Let’s Talk About “Doing It Yourself” with Turnstyle Vogue

Hi everyone!

My name is Shari  from Turnstyle Vogue.  I’m so happy to be guest posting for Mandy today while she takes a much-deserved vacation. Isn’t she the greatest?  She has been one of my blog friends from the beginning.

My job is restyling furniture (that I sell) and as a side endeavor,  I started my blog to talk furniture and design.  In the seven months that I’ve been blogging, Turnstyle Vogue has evolved into a potpourri of my furniture reveals, tutorials and tips, tablescapes, design thoughts, and DIY projects.

Today, I’m not going to talk about my furniture.  Instead, let’s talk DIY.

Here is my big secret:  I have a love/hate relationship with DIY projects.


LOVE:  I love the challenge of creating a unique piece of home décor, especially if it is a knock-off of one of those fabulous items you keep eyeing in your favorite home décor store.

HATE:  I don’t consider myself a versatile DIY’er and I’m not a fan of cheesy projects just to say “I made this!”   Keeping in mind of course that the term “cheesy” is totally subjective!  One man’s cheese is another man’s treasure…isn’t that how the saying goes?!


I’ve talked before at Turnstyle Vogue about how I’ve never considered myself a crafty person, and I still don’t.  Obviously I like to create – it is a required skill if one wants to restyle furniture but  I don’t have a craft room and my sewing machine sits so long between projects that I have to Google how to thread a needle each time I want to use it.  Okay…I’m kidding a little on that one, but it isn’t too far from the truth!


That said, I do make some things.    I have always had a “I can do that” attitude towards many things, especially when I spy a potential need-to-have-that-now item that I can knock-off.  Many times though, I’ve just given in and bought it, rather than make it, simply because of time.  It has always been easier for me to just pay for it and bring it home and be done – especially when I was working in the corporate legal jungle.

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My blog kind of changed all of this for me.  I posted a few DIY projects here and there but then I started getting feedback from my readers about how they wanted me to do more project tutorials.  I continually see it as a challenge because  I want to make sure I provide something fresh to the blog scene.  I don’t know if I’m always successful because there are so many talented bloggers out there that have brilliant minds and quick hands.


In addition to knock-offs,  a lot of my DIY projects stem from a challenge of trying to repurpose something.   I’m a very competitive person at heart and once in a while my eyes and my mind will immediately focus on a particular item and race each other to the what-can-I-do-with-that finish line.

Have you ever been there before?



Of course, being a furniture gal,  I always feel more comfortable if my DIY involves paint.  Paint is my friend.


What about you?  Do you bask in the glory of a DIY project or do you have these little guys hanging over your shoulders each time you start to create?

So, that’s my DIY story.  I’d love to hear yours!  I’d also love to have you all stop Turnstyle Vogue and chat.

Thanks again Mandy for inviting me to share at The Project Queen!  Enjoy every minute of your vacation!

Be inspired,

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  1. like mandy’s blog, yours is fresh, thorough, REAL and inspiring. i can’t wait to see what each of you do next!!

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