Commong home decorating mistakes  (Andrew Olney | Getty Images )

1. Fabric
"I'd never buy fabric online. You need to feel it, look at the colors, see the scale of a pattern." —Stephen Shubel

2. Budgeting
"You have to make compromises when you build a house. I wanted antique wide-plank floors for my new home in Nashville, but that was unrealistic for a house this size. I got an end run of commercial wide-plank white oak for $3 a square foot and had someone hand-brush it with a deep stain. That's the closest I could get."
—Jeannette Whitson

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3. Accessorizing
"Have you ever slept in one of those beds with 60 pillows on it? You need a guidebook to be able to put them back. Good design does not have to be jaw-dropping — it just has to feel good."
—Jim Howard

4. Stress
"Enjoy the process! Have fun. And trust your instincts. Once the fear is gone, the fun begins. If it's not fun, don't do it." —Jeffrey Bilhuber

5. Paint
"An inexpensive paint job doesn't last more than a couple of years, whereas a good paint job can last for 20." —Eric Cohler