While pulling together this list, I was reminded that it's not always the guy who gets the honey-do list. In this day and age, we're all pitching in to get things done. Just know that these are guidelines and there are always exceptions to the rules and that this article is written for both males and females as a guide for all honeys NOT to do the following:
"Scatter things around so it looks like we have something" technique - Scattering your belongings all around the house only creates a sparse and unfinished look. And half finished is just that - half finished. What's more important is having finished rooms that give you a sense of accomplishment and provide the will to carry-on with the rest of the house, one room at a time, without becoming overwhelmed. Finish each room completely. It's much more satisfying.
Hanging art as if everyone is 6'3" - Oftentimes, homeowners don't know where or how to place their art. If you hang it too high, you're either implying that the artist is over 6 foot or that he painted with his arm extended over his head. Art should be placed at eye level, the level in which the artist created his masterpiece. So, you ask, 'what if the artist is over 6 feet'. Doesn't matter. The average person is between 5'7" and 5'9" and they need to see the art as the average sized artist would have seen it, for the most part anyway.
Hanging art in the middle of the wall / trying to fill a void - Have you ever put a piece of art in the middle of the wall because you thought you needed to fill a void? Or you were brought up to believe that's the only place it should go? It's best to place your art in the scene you are creating, usually in close proximity to a furniture grouping. Be daring and lean them against a wall on top of a piece of furniture for a more casual look or behind an object, which is my next point...
Placing the "sit-upons" incorrectly ("sit-upons" is another fancy name for accessories since they always sit upon something; I 'learnt' that from the folks down south just recently). Think in layers. Putting your sit-upons side-by-each, all in a line, is boring. Tuck things closer to each other. Stagger and stack pieces. It's called hide-n-go seek art and it creates an environment that stimulates the mind and creates a sense of curiosity, making the room more intriguing.
Choosing colors anywhere but the space in which they were intended - This is a very costly mistake, one that will haunt you until you repaint. Always bring the color swatches home from the paint store and view them in the room where they will be applied. Also, view the swatch at different times of the day and watch as it changes. Choose the color that best represents the color you want during the time of day that you will spend the most time in. If you like how it looks in the evening and evening is when you use that room the most, it's a good choice.
DIYing it when you clearly don't have a handyman-bone in your body - The first thing any DIYer should take into account when considering a new project is that it will probably take twice as much time and three times as much money as you thought. Or maybe it's three times as long and twice as much money. It's okay to ask for help.
Setting the Dining Room table at all times - While we might believe that we have the most beautiful china around, it's best to display it in a cabinet where it can remain safe and sound and dust-free, not on the dining room table awaiting the next dinner guests that may not come for another 6 months. Who wants a pretentious, stodgy, contrived home anyway? Now what I'm talking about is different than an orderly home, where the homeowners have succeeded in creating workable storage solutions. Everything you display in your home should have a rhyme and reason as much as possible, creating a natural environment. If it's a true l'objet (piece of art, not necessarily the company with that name), give it a unique home, a piece that displays art properly. Again, rhyme and reason.
That's all for now. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks of the trade. Until then...