Probably the most important lesson I learned from my interior design internship while still in school is to use authentic materials and not materials that are trying to mimic other more expensive materials. 

Don't fake it. 

If you want granite, then use real granite instead of a man made product pretending to be granite. 

If you want wood, then use real wood instead of laminate or other lesser products trying to pass themselves off as wood. 

Feel free to use lesser price materials that are authentic to themselves, but trying to pass something off as another material is just as bad as owning a knock-off handbag. 

Don't use fake materials when decorating your homephoto courtesy of thadz freeimages.com/photo/574636

It is sad to say, but I am often bored going into different homes. 

Homes tend to all look the same. 

Part of the problem is that they were usually built by production builders who filled them with basic, boring, neutral colored finishes. 

Even though the architecture was originally boring, that does not explain why the contents of the home are also boring and very predictable. 

Let me guess, your walls are still builder beige, your bathroom and kitchen cabinets have no cabinet hardware, you have a beige fabric or brown leather sofa, your dining chairs have white upholstery fabric, you have minimal artwork, white faux wood blinds, and no curtains? 

So, how do we fix this problem and create excitement?

Don't be predictable with your home decoratingphoto courtesy of Emily May flickr.com/photos/emilysnuffer/10270506134

As I said in my last post, I believe that interior design should encompass the entire home environment - both inside and out. 

Your home should be enjoyed as soon as you pull into the driveway, not as soon as you open the front door. 

Since I enjoy the plants and flowers in my garden (please don't judge me by my large collection of weeds), I have decided to document what is blooming at my house today. 

My neighbors had a fabulous display of bluebonnets that have sadly recently gone to seed, so I must find joy elsewhere. 

Here are a few things that are blooming at my house (gardening zone 9a). 

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I believe that interior design does not have to only focus on the interior of a home, but the home as a whole - including the outside. 

Now that Spring is here, we should take advantage of the short period of time we have with beautiful weather and minimal mosquitoes to work on the outside of our homes. 

Here are a few things that I have been up to, and other items on my to do list.

Spring Home Maintenance

If someone you don't know were to look at how your home is decorated right now, what type of person would they assume lives there? 

A young professional or an elderly grandma? 

A broke college student or an intellectual? 

A boring family or a family full of spirit and zest for life? 

A teenager or a mature adult? 

If your home does not accurately reflect who you really are, then it is time for a change. 

Here are a few ways to update your home to have it reflect who you really are.

What Does Your Home Say About You?Interior design by Ashton Woods, photo by Fletcher Design Consultants

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