Home from camp and ready to dig in.
I am sure we have all been working on a project (bedroom, bath, kids room....etc.) and while out and about we run into super cute pillows or a lamp or some great furniture and we wonder if it will work in our room. No one wants to spend time or $ on items that won't work in the space so we either pass it up or purchase with risk.
I suggest carrying a color card. You can go as elaborate or as simple as you like. Lets start with simple...stop by the paint counter where you purchased your paint and pick up a color strip with your wall color on it. These color samples include the range of light to dark and they are perfect for finding coordinating items. You can also grab a few cards in the colors of your furniture or fireplace rock....whatever you need to work with. Jot down your room and window dimensions on the back and tuck it into your wallet. The next time you are out and you see some great drapes on clearance you can know for sure they are the right shade and size.
If you are doing a major project like a new home or a big remodel....carry a small picture album with notes, pictures from magazines, paint samples, fabric ideas, room dimensions, and furniture wish list......its all in one place and easy to tote around.