When you're redecorating, avoid the common mistake of buying all of your furniture and accessories at once. Instead, spread your purchases out over the following weeks or months. It's easier on your cashflow, and it gives you more time refine your vision for your home.
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Nancy Mitchell writes at Apartment Therapy:
The biggest mistake most first-time decorators makes is: buying too much stuff all at once. It's easy to imagine, when you find yourself in a brand-new, completely empty, apartment or home that you need to fill every nook and cranny right away. But what this results in is a lot of stress -- and often a lot of purchases that you don't really enjoy and will wind up replacing later.
Another advantage of this slow approach to decorating is that it leaves room for serendipity -- if you find something perfect at a vintage store, or on the curb, you can snap it up instantaneously, knowing that there's room for it. And living in your home without a lot of furniture, at first, will help you get to know the space, and understand what it (and you) truly need. Maybe you'll find you can live without a dresser, or a coffee table. Maybe you're fine eating meals sitting on the couch, and you don't really need a dining table.
Remember, you don't need to fill the house up right away. Buy the essentials, and slowly purchase the rest of the furniture as you need them. If you're on a tight budget, consider some of these other tips.
A Mistake All First-Time Decorators Make (and How You Can Avoid It) [Apartment Therapy]