Hi everyone, thanks for stopping by and reading up about me! So where do I start?

I use to be a healthcare professional and would create everything for Grillo Design as my side hustle and passion. From side hustle to main hustle, it bloomed into something that really sparked my creativity and allowed me to spend more time with my family. I’m grateful to have a amazing community of people who support and cheerlead my work.

Decorating my home through DIY is a passion that I want to share with the world and I got to  fulfil that dream by writing a book!!! Yes a whole book! It’s dedicated to easy DIYs with renters in mind but for anyone and everyone! There is so much stigma around people who live in rented, subsidised, and council accommodation but I believe everyone has the right to make their house a home, no matter how temporary it may be.


get the book in the centre in black text on a warm yellow background. on the left Medina's hand holds the book and on the right Medina is wearing hijab and holding the book, peeking just behind in her living room


I first decided to launch Grillo Designs as a Facebook page to share my DIY projects and decorating ideas. I found myself typing away during my son’s nap time and pretty soon, my page became a fully fledged blog! You can read more about my blogging journey here. 


Thankfully, I don’t have to do this alone. My husband, Vince, is a big part of making my blogging dream a reality. He’s the one behind the scenes, helping with projects (especially painting!) and making sure what I write actually makes it to your screen, which is sorta a big deal. He also makes amazing lunches and coffees, to keep me going!

Not forgetting my two cheeky chappies, who are the reason I do all I do and who keep me on my toes and of course keep me inspired! I love creating DIYs for them or changing up their rooms as they grow up!


Grillo Designs is a DIY blog that showcases how-to tutorials, Upcycling ideas, interiors inspiration, crafty hacks and creative ideas for the home.

Not everyone has the time or  can afford to hire an interior designer; which is why I bring you quick, accessible  and affordable style ideas for your home by teaching you the art of do-it-yourself decorating.

Through Grillo Designs, I’ll give you insider tricks I’ve used for years to decorate my own home— as a renter, I know what it’s like to not want to pay retail prices for items that you may have to discard later.


I believe décor doesn’t have to be expensive or new to be perfect—and I’ll show you how to get that look. I’ll help you harness your creativity to transform your interior design into everything you dreamed of.

This is also a reason why I started How I Rent; a platform for renters to embrace their home regardless of the fact they don’t own it. We have lived in our current rental for 6 years plus (at the time of writing this!) and we aren’t planning on moving just yet! So why wouldn’t we make our house a home?

You can join How I Rent over on Instagram and website.





Contrary to popular belief, this blog is based in lovely England. If you’re clicking over from the States (which a lot of you are, I blame it on the wreaths)  , then a big hello and WELCOME! 


Medina is wearing a sage green shirt dress, holding the back of a chair and is laughing joyfully. She is wearing a pink hijab. In a yellow bubble top right, you can see the words join me on social media


Now that you know who I am and what you can expect from my DIY blog, you might want to know where else I hang out.

Good news, I love social media!

You can spot me on Instagram sharing stories and also over on TikTok now!
You can also join my Facebook community page  where you can chat all things interiors, DIY and hacks with like minded people.

And if you don’t like social media so much, don’t worry! We’ve got a FREE exclusive bi-weekly newsletter for all our DIY fans. All you have to do is sign up using the link above to get a fortnightly newsletter in your inbox!

And finally, you can use the contact page and press details to get in touch here!

Not quite ready to join us?

That’s totally OK! No-pressure. But do me a favour and checkout some of my favourite blog posts to jumpstart your DIY journey.



how to stain a dated dresser / chest of drawers



Ikea Ivar cabinet in the entryway with cane webbing accent on door with text overlay " Ikea Ivar Hack Using Cane Webbing"

I truly hope to see you around and look forward to chatting with you!

Bye for now!


Please remember, this blog is for entertainment purposes only. With ALL of our free DIY projects and tutorials, be certain to read over the complete tutorial before starting a project. Build at your own risk and be smart, be safe. We will not be responsible for any injury or damage incurred while following a tutorial from our site. None of our posts should be considered expert advice; please consult a professional when needed, read all safety and instruction manuals, and take all safety precautions. All projects performed following instructions found on this site are done at your own risk. 




  1. Salaam,

    We would like to invite you to speak at a conference. Is there an email address I could send the invite to please?

  2. Medina I am not on Facebook , Instagram or any others. I really would like to make some contact with you but dont have any means other than email. I am 84 years old. Sincerely. Betty Avigliano Grillo [email protected]

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