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Decorating advice often comes with the assumption that the homeowner has some knowledge or experience with home decor and design. But what if you truly have no idea where to begin? Here are three basic tips to help you get started:

  1. Invest in the essentials. This means a bed, a couch, a dining table. Accessorizing can come later and a truly beautiful room usually takes years of adding items to achieve a layered and lived in look.
  2. Make sure you can take it with you. If this is your first home, there’s a good chance you’ll be moving up sometime in the future. Why spend your money on items that will stay behind like wallpaper or custom window coverings when you can spend it on things that will relocate when you do.
  3. Jazz up the kitchen. Since it’s the heart of the home, if you’re going to do any accessorizing – start there. Plus, the great thing about decorating a kitchen is that you can use everyday items such as bottles of wine, colourful serving bowls and dried goods in glass containers to add personality and warm.