Erin Spain is a DIY and craft blogger, at her own site DIY on the Cheap, where she shares attainable DIY projects. Erin loves sharing frugal craft ideas from furniture builds to quick craft ideas. She believes that you can have a beautiful home without having to spend a fortune. Based in Atlanta she is the founder of the Atlanta Home & DIY Bloggers group, as well as the former leader of the DIY Committee, Dwell with Dignity. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Erin Spain.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
Eclectic, modern meets vintage. I like mixing old with new. I also like incorporating pieces that have a special meaning or sentimental value. I mix styles often.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
It depends on the project, but once I become inspired to make something or design a space, I try to brainstorm ways to make it happen while spending as little money as possible. It’s a fun way to challenge myself.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
I have had the opportunity to work with many creative people through nonprofit work that I’ve done. I worked on a project for Dwell with Dignity where we made over a home for a family transitioning out of homelessness, and I certainly admire and respect every member of the team whose combined efforts made that project happen.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
I look for inspiration everywhere: Online, in magazines, in architecture, nature, etc. Sometimes an idea will just pop into my head. Inspiration sort of happens naturally and then I build on the idea from there.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
A combination of chance and hard work. I love what I do, but I never set out to make a living blogging. It gradually turned from a hobby into a business. My advice for others would be to find what works best for you and do it — what works for others may not work for you and vice versa.