My name is Diane
Welcome to In My Own Style
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If you are looking for creative and affordable ideas to decorate your home and life then you have come to the right place.
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This blog contains concise, compulsively readable, and approachable DIY projects, with plenty of pictures. Many design blogs just display the finished product, but Diane Henkler shows the process, taking readers through each project step by step.
I have been married to my husband Ed for 33 years. We have two grown daughters and so far one future son-in-law. I started this blog back in 2009 in our previous house in suburban Philadelphia.
Ed and I have always wanted to live on the shores of a large body of water and made the dream happen in December 2016 when we moved to Lake Murray in South Carolina. We bought a 1970’s home that we have been updating to make it our own. Follow our progress, here: Lake House
I love all things creative, colorful and DIY. My background is in display – which led me into the wonderful world of DIY decorating and design when Ed and I bought our first house. We didn’t have a big budget so I used the tricks I used in the display trade to decorate that first home.
That led me to writing a decorating book about it, called Instant Decorating, published by Meredith Press back in the 1990’s. It is no longer in print, but my blog is where I continue to share ideas and what I have found works for me – all budget friendly.
With a bit of ingenuity and resourcefulness I think anyone can create a home they love.
I am so glad you are here.
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My Philosophy on Decorating: How To Decorate So You Feel At Home
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When I started this blog back in 2009, I used a Nikon point and shoot. Two years into blogging I stepped up my game and bought a Canon 60D. I used this for about 2 years and then upgraded to a used Canon 5D Mark 2. About a year ago I bought a new Canon 5D Mark 3. I do all my photo editing using Photoshop Elements and Adobe Lightroom.
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Quotation I Live By: “To invent you need a good imagination and a pile of junk” – Thomas Edison
First Object I Ever Re-Purposed: A pair of earrings for my Barbie when I was 8. I made them by cutting the tips off of the beaded end of straight pins. The beaded end was like a post earring. Once the pin was shortened I could pierce her ears with them.
Signature Flower: A mix of deep purple and lavender hydrangeas and pink peonies. I can’t get enough of them. I have them in baskets and vases in every room of my home and planted outside in my garden.
Favorite Place: Anywhere there is a view of water, the larger the body of water, the better. It could be standing on the bow of the Staten
Island Ferry to lying on a beach or swinging on the swings that rim the Burlington, VT waterfront.
Most Prized Possessions: My daughters.
Most Prized Material Possession: My first grade pencil case. It’s pink and the inside still smells like crayons and graphite.
What I Want To Be When I Grow Up: After I graduated from The Fashion Institute of Technology I wanted to be an editor for a big magazine, but life took me on a different path and I ended up being a display designer. I then took what I learned from working in retail display to start working as an Interior Designer helping people decorate their homes beautifully, but without breaking the bank. Having a blog lets me be my own Editor-In-Chief so I am sort of doing what I always wanted.
Favorite Inside Pastime: Watching old movies from the 40’s and 50’s,especially if they take place in NYC or during WW II and have Cary Grant, Doris Day, Rock Hudson, or Audrey Hepburn in them.
Favorite Outside Pastime: Sitting by above mentioned bodies of water, kayaking, swimming, riding bikes and hiking while on vacation with my family.
Music I Listen To When I Need A Lift: Anything and everything from rock to pop and everything in between along with movie scores by John Williams. I also love the sound of church bells ringing in the distance and will stop and pull over to the side of the road just to hear them.
Places I Go When I Need Inspiration: The streets of NYC, public libraries, bookstores where you can read and have a cup of tea or a latte while you browse. Flea markets, magazines such as In-Style, Country Living ,House and Home, and my friend Karen Sacavage’s design studio/workroom.
Dislike: Amusement parks, I get really dizzy the minute I walk through the gate.
Still Want To Design: The perfect handbag. It would be a bit of “Audrey Hepburn” meets “Jane Goodall”. A small black croc bag that would have a long strap and lots of pockets for organization that would hold my camera, cellphone, sunglasses, keys, and lipstick and not look bulky.
Splurges: Travel and skin care products.
Collect: Seashells, matchbooks, clock faces, baskets, and colored pencils since I was a child.
If You Walked Into My House Right Now You Would Immediately Know: I love color!
Proudest Moment: Getting my book, Instant Decorating published and demonstrating projects from it on TV.
Surprising Fact: I have an identical twin sister named, Carol.
States I Have Lived In: Pennsylvania, New York, California, Washington, North Carolina, New Jersey, and South Carolina
Celebrity I Want To Spend The Day With: Ina Garten
I Smile When I See: A child skipping down the street – so carefree.
Simple Pleasures I Look Forward To: Fresh air, pumpkins, a breeze that makes my curtains billow into my room, a good red wine, the moon shining in on my bed at night, a rainy day, waking up to chirping birds, hearing the surf pounding against the sand.
Can’t Live Without: My Pilates Reformer and Lipstick!!!
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