You don't need a seven-figure income-or a fairy godmother with decorating skills to rival Nate Berkus-to turn the place where you live into your favorite place to be.
By Candace Braun Davison
Photo: Mel Yates
They Don't Decorate Based on What Looks Good
They Do: Map out how each room should function
Before you decorate, ask yourself what you'll do in the room and where, exactly, you'll be doing these things, recommends Kelly Hoppen, designer and author of How to Achieve the Home of Your Dreams. This is critical for choosing which colors to use (Will you want to be energized or relaxed?), what furniture you'll want and how to arrange it, what storage space you'll need-even what kind of lights to choose. At-home yogis, for example, may want part of the living room clear so they can roll out their mats-and have soft, dimmable lighting overhead while they go into child's pose-while a cook may want bright task lighting and a table in the room so she can dice tomatoes while watching TrueRead More »from Secrets of People Who Love the Homes They Have