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DIY Series: Regional Winner Spotlight

Feb 19th, 2015

DIY projects are a great way to create impressive decor for your apartment…plus it makes you feel good to add that personal touch to your home. There’s nothing better than hearing “I love that bench, where did you buy it?” And responding with a casual, “Oh, that old thing? I made that.” So we can’t help but brag about how creative our residents are. We recieved almost 300 submissions from our My AMLI DIY Contest back in October and wanted to share a little more about the projects that won.

So the DIY Series continues this month with our Featured DIYer and regional winner, Sumi Kawaguchi! We asked Sumi to tell us all about her painting, Miguel the octopus. We found out about everything from her inspiration for the project, design style, what materials she used, how much the project cost, and what advice she has for other DIYers. Here’s what she had to say.

What is your design style?  

My design style focuses on nature and the brilliance of color.

Give us an overview of what your project is?  

My project was a painting named Miguel the Octopus.

Tell us more about your DIY project…

What materials did you use to create the project?  

Miguel was done in acrylic.

What was the total cost?

Total was around 00.

How much time was spent on it?

I spent a total of five days on Miguel, and anywhere from three to five hours per day.

What was the biggest challenge when building/creating your project?

Miguel was a very large piece, so the size alone was a challenge!

What was your inspiration for this project?

Miguel the octopus was inspired by my many trips to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

What were your goals for this project?

My goal was simply to design and execute a modern take on the octopus

What is your favorite element of the project?

The color theme is definitely my favorite element… it’s a neutral piece that can hang on almost any wall

What do your friends say about the project?

Miguel gets a lot of compliments…  he really adds character and personality to any room he’s in

What is your best advice for other DIYers?

Just DO it!

Stay tuned to the AMLI Blog as our DIY Series continues in March!

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