What are the secrets behind the homes of the folks featured in Apartment Therapy Tours — homes that are always welcoming, comfortable and invigorating? We got inspired by the great advice shared by folks with real homes this week. And we've put the best bits here to peruse, bookmark, absorb and enjoy.
Look at and live in
"Design and decorate your space to be lived in rather than simply looked at."
Keep it simple (and be patient)
Keep it simple and surround yourself with things you love. Be patient. I think it takes a lifetime to get it just right.
Focus on function
Remember to focus on the function of the space you are working with. Let the space itself dictate what you do with it rather than the items you want to cram into it.
Practical: Bring in professionals when the budget allows
Hire professionals for the biggest expenses as your budget allows; that way the construction will stand the test of time.
Practical: Always Assume More
When you're estimating how long a project will take, add 40% to your best guess, and recognize ahead of time that you're going to need to make at least one extra trip to the hardware store.
Find more great advice to steal for your home in all of our excellent tours.