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{ditto} DIY Challenge – My Tray

Posted by  ·  May 6, 2013  ·  Last Updated: April 30, 2016

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

Welcome to our first {ditto} DIY challenge!

Once a month, beginning today, nine very different bloggers are attempting to recreate in our own homes a project or design element inspired by a haute couture design selected by Darlene Weir of Fieldstone Hill Design. (For more details on what {ditto}DIY is all about, check out this DIY Introduction Post.)

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

In addition to Darlene, the participating bloggers include:

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

Remember that beginning next month (on Monday, June 3rd) we are inviting you ALL to join the {ditto} DIY challenge! Be sure to visit Darlene to catch a peek of NEXT month’s {ditto} DIY challenge so that you ALL can join the fun! (Hint: We’ll be going for the GOLD!)

In case you’ve forgotten, this was our first inspiration photograph:

ditto DIY

{A chic painted tray and vanity vignette, from the home of nina bergsten, photography by marcus lawett.}

The {ditto} DIY Challenge:

Create your own painted tray and vanity vignette.

Here is my first {ditto}DIY project:

My Tray

I loved this challenge because it had me pulling special items out of my drawers and closets!  I purchased these glass and metal hurricanes while living in Germany. There was a little shop in a redone barn that I loved to visit. Just looking at them brings back such wonderful memories. I also forgot how much I like kaleidoscopes (and how many I had). I pulled them out of a drawer and now everyone can enjoy them! My tray was also the perfect spot for the antique glass flower vase with a ‘frog’ type lid that a sweet friend just game me. I love decorating with items that have meaning. I feel it brings warmth and personality to a room.

decorating a tray

Isn’t it time you added some DESIGNER GOLD to your home? Head over to our Interior Designer to find out the details on YOUR {ditto} DIY challenge for June.
And get ready to join in on the Huge Link-up fun JUNE 3rd! Your project will be linked up to each and every awesome blogger on the list!”


  1. Monday, March 31st, 2014
    You could possibly certainly see your knowledge of this artwork you write. The field desires for a lot more enthusiastic internet writers such as you whom will not be frightened to bring up that they imagine. Constantly pursue your own heart.
  2. Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
    Apprivoisez,curieux beurre
  3. Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
    Gorgeous - I love how this turned out and the story behind the pieces you used.
  4. Monday, May 6th, 2013
    I like to surround myself with things that I love too! I love the shape of your tray!
  5. Monday, May 6th, 2013
    Beautiful display! I love pulling out old decor that I'd forgotten about. Your whole vignette with the candles and flowers just feels so relaxing and calm. Love!
  6. Monday, May 6th, 2013
    It's beautiful!! One day, when I don't have 2 and 5 year olds that knock everything down, I'd love to have something like this on my living room coffee table!
  7. Monday, May 6th, 2013
    i love when I can use items that mean so much to me! Great job, Cindy!
  8. Monday, May 6th, 2013
    Love the shape of that tray!
  9. Monday, May 6th, 2013
    It turned out so sweet and elegant!
  10. Monday, May 6th, 2013
    beautiful, cindy!!! I love it!