What is #DIYPlaybookSOS?


We briefly mentioned #DIYPlaybookSOS in our Lowe’s Fall Makeover announcement but haven’t  really talked about it, outside of our Instagram, since then. Fast forward through a few crazy weeks and it’s finally time to catch up and give you all of the details on what the heck this #DIYPlaybookSOS is all about.
We get a lot of emails asking if we offer design services. We are always extremely flattered by these emails and quickly reply…. we wish! But with our full time jobs and maintaining the blog, we don’t have enough free time to take on spaces outside of our own (maybe one day!).

But because these readers were so sweet to reach out and ask for our advice, we found ourselves taking a look at their spaces, considering their design dilemmas, and weighing in with a bit of our feedback.

As we continued to get more and more of these emails, we started thinking that maybe other readers could benefit from seeing some of these design dilemmas and hearing our advice on what we would do in these spaces. And that’s when #DIYPlaybookSOS was born.

Essentially, #DIYPlaybookSOS is a quick and easy way for our readers to reach out to us and say, “DIY Playbook, save our space!”. If you post a picture on Instagram or Facebook, tag @diyplaybook and use the hashtag #DIYPlaybookSOS to let us know what your design dilemma is. Every few weeks, we will share one of these spaces (with your permission, of course!) and offer our DIY and decor suggestions along with links to products we recommend.

WHY #DIYPlaybookSOS?

We figure this mini series a good addition to the DIY Playbook’s editorial calendar for a few reasons…

  1. You may have the exact same design dilemma as one of the featured spaces, so hearing some decorating advice could help you tackle your own home!
  2. We can showcase various styles that may be different from ours.
  3. It’s fun to shake things up! So why the heck not give it a try?!

We’re sharing our FIRST #DIYPlaybookSOS feature this Friday and we can’t wait to hear what you think! Do you like seeing other styles? Do you like seeing spaces that are outside ours? Do you think you can use some of these tips in your own home? Don’t hesitate to let us know!!

Submit Your Space


And if you have a space that needs a little love, share it with us by tagging @diyplaybook and using the hashtag #DIYPlaybookSOS. Maybe your space will be the next feature on the DIY Playbook!

Lowe’s Fall Makeover Updates

Chicago Bean Winter

Oh and one more thing!! Speaking of #DIYPlaybookSOS, we are super excited to share some updates on the Lowe’s Fall Makeover. Before we get into the details, we first have to say THANK YOU very, very much to all of our local readers who took time to apply for this Chicago makeover. We were OVERWHELMED with the amount of applications and read through every single one of them. We really, really hope we get more of these opportunities because there were so many cool spaces and so many amazing families that we would LOVE to work with someday. Seriously, we want to come to each and every one of your homes!

But this time around, there is a special couple that we just cannot wait to work with this fall. Meet April and Mike. These two newlyweds are high school sweethearts who have gone through some extremely difficult times over the past few years. With some very tragic circumstances within both of their families, April and Mike have worked hard to support their families through devastating times… even at the cost of putting their own wedding on hold to focus on the needs of their families.


We will be tackling their master bedroom and hope to give this amazing couple the sanctuary they deserve, as they start their life together in their first home. Here’s a pic of the space before we get our hands on it. It has so much potential, and we’re really excited to bring our vision to life. 

Stay tuned over the next month as we introduce you to Mike and April (you’re going to love them!), see more of their space, hear all about our plans for this bedroom oasis, and tune in for the BIG makeover!!


The Year of Casey

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I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m a Chicago gal teaching you how to design, DIY, and maintain your home…by yourself! Learn more about me right here.