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THE INSPIRED DESIGN CHALLENGE was like a vacation in many ways – it was so much fun, it went by way too fast and I feel so SAD now that it’s over!Inspired Design Challenge

The Inspired Design Challenge was a five week blog series in which my four lovely friends and I challenged ourselves to complete a project inspired by one of five favorite stores each week – Target, Urban Outfitters, West Elm, Anthropologie and World Market.  This series not only challenged me to think creatively and derive inspiration from major retailers, but it also provided an opportunity to learn a few DIY/design lessons from some very talented ladies.  When you’re working on projects at home it’s easy to get stuck in your ways!  These ladies opened my eyes to some great tips that I’ll use going forward.  In a nutshell, here’s what I learned:

Look at things from a new perspective.  Kristin of Bliss at Home, who describes herself as her family’s own personal Design Star, is a lover of high contrast patterns and anything with a little bling.  Her affinity for these design elements was clear in the project she completed for Anthropologie week.  Kristin took a thrift shop frame and a boldly colored Anthropologie placement and turned them into a stunning art piece for her dresser.  I love how Kristin was able to see past the intended function of the placement and elevate it into something really special.  And it adds the perfect touch to her master bedroom!  Stop over at Bliss at Home for a tour of Kristin’s evolving home and plenty of DIY ideas to steal!


Go with what you love
.  Guided by her country modern bohemian style, Lindsay of Life of Splendor managed to incorporate beautiful projects into at least four different spaces in her home during the five week challenge!  I admire Lindsay’s unabashed love for all things bohemian and how she mixes in modern elements for a truly unique style.  She has a strong design point of view and she ain’t afraid to use it.  The result is a gorgeous home with serious fluidity from space to space.

Here are two examples of Lindsay’s projects – a West Elm knockoff accordion lamp and a bold pillow she fashioned out of small kilim-inspired rugs for World Market week!

Kilim Pillow

Doesn’t her bedroom just scream country modern bohemian?  If you love this, you’ll love snooping around the rest of Lindsay’s place over at her blog Life of Splendor.

Don’t overlook the simple solution.  Through her blog Brave New Home, Jennifer is tackling one of the most widespread issues facing homeowners today – decorating paralysis!  There’s no project Jennifer is afraid to tackle and no mistake she’s unwilling to admit, which is what makes her great!  She proves that, even when you’re a pro, some things just don’t always work the first time around.

think happy thoughts wall art

Jennifer lives in a condo with her husband and son, but they don’t plan to stay long.  As a result, many of Jennifer’s projects are done with their temporary life in mind.  This results in a host of truly savvy and inexpensive design tips, including this simple solution she found for decorating a really large space in her son’s room.  Using only cardstock and a pair of scissors, Jennifer created this Urban Outfitters-inspired colorful and playful wall art that looks like a million bucks.  Join Jennifer on her decorating journey at Brave New Home.

Sometimes reinventing the wheel is a good thing.  Angie of Angie’s Roost is not afraid to get down and dirty in her home projects.  This is why instead of buying a move-in-ready home she bought what she describes as “a disaster” and promptly busted out the power tools.  While you’ll typically find Angie drilling, sanding or deglossing, the Inspired Design Challenge motivated her to tackle some simple projects that had worn out their welcome on her to-do list!  For Urban Outfitters week, Angie gussied up this hanging planter in her dining room with some inexpensive metal mixing bowls, metal chain and some hammered metal spray paint.  Angie now displays this sentimental house plant (it was used as décor at her wedding last year!) in style, proving that a simple upgrade to something that you love is always a good thing!  Check out Angie’s Roost for more real deal-DIY tips and tricks!

I hope you all enjoyed following along the Inspired Design Challenge with us!  I’m sad that it’s over, but I know we’ll have something great to tackle in the future.  Until next time!