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What is DIY Decorator?

Hello!  Welcome to DIY Decorator

I’m Kylie.  I’m a decor coach and interior designer.

I am passionate about classic style decorating.  To me, your home has to feel good.  It has to be “you”. A place where you can relax and unwind, entertain, or just go through everyday life.

So many people I meet just don’t know where to start or what to do….. so at DIY Decorator, you will find decorating how-to’s, diy and craft projects, and beautiful homewares, to help get you on your way.

I believe it is possible to create a beautiful home that you will love on any budget you just need some inspiration, and a little know-how.

A dream house isn’t created over night, it’s created one little project at a time.

Kylie’s Story

White Ektorp SofaI was born in Melbourne and lived in Victorian and Edwardian terrace houses in the inner suburbs most of my life.

After a career in property and shopping centres, I landed a job as a homewares buyer and was completely converted from real estate to the world of homewares and interior decorating.

I trained as an interior designer in 1998 and established Little People’s Linen, a boutique children’s decor shop in 1999.   I have also taught interior decorating as a community short-course through TAFE.

After returning from a two year stint in London with my husband’s work, I ventured into the world of blogging about interiors.  After just blogging about “life in the ‘burbs”, I established DIY Decorator in October 2013 to help other people create a beautiful home for themselves regardless of their budget.

I now live in a 1930’s Queenslander home in Brisbane’s eastern suburbs, with my husband, two teenage children and a schnoodle called Gus.

Things You Should Know About Me

  • about-me-what-to-knowI’m not scared to get my hands dirty.  I can paint, sew and even use a cordless drill.  I have been known to sing “I am Woman Hear Me Roar” whilst using a power tool.
  • I love having fresh flowers in my home.  No – I’m not Martha Stewart (although sometimes I pretend to be).  I buy my flowers from the markets or the grocery store, and I’m very lucky to have a husband who’s an executive manager by day and a rose growing ninja on the weekends.
  • I love a bargain.  Almost half of the furniture in my home has come from vintage/thrift stores, eBay, or was on sale.  I love Hi-Lo decorating where you mix Kmart and IKEA finds with classic pieces that are more of an investment.
  • I believe that your decorating style should truely reflect who you are and should be collected over time.  I’m not the sort of girl who would go into a chain store and say “I’ll have the matching set please”.


My Home

Here’s a little peek into my Queenslander home.  I often share a glimpses of my home here on the blog or on instagram @diydecorator