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DIY Interior Design Process for our Tahoe Vacation Home

DIY Interior Design

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Starting from complete scratch when furnishing a home is overwhelming to say the least, here’s an inside look at how I tackled each room.

As soon as our offer was accepted on our Tahoe Vacation Home, the Tahoe Bear Den, I started on my DIY interior design process.  We had to furnish 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 living areas, a dining room and kitchen – all within the first month of owning the property so we could get it listed for rent for the holidays.  Sounds like a massive task right?

DIY Interior Design Process

  1. Gather photos of each room as it exists today

  2. Decide on the home design vibe with an inspiration board

  3. Curate inspiration photos specifically for each room

  4. Create a Slide deck to put all your ideas in one place

  5. Add images of items you’re envisioning in each room, play around with paint color and wall textures

  6. Select your projects and purchases

Step 1: Gather photos of each room as it exists today

I took the nice wide angled photos from the MLS listing to build my room design on top of.

Step 2: Decide on the home design vibe with an inspiration board

I’d been collecting photos in my Saved folders for a while on Instagram.  I come across them by following some great interior designers. Here are some of my favorite accounts:

I’d been collecting photos in my Saved folders for a while on Instagram.  I come across them by following some great interior designers. Here are some of my favorite accounts:

My inspiration photo collection looked a little like this:

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  • DIY interior design

Step 3: Curate inspiration photos specifically for each room

As you can see, the design aesthetic I landed on was a combination of rustic cabin and modern mountain vibes.  I wanted to incorporate lots of wood, muted colors, and a variety of metals to create a cozy environment.

I pulled photos out of my initial large collection and assigned them to each room.

Step 4: Create a Slide deck to put all your ideas in one place

This is how I stayed organized.  I created one deck for downstairs and one deck for upstairs, had sections for each room to add these final inspiration photos.

Example of the final inspiration for our Queen Room:

Inspiration photos from Studio McGee & Chris Loves Julia

Step 5: Add images of items you’re envisioning in each room, play around with paint color and wall textures

Create a new slide for every look, swapping out products until the room feels just right.

Example of product options for our Queen Room:

Step 6: Select your projects & purchases

Some rooms were tougher than others.  For our upstairs family room I think I cycled through over 30 rugs until I found the one that felt just right.

Our Queen Room landed on this final design:

DIY Interior Design

For live behind the scenes of my DIY interior design with pictures and video of our renovation, follow me on Instagram @babspeaks.

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