Welcome to The Decorator Files!
Your source for Affordable Decorating Ideas

Candi Randolph, Design ConsultantHi there! Thanks for stopping by

Do you love to decorate your home? You know...the thrill of the hunt and all that? Or maybe not so much? Either way, you are in good company!

My name is Candi Randolph, and I have worked with clients as a Design Consultant for over 20 years, and the whole process of furnishing and accessorizing  a home is a glorious and exhilarating experience for some, and a walk through the fire for others. For a large group it’s a matter of desire vs. time/budget that throws a monkey wrench into the process.

No worries! You’ll find affordable decorating ideas and advice, with lots of photos to illustrate and provide the visual that is so much a part of decorating and design.

I share my knowledge as a Design Consultant and Home Stager by opening up my 'files' for you, full of simple, easy & most of all affordable decorating ideas for your home.

So why would you spend time on this site as opposed to the huge home decorating websites that are out there?

For me, H-U-G-E is the operative word. Sooooo much information and soooo many ads/pop ups, it can become a labor intensive project to move through a series of images. (I am not a fan of pop ups. You will not find them on this site :)

At DecoratorFiles.com, I search for the best images (many are my own) that showcase the style, color, placement, for whatever our design topic is, and present them to you with my thoughts, suggestions and advice. 

Minimal ads, with a goal of presenting affordable decorating ideas in a simple and clear way, so that everyone can benefit from them. 

Look below any image to see my comments,

then click for a Gallery view!

You'll find a carefully curated selection of home decorating photos to provide inspiration and ideas that are for 'real homes' and 'real folks'. We don't all live in million dollar homes (with budgets to match), and I am really, really good at finding photos and sharing ideas that don't break the bank.

As the owner of a successful Home Staging business I have found many ways to make a home look awesome while not spending a lot of money creating the look. You'll see a number of photos from my staging projects throughout the site...they make great examples!

One of the most important things I have learned over the years is that affordable home decorating doesn't mean cheap or run-of-the-mill (you know, your bedroom set is in about a million other bedrooms). Not at all! As a matter of fact, decorating on a budget can be simple yet elegant, creative and memorable.

More about that in a minute. First, what type of affordable decorating ideas are you searching for?

Does Your Home Need Some Love?

I'll show you how to Refresh & Renew your home so it will be lovable again!

The home interior photos found below (and including the header image) are from a home staging project I did in the historic McGregor Blvd River District in Fort Myers, FL. This home was renovated and updated beautifully, while preserving the home's historic integrity and vibe.

Affordable Decorating Ideas to Style a Space

the Living Room...Where it all happens

the Kitchen...the heart of the home

the Dining Room...Formal or casual

the Home Office...Separate space or multi functional

the Bath...Functional & stylish

the Bedroom...Master, Guest or Multi Purpose space

Special Themes

The Christmas Holidays seem to start earlier every year, don't they?

Find great ideas and photos for your party table, your Christmas Tree, a casual Country Christmas, holiday themed wreathes and much more!


Is there a Log Home in your future? Maybe you are fortunate enough to live in your own lodge, cabin or residence right now.

Learn all about living in and decorating a log home.

Why I Love Wayfair.com...

  • It's my go-to source for personal purchases, clients and home staging inventory
  • All decorating styles
  • Incredible selection
  • Unbeatable pricing
  • Upfront shipping and delivery info
  • Easy return process
  • Read more & see what I buy at Wayfair!

...give Wayfair a try...you'll love it too!

Take your Design Project from
Overwhelming to Exciting...

...inspire, create, refine, live, enjoy!

Your home decorating experience will be more rewarding if there is a process to it, similar to my Decorating Philosophy described above. Whether you are searching for affordable decorating ideas, inexpensive tips and hints, do it yourself projects or just want to find the right pieces for your home and the budget is not an issue, taking the time to organize your thoughts and preferences will pay off in the long run. And, you might save the time and expense of returning the 'poor choices.

Take a moment to reflect on the simple thoughts and steps I developed, shown below. Again, no rocket science, no expensive classes to take, just good advice for approaching your home decorating projects.


Something has to inspire you...give you the initial ‘OH, YES!’ when the light bulb comes on in your head and an inspiration is born.

Photos and images are always a good way to find inspiration. You'll find lots of photos of beautiful spaces among the pages here, accompanied by practical and affordable home decorating ideas.



Begin to create a plan for your ideas that takes form and direction. It might be selecting the perfect color palette for your interior. Or, finding the best furniture arrangement in your living room. I find that those two decisions are particularly difficult for many of my clients. Follow these links to end the mystery!


It would be so simple if the very first plan for a project was perfect the very first time. But it is in reality a process.

The more you can learn about...

...the better you’ll be able to refine your personal decorating style and preferences.

Once you have been inspired to create and refine your budget friendly home decorating ideas, what do you do next?

live, & enjoy the results!

Are you ready to learn more about your decorating style and create a unique home, interior and exterior?

Then, take a few minutes to relax, peruse this site and enjoy learning more about the affordable decorating ideas that will inspire you!

Thanks for stopping in, and hope to see you again soon,


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