Home updates refresh your home and instill a new vibe into a room. If you want change on a tight budget, try one of these 6 DIY home updates.
These home decor hacks can give you the space you’ve always dreamed of. When you are trying to make improvements that are going to spruce up your home and make it better, it is important to take action as much as possible. There are a lot of elements that play a role in helping you […]
When you take on DIY projects how confident are you? Are you the type of person who dives right in and trusts your natural instincts to take over or will you carefully research the methods and materials you need to use on YouTube videos and DIY bloggers? If you’re a confident DIYer what tips would […]
Want home maintenance tips that will save you Mega Money? Of course you do! Here are 5 ways you can turn DIY chores into cash.
When it comes to maintaining, updating, and renovating your home, many people just focus the majority of their attention on the interior. However, it is just as important to keep the exterior maintenance chores completed. In fact, it might just be even more crucial! Often, the upkeep of the outside of the house gests put […]
When extending your home or renovating for a structure, often, digging foundations is unavoidable. This is, of course, part of the most fundamental wisdom in regards to any structure. However, it can sometimes be that as someone hoping to complete a lion share of this build yourself, you still need some worthwhile advice. Of course, […]
Neighbors have a showstopping home? Who can keep up with it? You can! Follow these five tips to scale up your curb appeal with DIY projects.
Small home? Maximize the feeling of space in your home. With these five easy tips, you can make your house feel more spacious.
Who doesn’t want their house to be in prime condition? Buying an affordable house becomes a greater challenge every year. Once you make such a big investment, you should make sure it doesn’t go down the drain. Making small home repairs on your own will surely save you from additional spending on your house. While […]
Need some fresh kitchen ideas that won’t break your budget? Kitchen upgrades cost a lot, but we are sharing seven cheap makeovers.
Home improvement bugs bite new homeowners and spread like wildfire. Once you decide you want to remodel, here’s a guide on how to get started.
Aquaponics offers gardeners a way to grow food all year long. This is an overview of the method and explains what you will need to get started.
To DIY or not to DIY. That’s the real question. A little self-knowledge and realistic assessment of your skills can save you oodles of heartache.
It’s summertime, and you want to take advantage of the long days to make those essential home improvements. We are sharing 7 smart and safe DIY ideas for inspiration.
Love the rich look of a luxe home exterior? We are sharing advice on how to take your house from drab to fab with easy tips you can DIY.
What could you do with a $25 Amazon e-gift card? Register for a chance to win with DIY Home & Garden’s July Amazon Gift Card Giveaway. Read for details
Creating DIY bedroom decor with your kiddos allows them to unleash their creative juices. More importantly, you’ll share special memories.
Searching for info on creating a handicap-accessible home? Today, we are sharing five tips to enable you to keep your loved one safe and improve handicap accessibility.
Transform your home from okay to wow by embracing these three ideas. They are easy to implement and make a huge impact on your space.
Do you worry about how to protect your home in all weather? Here in the Carolinas, it feels like winter storm season ended, brought us a blustery spring, and we’re now heading into hurricane season.
Sprucing up your home is a bug that gets under your skin and makes you want to keep doing your DIY thing. Once you take on one project, it leads to another and then another.
Ever wondered how designers pull off mixing and matching woods? Here are 6 designer tips.
Want to add some “ye olde charm” to your home? It’s easier than you might think to add those special vintage touches.
Flat roof = unique challenges. Here is a peek at handy flat roof drainage solutions.
You might not give roof inspections much thought, but they should be a critical task on your home maintenance checklist.
Let’s talk about four home maintenance jobs that should never be skipped. Everyone wants their home to look at its best, and many people spend lots of time and money perfecting their home’s interior. However, no matter how great your home looks, it could all be easily ruined if you don’t maintain your property correctly. […]
‘Character’ – you’d be forgiven for being confused as to what this elusive term means. Ask to be shown around any apartment or home by a realtor and they’ll likely find some way to slip that word in there. We’re exploring what “character” in home decor means to me.
Thinking of how to make your home safe and accessible for all? Here are three places to get started.
Here are five eco-friendly home improvements that improve not only the beauty of your home but also support a healthy environment.
Looking for moving tips for a big interstate move? I’ve done it! Not once, not twice, but three times! Take a look at some ways to make your move easier.
Have you ever wondered the secret to keeping your home fresh? We have six useful tips to give you a clean, fresh-smelling house.
It seems like we all know to get your home prepped for cold fall and winter weather, but have you ever wondered how to heatwave proof your home before the summer?
I’m always looking for ways to create an earth-friendly, green, and sustainable home. Here are 6 ideas to try to make your home kinder to the planet.
Do you neglect your home exterior in favor of more enjoyable interior renovations? If so, you’re not alone. But, passing up a chance to spiff up the outside of your home could be a mistake. Learn why.
Joinery involves the creation of wooden components of a building, including window frames, doors, stars, and such like. Unfortunately, there are too many rogue joiners on the market, and we want to make sure you do not fall victim to them. Read on to discover more. There are a number of warning signs that indicate […]
How safe is your pool decking? Here are five scary signs that it needs replaced for continued safe use.
Home security a concern? With burglaries and home invasions on the rise, here are measures you can implement to protect your family and home.
Want to minimize moving costs? Of course you do! And, we have 5 smart tips to help you keep your costs in check.
Always trying to perfect your home’s exterior? You’re not alone. Here area some tips to help make your house the envy of the neighborhood.
Think you can’t afford a bathroom remodel? We have tips that will help you get the bathroom you’ve been dreaming of on your budget.
Think you can’t create a dream bathroom on your budget? Think again. While you might need to put off a full-scale renovation until your finances line up, here are some affordable ways to make leaps and bounds.
Eagerly anticipating the summer months? Get your home ready for summer with these easy tips.
How do you feel when you take a look at your home’s exterior. If you suddenly notice one day that it’s looking lackluster, it’s no surprise. Many of us spend so much time indoors that we forget to perfect the look of the outside.
Home’s a demolition zone? Read on to find great tips on how to minimize the mess during your home renovation.
If you could install the most luxurious amenities in your home, what would they be?
You have asked yourself that same question time and again, if you’re like most of us. You imagine building a custom home somewhere in the future. But what about right now?
When it comes to renovating your home you need to be sure you are making the right decision from the start. Often people get carried away with the excitement and they think that a renovation will help them feel much better about their home when really it doesn’t always come down to that. While it […]
Most homeowners will have to replace their roof at least once either because they want to change the look of the house or the roof is past its prime. However, replacing a roof is a big job, and if it’s not done right, you will be out a lot of money and your home will […]
Do you often step outdoors to find that common pests have destroyed your garden or landscape? Give them the boot once and for all with these hacks to eliminate them.
Ever wonder how to make candles at home? Candle making is easier than you might think. Take a look at these adorable soy candles–you’ll have plenty of time to make them before Mother’s Day. Everyone wants to spoil their Mum on Mother’s Day, so why not take your time and create a unique gift she […]
Does homegrown always mean healthy? Not so fast–it’s not as simple as you might think. Take a look at some factors that can compromise your homegrown produce.
Eco-friendly changes–taking these small steps in your home can contribute to a movement towards impactful changes. The world is in trouble. Every day you hear the news that species extinguish, forests diminish, ice caps melt, the ozone layer depletes, and much more.
Home renovations in the planning stages for this year? If you are considering carrying out any major home renovations, it’s important you’re planning absolutely everything you can in advance before you make a decision. While it may not seem like a big decision at the time, any renovations you make to your home could affect […]
Your home is listed and you’re waiting for offers to roll in. But did you avoid these 5 common curb appeal mistakes?
