My DIY obsession is second nature to me and has nothing to do with frugality. If I fix a leaky faucet in my house, it's to save money. But, if I stay up all night drawing lines on a tabletop? It's for the rush of turning an idea in my head into something real.
For my clients, I have the great privilege of working with extremely talented craftsmen and using custom pieces and bespoke finishes to create one-of-a-kind results. But, in my own home, I keep my decor low tech. My definition of success is refinement. If I draw on my drapes and they look more polished, then I feel triumphant. And, typically, one winning project spins off into others as I learn more about what I like as I complete them.