Followthese strategies and you'll build yourself a home rather than a house ...
Styling your home doesn't meanall new all the time. A well-executed eclectic home contains layers of personalitems such as heirlooms, treasures from travel and well-loved vintage pieceswith a story to tell.
Don't be too precious aboutadding and subtracting décor items: repositioning or repurposing items canrefresh your space without you having to spend large amounts.
Mel Chesneau from Styled Canvasis a huge fan of vintage items. "They are the perfect way to bring someindividually to a home. To me, the best way to show it off is by teaming it upwith a contemporary lamp or another piece of modern furniture."
It's easy to get trapped intobuying into the latest homeware trends, and with the abundance of low-costproduct splashed across magazines and blogs, we often make knee jerk purchasesfor instant satisfaction.
Making considered purchases,researching products and not filling your space with 'fast' homewares (thinkfast fashion) means that you will have a more sustainable and satisfying space.
Remember that Rome wasn't builtin a day, and making a plan for a well-considered interior avoids a home filledwith meaningless purchases.
Being confident in your ownstyle is much like being comfortable in your own self.
We often associate our homeswith who we are – so relax and enjoy your home, and make changes that suit yourlifestyle and family. It's easy to get wrapped up in thinking about resalevalue, but if your home is loved and lived in this becomes its most valuableasset, no matter how long you intend to live there.
4.Feng Shui your space
Feng Shui is the art andscience of organising your space to maximise positive energy. Originating inancient China, Feng Shui can be applied to modern living - its principlesgravitate around how a space is used, for instance keeping work and livingareas separate, and placement of furniture to allow free and uninhibitedmovement.
Having a tidy, organised homewill result in feelings of calm and relaxation. It's also key to fix brokenitems and discard unused items or anything that evokes unhappy memories.
5.Tackle one room at a time
If you are considering arenovation or a refresh of your décor, tackle one room at a time. Start aproject board and a file for each room to ensure style consistency, butconsider each room as its own entity. Considering the position and function ofa room are the best starting points for a successful design strategy.