Want a kitchen garden? You can have one with some investment of time–and some great advice. A lot of people dream about growing their own vegetables right in their own backyard. The more space you have, the easier it will be for you to grow the kind of food you have in mind, though, but […]
Hygee. You’ve heard it but didn’t want to ask what they’re talking about. Learn about this decor trend.
Is your heating bill getting a bit high? Your home might cost a very pretty penny to try and heat, and when it comes down to it, you’re often finding yourself turning the thermostat way down, or just bundling up in as many sweaters as you can get your hands on. This is particularly a […]
Shaping up your bathroom enables you to have a spa experience every time you enter your retreat. Take a look.
Looking to spruce up your patio for spring? Here are some great looks you can try.
When people decide to get into the “DIY lifestyle”, they are often extremely excited and gung ho about picking up their first set of tools and heading around the house fixing everything that might need fixing. Of course, that’s a great thing. Because getting involved in DIY really can be an immensely rewarding and fulfilling […]
The sofa. It’s the king of your living room. The big kahuna. The stately lion in the domestic jungle that is your living room and the master of all it surveys. It sits in pride of place in your living room, resting smugly in the knowledge that you have planned the entire topography of your […]
Do you have a veritable jungle that you want to transform into a garden paradise? We all have different expectations and ideas for our dream gardens. Some of us want something that’s low maintenance. Just some grass or a nice deck where we can relax; one that only requires a little cleaning now and then […]
Dying to get out there and invest time in your garden? These 18 early spring flowers are sure to inspire you!
Looking for an environmentally-friendly replacement roof? You’re not alone. Today, more and more people are concerned about ‘going green’ and protecting the environment, which is great. And the good news is that for homeowners, there is a multitude of things they can do to make their homes more environmentally friendly, from recycling, to not relying […]
If you are planning on moving home this year, you need to put a plan in place to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. A lot of people view moving home as a stressful period in their life. While it can be, it does not need to be. With that being said, continue […]
Does your fixer upper look like it’s going to be more in-depth than you’d originally thought? Home improvement is a massive industry, and it is only set to grow as more tools hit the market which gives normal people the chance to handle jobs for themselves. Loads of people are getting involved with the DIY […]
Planning a remodel at your home? Ensure that you plan to invest your money wisely. You want the final outcome to make sense for your family’s lifestyle and a whole lot of “cents” down the road when it comes time to sell. As y’all know, I have been remodeling my little 1964 ranch home here […]
Consider a brick garden wall to accentuate your garden and define borders. It’s easier than you’d think!
Wish you had a more Zen living room? We’ve identified three problems which cause you to avoid this room.
Your greenhouse is a great way to grow a variety of plants, flowers, and vegetables all year long. In the winter, however, it’s necessary to take the proper precautions to ensure all your crops are warm enough to survive. The good news is that it doesn’t take much money or work to insulate your greenhouse […]
Are you as comfortable at home as you can possibly be? We all want to be comfortable in our own homes, but often there can be many things getting in the way of this being a possibility. If you find that you are not quite as comfortable in your own home as you would truly […]
A house should always feel comfortable, but how do you achieve that? In this article, we’re going to talk about the ways in which you can create a warm, welcoming, and well-designed home. RELATED POST: A Cohesive Indoor and Outdoor Home Design Work on the layout of your home. A big part of creating a […]
Despite your best efforts, do your garden plants keep dying? It can be endlessly frustrating when garden plants die. The money you spent on those seeds and supplies alone is enough to break your heart. That’s before you consider the time you spent trying to nourish those plants. All you’ll have to show for your […]
You begin every day in your bathroom and usually, you end it there too. However, your bathroom can often be full of toxic chemicals which could not only be harmful to your health but also for the environment. Since we’re all trying to reduce our carbon footprints and become more eco-friendly, the bathroom is a […]
Here in the United States, the rainy season is dependant on where you live but usually falls between November and April. There are variations; here in North Carolina, for example, we expect heavy rains during hurricane season from June to November, so it does depend on your regular climate. Of course, with the problem of […]
Do you need to sell your home? If you’ve recently listed your house for sale, or this is something you’re thinking of doing in the near future, then you may be thinking about the best ways to boost your chances of selling for the price you’re asking and to the right buyer. Although you may […]
What does your home exterior say about you? The interior of your home isn’t the only area that needs your attention, the outside is just as important too, especially when it’s the first impression guests will see before entering your home. If you had to be totally honest about the exterior of your home, what […]
Today, we are going to break down some of the ways that you can make your move easy and stress-free — more than you might be expecting.
Does your DIY tool kit contain all that you need?
How often should you update your kitchen? If you’re jonesing for a new kitchen, that’s the question on your mind.
DIY Woodcraft Projects to Try: there’s something here for every skill level and every room in the home!
Want to know how to spend money on kitchen renovations wisely? Take a look at these tips.
Think you can’t accomplish any garden tasks in January? Think again! Here’s a to-do list.
When we think about home maintenance, we think of greasing door hinges, calling someone in about a leaky pipe, and maybe having the windows professionally cleaned. It’s rare that we turn our attention to the roof over our heads!
Do you know the safest actions to take before, during and after a storm? Have you ever been caught up in a severe storm, such as a hurricane, flood or a typhoon? If you have, you will know that it can be one of the most terrifying experiences and cause billions of dollars of damage […]
Would you like more privacy for your home? Do you ever feel like letting your hair down in your garden but feel like you’re being watched? Or how about when you walk in front of your back window and just want to look outside at the sky while enjoying a nice cup of coffee, only […]
Is everything in your home ok? When it comes to our homes, we usually think only in terms of how things generally look. If we’re not thinking “oh this looks strange” when we enter the property, then we don’t think too much about what else is going on. But our homes are like people: what’s […]
Does it seem like you have an unending list of DIY home projects? It often feels like we will never finish checking off that list. The harsh reality of modern home ownership is that you’ll never have the perfect property. As soon as you’ve completed one project, there will be another one waiting. When added […]
Moving to a new home? Then you definitely need our guide to furnishing your home on a shoestring budget! Buying a house can be super expensive; we’re all very aware of that these days. Once you’ve finally got your foot on the property ladder, though, you’ve got one more big expense to face – you […]
If you decided that you are going to improve the space you and your family call home, there are many things to remember when remodeling. First, you will need to find the budget and create a plan so you can manage the project without major stress. Second, the remodeling needs to work around your family […]
A home remodel can be an incredibly fun and enjoyable process for the entire family. Here are 10 ways to minimize the stress of your home improvement project. You have complete creative control and the power to change every room in your house, from the bathroom to the home office. That being said, even the […]
Home renovation is a tough business. When you watch home improvement shows, the process seems fairly simple, requiring very little time, money, or hard work. Unfortunately, the reality is quite different.
Let your family think you spent hours in the kitchen! This 4 ingredient apple pecan dump cake evokes feelings of warm early winter memories. Warm apples, spice flavors, and a crunchy and nutty topping combine to create that perfectly indulgent dessert.
Drunken Pumpkin Coffee (pronounce it drunkin punkin) kicks up your holiday gift wrapping. Brew a cup before you gift wrap, and you’ll be singing fa-la-la-la-la-la and enjoying your last minute holiday preparations.
So you want to design a beautiful home on a budget. Can it even be done?
As the song goes, they do call it puppy love. If you don’t love puppies, then what type of person are you!? If they aren’t just the biggest bundles of joy, then we really don’t know what else you could call them.
2019 kitchen design trends promise to be stunning. Read on to learn about these hot trends.
Finding the perfect set of bed sheets can feel like a mystery. There are so many to choose from with prices that range all over the board. Your head is probably spinning with the many format and material choices.
