I have to say, though: I get it.
While I am all for a good DIY, and feel incredibly inspired by all the creativity that bloggers share with the world, I also believe that doing it yourself should add to the look and feel of your home. One thing I have noticed is the number of projects that look okay in a styled photograph, but that I absolutely can't imagine living with in my home.
When I opened the most recent Midwest home magazine, I saw an article that really hit this home for me.
This room is darling: the fresh palette, furniture with fun lines, natural rug, and fun fabrics.
In my opinion, the DIY is bringing it way down. Pine shims as a valance? Rolls of twine on the wall? PVC pipe planters? A washtub filled with birch logs as a coffee table? I suppose you could say these are clever ideas, and the twine looks kind of fun in the photo, but would you actually want to sit and look at it in your house? (This was always the big problem with Trading Spaces, too. Straw on the walls might be fun for the camera, but what a nightmare for homeowners. I'm talking to you, Hildy.)
The one project that is working for me here is the lamp. This is a great example of what the most creative bloggers bring to the party: a common item (fence post tops) reimagined into a piece that looks great on its own, like something you might actually covet if you saw it on the shelf in a store.
If we had more of that, and less of the "random objects tacked to the wall", DIY wouldn't get such a bad rap, and it might just be here to stay.
What do you think?