Dream home decorating and interior design isn't about huge, luxury mansions. It's about homes with a heart. It's about the
And once you get the basics right, everything else is easy! So come on in, and learn from a London-based designer ...
My name is Renate; I grew up in Germany and the USA and earned my BA (Hons) in Design at the University of the Arts in London, UK. And I've seen - over and over - that the freshest, most exciting design ideas pop out of nowhere when you drastically limit your choices. Limitations boost our creativity!
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You'll know right away if what you're looking for is on this site, and where to find it.
So it doesn't matter whether you're decorating a tiny apartment or a princely mansion. You can turn any home, big or small, into your dream home ...
... as long as you know which design elements to focus on, and which ones to leave out.
♦ But how do you know what's essential and what isn't?
♦ Even more important, how do you know what you like - home decorating styles, colors, materials, patterns?
That's where this site comes in. You'll find original pictures of distinct styles, how-to instructions, and a large section about choosing color schemes (I can't stress enough how important colors are!) Most of all, you'll find ...
... countless ways to give your home that unique, special touch.
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Where would you like to start? Here are a few ideas:
Browse through Great Color Combinations to find the best ones for your home.
Learn how to combine Interior Design Colors to create room color schemes that really work.
Choosing Paint color can be daunting, but if you stick to a few rules, success is almost guaranteed!
Check out the 'Overview' page about Room Color Schemes - almost everyone has the same questions about home decorating with color. And if you would like to ask your own Color Questions (either about Exterior or Interior color schemes), you're most welcome to do so!
In Europe, we have a great variety of Interior Design Styles.
We love mixing urban chic with Country Decorating Ideas and elegant, Old World decorating elements.
Tuscan Decorating is similar to French interior decor in that it's mostly done in humble materials and shapes, and yet you'll find lots of elegant Italian Renaissance art & design references in Tuscan homes!
Small Kitchen Design is an art, particularly if you're remodeling your kitchen on a budget.
You'll find plenty of inspiration for French Country Kitchen Design in these pages, as well as ideas to help you create the look of French country kitchens.
Tuscan Kitchen Design is less known internationally (and often confused with French country kitchen decor), but our readers have shared some lovely (and pretty authentic) Tuscan-style kitchen makeovers on this site - as well as several other great looking kitchen remodels.
Bedroom Interior Design can give you a soothing sanctuary, a seductive boudoir, a minimalist haven, the ultimate dream space - decorating choices are endless!
Even though you'll spend most of your hours here with eyes closed, you should use the effects of Bedroom Decorating Colors to develop a bedroom color scheme that looks & feels perfect for you.
Get inspired by French Bedroom Design, especially the gorgeous mix of modern and rustic decor you'll find in many Provençal bedrooms. Or, create a traditional-looking Tuscan Style Bedroom for dreamy, authentic Mediterranean flavor.
Generally, Country Style Bedroom Furniture will open a treasure trove of home decorating options, from rough-hewn to elegant handcrafted bedroom decorating pieces.
In the current trend towards smaller, more colorful bathrooms, the page about French Country Bathrooms shows a series of fanciful, fun and elegant spaces very unlike your average, white-on-white cleaning lab. And what's nice - the look is quite easy to copy!
The Living Room Ideas on this site range all the way from rustic cabin interiors to buying tips for area rugs.
Of course, Country Style Living Room Furniture deserves a special mention here for its versatility and comfort!
Beyond furniture and accessories, Living Room Color Schemes can make or break a room - this topic is always worth your careful consideration.
The Color Wheel Chart is a much-used tool for picking decorating color combinations - learn what it can, and cannot, do.
When you understand the basics of Color Psychology, you'll find it easier to choose the 'right' home decorating colors for your rooms.
European Window Treatment Ideas can be superbly colorful, with painted shutters and lavishly planted windowboxes.
From drab to fab: Many readers have sent in photos and stories of their makeover projects.
The Christmas Decorating Ideas on this site are a totally crafty affair. (A number of them were featured in a recent book, The Ultimate Christmas, by HCI, publishers of the legendary Chicken Soup series).
Create simple decorating items like Christmas tree crafts and table decorations, and try out some homemade gift ideas, too (including my Mom's scrumptious rum balls recipe).
If you're not the crafting kind, you could always check out my GIFT SHOP for some personalized, monogrammed pressies!
And for a dose of Christmas nostalgia, here's my account of Christmas Traditions in Germany - starting with home decorating in Advent, it covers all the things that can make Christmas a time of wonder and magic for children everywhere.
Frugal living and thrifty home decorating is the order of the day for many people right now. So you'll find a large collection of ideas and shortcuts to frugal home decorating in the section about Cheap Home Decor.
Clutter is another big issue for almost everyone I know. I've sketched out a Daily De-Clutter Routine that works really well and has garnered some rave reviews.
Home decorating books - which ones really deliver more than pretty pictures and some fluffy copy? Check out my Interior Decorating Book list for suggestions. (Oh, and do get my Free E-Book about Neutral Color Schemes whilst you're at it.)