Show houses decorated by top designers provide another excellent source of inspiration for your own decorating. The rooms often highlight the skill of the interior design professional at solving the common design problems that many of us experience. Very often the decorators redo an unsightly or old house by revamping each room to suit specific lifestyles. These show-house events usually occur in major cities and if there isn’t one near your home, very often a national magazine like House Beautiful or Metropolitan Home will present the finished rooms in a special edition. Watch for these, usually in spring or summer issues.
Good Design for Less
While looking through catalogs from places like Pier 1, Crate & Barrel, and Pottery Barn, I am impressed with the well-designed, affordable home furnishings they offer. One can always find an inexpensive copy of an expensive item. And then, if one digs further, a really cheap version of the knockoff. Most of these places turn that familiar axiom around and manage to achieve the goal of form followed by function. At first glance there’s some pretty good-looking stuff around.
Sometimes the inexpensive copies are made as cheaply as the price suggests. However, if you’re a savvy buyer you can find inexpensive, well-designed accessories to mix in with better-quality items for effect.
I’m not recommending cheap products. I’m simply pointing out that good design prevails and it will be copied, sometimes forever. So, whatever your needs or pocketpost, you can furnish your home or just a nicheto look good, function well, and often last until you can replace it with better quality.
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