Design your life : 10 tips:
1. Take a trip to Ikea (or if you don't live near one, browse through their website) and purchase inexpensive decorative items that are all one color. Display them on a shelf, a tabletop, or in a glass cabinet.
2. Keep a notebook with you at all times (I love this one). Constantly jot down home decorating ideas, personal style plans, things you love, goals, advice for yourself, wishlists, etc.
3. Keep folders on your computer to look through for inspiration. I use flickr as my main source of images, and I save everything from pictures of beautiful food and table settings to people I find to be extremely fashionable and gorgeous handmade art. There is so much inspiration out there!
4. Design "business" cards for yourself and print them out on card stock (Good on Paper has some beautiful design ideas). These can actually be for your own business (i.e. graphic designer, crafter extraordinaire, baker) or to hand out for your website, zine, or just when you meet new people (list a few great things about yourself with contact info and socialize!) If you don't feel like you can design a great card, there are always Moo Cards, which print out adorable little cards with photographs on them for $20 for 100.
5. Take a ton of photographs. Go on adventures around your city and find little hidden nooks, lettering, brightly-colored signs & flowers, and just things you find to be beautiful. Print out the photos and display them around your home or paste them in your journal.
6. Buy a few new outfits that you can wear a ton of different ways. For me, the perfect things to mix around are scarves (ones that can be used on the head, around the waist, AND around the neck), a simple black dress (I love this slideshow), leggings, a pretty little slip, bright stockings, and a couple different colored camisoles. Always buy things that make you feel confident.
7. Save up money to go to a fabulous place. In the United States, New York and San Francisco are my favorite vacation spots for window shopping, delicious food eating, and taking amazing walks (they are meccas of design), but there are inspiring places all over the world. If you can't afford to take a vacation anytime in the near future, find the simple good things in your town: visit a great bakery, eat scrumptious chocolates with a friend, lay on the grass in a park, have coffee in a friendly cafe, spend time in a bookstore, etc.
8. Paint your walls a new color. Doing this can totally change the mood and feeling of your surroundings. Of course, only choose a color you would love to see everyday (if you live in a rental apartment and are not allowed to paint your walls, this article may help).
9. Learn to bake something beautiful. Some inspiration: Cupcake Bakeshop, The Vibrant Table, Delicious Days, 101 Cookbooks, and Vegan Yum Yum. I find beautiful food to be design perfection.
10. Make your own list of how you personally would like to redesign your life. Write in big bold writing on brightly-colored paper and hang it on your fridge.