Today we’re sharing some watering tips for gardeners. Watering a garden sounds like a simple task, right? You just need to head outside and fill up your watering can help your plants and flowers when they look a bit dry.
Building the perfect home environment for your family is a priority for everyone. Unfortunately, knowing how to make it happen can be a little challenging. If you’re like the average homeowner, it’s likely that you’re making some very basic home mistakes. On a brighter note, though, they are very easily rectified.
It is a classic solution: cream carpet is often used by developers to show off warm but bright interiors and by interior designers as a fairly cheap and generic option that no-one will be offended by.
Anybody that has ever done work on their home knows that there are always things that can go wrong. It’s important that you plan everything properly but regardless of how thorough you are before you get started, you’ll probably run into some hurdles along the way. Here are 3 things that make your DIY projects harder than they need to be.
With a growing brood, you might be considering moving to a bigger pad. However, you might already have all the space you need, if only you used it a little more effectively. If your conservatory has turned into little more than a dumping ground or an alternative way of entering the home should your kids be mucky after soccer, then you need to rethink its use.
In case you haven’t noticed, I love to cook with bourbon. Today, I have an apple bourbon peanut cake recipe to share.
It’s a cake so moist and delicious that nobody will know that it came from a box. The cake is rich from the bourbon (not extract, the real stuff!) and crisp from the apples. And, the peanuts? They add an interesting texture and great flavor.
Over the weekend, my hubby and I wanted to sit out on the patio and enjoy a pretty, clear but cool, fall evening. We wanted a cocktail to sip as we watched the sun set over the forest behind our home. It was too cold for a traditional cold cocktail, so I fired up the coffee pot, took a look in the liquor cabinet, and played around with what I had on hand. The result of my scrounge through the liquor was Irish American Coffee.
House viewings are an essential part of the buying process. Without them, you have no way of knowing whether a house is for you. Even in the age of digital tours and online listings, the camera can lie. Unless you see a house, you have no real idea of what to expect.
Bulleit Bourbon Bacon Jam. The name alone defies any further description. It’s rich, savory, salty, and slightly sweet, a well-balanced and delightful treat. This is really a feast for your eyes, nose, and taste buds.
Let’s talk about how to achieve perimeter perfection. The perimeter of your home is the boundary of your land; it’s the point at which your land transitions to someone else’s property, or into public ownership. It’s fair to say that, for most homeowners, the perimeter receives relatively little attention–but this could be an oversight.
There’s no doubt that the traditional bathroom, complete with shower cubicle, pedestal sink, and integrated bath served its purpose over the course of the last few decades. Functional and fully-equipped, the setup served millions of families for generations. But shower cubicles suck when compared to a wet room.
Before either buying or selling a home, it is important that you know how to check a house for water damage. It could, after all, end up costing you a lot in case you shouldn’t see it before purchasing
Are you a DIY expert? If you have spent years doing odd jobs around the home and are now ready for a challenge, then you have come to the right place. These jobs require the highest level of knowledge, and they are great for anyone who is a DIY Expert to step up their game a little bit.
Ensure optimal performance of your septic system, avoid costly repairs, and extend its lifespan with these care tips.
If you are proud of the home you live in and would like to protect the value of your real estate, it is important that you look out for the dangers of your backyard. You might have already secured inside your home, but what about the hidden dangers coming from the outside?
Recently, my husband accepted my challenge to help me make a bench transformation, taking an old, worn out trestle bench from shabby to chic.
I’ve been increasingly frustrated by the dirt and grass tracked into my house all day long. No sooner than I clean the kitchen floor, it’s messy again! I live in a fairly small home and there’s no foyer or mudroom. You enter directly into the living room or the kitchen. Period. I needed to create a mudroom without having room for one.
Build a new home or find an existing home? This is a question most home buyers ask at one point or another.
A new home is a curious thing. While it can represent excitement, opportunity, and a fresh change to your life, it is also extremely unfamiliar. Even if you fell in love with it, at first sight, it can take some time to acclimate to it. It’s a very unsettling feeling, so it’s a good idea to get rid of it as soon as possible. Here, we’re going to look at some tips for getting over the new home blues.
Make moving day as simple as possible to stay calm during what can be can be a relatively difficult process. You will quite literally have to pack your life up in boxes and shift everything from one location to another. But there are things that you can do in order to make the process as simple as possible for yourself. Here are just a couple of different steps that you should incorporate into the moving process to make everything as hassle-free for yourself as possible!
Artwork is often an afterthought in home decor, but it shouldn’t be. If you want your home to look amazing and really show off your personality, you should be using artwork to create a more joyful home decor and it should be one of the first things you consider when decorating or redecorating. Here, we’re […]
We all want to be happy. That much is for sure. But it’s not always that easy for you to think about what will make you happy. Sometimes, you just feel like you’re off-track or that those things around you just aren’t quite right. You want to be happier in your home.
We all like to tailor our homes in small ways from month to month. We might collect ornaments or personal items we enjoy for proud display in our home. Over time, this can be a wonderful thing to do, as it gives your home that sense of character that only time can bestow. However, sometimes instead of viewing your home in the small details, it pays to think of the larger, overall picture. This can help you take a more comprehensive view of your household.
We know this probably isn’t going to be what you want to hear but, well, there’s no point burying your head because the months ahead are gonna get frigid. The nights are going to get longer, the weather is going to get flatter, the temperature colder and the amount of time you spend indoors is going to shoot up faster than a hockey puck shoots across the ice.
Home improvement is typical in the United States. Discover the best tools for your home improvement project. Know the specific function for each tool.
When you’re designing a kitchen, you need to get all of the cosmetic elements right. It’s true that picking the right color scheme and choosing some nice worktops is important. But remember that your kitchen is a functional room. If you forget that and only focus on the aesthetics, you won’t have a well-functioning kitchen. […]
When you realize that there’s a bad smell in your home, you immediately want to find the source. Sometimes, it’s obvious, and you can quickly deal with it. On other occasions, even when you follow your nose, it’s hard to identify the cause or find a quick solution. You don’t want to have to put […]
Is your home bursting at the seams? Houses that are lacking in space are becoming more commonplace. The current housing market and financial uncertainty mean that people cannot afford to take the next step on the ladder in order to purchase a larger home when they need to.
Increasing the value of your home is always a good idea. If you are planning to sell in the next few years, making some changes can mean that you get a much better price. Even if you’re not planning on selling, increasing your home’s value is a great idea. It means that you are worth […]
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a toxic, odorless and colorless gas that is emitted when a fuel is improperly burnt. Any fuel-burning device at your home can be a producer of this highly poisonous, killer gas.
Now that summer is over and winter is around the corner, the DIYer In you might be looking for a new home project to do in time for Christmas. You could make a change to the living room and make it more winter friendly, redo the roof to make sure your home is secure from rain and snow, or even look at landscaping the garden for a fresh start next spring. Whatever you decide to do this autumn in the home, you will need funding to do it. Here are some of the ways you can look for funding your next DIY project.
If you know that you need to decorate your guest bedroom then you will understand how daunting this can be. After all, you may feel as though there is so much for you to do, and you may even feel as though you are never going to get it done. The main thing that you […]
Your air conditioner provides cool air by using a refrigerant that essentially absorbs heat from the air and then transports it to the airspace outside of your property. The refrigerant or coolant continually carries out this process of heat removal until the temperature indoors reaches the temperature you have selected on your thermostat.
As you pass through your kitchen feeling agitated and disappointed with your outdated surroundings, the heart of your home has perhaps been demoted to a less useful organ, like an appendix.
