Here at Floor Coverings International Columbia, we are privileged to interview some of America’s leading designers and bloggers as part of our Designer Influencer Interview Series. Our goal is to give our readers valuable advice they can apply to their own lives. In our latest interview, we are pleased to introduce lifestyle, craft, and DIY blogger Randi of Dukes & Duchesses.  You can follow Randi on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Twitter, and YouTube.

Dukes and Duchesses

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a wife and mom of five who loves to think outside the box and try to add a creative element to everyday life.  I love simple ideas and simple execution that take things up a notch.  Scouring thrift stores for fun and unique items is a favorite pastime, and I’m a big fan of making lists, my planner, and strong coffee.

Why did you decide to start a blog? What do you enjoy about blogging?

I started my blog as an online scrapbook of sorts then started writing about projects I was making and realized that complete strangers were reading it.  That was a turning point and I started documenting projects and tutorials and pursuing the business side of the blog.  I love the creative process from beginning to end, from brainstorming to completion, and I love being able to share my ideas with other people.  When someone loves something I’ve made, it gives me a great sense of satisfaction.

How would you describe your design style?

My design style can only be described as eclectic.  I love mixing old with new, thrifted with repurposed, and I love bright, bold color.  Above style, I want my home to be welcoming and inviting, a place where people want to sit on the couch, snuggle up with a blanket, and stay for the long haul.

Where do you find most of your inspiration?

My inspiration comes from all over: neat items found in thrift stores, the practical need for something in my home, magazines, blogs, and friends.  I love the brainstorming process of trying to come up with a new idea that no one else has done.

Tell us about a recent project you’re proud of.

I recently made a charcoal grill from a terracotta pot and I love how practical {and small} it is.  It’s such a simple repurposed idea but perfect for summer camping and grilling.  And very affordable to make!