ONE Don’t rush into anything – live in the house for a little while to work out what feels right.
TWO Take inspiration from the experts on Instagram.
THREE Work out your colour palette and build from there.
FOUR Wait until children are old enough before investing in special pieces like couches. I’m desperate to buy a Barnaby Lane Smith chair – but it will have to wait!
FIVE Ikea built-ins with a bulkhead look as though they were made for the room.
BEDROOM Blue for blokes A patchwork-style quilt from Adairs is a focal point of the boys’ room.