"I am truly not happy when I look at many areas of my home, but I have no idea what to do or where to start. I want my home to bring me joy!"
Calling in a professional designer will help establish a good foundational plan. Even if you're not hiring the designer to manage your project, a Strategic Design Consolation will give you a timeline, reasonable budgetary expectations, and where to put your money first.
Start with one surface or corner —and get it just right. Each time you pass it, it will spark joy and inspire you to make other areas perfect for you. Get the plan right so you know everything will fit. Then, bring that plan up to become 3D. How do the pieces look vertically in the space? I recommend consultation clients tape out the vertical nature of each piece before committing to purchasing a piece. Start with one room or even surface, and work outwards from there. Take it one step at a time.
TIP: save a little money each month and put it in a separate bank account where you won’t be tempted to touch it for home-related purchases. The amounts of money might be small but eventually they will add up and you can begin to get the items and services you desire.
No matter your budget, a Contented Interior is possible. It just takes creating a plan, then working the plan, one step at a time, until you reach your goal.