You would be able to lovingly call your house as your home only if it is decorated according to your taste. Many people who are artistic give interior designing a go but often don't measure up because they are always bothered about getting it wrong.
On the other hand, if you employ an interior designer for renovation or for designing your new house, then you might not feel too happy about giving a freehand to a stranger in such important decisions. These two interests can be reconciled by making up your mind about what you would like to have and then getting expert help.
Employing an interior designer can be problematic, but keeping a few points in mind can make it much simpler for you. Employ a person who is an established interior designer and has experience and reliability.
Convey your preferences to the designer when you meet him for the first time. A good interior designer will suggest some alternatives to you, which will give you hints about his aptness for the task. Some other factors that can help you decide on your interior designer are client references, samples of past work, experience level etc.
If during the renovation of the house, you choose to handle interior design on your own, then here is how you need to go about it. Firstly, you need to have knowledge about the look you desire for your home. After you have crystallized the basic idea, you can look up trade magazines, the world wide web etc. to select the kind of furniture and other stuff which are needed for your house. Obviously, you will have to keep your budget in mind while doing this. After buying all the necessary articles, you can go about organising them inside the house according to your preferences and requirements.