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The most common home-design mistakes according to the pros

There is never a single answer to questions of design, but put creative minds together and chances are you’ll solve your style conundrums. We’ve assembled a panel of designers and a design blogger to share their secrets, straightforward principles and simple tips

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Robin Lewis: Interior designer at Elephants Limited and a host of Reno vs. Relocate Style: “Purist, solutions-based design.” “The most common one is not calling in a professional. If you have a situation where you need help, you can call in a professional even for something small.”

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Chris Jones: Founder of StyleNorth.ca Style: “Modern maximalist.” “It’s a mistake to decorate based on the status quo. For instance, just because most houses have a living room, that doesn’t mean you have to have a living room if you spend all your time in the den. That’s just a wasted space if you’re not going to use it, so maybe it should be a library or an office or a yoga room. Just make sure you’re going to use the space.”

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Sara Parisotto: Designer and co-owner of Commute Home Style: “A bit of a foot in the past with sights on the future.” “The biggest mistake is probably not making any at all! We learn through our little trips and bumps that quite often can result in some inspiring resolutions. But on a more designy note, the biggest mistake that is often made is the fear to mix up styles or to go with your instinct about what you like.”

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