We will be buying a new (used, recycled, whatever) home in the next two months. Our old house was barely 1500 square feet, designed by (I am positive) one-eyed hillbillies on a four-day drunk, possessing of almost no storage, and full of home improvement nightmares like "interesting" wiring, layers of suspiciously asbestosy-looking floor tiles and nary a square or plumb wall or corner to be found in the place.
To expedite the sale of the old house (which just closed - yipee!), we moved completely out and into the mother-in-law suite in (love the irony) my mother-in-law's house. . . so other than our clothing and some personal items, the rest of our stuff - furniture, books, art, etc., is in storage.
I have been scouring Houzz design boards and diligently saving photos of gorgeous rooms to my ideabooks but realize I need something a little more comprehensive. I understand that it is impossible to create an interior design for a home I don't even own yet, but I would like to educate myself about interior design so that I can create some type of plan before we move in.
Also, more importantly, we are anticipating purchasing a much larger house with additional storage, so I will have almost twice as much room to work with. I can barely contain my excitement! When we moved out of the old house, I realized that the entire time we were there we just sort of tossed furniture into rooms wherever we could squeeze it, hung paintings wherever they physically fit and stuffed books into and onto every available shelf, mantel and spare horizontal space.
I want to learn how to define my style and how to *think* about a space before I start to fill it. Since I've been collecting info and photos on the most likely suspects for our new home, I feel like I can start making some general decisions about how to go about this process.
So, does anyone have recommendations about some design books written for laypeople that might help me? Or perhaps other websites besides Houzz (as if. . . ) that might give me some direction?
As I read over this I realize I probably sound a little pathological. . . but I get the sense that Houzzers would understand. After all, I guess interior design is where you get to let your control freak flag fly. . .
thanks in advance for any input/assistance/recommendations for appropriate medication :-)