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Pocket Decorator

Martha Stewart Living, September 2006

How will you know whether the love seat you adore will match the paint and curtains at home? If you have a decorator's folder, it's as simple as checking your swatches. A small accordion file (available at office-supply stores) has a space for each room; tuck fabric, paint, and carpet samples inside, and a list of room and door dimensions. Look for a folder that's compact enough to fit in your purse or glove compartment.

Comments (14)

  • britania70 22 May, 2010

    I think its great, I' using it since I was 20 years old (40 now), I keep alla my bills and personal letters

  • janeclare 16 May, 2010

    This got me to thinking. For us knitters who have way too much stash and never have what we need when we are out shopping, keep a record of the type of yarn (baby, cotten, etc., and a small clipping and how many yards you have on hand. If searching for more of the same don't forget your dye lot..

  • DuaneLinda 15 May, 2010

    I use one to put warranties in. If I need one, I just go to the letter P, for Proctor Gamble, for instance. That way, I have them all in one place.

  • paminfo 15 May, 2010

    When we bought a A Frame and began the remodeling process one of my friends did a similiar project only with a 3 ring binder....I carried that notebook everywhere for months....but it was such a lifesaver in choosing things for our new home. Since she was a artist she reproduced the room photos and drew things that would fit and colors I could was wonderful.

  • lisaemc2 15 May, 2010

    I love those things. I use them to organize my coupons. I'm always forgetting exactly what I came in for at the bead shop so I bring the necklace I'm working on along w/ what I'm out of. The larger ones are great for transporting photos

  • lisaemc2 15 May, 2010

    I love those things. I use them to organize my coupons. I'm always forgetting what I came in to get in the bead

  • jperkinscc 15 May, 2010

    I've used a small day-planner with a zip closure for many years. It zips closed. I have a page or two for each room with paint chips, wall paper samples, fabric samples and photos.

  • facarman 10 May, 2010

    I take photos of areas I want to change or add to It helps to show a merchant what you have to work with. I've gotten alot of help with landscaping that way.

  • CecileFrance 26 May, 2009

    Very good idea ! I've used a similar tip for my car's papers you've given last week. Very practical !

  • fancycat49 25 May, 2009

    Excellent idea -- now why didn't I think of it myself? Will definitely put this into action. Thanks, Martha!

  • Mfosterjeweler 25 May, 2009

    Great idea

  • rlhrlh 2 Mar, 2008

    We are moving to a new house and I've created one of these with swatches of the siding, hard wood floor, vinyl flooring, shutters, and tile backsplashes.

  • nanakat 23 Feb, 2008

    Great idea. Keeping it in the car makes it handy when shopping. Expandable folders are terrific. I keep one for a rental property with pictures of each room so I can instantly tell if there is damage before returning a security deposit. One houses all my insurance policies. The list is endless. Thanks for great ideas. K. Hartman

  • msmuddy 21 Feb, 2008

    This is a great idea! I add the dimensions of the windows for drapes or shades and a photo of the room. A portable, plastic file box is handy for holding samples such as tile, wood samples, etc.