Decorating & Furniture/Interior Decorating


I purchased my dream home about a year ago. I have a very tight (almost non-existent) budget, have no decorating skills - I don't even like decorating at all and am completly overwhelmed. It's to the point where I've become depressed and stressed about it. I gave away most of my old furniture so I have a blank slate. Is there an interior design/decorating software that you would recommend. It would have to be extremely user-friendly. Also, I have a window over my fireplace -  any decorating tips?   Thank you.

Thank you for your feedback. I also thought that you might want to use some sort of elegant looking decals. Here is a website of some examples.
I think you can find stuff at Micheals to.

Rachel Mallon

Dear Monalisa,
 There is an inexpensive program that I use called Sierra Home Architect. I have been using it for about 5 years now and it has become very easy for me to use. If you would like, I can help you decorate by using this porgram. Please see my website for examples that I have done.

For the window over the fireplace I would suggest using a shade that might have a scenery on it. This would give a look of artwork when closed. Here are some examples of what I mean.

Good luck and let me know if you want me to design some rooms for you through the program.

Rachel Mallon  

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