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It's not just a matter of building or renovating a house: it still needs to be "dressed"... You can choose to work with an interior designer, who will certainly be able to guide you and add a je ne sais quoi to your space. But you don't necessarily need the input of a pro to spruce up your house with style.
Just as you sometimes fancy changing your wardrobe, you might get tired of the decoration of your home. However, it's best to avoid rushing into things and taking radical decisions, like getting rid of your whole lounge in one fell swoop. You can give your home a makeover with a limited amount of effort, without spending a small fortune and without needing to chuck out your family heirlooms.
Why not add the odd ethnic touch, for example? A few carefully thought-out decorative references, a small Chinese piece here, an Indonesian chest of drawers there, rearranging your old furniture to highlight the newcomers, and Bob's your uncle!
These days, you don't need to travel to the other side of the world to soak up the atmosphere of far-off lands: you can travel around the world in a day, by just popping into a few carefully selected home interior stores.
Local shops are stocking an increasing amount of furniture and objects from exotic countries, so now it's easy to find wonderful Moroccan lamps and other objets d'art from the region, which can be incorporated into the design of your home to set you dreaming...
You'll find plenty of other interesting ideas if you keep your eyes peeled: keep an eye out for original interiors or striking accessories, either in decorating shops, at friends' houses or in specialist magazines.
How should you convert your attic? What bold colour combinations work well together without clashing? How can you restore the shine to that pretty desk in the hall? You'll find lots of answers to your questions in the magazine Déco Idées, which also publishes regular special issues (such as the "good addresses" issue). Through its pages, you can sneak into magnificent hotels and private homes, selected for their particular character. At the end of each article, you will find three design ideas for you to try in your home. Sometimes, famous personalities open their doors for an "interior portrait". Déco Idées also contains practical advice, environmentally friendly tips and materials, reviews of interior design books, the latest addresses to check out - in short, everything you need to know to (re)decorate with style and originality.