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{ditto} DIY: Gold decorating challenge

This post is part of the {ditto} DIY series.   Once a month ten very different bloggers are hosting this challenge to recreate in their own homes a project or design element inspired by a haute couture design. The idea is to inspire everyone to incorporate fine design elements into their own homes while adding their own unique perspective and style.

{ditto} DIY: Inspired Design For the Rest of Us

Welcome to the June {ditto} DIY challenge!

 

{ditto} DIY: Inspired Design for the Rest of Us

Hosted by:

Darlene @ Fieldstone Hill Design
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

This month’s theme is: Go for the GOLD, and this was our inspiration photograph:

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{Art and design by Samantha Reitmayer Sano of Style/Swoon.}

The {ditto} DIY Challenge:

Gild something, or paint it gold! Then use it in a lovely display.

Here is my Go For the GOLD {ditto}DIY project:

I won’t lie. I had a really hard time with this challenge. I don’t have a lot of gold (or brass) in our decor.  I knew that whatever I created, I wanted it to be true to my personal decor style and not just fit a current design trend.  Because that’s what is really at the heart of these challenges. Taking design trends as inspiration for your own projects using your own style and taste.

On my Instagram feed I shared that I recently went to Tuesday Morning for the first time and I found a few too many things I liked, including these bookends ($14.99 each):

Bookends

I initially thought they were perfect the way they were…but then I felt inspired to add a little gold gilding using Martha Stewart’s Gold Multi-surface Metallic acrylic paint and Copper Gilding.

Ditto DIY Gold Bookends

What do you think? The project took about 15 minutes and cost approximately $18 (excluding the bookends).

Gold Gilded Bookends

Gold Bookend Collage

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And now comes the fun part! It is time to link up your own fabulous Go for the GOLD projects and join the {ditto} DIY party! It wouldn’t be much of a party if you didn’t stick around, so be sure to check out as many projects as you can! Then be sure to visit Darlene’s site for a peek at next month’s challenge along with some expert design tips on incorporating gold accents into your home. (HINT: This design challenge could very well use something that is just sitting in your closet, and turn it into gorgeous art work for your walls!)

 

Link up your own GOLD project here:



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Decorating with Trays: {ditto} DIY Challenge

{ditto} DIY: Inspired Design For the Rest of Us

Welcome to our first {ditto} DIY challenge!

Once a month, beginning today, nine very different bloggers are attempting to recreate in our own homes a project or design element inspired by a haute couture design selected by Darlene Weir of Fieldstone Hill Design

If this is your first time stopping by, be sure to read about: The {ditto} DIY Challenge and how you can participate next month!

{ditto} DIY: Inspired Design for the Rest of Us

In addition to Darlene, 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

This was our first inspiration photograph:

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

The {ditto} DIY Challenge #1:

Create your own painted tray and vanity vignette.

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Decorating with trays:

There is nothing I love more than seeing an ottoman with a tray.  It softens the room, it’s a little more interesting, and in a pinch it doubles as additional seating!  How could you not love that?

For this month’s challenge I humbly submit the tray on our Living Room Ottoman.   Everything about this project used things that I already had in my house.  Because Ruth didn’t think I could do it.  There, I’ve said it.

Do you collect Coffee Table Books?  I wouldn’t say that I actively collect them, but I have acquired a small collection over the years from our travels and I love to look through them.  My plan is to rotate them on this tray.  Also on the tray is my faux orchid arrangement, as well as a goat & cow bell from our time on Safari with the Masai, in Africa.

Tray on Ottoman

Master Bathroom tray vignette:

What’s this? A SECOND submission?  Overachiever much?

Truthfully, I probably deserve the slacker award for this one because it’s something I’ve already had in my home, but it fits the challenge so I wanted to share it.

Oh Wait, I think that makes me frugal—using something I already have?  What say you, Ruth?

Tray on stool

To create this bathroom vignette, I put a woven tray on a teak stool, added a live orchid plant, a tray of succulents, and a couple of shells.

succulents in orchid pot

Have you tried decorating with trays?  Why not give it a try?

How to  join the {ditto} DIY Challenge

Remember that beginning next month (on Monday, June 3rd) we are inviting you ALL to join the {ditto} DIY challenge!

Go for the GOLD and find out about the June {ditto} DIY Challenge so that you can join us next month.

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The {ditto} DIY Challenge

Recently, while attending the Blissdom Conference,   I had an amazing opportunity to not only chat with some of my favorite bloggers face to face, but also to spend time hearing about their hearts and passions for their families, their homes, their writing and the ways that they each express their own creativity (or not).

As if that wasn’t enough they kicked it up a notch and even  invited me to participate in an exciting new project they were planning.   It was like a scene out of high school when the popular girls invite you to their sleepover.  It was all I could do to not jump up and down like Tom Cruise on Oprah’s Sofa!

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Have you ever looked at home decorating magazine or watched a design show on HGTV and wished you could make your own rooms look that good? Design is not always about expertise or even an unlimited budget (which no one truly has), but more about taking inspiration and making it work for your own space. That is the philosophy behind 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 haute couture design selected by the (uber talented) Darlene Weir of Fieldstone Hill Design.

My personal decorating style

I would describe my own decorating style as eclectic.  I love a mix of the old world, rustic, ethnic interiors and some modern.  As the Road Warrior and I have moved around the country and turned houses into homes there were no two that were exactly alike.  As my tastes evolve so has my decorating style.

My biggest challenge, for this series will be challenging myself to make it myself or restyle something that we already have.  I’m a very good shopper and so my instinct is generally to find what I am looking for, or order it custom made.   In my previous life I owned a store and worked as a decorator, so sourcing is something I’m VERY familiar with.

On the other hand, my biggest strength is personalizing trends or inspiration to fit my own needs or style. I rarely feel the need to copy something exactly as shown.

What I’m looking forward to

I’m really looking forward to pushing myself to get creative and not be afraid to try making something myself, instead of just sourcing it.

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In addition to Darlene, 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
Lauren @ I am THAT Lady
Kelly @ View Along The Way
Melissa @ The Inspired Room

 

When does it start?

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!

How you can participate:

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!)

This month’s Inspiration Photo

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This month’s Inspiration, selected by our interior designer:

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.

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