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Introducing Ditto DIY {Inspired Design for the Rest of Us}

Introducing Ditto DIY {Inspired Design for the Rest of Us}

Happy Monday to you! I have a very new fun monthly DIY series to introduce to you today I think you are really going to enjoy! I know I am super excited about this!!

I just got back from the SNAP conference where I spoke on a panel with my BFF’s and amazingly talented ladies, Kate from Centsational Girl and Mandi from Vintage Revivals. I adore them both for so many reasons.

Our session was on bloggers working with brands, but you all probably know those girls can whip out amazing jaw dropping DIY projects in their sleep. RIGHT? How do they do that? Honestly, I stand in awe at their DIY brilliance and skill. Literally. I stand frozen. Jaw on the floor.

And that is why I’m excited about this new monthly DIY series “for the rest of us.”

What I love about decorating is figuring out how to be inspired by something I love and make it work for my house on my budget, with my limited DIY skills. The DIY part is my biggest weakness.

You know how you look at a blog or a home decorating magazine or watch a design show on HGTV and wish you could make your own rooms look that good? Design is not always about expertise or even an unlimited budget, but more about taking inspiration and making it work for your own space.

That is the philosophy behind this new monthly series called Ditto DiY.

Once a month, beginning in May, nine very different bloggers will attempt to recreate in their own homes a project or design element inspired by a photo selected by my amazing designing friend Darlene Weir of Fieldstone Hill Design.

Introducing Ditto DIY {Inspired Design for the Rest of Us}

I think if I had to give my home’s style a name, I would narrow it down to eclectic northwest coastal style, which I suppose means I combined natural warmth and texture, nods to the sea and a bit of old world mixed with some modern touches.

Basically, let’s be honest. I got confused a lot along the way because I just LOVE so many things, but that NW coastal style seems to be what I landed on. If you are new here and want to see what I mean by that style, you can check out my home tour.

In addition to my friend Darlene who will be giving us the inspiration pictures for our ditto projects, the participating bloggers include:

Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less
Cindy @ Skip to My Lou
Jen @ Balancing Beauty & Bedlam
Edie @ Life in Grace
Rachel @ Surviving the Stores
Karin @ Trophy Mom Diaries
Lauren @ I am THAT Lady
Kelly @ View Along The Way
Melissa @ The Inspired Room

Be sure to pop over to each of these fabulous ladies’ sites to find out more about their personal style, as well as to discover their own decorating strengths & weaknesses! See how much fun this will be? New friends, all with our own unique challenges and styles, coming together to try something new each month! And you can join us!

Introducing Ditto DIY {Inspired Design for the Rest of Us}

So here’s what happens next month: Monday, May 6th, all nine of us will share our inspired DiY projects, while Darlene will provide expert design tips on incorporating the featured design element into your own space. She will then also present our inspiration photograph for the following month. The truly fun part will be seeing what different interpretations of the same photograph this incredibly eclectic group comes up with!

After you’ve had a month to see what Ditto DiY is all about, we will be inviting you ALL to participate! Beginning in the first Monday in June (and every first Monday of the month after that), all you with blogs will be able to link up. (Non-bloggers can share your pictures on our Ditto DiY Facebook Page!)

Be sure to tune in Monday, May 6th to check out our first Ditto DiY projects. And now, without further ado, here is this month’s inspiration:

Introducing Ditto DIY {Inspired Design for the Rest of Us}

{ditto} DIY
This month’s Inspiration:

A chic painted tray and vanity vignette, from the home of nina bergsten, photography by marcus lawett.

The {ditto} DIY Challenge:

Create your own painted tray and vanity vignette.

Designer Thoughts:

“Study the image above, and be inspired by the sophistication and simplicity of this design. The attention to each detail adds up to a beautiful vignette. “

Now I am going to go find a tray to paint! We’ll see how this goes!
Check back next month to see how it turns out! Heh.heh.
What is  your biggest decorating challenge?

Beach Cottage {Weekend Dreaming}

Beach Cottage {Weekend Dreaming}

Beach Cottage {Weekend Dreaming}
Beach Cottage via BHG

If I lived here in this wonderful vintage looking beach cottage, I would feel so carefree! I’d smile every time I walked up on my gorgeous front porch to my tangerine front door. What a cheerful place to come home to!

And of course, I’d invite you all over for iced tea and we would chat the afternoon away on the front porch.

Now it’s your turn to dream a little, what if YOU lived HERE?