At Floor Coverings International Cleveland West, we love to bring you creative insight and perspectives from some of the web’s biggest influencers.  Our latest interview features interior design and DIY blogger Alex of The Interior DIYer . You can follow Alex on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, BlogLovin, and Instagram.

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I’m passionate about incorporating bespoke and affordable design into not only our home, but sharing accessible design for everyone, no matter your DIY level.

What’s one of your favorite design pieces you have in your own home?

It’s not technically a designer piece, but one of my favorite pieces in our home is now our coffee table. It’s not ours–it’s our landlord’s–and was a basic wooden coffee table with metal legs. At the beginning of the year I covered it in marble effect contact paper (to better suit our space as well as to protect it from further wear and tear), and I really wish I had covered it years ago. I get so many compliments on it and I love telling guests how quick and cheap it was to sort out.

What is your favorite design trend of 2016?

Oh, I’d have to say one of my favorite design trends of 2016 (and I think it will continue into 2017) is mixing and matching metal accents within a space. It’s so restrictive trying to match all the hardware and accessories in your home back to one specific shade or grade of metal, whereas now I love that things are so much more relaxed around mixing gold, silver, rose gold and copper all in one space.

Do you follow any other blogs for inspiration? If so, which ones?

There are so many blogs I follow for inspiration, and each cover a wide variety of styles – Door SixteenRambling RenovatorsMaking It LovelyA Beautiful MessManhattan NestHouse*TweakingThe Makerista and Victoria Elizabeth Barnes to name but a few.

Can you explain a recent project you’ve been working on?

I’ve been updating our spare bedroom and changing it into a nursery in preparation for our first baby (who was just born on October 20!). It’s still very much a work in progress and probably still will be once baby gets here! But I’ve been taking my time designing it on SketchUp (it’s a small space so everything needs to be accounted for) and picking second hand and thoughtful pieces for the room.

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