From buying fabric online to making the most of your budget, interior designers share their top tips - and tell you what not to do.
"I'd never buy fabric online. You need to feel it, look at the colors, see the scale of a pattern."
"You have to make compromises when you build a house. I wanted antique wide-plan floors for my new home in Nashville, but that was unrealistic for a house this size. I got an end run of commercial wide-plank white oak for $3 a square foot and had someone hand-brush it with a deep stain. That's the closest I could get." -Jeannette Whitson
"Have you ever slept in one of those beds with 60 pillows on it? You need a guidebook to be able to put them back. Good design does not have to be jaw-dropping - it just has to feel good."
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"Enjoy the process! Have fun. And trust your instincts. Once the fear is gone, the fun