Winter is a tough time for most of us, and even more so for your home. If you think that your skin and hair is suffering from the cold weather, just imagine what your house must be going through – and it’s going to show by the time spring is back. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to prepare your home for winter before cold weather is upon us for good.
Join the bandwagon of “I have too much on my plate” because we all know that life is on the fast track when you’re trying to get things done. Your home is definitely in the top tier of your priority list, and everything that comes after can wait. Maintaining your home is not just about […]
The question has been popped, the Facebook status has been updated to “engaged”, and now it’s time for wedding planning. After looking at traditional wedding options you’ve realized that $25,000 could pay off your student debt… or be put towards a house… rather than going towards the cost of the average American wedding.
I recently made a new friend named Kat. She’s on the team at HappyCleans and offered up an Infographic called How to Declutter Your Home in 21 Days. Of course, I was open to such an awesome infographic. Anyone who has read DIY Home & Garden for a while knows that I love cleaning and […]
Your home is your haven. It’s where you can rest, relax, and recover from a hard day’s work and where your children live and grow to become fine adults. To maintain your home as a sanctuary, you need to keep it secure from external evils such as thieves, burglars, and intruders.
If you’re looking for some home improvement this season, don’t look out; look down. Your basement has a lot of untapped potential. With proper finishing and waterproofing, you can turn it into an extra bedroom or your dream entertainment room.
After taking a break from our “Meet Our Team Monday” series due to the Labor Day holiday last week, we pick back up with an introduction to our newest contributor, Maureen Abuor. Maureen is a prolific young writer. She helps me out here on DIY Home & Garden and also on numerous projects in my […]
When we think of owning a home, we imagine having the freedom to turn a space into a warming environment that is safe and comforting for us. A gorgeous exterior offers us a retreat that looks as plush and protected as we want to feel.
Now, come on, be honest! We all have a list of annoying, but not urgent little home jobs around the home that need to get done at some point, but not right now. The thing about this list is that it tends to grow ever longer. After a while, its hard to turn a blind […]
Are you fed up with having the same old boring garden? There’s nothing exciting about a lawn and a couple of flower beds so maybe it’s time to do something a little more interesting. Create an oasis by making yourself the ultimate luxury garden.
Responsible homeowners are often on the lookout for danger signs that can affect their home and act accordingly to solve the problem early. One of the most common dilemmas that they face is the occurrence of molds.
Lots of people these days are keen to do as much home maintenance as they can themselves. I’m sure you will already know a few friends or relatives who are taking on various DIY projects to try and keep the cost of regular repairs and work down to a minimum.
When you adopt a dog or buy a puppy, you need to bring them back to your home. Sounds simple, right?
This week, I’d love for you to meet our regular contributor Caroline Kahingo on a more personal level.
Caroline is a super-intelligent woman who has her act together. I have come to rely on Caroline when I need a post that’s well-researched and detailed.
Don’t look back now, soon the summer will be over. The days of high sunshine and long hot nights are going to fizzle out soon. We love to play outside, sit and talk in the outdoor furniture while we watch our kids play in the garden.
Stop complaining about your bathroom’s limited space! There are several storage measures you can consider to create that much-needed extra space.
Want to meet the creative team behind DIY Home & Garden? Our new “Meet Our Team Mondays” series will highlight a different regular contributor each Monday. I sent each of the ladies the same questionnaire form. So far, the results are intriguing. In fact, I’d like you to meet Peculiar Erhis this week and learn more about this smart, funny, and talented young blogger.
DIY has become the norm for good reason. Before starting any home upgrade project, a series of questions need to be answered. Arguably the biggest decision, however, is deciding whether to call a pro or take the DIY option. While the latter may seem quite daunting, it is the perfect solution in a host of different situations.
Upcycle a pair of old jeans into a cell phone charging station to conquer the war with tangled cell phone charging cords once and for all! This a fun and easy DIY project which only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish, and it’s so super-cute!
I’ve been away from my workshop for a few weeks, and I was itching to do an easy project last week. I had an ugly 1960-ish old mirror that I had a vision for. I wanted to create a distressed, antique look with a vintage look and feel to it.
Cleaning is not everyone’s favorite task but we all know it has to be done. So instead of potentially harming your furniture with tough chemicals, you may want to think about some eco-friendly methods that are easier on your surfaces as well as your skin.
When it comes to home design, we tend to completely separate the categories of interior design and exterior design (or gardening and landscaping). This makes sense. After all, you tend to spend time in these two different parts of your home for different reasons. However, it doesn’t always have to be the case for these two aspects of your property to be completely disparate. Here are just a few different design tips and tricks that will help to create a more seamless transmission between your home and the land that is attached to it.
No home is too far gone to be restored. You’d be surprised by the difference that can be made by a few minor aesthetic improvements. You might not like the look of your household at the moment, but here are a few ideas that could completely reinvigorate your living space.
Wow, it’s been a hot one this summer. Living in North Carolina means the heat index can reach the 100 °F and above. For people, this can be tricky to manage on a daily basis, so imagine how your plants feel. They may be dying of thirst! It’s tempting to assume the garden is well-equipped […]
If you are building your own dream home or if you know that you have always wanted to give it a go but you want to do your research first then there are a few things that you need to know.
Finding your happy place at home is one of the best ways you can create an escape for yourself from the rest of the world. You don’t want to feel overwhelmed all of the time. You want somewhere to escape it all, whether that’s your responsibilities, work stress, or something else.
Creating a calmer home life is much the same as baking a cake, in the sense that you need the right ingredients in the right proportions – which can seem a little tricky at first if you don’t know the recipe, but once you have a recipe to follow, it’s as simple as ABC. If […]
When it comes to designing living spaces, there’s a chance that we’ve been going about things all wrong. We complicate a lot of matters when really it might be better to focus on, well, our human nature. For example, instead of coming up with some complex way to design a home that’s in tune with […]
Older houses have so much more character than new ones. New builds are usually designed to very similar specifications and the inside of your house will be pretty much exactly the same as all of your neighbors. But in an old house, it’ll have so many great features that are unique and everybody that’s ever […]
It can be frustrating to see pictures of beautiful homes and realize that your own house doesn’t look that good. But that doesn’t have to be the case. With some small renovation projects, any house can be improved. And you don’t need to spend a fortune to make that happen. When it comes to making […]
It’s all good and well having a yard in which to relax, but there’s no getting around the fact that the enjoyment of the space can be seriously compromised if it feels like there’s no privacy. While you’re trying to relax, there’s always that nagging sensation that someone might be just be watching you. And […]
All you need from your smartphone is the ability to make and receive calls and messages, right? That was true once upon a time. Nowadays, a mobile device is more than a portable machine that lets you keep in touch with friends and family. It’s a means to control your home. Yes, we live in […]
There are loads of reasons to want to dig into the outdoor spaces you have around your home. Building an underground shelter, making room for a pool, and loads of other jobs will require this sort of action. To achieve this, all you really need to do is go out and borrow a digger from someone; or is it?
Gardens are sometimes underrated when it comes to their power in soothing our emotions and making us feel more welcome in our own homes. However, working in gardens can be a little difficult, which is why we need to rely on different services and concepts in order to get the most out of our renovations
During the summer months, we are treated to more daylight, bank holidays and days off work to go on holiday. When the summer comes around it is the ideal time for us to start looking into some jobs around the home. Our house needs maintenance all year long to stay strong and structurally sound
Having a well-tended garden blooming with a profusion of colorful flowers, shrubs, and herbs is no mean feat. It involves hard work, due diligence, and serious commitment to regularly taking care of your plants. That’s why it hurts so much to wake up one morning and discover a herd of hungry deer has had a veritable feast in your backyard garden, leaving bare stalks or roots in their wake.
