Style Scouting: Inspiration & Clever Ideas

It is almost April and officially spring!  Are you as happy as I am that the winter of 2018 is pretty much history.  I love this time of year when I see renewal all around me.

It is giving me back my energy that this past winter took out of me.  I kinda lost my blogging mojo and inspiration, but am happy to report that I have gotten back on track with many DIY decorating projects big and small that I have been working on and am eager to share with you.  A few of the projects are in my bedroom and others in a room I have rarely shown you…plus now that it is spring….outdoor projects, like an easy to make custom cushion cover for outdoor furniture.

All coming soon… so stay tuned.

To start your weekend off full of inspiration, here are some interesting things, topics, and ideas that I have found around the web this week.


This kitchen… eye candy all over…and that ceiling!

This furniture makeover…plain to WOW with an easy to follow step-by-step tutorial.

Easter basket decorating ideas

Need a last minute Easter treat?  Here are 3 that I found that are so cute?

  • This yummy treat is so clever.
  • So are these little spring treats that can be made in minutes.
  • And these.. just wait till you see them, almost too cute to eat, but I am sure you will want to eat more than one.

This Netflix hack comes in pretty darn handy.

Every month, one of my favorite blogger’s offers one of these for free.

Where were you on December 24, 1968?  It was a day that changed our perception of our world.

Have you hit “Middle Age”?  If so, this is for you.

As DIYer’s, this is something we have to be very careful using.  Here are the safer alternatives.

If you are an email subscriber to my blog, then you already saw the photo below that I shared in my last email.  It was taken last week when I was attending a blogging conference in Austin, TX.


Michael/Inspired By Charm, Me, Kelly/Kelly Elko, Rhoda/Southern Hospitality and Beth/Home Stories A to Z

Since posting it, I have gotten a LOT of emails about my shoes. :-)  So many that maybe I should consider posting  fashion posts from time to time. :-)  They are super comfy, easy to walk in all day and come in a few different colors. I linked to them in my shop that you can find here:  In My Own Style shop.

I mentioned in the email that I am embracing my natural hair color for many reasons, but the number one reason is that it was becoming too hard to keep up.  I will be sharing more on that journey with you soon as well as the DIY decorating projects I mentioned above.

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  1. Marthi Scheepers says:

    Thankyou so much I got exactly same trays in white I paint. My color scheme is black&white Broadish Stripes and Yellow accesories. You Tips are very welcome.
    Kind regards
    Marthi Scheepers
    Kwa Zulu Natal
    South Africa

  2. Dottie Brown says:

    i just bought your book from 26 years ago and loved it I’m glad to see your pillow for sale. I have sail boat kitchen curtains that were a gift and i thought they were to kitchey(?) to hang ,but would look great has a pillow on the porch!

  3. I am loving this post! I love all the decorations (even though Easter was yesterday I am still going to be doing these, especially that adorable chalk art.) Thank you for the wonderful post. I adore spring (winter not so much….) Your ppost has gotten me even more excited!

  4. You look just lovely!

  5. Regina Harrison says:

    You can totally rock the salt-and-pepper look! Enjoy your weekend. Think spring and warm weather.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Regina :-) I am very happy with it and enjoying the ease of much shorter hair, too.

  6. I too have let my hair go natural. I agree the blond looks better but I like my look. There are a few reasons why I stopped dying my hair. The blond eventually would not take to my grey hair and after a week or so I was due for another application. I had problems with my shoulders so putting the dye on my hair was very painful in my neck and shoulders. However, the main reason I stopped was because Over the past 7-8 years I have lost a lot of hair. You can easily see the crown through my hair. Grey, well practically white, is the only color that comes close to covering that problem. You should all be thankful that you have thick hair no matter what the color. I wish my problem was how to color my hair and not how to keep the rest from falling out. You all look just fine.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Alice – Thanks – I feel the best I have in years! It is liberating not being chained down to having to dye my hair every two weeks and staying up late at night before vacations or trips just to dye my hair and then have the color not even take or be too red or black. I like that you are confident in your choice and like your look. I hope you can find a solution to your hair loss. Have you tried the Skin, Hair, and Nails vitamins? They are pretty amazing. I took them after breastfeeding both my daughters when I lost a lot of hair and my hair came back within a few months of using them each time.

