and dinning rooms but it’s a good post anyway. I don’t think we are going to create a design style board we are the type of people that see what we want in our minds and when we make a decision we go for it. But it’s steel a good idea.

    All in all I think your site is very informative and fun please keep up the work.

    • terri says:

      Thanks, Ron! Definitely identify how you will use the space…once you know that, then you can decide the budget, scope, style, etc. Keep me posted on your project and what you decide! Sounds exciting! 🙂

  2. Fleur Allen says:

    Thanks Terri this is a great walk through the process to complete a home decorating project. It reminded me that one such project in my home office/living room space has had 3 wall shelves mounted but not the 4th!! So will get on to getting that project finished. Sit down and celebrate with a cup of tea and then plan out the next one. Thanks again.

    • terri says:

      Great! There you go…think of all the space you’ll free up by mounting that final shelf, and putting the stuff back on it! Thanks for the post, Fleur…would love to hear from you again on your next one!

  3. Matts Mom says:

    I like the idea of going to garage sales looking for a DIY project! I recently moved across the country (Texas to Florida) and left all furniture behind. Being a single mom, that probably wasn’t the best idea. So here I am in my new house badly needing a LOT of stuff. So I guess you could say that I am on a tight budget, and getting design help is out of the question for me. I did not think to keep photos with me of what I am looking for. That is a great idea! Sometimes I can picture it in my mind, I get something home, and it is all wrong.

    • terri says:

      OOhhh…I’ve done that, too. With color, with size and pattern…and learned the hard way. It’s hard to be patient when you just want it finished, right? Especially if you need something to sit on! Estate sales are great, too. Thanks for your comment! Best of luck making your new space HOME!

  4. Santi says:


    I agree about the budget thing, we should keep ourself on budget to avoid overbudgeting, of course we all didn’t want that. So keep tracking how much you have spent is important. Thank you for informative article especially for people who are planning on re-decoration/do some renovation in their house.


  5. Colleen says:

    What a great explanation! From someone who knows absolutely nothing about decorating, I sure learned a lot. I never even thought about making a vision board. It is funny finding this as well, because I have been thinking about repainting inside of our house. We have been living in the same decorated house for over 14 years. I really like how you write too- you really know how to draw in the reader.

  6. terri says:

    Thanks, for the compliment, Colleen! Glad I could help…and if I can save anyone the pain and trouble of botching a project because of poor planning, it’s worth it! And vision boards are fun, anyway…you just never know what will turn up when you start looking and pinning and cutting…it’s a craft in itself! 🙂

  7. Penelope says:

    I love the idea of making a design style board. a collage or something like that pulling together the elements and colors you want, and connecting those dots, can really help you before you go out and brave The Shopping. Like attracts like and you’ll be more likely to see the potential in some items and the waste in others. I really like how you’ve taken a tough and expensive activity and broken it down in a manageable way for people who want style but not the usual price tag.

    • terri says:

      Thanks, Penelope! I’m glad you see what I was trying to convey. It truly helps to assemble ideas into a vision – so you can make the most of your time and money, and get the result you expect and LOVE.

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