Don't Rush & Don't Settle: Advice on Finding What You Love

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We live in a culture of immediacy. We want things finished, perfect and now. But sometimes the best things come when you wait. And the best homes are definitely ones where no one settles for less than what they want. As usual, we've got our round up of the best home tours from this week along with great advice on creating authentic homes from real-life folks.

Do it in stages

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"Don’t decorate all at once, do it in stages, that way you can think through each room and not rush. Find what you love, don’t settle."

— From Meg & Joe's "In Full Bloom" House Tour

Keep it moving

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"Don’t be afraid to keep moving things around. If it isn’t nailed down it can always shift. I am constantly building little still lives and taking them apart. It’s the easiest way to make your space feel new without having to spend money or move."

— From Jamie's Eclectic Sensibility

Don't rush

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Don't rush to decorate your space all at once — pick up different pieces that you really love.

— From Meg's Classic Glamor Apartment

Purchase quality

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"Even if it seems well over your budget, sometimes it’s best to purchase quality pieces of furniture that will last a lifetime. Just because you don’t own a place does not mean you shouldn’t make it yours. A living space should reflect the level of comfort you desire, in addition to making a personal statement about who you are."

— From Nick & Spiro's City Farmhouse

Display proudly

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"Buy the best designs you can afford, and use them proudly."

— From Joshua's Usonian Retreat: The L.H. Hamilton House

It comes with time

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"To always make sure your place has a good base, a lot of light, nice floors for example. This is not something you can easily change. And the rest comes with time. It is not necessary to always shop at Ikea or the high end design store downtown, there are tons of other options like Craigslist, flea markets etc., there is nothing a coat of fresh paint can't do..."

— From Sibylle's Flea Market Style in Berlin

(Image credits: Carolyn Purnell; Bethany Nauert; Kim Lucian; Arthur Garcia-Clemente; Joshua Drew and Charles Hinderliter; Sibylle Roessler)

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Adrienne photographs beautiful homes in and around her home base of Austin, Texas. She's a contributor to UPPERCASE Magazine and spends all her free time exploring small town Texas. She watches a lot of Star Trek.

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