Danielle Driscoll is a craft and DIY blogger, sharing her home renovation projects on her blog Finding Silver Pennies. Danielle lives in Massachusetts where she writes about everything shabby chic and rummaging for unloved treasures. She loves cooking and crafting with her family, then sharing her adventures on her blog. She also lives in her dream home, a 1927 Dutch Colonial house, which her husband and her are currently transforming. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Danielle Driscoll.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
New England Coastal with a dash of Shabby Chic and some British. Favorite look is mixing antiques, painted furniture and fresh flowers. I love repurposing.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
I think of color and style first. Then comes the idea for the finish (distressed, sleek) hardware and a name. I always name my painted pieces.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
I learned so much from my mother. The neighborhood kids used to call her “Fancy Nancy”, she wasn't your average stay-at-home mom. She used to dress up and put make up on even when we weren't going out. She got me hooked at a very young age on antiquing and yard sale-ing. She taught me that you can recreate expensive looks for much less. This informs my style.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
I get inspired by magazines and Pinterest. I am also inspired by trips to the beach and the woods. Also, inspired by aged patina in antique shops.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
My blog has brought me on a wonderful journey; I discovered my love for restoring old pieces and have made so many wonderful friendships. The blog has given me the courage to try new things creatively. When you create, you get more ideas, the possibilities are endless. I would tell people, not to be afraid, it is our fears that can paralyze us. Just grab a paint brush and start!