Whatever the weather is looking like outside, whether it’s bright and sunny, or there’s a chill in the air; your interior space at home is somewhere you can take control. Keeping your home feeling fresh, clean, and cool will ensure you’re living in a calm and serene environment.
There’s only one place geeks want to live: Nerdvana. It’s the Zion of nerds everywhere because there isn’t a base which isn’t covered. Thanks to new tech and the Internet of Things, smart homes allow you to control pretty much everything through your voice. “Alexa, pass the ketchup please”
When we make improvements to our homes it is usually to make them more comfortable for ourselves. There are home renovations that will increase the value of your property if you decide to sell. These are worth considering when you are making changes.
Our homes are our safe haven, a place to relax with our families. We all like to ensure our homes are clean so that we don’t suffer from health issues. However, were you aware that many cleaning products are toxic?
We all love nature and the serenity and peace it brings to our mind, body, and soul. Experiencing the sweet sounds of chirping birds and the beautiful sights in your backyard can have a positive impact on your mental well-being and aid in alleviating stress and anxiety. Create a bird friendly garden
The style of your home is is important, but no homeowner wants to spend their free time cleaning. It’s yucky, time-consuming, and boring. You’d much rather sit on the sofa and binge a Netflix series or go out for drinks with friends.
What do you think that people see as soon as they see your home? Do they see something that they just can’t wait to see what the inside looks like? Or do they see something that might need a little bit of work doing here and there?
Everybody wants a home that they love. When you first buy your property, you may be overwhelmed by the amount of work that you have to do – especially if you have bought a fixer-upper.
Running your home can be hard. When you have a job, children, a social life, and health priorities to keep on top of, you’ll often find that staying on top of the home is the last thing that you want to do.
Upcycling is a fantastic way to use materials that you probably already have around the home for a fresh purpose. By doing this you can minimize waste and remain as eco-friendly as possible while adding some awesome new designs and pieces to your home that are completely unique.
Do you feel like you’re running out of space in your home? Make your new mantra “No more wasted space!” Even if all of the rooms are in use, chances are there are ways you can extend or switch up the way you use the space to ensure you’re getting the very most of it
How have you been coping so far this summer? If these high temperatures have been driving you around the bend, you might have found that there is just no escape from them. And that’s even the case at night.
Can’t get to sleep at night because your home is too hot? While many of us look forward to the summer heat, there can be times when we all need a break from the scorching temperatures. Here are some ways in which you can keep your home cool during the summer months.
Summer is a strange season, we wait all year for it to come, and then we spend most of the time complaining about it! We complain that it’s too hot, the sun is too bright, and so on. This segues us perfectly onto today’s blog post: how to get your home ready for the summer sun? Check out my advice, and let me know what you thought of it by dropping a comment afterward.
When we move into a property, we tend to accept it for what it is. The majority of us only make any changes to it through interior design and redecoration. Now, these methods can help your property to suit your tastes and truly feel at home. But why does the journey towards the perfect place have to stop here? Home renovations can make an even bigger difference than redecoration alone. It can redesign your property to ensure that it suits all of your needs down to a tee, making the space more appropriate and functional.
Are you in desperate need of home upgrades???
My body has this funny way of showing me all is not well. I feel all groggy, fatigued and moody. I have a simple remedy that always works. I just brew myself a concoction of herbal tea, and I’m as good as new! This got me thinking about the soil in my garden. To avoid tired and tiny plants, I have now formed a habit of adding nutrients to the soil through trench composting.
You don’t just have focus only on the main rooms of the house when thinking of aesthetics. Yes, large rooms do play a big part, probably the biggest. But, there are other areas to your home that you need to consider, especially now that the weather is beginning to heat up again.
A home is many different things to each individual. It’s a place where you can relax and shelter yourself from the irritations and storms of the outside world, but it’s also the stage for many social gatherings, from barbecues to birthday parties and movie nights.
Spring cleaning is not necessarily something you do in spring – you can do it at any time of the year and it will always make a huge difference to how you feel about your home. Of course, when you’re starting to do it it can be daunting, as you don’t quite know where to […]
It may be hot and sunny at the moment, but we know all too well that this weather won’t stick around forever. In a country where multiple seasonal changes can occur in a single day, it’s wise to gear your home up for every eventuality. There’s every chance of snow in spring and scorching sun in autumn, and if you play your cards right, you can enjoy your home all year-round. Here are some top tips to help you make the most of your home, come rain or shine.
There comes a time when we can all face problems in our home, the problems that cause us to feel frustrated and angry, and the times that can cause us to feel overwhelmed, emotional and stressed. It is never easy this homeownership lark, and often when things go wrong, we can wonder what it is we did to cause it, and how to fix the issue. I wanted to share some of the common disasters that can strike in our homes and how you can fix them for them for the better.
I’m always a fan of killing two birds with one stone – not literally, that would be a bit of a strange thing to admit! No, I mean that I enjoy doing one thing that has more than one consequence. Especially when that one thing can improve both the exterior and interior design of the home! People always go on about improving their home decor and interior design, but then they neglect the way their house looks on the outside.
Spring has been and gone, meaning you’ve either already had a deep clean or managed to let the season of cleaning pass you by; either way, it’s advisable to do a deep clean every couple of months in order to keep on top of your home and make it as safe, comfortable and homey as possible.
This summer gives you the perfect opportunity to open up the curtains, fold back the drapes, and enjoy the warm sunshine shining in from sparkling clean windows. Clean windows? Wait! This isn’t going to be about window washing, is it? I’m sorry, but yes, today, we’re considering the dreadfully tedious and boring task of window washing. […]
Home maintenance can be tricky, especially if you don’t consider yourself to be the ‘handyman’ type. Some people seem to be naturals when it comes to DIY and taking care of the home, other people need a little more help.
When it comes to keeping your home clean, there are some things that we do every day. Vacuuming the high traffic areas, dusting, and a general tidy up go without day – but you can do so much more every so often to keep your home in tip-top shape. In fact, you can easily deep […]
They say that home is where the heart is… But there’s a whole lot more to it than that. For many, a rented house or apartment, however well appointed it may be, however tastefully decorated and however ideally located can never truly feel like home. Sure, renting affords us great freedom and the luxury of […]
Moving to a new house – especially if it’s your first one – is a big deal. Not only are you breaking out of the parent’s home, you’re finally finding your feet with your independence. It also means that you get to go shopping! The excitement of making your new house into a home can often overtake the need to unpack all the boxes and get things set up properly.
If you’re a DIY enthusiast, you might love Pinterest as much as I do. As an avid Pinner, I have been trying to get involved with a few group boards to share my ideas. I’ve run into two problems with this. Most of the more established boards are not accepting new Pinners/community members. The newer […]
As a full-time, professional makeup artist, I cleanse and sanitize my makeup brushes several times daily. A clean and sanitary work environment is the number one rule of makeup pros.
30 Baking Soda Uses cheat sheet – how to use baking soda outside of the pantry!
In this hot season, we worry about the plants in our garden. Can they thrive in dry conditions or would they die off and put all our gardening efforts to waste? What if the season itself is not as much of a problem as the environment? Living in an arid area prone to long seasons […]
Summer is here! Sunny days, flowery dresses, frolicking at the beach… and languishing in the sweltering heat. Yes, summer days are hot and the heat might make you want to tear your hair out and strip your clothes off. It’s even worse if you don’t have an AC at home. Now, if you can, you […]
Summer brings just the right weather for a wonderful backyard cookout. This is the best time to have a barbecue for your family and friends. A properly-planned backyard cookout will have your friends talking about it all summer long! Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
Don’t you just love summer? Summer is my favorite time of the year. The spirit of summer is captured in the warmth of days at the beach, lots of fun and good cheer. I am sure you already have a new summer wardrobe, right? What about your home? It is time for a summer makeover to transform it from the dark winter mood. You may be thinking that you don’t have money for this. Well, these ideas will challenge you to realize that you just need some creativity, time and fun to do so.
