Inspiration Overload

Design Q&A with contributing writer Patricia O’Dell Shackelford

Q: Inspiration is not a problem for me. I love so many different design styles that I can’t choose just one. How do I narrow down my choices?

— Mary Jo Olinger, Kansas City

A: The very best way to figure out what will work best for you is to keep track of the designs you truly love. There’s the old school way—rip out the pages from design magazines that feature the rooms you feel speak to you and organize them into files. (And Kansas City Spaces magazine gets plenty of use for that, we’ve heard.) Then there’s the 21st century way—Pinterest (and our website) to the rescue. Combine the two and you’ll surely define your taste to a T.

For more design advice from Patricia O’Dell Shackelford, see So Go, Already