Beth Barden from the Home Depot Game Challenge

Beth Barden from the Home Depot Game Challenge

I met Beth Barden from designPOST interiors through the One Room Challenge. And if that wasn’t enough, she then took on the Home Depot game challenge. She also created a darling outdoor area that I wanted to showcase!

But before the Home Depot reveal, I wanted to share a little background on Beth.

Q: Before the blog and before interior design – what did you do?

I was a kindergarten teacher believe it or not. I think about how frazzled I am now most days with my 3 kids, and I can’t believe I used to wrangle 20 of them! It was fun, and I love that age group, but I couldn’t imagine doing it long-term.

Q: Where do you go for your inspirations? Magazines? Books? Bloggers? Interior Designers?

Blogs are a definite addiction – I start each day reading my favorites! But, I do my best thinking and scheming on road trips. Something about being in the car daydreaming always helps me think of new ideas and goals.

Raven's Playroom

Raven’s Playroom


Q: What’s been the hardest project you’ve ever worked on? Why was it difficult?

My own house is always my most difficult project. I am a terrible client! I have such a hard time determining which style I want to incorporate into my house because I am constantly seeing new ideas that I love. Decorating my house is a bittersweet process because I drive myself crazy, but I love planning new projects.

Harper's Nursery

Harper’s Nursery


Q: Tell me something your readers may not know about you.

Hmmm… I am a pretty open book so this hard! I once signed up for Clogging 101 in college. I lost my nerve and dropped it before the first class. I think I was in my Lord of the Dance phase. πŸ™‚

Q: What inspired your HD challenge game?

My HD game was mainly inspired by my kids. Being in the midst of summer they are extremely hyper and antsy so anything I can use to entertain them is great. I wanted to create a game that they could set up, play, and clean up all by themselves!

Beth's game for the Home Depot Game Challenge

Beth’s game for the Home Depot Game Challenge


Q: What was the hardest part of this challenge?

The hardest part was trying to think outside the box and come up with a game that hasn’t already been done. With Pinterest and blogs, it seemed like all of my original ideas had already been created. I started to brainstorm ideas that were overly-complicated just to come up with something new until it dawned on me that sometimes the most simple ideas turn out the best.

Her Home Depot game - take a closer look on her blog.

Her Home Depot game – take a closer look on her blog.



Q: Would you change anything that you did?

I was really happy with our game because I was able to handle all of the DIY parts of it, and my kids actually really like playing it. The only thing that I would change was the weather the day I tried to throw our party. I envisioned sunny pictures of friends playing the game, but instead we had gray clouds and eventually a total downpour. It was nerve-wracking to say the least, but in the end we all laughed and had a great time!

Beth's newly created outdoor seating area

Beth’s newly created outdoor seating area


Thank you, Beth! You are an inspiration! I’m going to have to jump on the outdoor game bandwagon here soon. Such a great idea from Home Depot to get your creative juices flowing!! Read more about Beth’s game and take a look at several others on The Apron Blog.

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Comments

  • August 14, 2014

    beth is one of my most favorite people- funny, stylish, and beautiful! and i am glad she skipped that clogging class because then i’d have yet another thing to be jealous about. πŸ˜‰

  • August 14, 2014

    Thank you so much Krystine for your post and letting me hang here today! You ladies just wait…one day we are going to have a blogger meet up in Charleston (bc it’s my favorite city) and I am going to show you my clogging skills!!

  • August 14, 2014

    I love her designs and her fab taste. And clogging? I had no idea you can take this in college!

  • August 17, 2014

    It makes me feel so relieved to hear you say that, even as a former kindergarten teacher, you struggle with feeling frazzled with your 3! I always think I’m just one organization tool away from being on top of it – if I just get another planner, or calendar, or stick to a better schedule, then our days will be smoother. If a pro like yourself still has crazy days, then I guess I’m not doing so bad. πŸ™‚ LOL. Thanks for sharing! The clothing rack in your daughter’s nursery is awesome! Love it.

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