Make the Major Magic Finally Happen

Make the Major Magic Finally Happen

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Dabney Frake
Oct 17, 2015
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Today's topic: Now’s the time to make and/or buy all the things, then put all the major elements of your room in place.
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This is the point where you do all the things you’ve planned and buy all the things you’ve had your eye on. If you are painting, set aside a weekend and get it done. Wallpaper your room, order the sofa, and install the new lighting. There’s no schedule, so do everything according to your own deadlines or time table. Just find a way to keep motivated so you see the fruits of all your labor.

Step #1: Set Your Own Timetable

This isn’t a sprint (unless you want things picture perfect for an upcoming visit from the in-laws for exmaple). But don’t let anything sway you from being thoughtful about this whole process. You can change your mind about certain things at any time. Just know that the slower you go, the more substitutions you’ll have to make as stuff leaves the shelves. You can always find others, but if you are dead set on some wallpaper, or a particular sofa, go ahead and pull the trigger, or as soon as you can afford it.

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Step #2: Try Things Out

Test paint colors on the walls and look at it during different times of the day. Buy stuff and return it if you find it doesn’t work. If you are good with space, sometimes it helps to actually be in the room with the object to know if it will work. You might even find that your floorplan just isn't working once you put all the furniture in place. It might need you to move everything around until it feels better.

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Step #3: Anticipate Glitches

The table you had your heart set on is no longer in stock. Or, the chandelier you purchased is too large for the space. Don’t worry. Again, there’s no ONE right thing for your room. Go back to you research and see what else fits the bill. You might find you end up liking your second choice better. Life is totally funny like that.

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Step #4: Stick To the Core of Your Design Plan

Even as you are flexible, stick to the non-negotiable elements of your plan (versus buying the first side table you see on sale). If you are unsure at any point, just refer to your room dimensions, chosen color scheme, and your anchor item, and everything will stay on track. You won't find yourself with a nautical-themed poster in your Classic Glam living room.

Next Lesson: Just when you thought you were done, you’ve got one thing left to do. But it’s a crucial thing.

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