I love the idea of a manifesto for decorating your home – and was inspired by seeing one in an inspiringly unconventional new homes book called Things I Love (£25, Conran Octopus), by the super-successful Australian interiors stylist Megan Morton. Here are highlights from her brilliant list of house-y do's and don'ts…
Extreme makeover Your home should either be underdressed or overdressed. Anything in between can be a yawn.
Paint an entrance Ignore urges to paint one wall a feature colour. Instead, turn your attention to the front door.
Glass act Keep your drinking glasses upside down, preferably on felt. There's nothing worse than a dusty glass of Pinot!
Your face or mine? Never hang a mirror opposite your dining table, unless you like talking to your family in the third person.
Slow grow When personalising your space, start as a purist and let it evolve.
Regrets? I have a few… When you realise you can't afford to renovate, don't pin the architect's "after" picture on your noticeboard.
Pair trade And for my own manifesto? I would add: limit Ikea items to two per room. But also beware the over Habitat-ed, Bo Concept-ed or Dwell-ed space, which will look just as catalogue-y.
Walk this way I'd also champion questionable over safe, and that a room should always display something odd, even "bad taste" to swerve blandness: I have Victorian doll-heads that look like dead babies housed in Perspex boxes on a shelf, next to a trio of Run DMC figurines. Why not? Kate Burt
Find Kate's blog on affordable interiors at yourhomeislovely.com