Who is the ‘Decorum DIYer’?


Welcome to my little blog.

My name is Christine and I am a stay-at-home mother with three wonderful children (ages 6, 3, and 1), a funny, loving husband, and a cat, Sascha.  I recently started this blog, Decorum DIYer, at the urging of my dear sister-in-law (check out her blog, TheDrumgooleFamilyBlog).

You may be asking yourself, “Decorum?  What exactly does that mean?”

According to  dictionary.com:

decorum [dih-kawr-uh m] – noun – 

  1. dignified propriety of behavior, speech, dress, etc.
  2. the quality or state of being decorous; orderliness; regularity.
  3. usually, decorums.  an observance or requirement of polite society.

Although decorum is not the same as decor, I do try to maintain a sense of both, despite my crazy, stay-at-home-mom life.  Sure, the thank you cards may not always be written in a timely manner, but thank you cards are sent nonetheless.

I may not have it all, but what I do have are the most precious things to me, my children and a loving family.  I attempt to update and decorate my home with as much diy and the most meager of budgets as possible, but I try to do it all with whimsy and grace.

I love puns, decor, and etiquette, so a the blog, Decorum DIYer was born.

Since my husband and I purchased our current home from his paternal grandparents, I feel obligated to share our improvements with the extended family.

Our home is as much their home, as it is ours.

This home, just northeast of Baltimore, Maryland, was the center of the Drumgoole family for many decades.

I am new to blogging, but not to sharing my home decor and painting projects with others – especially family.

My passion for the past five years has been to revive my husband’s grandparents’ home that we purchased in 2007.  It is a 1960’s brick rancher in a wonderful neighborhood just outside of Baltimore, Maryland in White Marsh.

Prior to that, it was making our first house a home (which you can see here and here), and making the most out of a shared bedroom when I lived at home as a teenager/college student.

Most of my projects are nothing more than a gallon of paint, furniture arranging, Craigslist finds, and a vision.  Lack of budget and time force me to use things I already have in a different or new way.

I also enjoy reusing and recycling hand-me-downs from family members that I turn into our family’s version of an heirloom.

Of course, with three children, I try to accomplish all of this in the wee, small hours of the late evening when they are usually sleeping.  My children aren’t  good nappers and my husband works an insane about of overtime, so not much gets done during the day.

Another passion of mine is dance.  All forms of dance.  I will be a dancer until the day I die.  Even then, I’m sure you will find me dancing amongst the stars, if you look hard enough.

Thanks for spending some time with me, the Decorum DIYer, wherein I attempt to fake my way through motherhood and decorate on a dime.  My motto:  “fake it, ’til you make it!”

All with as much decorum as possible, one baby step at a time.

I revel in the ‘real’ and not the reveal.

Feel free to leave comments and suggestions.

If you would like to contact me, my e-mail address is decorumdiyer@comcast.net .

7 thoughts on “Who is the ‘Decorum DIYer’?

  1. Keep blogging Christine, I love your format!

  2. fitsakie says:

    Hello Christine! My name is Helen and I am also mom of two wonderful daughters (7 and 4). I am new blogger and I write about my passion which is decoration. I like your ideas and if you want you can contact with me on FB. It will be more easy for me to answer. Thank you!! http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004471483589

  3. […] Who is the Decorum DIYer: more about Christine. […]

  4. Hi Christine, I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. There’s no obligation to accept or re-post it, this is just my way of saying ‘I enjoy reading your posts’.

    Here’s the award post link: http://perisspiceladle.com/2013/01/16/blog-of-the-year-2012-and-more-a-heartfelt-thank-you/

    Have a great year!

  5. Hey, Christine! Hope you are having a wonderful 4th of July weekend! I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Come check out 7 factoids about me and hopefully play along. Have a great long weekend! Hugs!

  6. You’re in White Marsh! We lived there before we bought our house, which is even further northeast. I’m so excited to have found a local renovator and blogger, can’t wait to read about your house!

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