Photographed by Zeke Ruelas for Get It Together.
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Experiment!
The main takeaway I want people to glean from Get It Together! is that there are really no true rules in design (aside from my rule of keeping your house clean). There's no right way or wrong way to do things. The road to your best, most beautiful home is paved with experimentation. You have to try things out before you know if they'll work or not. Nine times out of ten, you'll end up with a great result. Every once in a while, however, you'll get a FAIL. I wrote a whole chapter in the book called "I'm Ashamed of this Sh***y DIY" that's all about a project I tried that didn't go well.

It's no big deal if you try stuff out and it doesn't work. The magic of design is you can start over and that you learn from your mistakes. I wouldn't be the designer I am today if I hadn't spent my childhood making regrettable design decisions. So go out there. Go forth and experiment! This is the best way to get the house you want!