Getting Started with Your DIY Design Journal

Getting Started with your DIY Design Journal

Ok, so you've purchased your DIY Design Journal, saved it to your computer, printed it and maybe even started customizing it. What's next?


“Success depends upon previous preparation.”
― Confucius

Professional interior designers begin every new project by asking their clients lots of questions. They want to understand how the space will be used and what the goals of the client are, before they ever begin looking for furniture, fabrics, colors, etc. This initial phase of a new design project is called the programming or pre-design phase. This step is vital to producing a design that is not just beautiful, but also functional. After all, there's no point in having a beautiful living room if it doesn't meet the specific needs of your family and your lifestyle.

To help guide you through this programming phase for your own redecorating projects, every DIY Design Journal begins with a variety of exploratory questions that are designed to help you get to the why of your next home redecorating project. You'll start by describing the space or room you're redecorating and noting what you like most and least about the space. 

Then you'll dig a little deeper and start thinking about how you'll use this space and how your decorating can help meet those functional goals. Ultimately, you'll wrap up this programming phase of your project with a Mission Statement and a list of Design Goals that will direct your design strategy moving forward.

This is important. Research shows that when we write down our goals, we have much greater odds of accomplishing them. Maybe you've written out a 5-year plan. Maybe you write daily to-do lists. Instead of dreaming about a lovely home design, write down your decorating and design ideas so you can make them a reality.


Our DIY Design Journals and our FREE Mini Decorating and Design Guides can help with your design and decorating goals. Why not give them a try today?


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