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getting started
Begin by taking a look at the architecture of the
room you plan to tackle. Use the “Room Audit”
and “Getting Started Questionnaire” worksheets
to write down everything you like and dislike
about the room. Make a note of it no matter how
small the detail is. Use the blank spaces to note
other characteristics of the room you want to
Decide what issues you want to address. For
example, if you feel the room lacks architectural
detail, you may want to add crown molding or
beef up your baseboards with some additional
molding and paint. If you do not like the color of
your natural woodwork, paint it!
For those issues that can’t be changed, such
as the position of an off-center window that
bothers you, think of ways that you can downplay
that particular issue as you design the space. For
example, if you don’t like your fireplace, you will
want to design the space in a way that draws
your eye away from the fireplace, not toward it.
For example, when we moved into our house,
this weird niche in our daughter’s room (created
by the fireplace shaft) was such an eye sore to
me. It was just such an awkward and seemingly
unusable space.
Needless to say, it went on my list of “must
address” issues.
We did address it with some incredibly
inexpensive DIY floating shelves and a simple
desk, and now it is one of my favorite features of
her room! It just goes to show that sometimes
a “problem” in a room can turn into a fabulous
Now, it’s time to officially begin your dream
room design by filling out the worksheets that
begin on page 31!

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