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“How To Get The Look” part 3

What is a 
“Swoon Room”?
definition of a swoon room –
Gotta have it, gotta get it NOW!
and here’s how, part 3
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If you have been following this series

( the decorating equivalent to painting by numbers)

you now have:

  (1) chosen your “swoon room” inspiration photo 

(2) have analyzed the picture to find out why you like this room 
and what it would take to re-create in your own house.

 (If you missed either of these post,  you can scroll down to find them)

Now comes the fun part!

 (3) How to determine the pieces you need!  

 you must :
1. Lay out your room on graph paper.
  Measure the length and width of your room.   Remember the graph paper I told you to get? Using the measurements of your room draw them on the grid paper.   If you get 1/4″ = 1′ graph paper, you can get the size pretty exact.   This immediately show the shape of the room and the sizes of all the walls.  (Yeah, I know you are saying I know which walls are bigger than others.  Well, this may be true but just for the sake of seeing the room as a clean slate, just do it!  Ok?
This will allow you to adjust the “swoon room” pic to your room. 


2. Determine the size and kind of furniture you need and make a shopping list!

Next you will determine the sizes of the pieces of furniture you need based on your wall measurements.  You can cut out various sizes of sofas, chairs, etc  out of another sheet of  grid paper and label put on your floor plan.  Arrange and rearrange until you find the layout you want.  The nice part of  this little exercise is, it allows you to work with the furniture without lifting a finger!   This  also helps to determine if a piece too large or small, as well as show space for traffic paths.  Since you aren’t a designer, and may be inexperienced this method is not full proof, but it does help to show space.  Next get your tape measure and measure the amt. of space between the pieces.  You can use painter’s tape to block out the size of furniture pieces on your  floor.   In order to create volume you can fill in the taped areas with newspaper.   Once you have found the furniture placement you like, make a list of the pieces you need to purchase.   Now you have your list of furniture, so next we will shop for the pieces….

Next post of this series will be shopping for the furniture.  I’ll give you some insider tips on this!
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