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6 Stylists Spill Secrets About Decorating

By Holly Sprott

Don’t Necessarily Run Out and Buy Things

As an interior designer I choose new designs for my clients, but for my own home, I tend to prefer crafty or old stuff. If I buy something, I want to buy only things that stand the test of time. But even better is to buy nothing at all and do-it-yourself! — Suzanna Vento in Dwell Magazine

When You Do Buy, Prioritize Spending

Splurge on pieces that set your home apart from others–on unique pieces, conversation pieces, totally one of a kind pieces. This could be a piece of art or a piece of furniture–but don’t spend a ton of money on something that other people will have–save that for the pieces that will make your home look as interesting as you are. – Emily Henderson on Everygirl

You Have to Try and Maybe Fail

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes; and most importantly, having fun — that’s really what it’s all about. – Sasa Antic on My Scandinavian Home

Mix It Up Versus Stick to One Style

The devil is in the details! Mix different materials and use only objects that you love, not items that you think will “create a style”. A beautiful chandelier can give atmosphere to the entire room. – Joanna Laven on Nordic Design

Find Ways to Stay Inspired

I keep my creativity alive by….constantly trawling through Pinterest and Instagram, I’m addicted! Probably rather predictably for a journalist, I’m also obsessed with magazines, so I have piles and piles of Kinfolk, Cereal, Openhouse, The Gentlewoman, Elle Decoration and Vogue around the house that I can flick through whenever there’s a dull moment. But sometimes there’s nothing better than getting out the house and taking your camera, the city can provide a lot of inspiration. – Cate St. Hill on Branbantia

Incorporate Things You Love & Found

I love bringing the memory home; for years after, we associate that particular trip or outing with the newly acquired beautiful object. Many of my favorite chandeliers are from Europe. Most chandeliers, even antique pieces, disassemble into individual arms. Perfect for suitcase travel. – Karen Roselund on DesignSponge.


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