Sorry, if you've come here looking for tips to save money. This post is actually a brag about the joys of being a writer.
In the real world, home design requires money and muscle, not to mention talent and skills. But when you're writing a book, you're like a set designer. You can have everything you dream of. Money, effort and time are irrelevant.
So I've gotten into the habit of following a few blogs for ideas. These include Home Designing and the tinyhouseblog.com . Plus, as I scroll through Tumblr, I like or reblog photos that appeal to me. (You can see them here).
The result is a cloud of ideas that make setting the scene a pleasure -- and sometimes a great excuse to look at yet more pretty pictures.