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I have a pretty large (and still ever-growing) collection of tools. But when it comes to DIY, there is one tool (or tools, I suppose) that I think I’ve been really, truly missing in this house.

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After all of the wallpaper is torn down, the walls are fixed, and the big DIY “home improvement” projects are done, I want this house to also show off my personal style. And I think these new tools are just the thing. Just like every tutorial for how to skim coat drywall needs a step-by-step guide, I think getting advice on what I consider the other half of DIY, the pretty half, needs guided help too. So I went on a bit of a bender and got all the ones my heart has been desiring for three years.

Of course, I’ll have to wait for the semester to end before I can probably give these the attention they deserve, but you’d be surprised how much reading I can get done when it’s not forced. Or maybe you wouldn’t be surprised; most of you are aware of how much a self-professed geek I am (and proud of it).

And while I’m on the subject of advice, Home Made by Carmona was sweet enough to ask me to be a part of her DIY series called Interviewing the Incredibles. First of all, being called an Incredible kinda makes me want to sport a spandex suit. Just a few years ago I considered others my DIY heroes, so being called one is a pretty big deal for me. And Ursula (btw, her last name is Carmona, hence the blog name) got me on a very chatty day, so be sure to stop by. I answer a few questions about how I prepare for big projects, how I stay motivated, and recommend a few tools that every DIYer (beginners and pros alike) should probably own.

Tomorrow, expect a new update on the entryway. I’m on the hunt for some good wood (haha).

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  1. I did the same thing a few months ago — I think I bought all of those except Marrakesh by Design. Maybe I need that one now…? :)

  2. I have a growing stash of decor books as well, and lots of those titles are on my bookshelf. I would also recommend Perfectly Imperfect Home, it’s one of my favorites.

  3. Thanks so much for the interview! I was so inspired, I built 3 things after putting it together. LOL! No seriously.
    To everyone else: Sarah was more than just chatty, she was witty, informative, and all ’round super! :D

  4. great pic. super interview. wise beyond your years. signed j. it’s okay to chuck a tool ever now and then. it’s liberating. b

  5. So jealous! I’ve been lusting after so many of those as well – I need to just bite the bullet and buy em! For now I’ll stick to design magazines!

  6. Ooooh, good picks! I’ve been coveting the Design Sponge book since it came out; I really need to just go ahead and buy it!