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7 Steps to Becoming Your Own Decorator, Step 4: Take Inventory

I'm back with more tips on becoming your own decorator. Unless you have absolutely no furnishings, or the budget of Bill Gates which can afford you to start from scratch, you'll need to take inventory of what you already own.

Want to learn how to take inventory? Then read more.

Before you pull out your credit card, start by shopping in your own home. See what stays and what goes. Now that you've figured it out, keep your design style in mind and be on the lookout for furnishings that just need a little makeover.

That silhouette that's just not your style? Sell it on eBay or donate it to Goodwill. The Venetian mirror you adore? She's a keeper! That hand-me-down dining chair? Paint it in a perky color and do some DIY reupholstery to give it a face-lift. That watercolor in an Ikea frame? Reframe it in something more ornate to make it shine. Go through everything in your home, and see what category it fits into: donate, keep, alter, or toss. It may help to take photos of everything you're keeping or altering so that when it comes time to actually design your space, you'll have a visual reminder of what you own on paper.

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