Get ideas and inspiration from websites and magazines and keep them in a binder. You can also place fabric and color samples in it. When you go shopping take it with you to make it easier to match colors and materials or find pieces of furniture or accessories
Always purchase the best your budget can afford. Sometimes you see an item that is within your budget, but poorly made. How long will it last before you have to replace it? Keep in mind that this is an investment and you don’t want to have to replace items every year due to poor craftsmanship. Shop salvage yards or flea markets. Antique and older pieces are made better and have lasted all these years. You can have a piece re-upholstered in your favorite fabric with the money you saved buying used.
Take your time when making decorating decisions. The results will be better than if you rushed to get it finished. Rome wasn’t built in a day. And those TV shows take a lot longer than an hour to complete those ‘fast’ rooms.
*all images from Elle Decor