Friday Guest Blog Interview: Made By Girl

Made by Girl shares some of the most wonderful inspiration and finds, and if you love home decorating ideas it’s definitely a daily read… I’m thrilled that Jen is participating in PDB’s Friday Guest Interview series!

Launched November of 2006, Made by Girl is a blog full of interior design, art, food and fashion – a few of my favorite posts include featured reader homes and diy projects. Jen’s home is beautiful {a little walking tour after the jump} and it’s so fun to be inspired by her ideas.

In addition to a successful blog, Jen is a graphic designer and entrepreneur with plenty on her plate. MadeByGirl, the shop, carries stationary, home decor and a selection of kid’s room prints that I especially love. Jen’s store has appeared in several publications including Inside Out, Marie Claire, Pregnancy, Lucky and Real Living Australia.

Let’s get on to the interview! Jen shares her inspirations, favorite trends and three suggestions for decorating your own home – love these. {For more great Guest Blog Interviews, check out this link.}

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{PDB Interview with Jen of Made By Girl}

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What inspires your design style?

I’m inspired by so many things. Mainly artwork, color swatches, random photos in design magazines, certain fonts/typography styles and I’m also inspired by Love and experiences in my life.

What do you love most about what you do?

The freedom I have to get up from my chair and make an iced tea or cappuccino whenever I like. Walk outside & feel the sun on my skin or watch CNN without having a boss piercing his head over my shoulder! I also love hearing feedback and receiving photos from my customers of my designs hanging in their homes! That makes my day!

{MadebyGirl shop creations}

What are your favorite design trends?

Wallpaper, chevron patterns (i love this pattern on almost anything) and antlers.

{Kitchen seating area}

What are three design suggestions that you would like to offer our readers?

{1} Make your own version: If you can’t afford something, find something that is close enough & make it look similar. I’ve done lots of DIY projects & this is something I recommend people doing when they know they shouldn’t splurge on certain Louis chairs. You can always buy a similar style chair or a reproduction and repaint them to make them look more like the pricier ones. You can do this with lamps, accessories and furniture! Easy fixes like that can end up saving you lots of money down the line!

{A recent Louis ebay find for Jen}

{2} Artwork works: Don’t get so consumed in buying art for every space in your home, how about buying a couple of blank canvases and making your own? You don’t have to be Picasso to create something beautiful that you will cherish for years to come. I find that the artwork that I create for my home makes it feel more personal. Of course, you can buy art, but save a couple of spaces for your own art pieces.

{3} Let’s face it, we aren’t all good at decorating a space. Luckily there are a ton of blogs & magazines at our fingertips! Using design mags and blogs are a great source to spruce up your decor….you can either read about how to mix & match style etc. or you can view tons of pictures to get a bright idea for your own home. There were many times I went through blogs trying to get ideas for my DIY home office and I gathered several pictures. The photos became the source for my inspiration and it made things a lot easier when it came to decorating my office space!

Thank you, Jen!

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Images in this interview are Jen of Made By Girl.

{Jen’s home!}

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