Here at Floor Coverings International Cleveland East, we are privileged to interview some of America’s leading designers and bloggers as part of our Designer Influencer Interview Series. Our goal is to give our readers valuable advice they can apply to their own lives and homes. In our latest interview, we are pleased to introduce talented designer and blogger DeDe of Designed Decor.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am the owner, publisher, author and artist behind the home décor website, Designed Decor. Designed Décor is all about DIY, decorating, organizing, home projects, painting furniture and just plain living. My home decor website led me to painting and repurposing furniture and this opened up into selling my repurposed furniture pieces in a brick and mortar store, in Hartville, Ohio. I also teach furniture paint classes in person and online. I truly love what I do and I love to share my creativity and passions with those around me. I find inspiration in the ordinary and I can see an old thrown away item and find a new and useful purpose. I take pride in teaching others how to turn their house into a home without a designer budget.
Why did you decide to start a blog? What do you enjoy about blogging?
I became a blogger by accident after starting my online business. I wanted to share my handmade items on my website, Designed Decor and discovered the world of home decor blogging. I quickly educated myself on running a website and how to blog to reach others who are just like me, wanting a beautiful home but not having to spend a small fortune to get the designer look I so desired. I share so many creative ways on how to turn an ordinary or ugly item into a home decor treasure. I have met so many friends and creative individuals through this outlook that we call – blogging!
How would you describe your design style?
Describing your design style is a tough question for me. It is hard to find a name for my design style since it is always evolving. I like to design my home through my heart and what feels right in the space. I have a blend of keepsakes, hand me downs, thrift finds and timeless decor pieces that speak to my heart and look great in the space that I am decorating. The great thing about today’s design styles is you don’t have to stick with just one style; you can blend so many different looks to make your own style. I know a good design style starts with spending money on the core items that will last a long time like good flooring, tile, carpet, window treatments and permanent fixtures like sinks, tubs etc. Once you have good quality basic features, you can design the rest of the space on a tight thrift store budget. I like to shop from my home and move pieces around to create a new design to continue to evolve my decorating style. I don’t like things to sit and get dusty. I am always changing the look of each one of my spaces.
Where do you find most of your inspiration?
I find inspiration in everything I see and experience. I love nature and the great outdoors and this helps me to stay balanced. I can find so much inspiration by just taking a walk and clearing my head. Inspiration can be in what you see, what you hear and what you experience if you allow yourself to open up your thoughts and quiet your mind. I can find inspiration in clothing colors, nature or just driving through a small town in the middle of nowhere.
Tell us about a recent project you’re proud of.
My greatest passion is turning a throwaway item into something of beauty, like this repurposed headboard bench. I love to teach others how they too can find an item in the trash or at a thrift store and turn it into a prized decor piece.
I quickly had buyers remorse after buying a set of 70’s chunky looking dressers and they sat in my work area for a year until I finally had inspiration and turned them into classy media centers. You would not believe how these looked when I purchased them compared to how they are now.
My favorite room makeover has been the guest bedroom. We moved our youngest son to the upper level and turned his room into a sanctuary for our guests.