Knowing what you want is just the beginning. You can be the biggest help to yourself if you arrive prepared. This is actually the beginning of the fun part. Take all your ideas with you. Put together a traveling idea kit with pillows, fabric swatches, paint chips, and magazine shots of things you love. This will help you illustrate common designs that appeal to you and coordinate a room. Find your colors and tones and stay within that range. If you are prepared, you can be confident knowing your lifestyle, preferences and personality are part of the decision making process.