Here at the Floor Coverings International blog, we love to bring you perspectives and insight from designers. Today, we have an interview with Bridget & Casey, DIY designers and hosts of The DIY Playbook.
Floor Coverings International: Could you tell me a little about yourselves?
Casey: I’m 26 years old and I grew up in a suburb of Chicago. I currently live in Chicago with my soon-to-be husband. I work as television producer by day, and the blog has turned into a “second job” for me.
Bridget: I’m also 26 and grew up in the same suburb outside of Chicago as Casey. I currently live in a suburb of Chicago with my husband, Matt. I am a high school teacher, coach and DIY blogger.
FCI: What made you decide to start up a blog? What do you find most enjoyable about blogging?
Casey: I was actually the one who came up with the idea for the blog, and worked hard to convince Bridget to do it with me. We were both spending lots of time decorating our first homes and apartments, and we enjoyed emailing photos back and forth of our shopping finds and various DIY projects. During this time, we were reading many popular home blogs for inspiration. Eventually, I realized that if “they” could do it, then why couldn’t we? I eventually convinced Bridget to get on board, and we started our little blog in private. We posted content for 6 months, before we ever made our blog open to the public. Once we decided to really give DIY Playbook a go, it turned out to be wonderful and we never looked back. For me, the best part about blogging is doing it with my best friend. It’s amazing how wonderful we work together. It wouldn’t be nearly as much fun navigating this new territory without her by my side. We’ve enjoyed every minute of watching our blog grow, and we have no plans to ever stop.
Bridget: Casey is exactly right, I definitely need a little convincing to get on board with starting a DIY blog. To this day, I am grateful that Casey encouraged us to try something new and thinking outside of the box. The opportunities that have come from blogging have been more than I could have ever imagined, and I would never trade this crazy journey for anything. But just like Casey, my favorite part of blogging is being able to call my best friend my business partner. In this non-traditional business, there’s just something about having someone who just “gets” it that makes the whole journey far more enjoyable!
FCI: What are some of your design inspirations? What fuels your love for design and decoration?
Casey: I’d say we find inspiration everywhere. I know that probably sounds cliche, but it’s very true for both of us. People always ask us if we ever think we’ll run out of blog content, and our answer is always a resounding “no way!” Everything inspires us. From magazines, to television, to other bloggers’ beautiful creations, to just walking around our neighborhoods and towns?we find inspiration everywhere. We’ve also realized that our readers enjoy all kinds of blog posts. So really blogging is an extension of what’s already going on in our lives. If I need to find a new chair for my home, then our reader is going to go along with me on the shopping and choosing process. Everything can really be a blog post. From what we did on our vacation, to what gifts we gave our family for Christmas?it isn’t always a big furniture or room makeover.
Bridget: I couldn’t agree more… inspiration is everywhere! My love for decorating & design is fueled by my love for creativity mixed with the challenge to create a look for less. Because decorating inspiration is everywhere, I often find myself brainstorming ways that I can reflect these new design ideas or principles into my home, however, trying to adjust the look slightly to fit my personality, my style and most importantly, my budget! This looming challenge makes the hunt for affordable treasures or a complete DIY project constant motivation to keep on going!
Casey: I think creating a personal and unique space really fuels my passion for design. I want a space that reflects our personalities, so when we have a guest over they can tell that it isn’t just a “cookie cutter” space. Instead every piece we have in our home should really reflect who we are and where we’ve been on our journey. I try not to purchase things unless it really means something to me, or will make my life easier in some way.
FCI: How would you each describe your personal design style? How do your design choices work together?
Casey: My personal design style definitely revolves around “comfort.” My goal is to create a comfortable and welcoming space for us and our guests. As I said before, I don’t want to incorporate anything into our home that doesn’t reflect our personalities or laid-back lifestyles. So comfort is definitely up there! I typically gravitate towards neutral base pieces (white sofa, white bedding, gray accent pieces) and then purchase colorful accessories to add a little life. That way my bigger pieces are more timeless, and I can change out the accessories as the years go on to change up the space.
Bridget: My design style is definitely still evolving. As of now, I would describe my style as functional, simple and unique to me. I too like my home to reflect my personality, my travels, and my roots. I think DIY projects help achieve this one-of-a-kind style by highlighting what’s important to my husband and me.
Casey: Bridget & I feel like we have similar styles, but we’re not exactly the same. It’s also always interesting because we’re decorating completely different spaces. Bridget lives in a beautiful home in the suburbs, while I have a shoe-box sized apartment in downtown Chicago. We enjoy bouncing ideas off of one another, and it’s nice to have someone to help push you in the right direction when you’re unsure about a project or potential purchase. I think we really work well together throughout the design process.
FCI: Tell me about one of your favorite projects.
Casey: My favorite projects are the ones where I think that there is no way that it’s going to turn out alright, and then I surprise myself with a pretty darn good project. For example, I recently needed to find an outdoor rug for our small balcony space and I was having the hardest time finding one with the correct dimensions. I decided to purchase a cheap, plain outdoor rug from a hardware store, I cut it in half, and painted stripes on it with outdoor paint. There were many times throughout the DIY process when I thought that it definitely was not going to turn out?but it did and I (and our readers!) love it!
Bridget: My favorite project so far is my laundry room makeover. I love this project because I did it ALL by myself and without spending a lot of money. I refaced the cabinet doors, painted the entire room, & designed a gallery wall that offers the small space a lot of extra function. Plus, I absolutely love the gorgeous new place I have to do my laundry, it almost makes me excited to do laundry… almost!
Bridget & Casey run The DIY Playbook at thediyplaybook.com