About Me

DIY home decorating blogs Diane Henkler blogger at In My Own Style
My name is Diane

Welcome to In My Own Style

Contact Me:  inmyownstyle@gmail.com

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 my husband 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.

Instant Decorating Book by Diane Henkler of In My Own Style blog

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.

If you enjoy your visit, I hope you will want to subscribe to my RSS feed and become a follower.

My favorite posts:

 The Best 2 DIY Projects I Ever Made

How to Decorate So You Feel at Home


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, and New Jersey

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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My Writing Elsewhere:

My Colortopia
True Value DIY Blog Squad
My Way Home
DIY Decorating and Lifestyle blog




  1. Dina J says

    My organizing project for 2015 is my “suppose-to-be” walk-in closet. I’m too embarrassed to even send a picture. Your giveaway will be just what the doctor ordered.

  2. Giang says

    I’m living in Vietnam and are making 1 Singapore’s furniture company.I know your project on the site, I really like the idea of you it’s simple and easy to follow, for a developing country like Vietnamese is learning

  3. Leslee says

    Just ran across your blog, and fascinated with your re-do’s in the bathroom… the board & batten and the mirrors with the crown molding!! Great job! AND, just to let you know… I went to Amazon and found your book… ordered it and should have it within a couple weeks! I love the cover photo, and was intrigued! Subscribed to your blog as well, and will be looking forward to your posts! Leslee

    • says

      Hi Leslee – Thanks so much for taking the time to say hi and subscribing. It is wonderful to hear that my blog has inspired you. XO for buying my book. If you can over look some of the dated fabrics, the actual projects are timeless. :-)

  4. Michelle Sanders says

    I just read about your dill oil helping you with your sugar addiction. I was wondering if you still use it and if it is still working.

    • says

      Hi Michelle – Yes I still use the dill oil. It has been over a year and I find I don’t need to apply it as much. I usually go about 4 days before I put more on.

      I am not sure if you read the post lately, but I did add that I found that raw apple cider vinegar works well, too to help with sugar cravings. One tablespoon of Raw Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar (a brand usually found in the health food aisle) a day mixed with water has helped lower the candida in my system. This is what makes us crave sugar and with less of it. WOW! what a difference both have made in my life.


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