Starting a Housing/Idea Filing System

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One of the best tips I can give you all is to continue to cultivate your creativity and stay up-to-date on what the field of interior design has to offer. Start noticing details of rooms and houses that you visit. I would also recommend you sign-up for a couple magazine subscriptions on interior design; House Beautiful, Country Living, Flea Market Style, Elle Décor, Dwell, and House & Home are all great magazines to look through on a regular basis to gain tips and more information about design. From these magazines I would recommend starting a filing system of rooms and houses you really like or “believe to be beautiful.” Here is a link to some adorable filing tabs and below are some categories to help get you started:

House style (exteriors)
Entry Way/Foyer
Living Areas
Dining Areas
Kitchens
Bathrooms
Master Bedrooms
Child Bedrooms
Guest Bedrooms
Windows
Flooring
Paint (colors, techniques)
Accessories (artwork, pillows, books, etc.)

Floor Planner

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Floor Planner

Today I was searching for a free drafting program my students could use for class. In my search for a simple, user friendly, basic floor plan website, I discovered floorplanner.com. This website makes drafting out your floor plans a breeze! I drafted out the floor plan above for my students in about fifteen minutes this afternoon. Try it out, but beware… it’s extremely addicting!