Homeowners often ask how to get rid of garbage disposal odor.
Most homeowners and renters who have garbage disposals in their kitchen sinks eventually face the dreaded nightmare of some type of awful stench filling their kitchens and nearby rooms. Terrible garbage disposal smells often occur because of trapped food and oil, biofilm and mold inside the disposal and drain pipe.
The time is now to work on these 7 smart DIY projects to prepare for hurricane season. It’s fast approaching. The official date that marks the start of hurricane season is June 1st. It ends on November 30th. For those six months, those of us who reside in the southeastern United States and the surrounding islands keep a keen eye on the weather.
It’s important for everybody to have time away from the stressful things in their lives – but putting leisure time on the back-burner is too easy if you’re always busy with looking after work, the house or the kids. If you have dreamed of your own man cave but wonder how on earth you will find the space for it, you might be interested in considering these four tips:
Did you know you can make your own cleaning products from ordinary pantry items? Instead of running to the store every time you need to clean your home, mix up a few of these do-it-yourself solutions. Of course, you’ll save time and money. Better yet, you’ll be doing your home and the environment a favor by only using natural ingredients.
Furniture waste (f-waste) fills American landfills. In fact, furniture is often discarded when it’s shabby but still useable. The option to re-finish it instead of trashing it is often overlooked.
Outdoor weather is rolling around quickly and the allure of the patio is growing. And one of our favorite activities is always enjoying eating – and cooking – on the patio. Maybe you want to hold onto the old portable grill just for tradition – wheel it out and scrub it down, drag out a card table and try to make do. It does have its own charm. But you can do even better by building your own outdoor kitchen that adds an element of charm while also helping you to keep everything handy!
If your home could use a little facelift, think about these 5 easy DIY’s to ramp up curb appeal to your home.
Regardless of whether you are a professional interior designer working on a large project or just want to redesign your kitchen, it always pays to know the best ways to save as much money as possible. Decorating your home is rarely a cheap thing to do and usually comes with stress, hassle and a lot […]
Need replacement windows?
If your windows are older than 25 years of age, the chances are good that it’s time to take the plunge and make this important investment.
I’m sharing an infographic today called “10 Simple Ways to Make Your Home More Secure.” It goes without saying that home security is really important for everyone; having an intruder the home carries the high price tag of the personal safety of every household member
I’m one of the few people who admit to actually liking to clean. Some people think that makes me just a touch of crazy. However, I love the process of taking something that’s dirty, spending a few moments giving it some attention, and having the gratification that I made some kind of improvement. I guess that’s why I love baking, cooking and DIY projects so much, as well.
Need a cheap and effective cleaning solution? Simple suggestions on how to use white vinegar to make the best & cleanest home. White vinegar is cheap, readily available, and effective. It is a safer cleaning solution for pets and children as there are no chemicals or harsh detergents to cause them harm.
Today’s infographic shares the top must-have home decor trends that will help you get the “wow” factor right now. These are all current trends in home decor that can boost up the appeal of your space and add functionality at the same time.
This year brings us some a nice balance of new kitchen trends and old favorites. Check these out!
Today we’re celebrating a milestone for the DIY Home & Garden team. This post will be fairly short, but I want to thank all of you.
DIY Home & Garden now has 7,129 Facebook followers! Last week, when I hit this milestone, I was bogged down with some things. But it didn’t go unnoticed or unappreciated.
Backyard space is also one of the best places in your home. If you have backyard space and want to give it a beautiful look then this article is for you. No matter whether your backyard space is big or small, it matters how we make it worthwhile by taking care of big or small […]
Is your bathroom looking outdated and shabby? Are you searching for ideas to turn that space from boring to chic? Congratulations! You’re in the right place. We’ve got wonderful suggestions that would help transform your bathroom from drab to fab. Turning your bathroom from bland to exotic does not necessarily mean a complete overhaul of […]
Food always tastes better when it’s made with fresh ingredients — we all know that. It’s also true that nobody has time to go grocery shopping every day. Even when supermarkets are filled with produce and seem to be such a convenient and affordable option, it’s not always practical. But what if it wasn’t your […]
Home security has become more important than ever. According to the US Department of Justice, home break-ins, home invasions, and robberies have increased as a result of the current drug abuse epidemic.
Many people take pride in their yards, keeping it clean and tidy year-round. Others take a more laid-back approach, planting easy-to-maintain shrubs and plants that require minimum effort. Whatever your approach, when working in your yard, don’t forget the AC unit. To keep your AC in top condition, it needs plenty of clear space around it.
If you are yet to get the memo, then do grant me the honor of informing you that 2018 is going to be all about dramatic, bold, and splashy colors. From pale purple shades to richer tones of ultraviolet and the deep hues of oceanside, this year tends to truly toss us out of our comfort zones.
Often a gathering place for clutter, stinky gym shoes, and backpacks, the foyer is also the first impression a visitor gets upon entering your home. Create a fabulous foyer to greet your family and friends and give your visitors the warm welcome they deserve!
Last week, we talked about gardening trends that are a definite must for this new year. And while it was fun and definitely enlightening, the simple truth is no one’s going to march into the garden and start implementing those ideas for the moment. It’s winter, snow abounds, the ground is frozen solid, and serious gardening […]
Last week, I made a pot of homemade seafood chowder and posted a photograph on social media. A request for the recipe followed. Ingredients 500g fresh white fish – I used haddock 500g fresh salmon fillets 200g cooked jumbo prawns – I used frozen 1 litre milk or unsweetened soya or almond milk 3 large […] […]
Are you a seasoned gardener? Or more of a beginner wanting to venture into the world of flora and fauna this new year? Maybe you’re neither a veteran nor a novice, but someone who has been able to cultivate a satisfactory level of gardening skills and experience? Whichever category you fall into, before you get down and dirty in your gardens, it’s best to check out the top 7 garden trends for 2018.
We are approaching the new year, which means that now is the perfect time to start thinking about any changes that you would like to make for 2018. While most people focus on lifestyle and wellness changes, if your home is in need of an update, now could be the perfect time to focus on […] […]
Can you help me decide on my next big DIY?
You see, I live in a 50-year-old home. It’s a great little house, built solidly, and situated out in the country with a great lot. However, it needs some updates.
Trend Alert! Ultra-Violet is Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year. Does this color leave you scratching your head wondering how to use it in your home? No worries! This rich purple is easier to use in your home than you think.
When you’re selling your home, try these 5 easy tips for home staging. A well-staged home will sell your home faster and for more money. And that’s advice you can take to the bank!
These 3 cool desk accessories are made from upcycled items and washi tape.
2017 is coming to a close, and we are ringing in 2018! I’d like to take a quick moment and wish our readers a Happy New Year! Please keep safe and enjoy the New Year. We hope that 2018 will be prosperous for you and your family and bring you new opportunities! Happy New Year!
