Thursday, January 7, 2010

DIY Design {Introduction}

"Our thoughts create our reality. Where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go." ~Peter McWilliams

For the past few months I've felt like a kid in a candy store. I'm just so excited to have a blog that I haven't really focused on my specific interests and desire to learn more about decorating.

It's true, I only started Destination Seaborn to participate in the cool MckLinky parties. But now that I'm blogging, it's become a great way to improve my decorating skills and share them with you in the process.

But because I'm soo000 OCD and can't do anything for fun, I've developed a strategic plan for my blog. I was tempted to call this plan a mission statement but then I started having flashbacks of Jerry Maguire and I didn't want y'all to start yelling "Show me the Money" if you were disappointed with my posts. So I'll just call it my strategic plan.

Don't worry, there won't be any quizzes or lengthy reading assignments, unless of course, you consider this post to be a lengthy reading assignment. This is just a way of organizing my thoughts and the future direction/design of my blog. And ya thought I was joking when I said I have OCD?

The goal of this plan: To think like a professional designer in an effort to decorate Seaborn on a modest budget. Through a series of steps, I'll teach myself about the design process and the many aspects of decorating like a professional.

Enough talk...let's take a look at my strategic plan for decorating like a pro:

  1. Assess to determine needs and budget for project
  2. Consult local design firm for ideas and inspiration
  3. Develop plan with assistance of favorite Interior Designer
  4. Discuss design plan with various contractors (painting, construction, plumbing)
  5. Window shopping to familiarize self with likes/dislikes, styles and cost of materials
  6. Acquire materials to complete and implement plan
  7. Publish work to Design Publication

Now, before you start panicking and saying how absurd this is, you'll have to come back. Trust me, this IS a DIY project! I will be expounding on each of these points....and even using pictures for those visual learners out there.

My goal is to post one step each week until I've completed the list.

So what do you think? For those decorator/designer's out there, how accurate is this list? For those who've worked with a decorator/designer what do you think? I'm open to feedback.

Sincerely, Lisa

Works for Me Wednesday at We Are That Family

Saturday Night Special at Funky Junk Interiors


  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog. From one OCD to another, I completely understand!!!

    I hadn't even thought about searching for decorating blogs - goofy girl that I am! Thanks for the link and advice, I appreciate it!

  2. Ha HA. I just want to hug your neck for being OCD. I think we are in good company here in blog land don't you?

  3. I would just love to have to budget to work with a professional designer on a few projects... however since I don't I will wait with bated breath to see all the fabulous things you come up with and do! ... Dee Dee

  4. Good starting thoughts! Sounds like you have a great handle on where this is going. :)

    Thanks for linking up to SNS!

    FJ Donna

  5. Thank you for your tip on my table earlier this week. I think I have been to Mrs. Mustard Seed's blog before but will definitely re-visit. I will be visiting here again too to watch your progress!!! LOVE your title and landscape :)