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Four years ago, I was a new mom, in a new house, in a new town with a husband about to deploy. I was craving a creative outlet, a place where I could document the progress of the new house. I started a little something called a decorating blog. I never expected anyone other than my mom to read it.
I would have never guessed that not only are people reading my little decorating blog, but they are looking to it as inspiration for decorating their own home. They appreciated that I wasn't held back by rental living. I was embracing it. I received daily emails from readers asking for decorating advice and encouragement. Really?! From me? But I'm not a professional decorator! I'm just a regular mom. I don't even know the decorating rules (I'm probably breaking some). How could I give them advice on decorating?
But, I've realized there are so many others out there that are just like me: normal women, who struggle creating a home that fits their family. I created Don't Wait, Decorate for you. The women who don't need a magazine-worthy home, but a real home that is just as beautiful as the people who live in it. In Don't Wait, Decorate I've shared my best decorating tips and ideas, my real life experiences, plus pages full of encouragement including before and after photos. It's the eBook that will help you decorate a home you love, once and for all.
"Chelsea's new book, "Don't Wait Decorate" inspired me to take a new approach to decorating. Her refreshing perspective encourages me to create a beautiful home for my family to make memories in, rather than just decorate a house. Her journey with decorating is very relatable, and her advice and wisdom on how to decorate on a budget
- April, House By Hoff
If you are like me, decorating doesn't come easy. It's confusing and overwhelming. I spent years in limbo, afraid I would mess it up or waste money. Figuring out color palette, where to buy quality items, and what to put on the walls had me paralyzed with fear. There is just so much that goes into decorating a space, it felt impossible for regular
What if you could skip the frustration and squash the fear, and get straight to creating a home you love?
My goal with Don't Wait, Decorate isn't to share a bunch of my own personal decorating ideas and advice, but to provide tools so that anybody who wants a beautiful home, can create it on their own. Don't Wait, Decorate is a complete decorating guide that will give you a firm foundation so you feel comfortable taking on any decorating challenge that comes your way.
Not only will Don't
You can make a home you love, right now.
What's inside Don't Wait, Decorate!? 18 chapters unwrapping the complete decorating process.
Part 1 - Don’t Wait, Decorate! The Philosophy Chapter 1: Why Decorate
Chapter 2: My Decorating Journey
Chapter 3: Lies We Tell Ourselves About Decorating
Chapter 4: Don’t Wait, Decorate!
Chapter 5: What is a Well-Decorated Home Anyway?
Part 2 - Getting Started
Chapter 6: Four Steps to Begin Decorating Your Home, Today!
Part 3 - All About Decorating Style
Chapter 7: How to Discover Your Decorating Style Chapter 8: Mainstream Decorating Styles - Defined
Chapter 9: My Style Story - Discovering Style
Chapter 10: The Importance of Inspiration
Chapter 11: Sticking With Your Decorating Style
Part 4 - The Decorating Process
Chapter 12: Designing Your Perfect Space
Part 5 - Decorating With Details
Chapter 13: Decorating With Furniture
Chapter 14: Decorating With Patterns and Textures Chapter 15: Decorating With Wall Art
Chapter 16: Decorating With Memories
Part 6 - Decorating on a Budget
Chapter 17: Decorating on a Budget
Part 7 - Continuing The Journey
Chapter 18: How to Get Out of a Decorating Rut
Chelsea does such a beautiful job of weaving her own decorating story in with practical tips and ideas for creating a home that is perfectly you, and she tops it off with words of encouragement that are truly inspiring. Reading Don't Wait, Decorate reenergized me and got me excited to start thinking about my personal style and decorating choices again, providing a roadmap to help me make a home that my family and I love.
- Abby, Just a Girl and Her Blog
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Hey! I'm Chelsea! I'm the accidental decorator behind Making Home Base, where I write about decorating, DIY projects, and other creative ideas. For years, I struggled with finding my signature decorating style, giving up plenty of times along the way. When I started shifting my focus away from the house itself and onto my family, everything changed. Now, I love encouraging others to decorate for their people not for the house.