I love decorating for Christmas and bringing in a little more sparkle during the season. Our home is usually full of neutrals and blue, but I’m enjoying more pops of color this December. Once the decorations are up, I’m definitely ready for holiday baking with the kids (stay tuned for recipes!). I hope you […] via […]
Holiday seasons are meant to be fun, but usually, we get caught up with a lot of important stuff to do: gift – shopping, sprucing up the house Christmas-style, choosing and decorating the tree, and yes, baking cookies. It’s time to take a deep breath and cut down on the workload. This Christmas season, instead […]
https://youtube.com/watch?v=videoseries%3Flist%3DPLNxvOHHWCjFjoLDB0VoLBxsDJKMfQcdBY%26hl%3Den_US Howdy friends! I think I have mentioned it several times lately that I am really excited for the holiday season. I have barely done a lick of shopping nor is there anything I am hoping to receive except joyful times with family and friends! I started decorating yesterday (for the first time ever before […]
Today, I’m not writing a long post. I am letting this amazing infographic speak for itself. Please read it. Understand it. And remember it this holiday season.
Spread some holiday cheer when you create a chandelier wreath to add warmth to your dining room. Your dining room is an important gathering spot during the holiday season. It’s where you join with your family and friends to dine, share stories, and stuff yourself with pumpkin pie! Adding a chandelier wreath will add a touch of elegant holiday decor.
Yesterday was Cyber Monday, and a couple of days before that, Black Friday. The best Christmas shopping deals are gone!….or so you think. If you didn’t join the rest of the ‘multitude’ in snagging up those once-in-a-year deals, DO NOT FRET. Just stick with me this morning and together, we would discover ways on how to […]
This year’s Thanksgiving is barely two days away, and like all other Thanksgivings before it, there is going to be lots and lots of food. Probably more food than you and your guests can handle, err….eat; from the leftover turkey and tantalizing pieces of pumpkin pie to a plate or two of sweet taters. So, […]
With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, it was time to come up with a plan for what our dinner table will look like. I decided to see if I could create a tablescape without buying a thing and just using what I have on hand. Being partial to blue and white, I began with […] […]
After a long, hot summer followed by a long, hot fall, it’s finally begun to cool down here in the coastal region of North Carolina. This is the time of year that I love. There’s a cool nip in the air, yet it isn’t freezing cold. It’s the perfect time to get out in the yard. This is the perfect time to tackle these 5 essential jobs to get your yard ready for winter.
Take a plunge into a pool of deep blue in 2018! Sherwin-Williams recently announced that their 2018 color of the year is “Oceanside.” This rich blue is saturated with tones of green that make this gorgeous color easy to use in any room of the home.
As Thanksgiving approaches, we at DIY Home & Garden have a whole lot to be grateful for. In the spirit of gratitude and appreciation, we tantalized our female readers last week with tons and tons of decorating and arranging ideas for the Thanksgiving table. Curious and a ‘little bit’ interested in how it all went […]
If you’re lucky enough to have a garage, you know it’s a great place to store all sorts of household and lawn items. But more often than not, the garage is the first place in the home to become a cluttered, disorganized mess. It’s not a joke that the garage is a dumping ground for the random items you have acquired over time.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Another opportunity to be grateful, make merry, and FEAST! Now you’re grinning from ear to ear in remembrance….and anticipation. As we get ready to celebrate, we womenfolk are already thinking of ways to make the Thanksgiving table more beautiful and impressive than last year. Wanna make sure your family and […]
Today, I’d like to share some handy tips for cleaning kitchen worktops. Your kitchen counters are a real workhorse! They take a beating daily, and cleaning them can be challenging.
This is a guest post that my new friends at Dimen Diaries graciously hosted for me! If you like DIY Home & Garden (and you’re obviously reading it!), then you will love their ideas as well!
My living room was a blank canvas. I had many ideas running through my head about how I wanted to style this space. For one, I needed an office. My guest room was too small to have a desk in there, so I recognized that I would have to fit the office into my living […]
The fall and winter months are coming into full swing, but the rainy days and snow shouldn’t keep you from sitting and relaxing outside with your family or friends. Have you thought about installing awnings? They can be a great idea for a DIY project with the right materials and a skillful hand.
Your kitchen countertops take on a lot every day. They get bumped into and start to chip. Their surfaces get nicked by knives that miss the cutting board. And crumbs get tightly packed into grout lines. With all that wear and tear, it’s only a matter of time until you’ll need to redo your countertops.
Popcorn party favors are perfect any time of the year. Make these for any party, and decorate for the season. Cheap and easy to make.
When you burn a jar candle down to nothing, don’t toss it! You can upcycle a used jar candle into two useful items in just a few minutes.
I burn candles all the time. I love the warm glow and the delicate fragrant scent. As most of you know, I’m a thrifty DIY’er. But candles are a luxury that I don’t mind spending my hard-earned cash on.
Deck out an entire wall or doorway without breaking the bank!
Fall is a time is a whirlwind of holidays that leave little time and budget in between all the decor changes, but not decorating for each holiday feels like missing out. Never fear, it is possible to throw together a solid, spooky scene for your doorway or a major hall to put you in that spirit without spending your candy budget!
Boo! Halloween is here. It’s time to get your fright on! From severed limbs to ghoulish skeletons and ultra-scary costumes, Halloween is the time for fun, fright, and yeah, more fright. Forgive me, I’m excited about all the fright. But I bet your little one isn’t. Most Halloween decorations and costumes, well, let’s just say, […]
Halloween as kids is all fun and games. You dress up, you get free candy. The night ends with you on a sugar high riding into the sunset. But what do you do when the neighbor kicks you off her doorstep shouting, “You’ve got to stop! I’m not giving you free candy! You’re 38!”
That means it’s time to get a different excuse to eat too many sweets: a party.
The season is changing, and I couldn’t be happier. Fall or Autumn (whichever you prefer) is my favorite time of the year. I love celebrating Halloween and Thanksgiving, and there are pumpkins and leaves everywhere! And let’s not forget about Pumpkin Spice drinks. In honor of the season, I have compiled a list of my […] […]
I recently had an idea on how to fill an empty corner of my office without spending a dime. This involved an empty wood spool upcycled into a seasonally decorated side table. The spool I had in mind was a smaller spool, and it was just sitting in a warehouse waiting to be hauled to the dumpster. Of course, my upcycling senses kicked in! How could I let such a useful object be hauled off?
Just as we prepare our houses and wardrobes for the long months of winter, our gardens require preparations that will not leave them crying out for help once the season is over. There are many DIY projects to complete in your garden before winter that won’t require spending any money on new tools or products, and they are not time-consuming either.
I was recently given an old handmade decorative shelf, so I’m sharing the results of my first attempt chalk painting an antique wax finish to give this old shelf a makeover. While I’ve chalk painted several projects, I’ve always done the clear or white wax, so the antique look is a first for me!
Engage in amazing DIY projects for your bedroom this weekend because it totally deserves a makeover. You might not really think much about it, but your bedroom is your safe haven; it’s like your place of refreshing when the world takes its toll on you. For me, it’s where I go to regroup whenever I’m […]
Whether you’re tight on budget or just can’t keep up with the rapid fire holiday changes, this wreath is cheap, easy, and will last through November.
Last week I was eating corn dogs and watching the big wheel at the state fair, now suddenly it’s pumpkin spice and oversized scarves and my door still has spring white flowers on it! That’s so last season, literally! Hasn’t it heard you can’t wear white after labor day?
In our world today, no two words have ever been more opposite than “DIY Projects” and “Teenagers”. I mean, let’s face it, why would a teen want to get down and dirty in the backyard when there are lots of cool stuff online to check out, friends to chat with on social media, and amazing […]
A couple of days ago, we treated ourselves to cool DIY projects for our backyards. Today, we are going to be concentrating on the kitchen. When we say ‘kitchen upgrades’, we don’t necessarily mean a serious overhaul of the current design. Of course, it could be something very obvious that gives your kitchen a whole […]
Tiffany style lighting adds beauty, warmth and class to any home. There are many styles and types of Tiffany-inspired lighting available to purchase including ceiling lights, table lamps, floor lamps and hanging lamps. With such variety available in the color, size, and shape you can always work the lights into the design of any room.
