I asked Ms Becker to share her best tips for doing up your place, or re-doing it on a small budget. I put as many of them as I could fit into my little column in the Independent on Sunday this weekend, but here they all are in full, plus gratuitous photography from the book to boot - just to make sure you are properly inspired. Over to you Holly...
Be yourself. Don't try to copy what others have done. It's one thing to be inspired, it's another to recreate the look one to one. The goal with decorating is to have fun and make it your own project.
Have confidence in your creative expression. Don't constantly second guess yourself because that can kill creativity. If you want to try something a bit unconventional and you think that you'll love it, then go for it – it's your home.
Put decorating in perspective. It's decorating, not world peace! Seriously, the less stress you put into the process of decorating the more your positive energy and personality will show in the way you've pulled your home together
Shop around your own home before heading to the high street. Go from room to room and list what may work better in another space. Often swapping out curtains, throws, a lamp, some pillows and a few decorative objects can make a huge difference. You may not need to buy anything new at all. Realistically though, we all love something new from time-to-time but shopping at home first helps you to stretch your money – if you can redecorate using what you have then you'll have more money over time to buy that luxury piece you've been after or reupholster the sofa over time. Little purchases add up.
A little paint goes a long way. You can paint a wall, then use what's left over to paint a cabinet, or inside of your closet, or a shelf in the kitchen. Most of us have paint cans lining the storage room that we'll never use again so it's best, while the paint is still fresh and you're still in your painter's pants, to use it immediately and save only a small bit for touch ups later on.
Thanks so much Holly!