About Me

My name is Dria (which is my nickname, my full name is Alexandria) I have been DIY’ing for more years then I can remember, I was lucky to learn a lot of carpentry, some plumbing and some electrical from my father, who was a master carpenter! I love figuring out how to get the look I want with spending the least amount of money I can. My passion is the charm of old homes, especially the thick moldings, cast iron claw foot tubs, real farm sinks and separate rooms you find in them. I would forgo multiple bathrooms in my house for a big walk in pantry with lots of cabinets any day! A big part of my love of old homes comes from the house I grew up in that was built around 1903, you can’t beat 12’ ceilings can you?



My other passion that keeps me busy is my dog, Ryker, a German Shepherd, he’s usually with me everywhere I go and not a day goes by where he doesn’t make me laugh.

A lot of the crafts I do have sentimental meanings to me such as my Subway Art poster and my Favorite Numbers poster. I’m not one who decorates with a lot of photos so I try to incorporate the things, people and places that are important to me in ways such as these posters.

Subway art

I’m not sure if I inherited my fathers DIY skills or my moms decor and craft skills but I sure did learn a lot from them both. My dad could build anything, often times my mom would find something in a store and show my father, he would go home and build it saving themselves a lot of money in the process! My mom was very crafty, always coming up with unique ways to package gifts. We never wore store bought Halloween costumes my mom hand sewed costumes to perfection and yup I grew up in a house that had the dreaded “do not touch” towels in the bathroom! I wouldn’t have the house I have today without them, I might have a house but it wouldn’t be a house full of moldings that I did myself had it not been for my parents. You can see some of my dads carpentry projects here


I try to give detailed instructions and diagrams on my “how to” posts to make it as simple to understand as possible. My hope is to help others and myself make our homes as beautiful as we can, using what you have, saving up for the things you really want and learning how to do things yourself instead of paying others to do it for you!

board and batten

My taste has changed through out the years and I don’t see myself ever really being “finished” with this home or any future homes I may buy. I love the process of dreaming, planning and executing my projects too much to ever concretely say my house is completely finished. I started my blog to share with friends and family and to keep track of my projects, along the way I’ve met other DIY’ers who share the same passions who have become friends that I love to discuss ideas with. I’m glad you found your way to my site, I hope you find it informative and helpful! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read about me! 🙂


8 comments for “About Me

  1. Corinne
    June 11, 2015 at 10:25 am

    So nice to find another female that is educated in cost effective renovations – I started my own reno’s. on my kitchen just last week and came to a standstill as I have the same stove/fridge setup and pretty much the same kitchen as you – I think you are in the U.S. though yes – I’m hoping I can master what you’ve shown here and frame in my fridge – love love love it and nice looking doggy you have – I have a weiner dog (daschund) that thinks he’s a Rotweiller – thanks again for posting – you’ve alleviated a great deal of my stress – now I just have to find someone to do this for me LOL and get the materials
    – I’m in Hamilton Ontario Canada and you rock!

    • Dria
      June 14, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      Aww thank you Corinne. Your dog sounds too cute. Please send me before and after photos of your kitchen I’d love to see them!!

  2. Cindy
    April 16, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Where did you get your cute Orange shirt you are wearing in your Good Housekeeping article, May, 2015?

    • Dria
      April 18, 2015 at 6:54 am

      Hi Cindy, the shirt is from “Lucky Brand”.

  3. Robin
    March 23, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Hi Dria,

    Love your dog, love your style and love your passion cause I share those same passions too!! I struggle to find other like-minded gals that enjoy doing what you and I do… Are there any public “Groups” or common “Meeting Places” for gals with passions like ours? I love brainstorming with others, sharing ideas, photos, short cuts and tips… Where do you go to get feedback, ideas, camaraderie? I love your website too! I would SO much rather be DIO-ing projects than food shopping or folding laundry, right? Hell yeah!!!

    Keep on drillin’, plannin’, designin’ and dreamin’!!!

    Robin from NJ & NY

    • Dria
      March 24, 2015 at 4:03 pm

      😉 Thank you Robin, it’s nice to meet like minded DIY’ers out there! I don’t belong to any local groups but have made some great friends online with some other bloggers! Keep in touch, shoot me an email or find me on facebook!

  4. judy r gore
    September 7, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Looks great, like your dog I have a lab my best buddy.

    • Dria
      September 7, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      🙂 Thanks so much Judy! That’s awesome you have a lab one of my friends has a lab they are such a friendly breed!

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