Feature Friday: In My Own Style

I met Diane with In my Own Style back in 2010 when I went to NYC for the first time. She’s a friendly and down to earth lady from PA and has been blogging for several years now.  Her background is in design and she’s been decorating and styling for a long time too.  Her blog is a great representation of all the DIY projects she has tackled.  She’s more organized than most people I know and I’m envious when I see her office/craft space looking so pretty with everything in its place.  I definitely need to take notes on that part, I’m so not as organized as I want to be.

So, enjoy the tour of Diane’s pretty home, where she’s made over just about every room in her house, making it better and better.

front door

Welcoming front door to her traditional brick home.  Notice the planters and the curb appeal that adds.

foyer stencil

Stencil walls in the foyer add some detail and design.

folding screen

Diane’s studio/office space is the formal dining space that she took over early on and since there is no real door to close things off, she built a DIY folding door screen on wheels. Genius!

home office

I love how organized and beautiful Diane’s studio office looks.  So creative and so organized!

office craft room

She has lots of space for hiding things away and for keeping things organized on pegs and hooks too.

office storage

I’m taking notes, how about you?  My office space is going to get a revamp soon since it’s is overrun with too much stuff.

craft room organization

Organized drawers and a place for wrapping paper and more.

family room2

The family room with white slipcovers.

family room

She loves adding color and has done lots of furniture painting projects.

map wall

Map wall and more organization looking into the kitchen.


She painted her kitchen many years ago and added lots of details to the room.  So pretty!

kitchen sink side

Bright and sunny sink window.

kitchen banquette

She even built a banquette for the breakfast table.

breakfast table

And there it is, the breakfast table.


Dining room with a mix of furniture finishes and the chairs got slipcovers for the backs.

dining hutch

She collects white dishes too and has them displayed in the dining room.

hall bath

Another great redo, this board and batten hall bath looks very updated now.


She even made the diamonds on the floor black to further update the space and added a beadboard treatment to her built in tub frame.  Love this!

master bedroom summer

Master bedroom in summer colors.

master bath door

Because she had too many doors in one area, she built a sliding door for the master bath.


The mudroom is another area that is totally organized.  OK, Diane, you’re making me jealous!

outdoor pool

Last but not least, the outdoor pool in the backyard is such a great space for entertaining.  I’m sure this beautiful space gets lots of use in the hot summer months.

outdoor patio

They have a nice large deck too and it has plenty of seating and areas for entertaining and relaxing.

What a pretty house Diane has created for her family.  If you haven’t been over, check out In My Own Style for lots of decorating, organizing, and DIY tips.  Diane is also one of the featured bloggers in this year’s Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Ideas magazine, so look for it on your newsstands now.  It’s a beautiful feature!

If you’re in the South and happen to be going to the Country Living fair this weekend, I will be speaking today (Friday) at 3 pm on one of the stages.  I’ll be sharing about thrifty decorating with lots of before and after pics.  Hope you’ll say hello if you are there!  I’ll also be hanging out with some blog friends on Saturday, so please say hi if you see me.  I’ll be sharing the fair next week on the blog too.

- Rhoda


  1. I am coveting that office and craft room!! Love her style in general, not too much and lots of places for the eye to rest!

  2. Very pretty home…love her style!!

  3. What a most gorgeous home!….just love her style and creativity…and must say that I am in awe of her craft/work room….so truly enjoyed this home tour today Rhoda!!!….Have a great weekend!

  4. What a beautiful, happy home!

  5. What a great house-love all the color! I wish I could have an office/work area like that

  6. melesa garrison says:

    I love the white and pops of bright colors!

  7. Rhoda – what a beautiful home! Thanks for sharing with us. I am headed to her blog now. Have a fun time at the Country Living Fair! Wish I was going so I could hear you speak!

  8. I love the folding door screen. Can you tell me if it is free standing or if one side is hinged to the doorway? Hard to tell from the picture. I would like to know more on how she achieved this. I would love to try this with several old doors but am a bit concerned on it falling over. Any info would be appreciated.

  9. I feel lile I stalk Diane’s blog. I love every inch of her home. Thanks for sharing.

  10. So many fun features in this home! I love the craft room / wrapping stations and the rolling room divider- genius!!
    xo. Leslie

  11. Hi Rhoda –
    You always do such a wonderful job in your Friday Feature series. Thank you so much for featuring my home in the series today. I answered Judy’s question above with a link to the tutorial post I did on how I made and attached the rolling door. That was one of the best things I did in the room – keeps my creative mess out of sight when I don’t want to see it. 🙂 I hope your presentation at the Country Living Fair went well this afternoon. I am sure you rocked it.

    Happy Weekend.

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