  7. Totally embraced my grey hair on my 55th birthday. I feel unique and relieved of the hassle of the skunk stripe! If you need some inspiration, start following Grombre on Instagram. You will find many women in their 20’s and 30’s who also embrace their natural hair color.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Ann – I have checked out Grombre on Instagram and many others who look fabulous with grey hair. I agree in our society when one decides to embrace the grey and do it in style, they create a uniqueness about them. I have a few friends who have beautiful long grey hair, they look amazing. I look at it as a style choice that has nothing to do with age, but living the best life you can in your own way.

  8. Carla from Kansas says:

    I embracec my natural hair color for a year. But every time I saw myself I felt old. And I started to think and feel old. I went back to coloring it. Life is too short and I will be old soon enough.

    1. Elaine Williams in Baltimore says:

      Absolutely! At 63 I am the one of the oldest women in my water aerobics class but they think I am younger and I know it’s because of my blond hair. Having been a blond baby I started helping mother nature in since high school and don’t regret one minute of it and have no plans of stopping anytime soon. The woman who cuts my hair is duly impressed with my home coloring. I should be good at it – I’ve done it long enough!

      There are five sisters including me. At 63 I am the youngest. Three of them have chosen to embrace their natural gray this year – and I don’t like it one bit. The oldest at 74 still colors her completely gray hair and it looks fabulous, soft, shiny and flattering. She has been coloring it since her early 20’s when the grays started. The others – all colored their hair until recently. The grown out gray just looks old to me. You have a pretty face. Keep helping mother nature.

      1. Diane Henkler says:

        Hi Elaine –

        If I keep helping mother nature, I may end up with no hair at all or with cancer with the amount of hair dye I needed to cover color-resistant grey. I tried blond highlights for 5 months and I liked the way it looked, but not the expense…$180 and then $70 for each touch up that I needed, 3 times since my hair grows very fast. Cha..ching cha ching. :-)

        Both my sisters have grey hair and look vibrant and are full of life. That to me means more than what society thinks what looks old or young. Rocking grey hair is all about the cut, without a good cut, it can look aging like Bea Arthur from the Golden Girls. That is old lady grey. I have had grey hair since I was 40 and didn’t color it until about 8 years ago. I felt I needed to color it to look younger, but now I feel the exact opposite. It is liberating and I feel the best I have in years. Deciding to color our hair or not is both a style and personal choice that each and every one of us has to decide. It all comes down to what makes us feel the best we can. :-)

    2. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Carla – I think each and every one of us has to decide what is right for them. It is the only way to live a happy life.

  9. You look fabulous! And I wish I could do it!!! Happy Easter to you and Ed!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Nancy – Thanks – I feel better than I have in years. Being free of having to color my hair every two weeks is liberating and having short hair has allowed me to be more active since my hair only takes 5 minutes to style instead of 20 minutes to dry and style it with a blow-dryer. The best part…more fun lake time since I no longer will have to worry about my hair getting wet! I hope you have a very Happy Easter. XO

  10. Laura Dennison says:

    Don’t you love going natural on your hair? I stopped coloring mine almost three years ago and discovered I love it.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Laura – I agree totally!!! I wished I had done it sooner as I feel better than I have in years. It is liberating… I love it!!!

  11. Somebody shou;d makeover some of those outfits. Trendy is not a good look for all.

    1. WTF? I think everyone looks fine – each in their own individual style. Geez….. we have trolls even on decorating blogs. Who knew.

      1. Diane Henkler says:

        Hi Pat – I know.. I had no idea I would stir up a controversy. :-) YAY to…. each in their own individual style.