July {ditto} DIY link party; plus next month’s project reveal!
Monday, July 1, 2013 by {darlene}

{ditto} DIY: Inspired Design For the Rest of Us

Welcome to the July {ditto} DIY challenge!

I hope you loved last month’s challenge! There were some A.MAZ.ING and talented -and simple!- projects that I hope you had a chance to hop around and check out. SUCH Gold goodness!

Today kicks off the grand link-up for July {found at the end of this post}. Do you have your fabric art gorgeousness ready?

For those of you who are just encountering {ditto} DIY for the first time, here is what it is all about: Once a month ten very different bloggers are hosting this challenge to recreate in our own homes a project or design element inspired by a haute couture design. The idea is to inspire everyone to incorporate fine design elements into your own home in a way that fits your own style.

{ditto} DIY: Inspired Design for the Rest of Us

The ten hosting bloggers include:

Darlene @ Fieldstone Hill Design
Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less
Cindy @ Skip to My Lou
Jen @ Balancing Beauty & Bedlam
Edie @ Life in Grace
Rachel @ Surviving the Stores
Karin @ Trophy Mom Diaries
Lauren @ I am THAT Lady
Kelly @ View Along The Way
Melissa @ The Inspired Room

July’s link-up theme is Framed Fabric, and this was our inspiration photograph:


{A framed pair of Ikat fabric art. Image via Neiman Marcus.}

The July {ditto} DIY Challenge:

Frame some Fabric! Any fabric, any way….then use it in a lovely display.

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I cannot wait to see all of the awesome framed fabric art {ditto}DIY projects from this great group of bloggers! Be sure to click around and see what they have dreamed up.

AND!! I can’t wait to see what YOU ALL have created. BE SURE TO LINK UP BELOW!!!!!

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But first! Now that you have some beautiful, framed fabric in your homes – and a designer art influence – here are some designer tips for incorporating fabric art into your space in classy ways!

Designer Tips

 incorporating fabric art into your home:

1. One of the designer secrets for adding impactful art to a space is using repetition, en masse. Use several art pieces, all the same size, or with all the same frame, in large groupings. This multiplies the impact of your individual art pieces. It is also a fantastic way to have large, grand art … on a budget! I love using a set of 6-8 pieces of art, in matted gold frames {all the same size} and hanging them together as a focal point: Like this.

2. Large art makes a huge impact. And, it is the designer ideal. However, it leaves a huge dent in the pocketbook. So, an amazing solution is framing large, beautiful fabric pieces {especially ones you already have!}, and highlighting them on a large focal wall.

3. Do you have any treasured family heirloom fabric that sits, unappreciated and unnoticed, in a closet? Framing these pieces, and displaying them in a featured spot is a gorgeous solution for your fabric heirloom AND your goal of adding gorgeous art to your home.

4. Any fabric is fair game! Try shadow-box framing a treasured item of clothing. How about a set of four favorite, square designer scarves? Feature them on the same wall! I have a large, embroidered scarf that is in the queue to be framed and featured in our living room. I can’t wait to share this treasured item and enjoy it every day.


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Next month (on Monday, August 5th) we are inviting you to join the NEXT {ditto} DIY challenge!:

Announcing the August {ditto} DIY challenge:

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This month’s Inspiration, selected by our interior designer:

Trash receptacles with designer details.

The {ditto} DIY Challenge:

Add a classy pattern to a trash receptacle.

Designer Thoughts:

For obvious reasons, trash cans are an afterthought in our homes. But details make a difference! If you peek into the homes of the finest designers – into their offices especially – you can find beautiful trash receptacles that bring a simple touch of design to this utilitarian piece. I  recommend going with a bold, geometric pattern {although anything is fair game. Design for what you love!}. This type of pattern works well in a variety of rooms and spaces, and a geometric pattern is also great on the surface of a small item {like a small trash can}. Lets have some fun this month and create a gorgeous trash receptacle that we don’t have to hide under the desk!

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Get creative and remember that the small details make a huge impact in your home’s decor.

And then be ready to join in on the Link-up fun August 5th! Your project will be linked up to each and every awesome blogger on the list!


And now comes the fun part! Back to this month’s challenge, and our link-up!

 It is time to link up your own fabulous framed fabric projects and join the {ditto} DIY party! It wouldn’t be much of a party if you didn’t stick around, so be sure to check out as many projects as you can! The link up is for everyone, so if you don’t have a blog, you can still join us over at our Facebook Page and link your project there!



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