Dreaming of a House? Buy What You Love Now

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For all you wanna-be homeowners, as you're collecting your home inspirations and dreaming of the future, the best thing you can do now (besides save up some clams), is to buy what you love.

We had this truism beaten over our heads when we read Elizabeth Mayhew's Flip! For Decorating. And we've found it to be the one thing that gets out of design paralysis &mdash you know, design paralysis, when you can't decide between a streamlined platform bed or a curved metal spindle bed and you think the world turns on your decision.

We believe that no matter what style of house you find in 5-10 years, you should still enjoy beautiful things now. If you can afford a bed frame right now, and are just holding back on principle, then we say, life is too short! Don't wait a decade to buy a bed frame.

The bottom line is that you should buy what you love, and if you are listening to your gut, you will still love it in five years and you will find a way to make it work &mdash whether you end up in a Craftsman bungalow or a mid-century modern home.

Don't believe me? Just remember, being eclectic is in right now, and even if matchy-matchy comes back to the fore again, the things you love will naturally have some similarities.

Image: Joshua McHugh for House Beautiful

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