These are only a few of the wonderful sites that fill me with inspiration each and everyday.  Each of these sites is authored by someone who is unique in their vision and are true to staying on course in their “own style”.   I love reading about everything they are up to.

DIY Decorating/Home Improvement/Crafts/Lifestyle

The Lettered Cottage

The Handmade Home

Jones Design Company

 A Beautiful Mess



A Country Farmhouse

Centsational Girl

Dollar Store Crafts

Addicted 2 Decorating

Inspired By Charm

Thistlewood Farms

Pure Style Home

Funky Junk Interiors

Pretty Handy Girl

SAS Interiors

Sawdust & Paper Scraps

Just Something I Made

320 Sycamore

Southern Hospitality

Making It Lovely

Brooklyn Limestone

Chic Coastal Living

Heather Bullard

House of Smith’s

Living With Lindsay

 Jennifer Rizzo

The Hunted Interior

Making Lemonade

West Pear Avenue

OurVintage Home Love

Two Story Cottage

I Heart Organizing

The Mustard Ceiling

 Perpetually Chic



Shoot Fly Shoot

Everyday Elements

Kevin & Amanda







  1. says

    I love your blog! I think your wonderful style is the closest to what I/we do and are. There are so many things I want to post but so little time. Please come by and check my blog out.


  2. says

    Thank you so much for including Everyday Elements! When I read your criteria for making the list, it made me smile! I am definitely my own, quirky person. Glad others like me despite it. LOL

    • says

      Hi Amanda –
      I adore your blog and read every single word. You are such a great teacher and I have so much to learn about PSE and photography in general. My hubs had been unemployed for some time and until he is back in the workforce I will not be able to get the DSLR I want. I try to rock my little Canon S95 and I use your actions on most of my photos. They are the best. Hopefully one day I will be as good with PSE as you are.I also have Photoshop CS2, but never could figure it out, so I bought PSE as the learning curve is not so steep. I frequently go to your site when I have down time so I can sift through all you olderr tutorials and let them sink into my brain. :)

  3. says

    Hi Diane!

    I’m a new blogger from Sydney. I a following you on Pinterest and to my great delight, you are following me there. You are such an your creation your creativity, your craft and of course..your OWN STYLE

  4. sonia says

    Diane winning anyone of those items would be great, I never win anything….lol!! you must be the luckiest lady to get all these items from your vendors…..Take Care!!

  5. says

    Thanks so much for including PC in your reading list, Diane! Since my blog is solely based on my personal style, it’s always nice to hear confirmation that others are enjoying it and inspired by it!

    • says

      Hi Lauren – I love your style and your blog. Even though I write mostly about DIY decor – my passion is life is living true and authentically – with personal style. I love when I see a blogger or someone even on the street with that great sense about themselves. I used to have a quote in my sidebar from Diana Vreeland about the only way to live is with personal style. I need to put it back up. :) Loved your post today – I am a skincare junkie, too. I used to work in the cosmetic department at Macy’s in NYC in college. Fun job with lots of perks in the way of free products. I even did a stint at Redbook Magazine back in the early 80’s as an assistant to the Beauty Editor. I have to restrain myself when I go into Sephora – I want to try everything! I am a bit older and am starting to need the heavy duty fixes. :) Keep up the good work and stay true to your style! I look forward to your posts.

  6. Grammavikki says

    Diane, I just found your blog. I just entered the world of blogs. I really love your site. I will follow. I love re-using stuff old into something new. I will invite friends to come and visit you. Keep the great inspirations coming.

  7. Vanessa Seymour says

    Hi, I love your site but I live in Australia. I want to paint stained furniture but can’t get the products you mention by brand, can you explain what I should buy here? Is chalk paint water based paint? what paint/stain stripper would I need to paint over stained wood? I have two 6 foot tall bookcases to paint and an old cane armchair.

    Many thanks

    • says

      Hi Vanessa – Chalk paint is water based. You can make that to use over your stained pieces. You need to add a chalk component to the paint. Gypsum is one, Plaster of Paris, Powdered lime, Calcium carbonate can be added to any water based paint that dies not have a primer in it.

      If you can’t find something to make chalk paint with and don’t want to strip the finish off the stained pieces, you will need to sand the surface first with 60 -100 grit sandpaper. Just enough to rough up the surface a bit. You will then need to apply a “stain blocking primer”. Ask at your paint store for a product that will block stain and prime the piece at the same time. After applying the primer, you can use any paint over it. Water based paints are easier to work with. Even if you sand the piece down to the bare wood, it is best to use a stain blocking primer first so the wood tannins and stain do not leach into the paint.

  8. Vanessa Seymour says

    Hi, thank you so much for your prompt and detailed reply. I can’t wait to get started!!

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