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Aa'ishah Isaacs
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3 Easy steps to decorating like a Pro

You finally did it! You took the plunge and are now the proud owner of the dream home you have always wanted and it feels so good. Now that you have purchased the perfect skeleton, it is finally time to put some meat on it's bones and that can be scary but I have 3 easy steps to creating a look that is straight off the pages of a glossy magazine.

Step 1: Choose an aesthetic

The First step is, by far, the hardest. There are so many aesthetics to choose from. Minimalistic, Modern, Post Modernism, Industrial, Nautical, Bohemian… the list is endless and very overwhelming. The natural tendency would be to stock your arsenal with magazines but that doesn't help either. Everything looks so pretty and shiny and just so perfect. It's also worth mentioning that just as with the fashion industry, interior designing is also subject to trends and fads. This heavily influences our decorating decisions as well. Want a tip? Listen up. When choosing which design aesthetic to use, look at your own personal style. Everything from the clothes you wear to the movies and music you love is the exact inspiration you need. If you love long, flowing, floral kimonos and flower crowns, opt for the Bohemian aesthetic. The careless abandon style, jewel tones and use of mandala imagery will make your skeleton a home. If you prefer neutral tones, clean lines and the minimalist look, opt for a more modern design aesthetic. Draw inspiration from yourself. Truth is, your personal style will last longer than any fashion fad. the last thing you want is to look at your home in a few years and think Gosh, this is so not me.

Step 2: The B word

Yes, I know. No one likes hearing the word BUDGET. It feels wrong and unnatural but hear me out on this one. Once you have settled on the design you want, do not immediately start shopping. Take a breath ( money matters needs calm and focus), grab a pen and paper and get honest. How much do you have to spend? got it down? Good. Now, how much of that are you prepared to spend and how much would you like to reserve? I saw that, don't cheat. Good. Now that you have that worked out, make friends with your budget. It is on your side, it is your friend. The reason why I mention budget, is because we often are in such a hurry to swipe our cards that more often than not, we buy things we think we will adore and then see something else we want more but now the money is gone. With a budget, you know how much you can spend. Shop around, do research, think before you act.Many times, we cash in our budget at one store and then go on to find something better at another and we instantly feel the regret and regret is not a friendly place to be in. Another tip is to shop online (not buy, just shop). This can be good practice for when you are in an actual store as you can see the total adding up right in front of you. if you don't like how the prices are looking you can start doing away with things you aren't totally in love with. This will give you the courage to do so in the stores you will visit. Also, you may get lucky with some great deals online.

Step 3: Addition and Subtraction

Now that you have your aesthetic and your budget, you have already bought the items you want in your home, it is now time to put the meat onto the skeleton. This process can be just as overwhelming as the last 2 steps but remember Addition and Subtraction. When you add a piece, subtract another. Often times, when shopping, the cart over flows and before you know it, you have 4 lamps when all you needed were 2 or you end up with 6 Ottomans when you didn't really need them to begin with, they just looked so cute. Do not fear. I have a trick you can use. Place the pieces you need. Furniture, appliances etc.. Now the place is half filled. The trinkets we add are what could lead you astray. The goal is to create a beautifully styled home that reflects effortless chic. Over accessorizing the home can lead to your aesthetic getting lost in a sea of tapestries and throw pillows. Remember that the size of a room doesn't need to be an indicator of how much should go in it. Filling every available space with ornaments, furniture and trinkets could lead to your home looking more cluttered and less stylish. If you want readily available options for change, invest in pieces that double as storage (i.e. Ottomans, trunks) or opt for buying pillow cases as opposed to pillows which are harder to store. My trick is simple. To avoid creating clutter, remember, when you add, you need to subtract. Just because items are within your overall aesthetic, does not mean everything matches. Options are good but you will benefit more from open spaces than from having everything you own on display and crowding you. Also, this way, you get to change things up every now and then without having to always buy new things.

Decorating a house can be daunting and not everyone has the resources to make use of a personal interior designer. That does not mean you cannot create a beautiful space for you and family. You may not have the qualifications but you can do just about anything as long as you have some easy guidelines. Now go ahead and turn your house into a home.