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, 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.

As far as my own decorating style is concerned, I think I would call it artsy, eclectic, colorful, fun, bold, simple with clean lines. I love to fill my home with meaningful things, items we have collected on trips or have sentimental value. I am an art lover and love color and want my space to be warm, inviting and fun.   My biggest challenge, I think, for this series will be confidence and decision making.  On the other hand, my biggest strength is  am not afraid to go bold and I have an artisic eye.

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

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!

So here’s what happens next: 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:

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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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  1. This is such a great idea. I would love to be part of something like this 🙂

  2. There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds. – Gilbert K. Chesterton

  3. Good luck, Cindy! I have every confidence in you, that you will come up with some creative, wonderful projects. I tend to relate to you the best out of all the blogs I follow, for many reasons, one of them being your love of color, your creativity and the way you manage to make the reader feel like they are just as capable as you! I can’t wait to follow all of you on your journey, and get my hands dirty along the way 🙂 Thanks for sharing your gift!

  4. Yay! I’m so excited to be doing this project with you. I know you’ll turn out something gorgeous!

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