I'm a wife to my husband, Matt, and mama to my two adorable girls. As a military family we move a lot so we're always up for an adventure. We're currently stationed in beautiful Jacksonville, Florida where we enjoy park days, going to the beach, sipping a lot of sweet tea.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I think we can all relate to Chelsea's story of how she started out in the beginning with a blank slate house and wondering where to start. We've all done the buy-whatever-for-now-and-change-later thing which costs more money in the long run. Chelsea has broken down all her past mistakes and honed in on what she really needed to do to make her home truly one of a kind, on a budget, in whatever house she's lived in. That is huge! I agree with Chelsea that anyone can decorate their home to make it as unique as they are but it can still be daunting to know where to start. She really breaks down the process and walks through each step with you even offering no-fail solutions. I would definitely recommend this book!
- Jamie, So Much Better With Age
I totally get that. I don't take it lightly that you are considering investing your money in my product. That means a lot. The reality is, you can't afford not to buy this book. Decorating the wrong way is expensive. The price you pay to decorate, then decorate again, and again when you aren't getting it right will cost you way more than $18 in the long run. With Don't Wait, Decorate, you'll learn your signature decorating style so you can get it right once and for all. Instead of redecorating over and over you'll be able to spend that money adding layers to your already beautiful decor. The book also provides loads of helpful information on how to decorate on a budget so you can save money while you decorate a home you love!
Absolutely! My goal with this book is to emphasis that you can decorate any space, right now. With practical tips and sound tools, I walk you through the decorating process so you are ready to tackle any space.
I do a pretty good job decorating my house already, I just need some fresh ideas. Will this help me?
“Chelsea has done a phenomenal job of teaching you how to let go of your decorating fears and then learning to embrace your own unique style in your home. Her motto, “Decorate for your people,” is spot-on. She shows you that decorating doesn’t mean your house has to look like it stepped out of a magazine, but that is should be a reflection of you. She walks you through the process of discovering your own style, and then teaches you how to implement that style into your home step-by-step. This is a must-read for anyone who thinks they can’t decorate their home themselves or who is stuck in a rut and can’t find their style.”
- Jenna, Rain on a Tin Roof
"This is the type of book I wish I had when I was struggling with my own decorating journey! Chelsea shares approachable and doable steps that literally anyone can do, even if you think "I don’t know how to decorate". However, the truly wonderful thing about this book is the reminder that home is more than four walls and a roof, and even if you think you’re house isn't "perfect" that you can still make it a beautiful home for you and your family!"
- Linda, The Home I Create
No! It's a very quick read and it's broken up into short chapters with action steps. You get each step in bite size chunks making it easy to implement. Plus, it's a decorating book so pictures! :)
I live in a rental, can this book really help me?
Yes! While I do use my personal decorating journey as an example in the book, Don't Wait, Decorate does not focus heavily on decorating advice. The heart of the book is about you discovering your signature style and implementing it in a way that is perfect for you and your family.
I don't really have a lot of time. Will this book take a long time to read/implement?
My decorating style is different than yours, can this book still help me?
Yes! While the book's main message is creating a home you love for the people you love, much of that is actual implementation of your decorating style. I introduce fresh ideas that I've used in my own home (some of them never seen before), while also suggesting ways to come up with your own fresh ideas!
I have another question.
I'm on a tight budget, can't I find this information for free?
Great! I have an answer (I hope)! Email me chelsea [at] makinghomebase.com I will do my best to answer whatever questions you may have.
eBook + Workbook
18 Chapters - 93 pages of step-by-step decorating guidance and encouragement with examples from my own real life decorating journey.
15-page workbook to help guide your decorating process. It includes the Find Your Signature Style Guide, a decluttering worksheet, design planning sheets, timelines, and more.
The Encouraging Guide to Decorating
Don't Wait, Decorate!