DIY projects are fun, easy to do (well, to be honest, they aren’t so easy every time) and nine times out of ten, extremely rewarding. Whether it’s decorating your outdoor space, building something fun for your kids to play with, upcycling or recycling used items into various handy and useful pieces, your backyard most times serves as the […]
A friend or a relative calls to inform you they are in the area and would love to drop by, presumably to check on you, ask about your welfare, or just engage in a simple chat. And just like that, panic sets in! Why? Your house is not exactly presentable. Everywhere’s looking cluttered; there are […]
It occurred to me this morning that I’ve never shared one of my favorite DIY’s. It’s crazy, because I use my Sweet Pomegranate Hand Scrub with Vitamin E every single day. Yet it just never thought to share it with ya’ll!
I feel like I’m treading on slippery ground here with today’s article. I mean, come on, everybody knows spring is the normal planting time for perennials, and here I am wanting to give you 5 reasons to plant those perennials this coming fall instead. But before you think about skipping this article, remember we’ve become friends […]
Fall is a season of colorful, beautiful flowers, and chrysanthemums (commonly referred to as mums) remain the season’s most popular blossom. Mums feature in almost every fall decor, whether you’re decorating your patio, porch or even the dining table! That’s why we’re all about the mums today. Here are 8 inspiring ways you can decorate […]
Recently, we talked about succulent vegetables you can enjoy planting in your garden this approaching fall. Today, we are focusing on the flowering species that are best suited to the autumn season. The fall season is usually a vibrant one characterized by lots and lots of beautiful colors and an enjoyable ambiance. Whether you’re a […]
Purchasing comfy and elegant beds for your pets can be quite expensive, and totally not worth it if Mr. Fluffy decides he doesn’t like it. Let’s be honest, pets can be very picky and fussy. Instead of shelling out some major cash to keep Oscar in comfort, why don’t you spend time this coming weekend […]
Instead of a DIY or recipe today, I decided to share a Blog Roundup of the best DIY and cooking blogs I’ve found this week.
Every season demands its own special decoration to highlight or emphasize its inherent characteristics. Autumn is no different and today we are going to check out 9 DIY ideas for decorating your patio this fall. A classic fall decoration combo is the pumpkin and mums duo. You know fall (and Halloween) is around the corner […]
Reclaimed wood headboards aren’t a new idea; really great examples have been spotted in homes of all styles in recent years. But this reclaimed wood headboard stands outt. It’s not only easy to DIY — it’s a fun way to display art, too. Here’s how you can get a similar look for your home. Ilse […] […]
I know it’s only August, but for whatever reason I have had a hankering for something pumpkin. This seemed the perfect time to try the recipe I have seen all over Pinterest for 2 ingredient Pumpkin spice cookies. Sandie via Pumpkin Spice Cookies — Oh Yes, They Did
Here are some pitfalls to avoid when you build a raised bed garden. The internet is filled with articles on “how to build a raised bed garden,” as a topic, but they often lack specific information that you need after you’ve built the bed. Raised bed gardens are extraordinarily popular with both experienced gardeners and […]
Exciting things are happening at DIY Home & Garden. Here we grow again! We have some changes coming, and we wanted to update our readers on why you aren’t seeing new content daily.
Pantry a hot mess? No worries, here are 9 hacks for organizing your pantry. Improvise on storage spaces with magazine holders Magazine holders can do way more than their intended design of holding magazines. With a wee bit of cleverness, you can get them to hold aluminum foil, plastic wraps, and even cans. All you […]
The Liebster Award is a fun, social way for new blogs to put their name out into the blogging community with the goal of getting a few looks. I was nominated by Billi-Jean of Vintage Cookbook Shelf. I enjoyed her recent post “Happy Canada Day.” While I am an American, I grew up in Erie, […]
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If you’ve been searching on how to remove a popcorn ceiling in your house, then chances are that you belong to the set of textured ceiling homeowners. The popcorn ceiling design was quite the rage in the 80s, and the reason is quite obvious: they were cheap to install. And so, with little money, homeowners […]
Jalapeno Pimiento Cheese is a southern classic with a delicious and zesty twist! This is one of my husband’s favorite sandwiches. Every southern woman has a family recipe for Pimiento Cheese. It’s a staple in most southern households. That used to be unfortunate for my hubby. You see, he married himself a Pennsylvania Yankee who […]
DIY raised beds can give you instant gratification. Growing your own food is one of the most satisfying things a gardener can do. If you would like to transform your garden into a productive and beautiful place that can provide for you and your household, one of the things you will have to do is think about creating the growing spaces required.
Fall is just around the corner, and today we are looking at 6 vegetables to plant in your fall garden. If you are wondering what the hurry is all about as summer won’t end for at least a month and some days, it’s because autumn is your last chance to get fresh juicy vegetables from […]
As summer continues, I am shifting focus to prepare the garden for fall vegetables that I will plant soon. Here are 4 tips on turning your summer garden into a fall vegetable harvest.
Continuing with our upcycling trend, we’d be looking at 6 ways to upcycle an old chair. For those of us who are still not sure of the difference between recycling and upcycling, we had a post solely focused on that last week. Do check it out. It’s fun and educating! Upcycling simply means transforming or […]
I’ve long been wanting to upcycle a broken chair into a planter for my yard. I have one particularly bare spot in my front flower bed that needed a good bit of color. Unfortunately, it gets full sun, during the hottest part of the day and nothing seems to thrive in this spot.
The upcycled vs recycled debate is a long and ongoing one. Staunch supporters of each feel one is more beneficial to the environment than the other. If you love debates and are at the moment, rubbing your hands in glee at an opportunity to contribute your own quota to this controversial topic, err….sorry to disappoint […]
Mere mirror on the wall? I think not! Today I will show you how to refinish a vintage mirror properly. This ensures that it comes out without getting paint on the mirror or breaking the glass. It’s a quick, fun, and easy project.
Christmas in July? You may wonder who shops those sales. Well. Er. I do. I love Christmas and love the opportunity to cash in on some early holiday sales before the holiday rush. In fact, I’m normally done with my Christmas shopping by Thanksgiving. Over Thanksgiving weekend, when other shoppers are fighting the crowds, I […]
Keeping your garden always in bloom, almost all year round, can be done easily with a flower bed. But how to build it? This guide will show you!
Great grilling at home is easy when you transform unused lawn space into an attractive grill zone for your yard. My husband and I look forward to grilling every Sunday afternoon. We take the time to prep a lot of food and cook it for lunches all week long. We both have very busy full-time jobs and this helps us to stay on track with healthy-ish eating habits.
I have seen this project on many sites but never could find a step by step DIY how to upcycle a picture frame into an earring holder tutorial. I searched for directions, but couldn’t find them. I took matters into my own hands. I found an old frame, headed out to my shop, and figured it out, taking a few photos along the way.
If you’re a parent or guardian seeking to develop the gardening skills of your child or ward, here are 6 awesome garden ideas for kids you would definitely fall in love with. Building your child’s gardening skills comes with a lot of perks and nary a downside. It provides recreation and fun, develops their motor […]
A yard overgrown with greenery often turns into footpaths that take away from your curb appeal. A simple update every DIY landscaper can add in is by creating a pathway to guide the foot traffic. From a simple walking area to creative geometrical formats, adding in flagstones for a pathway offers unique and beautiful looks for the summer season. These simple steps will create the perfect look to upgrade your yard.
When you see these exterior painting before and after photos, you will see how a weekend with a paintbrush can transform the look of your home. In fact, painting the exterior of your home can add curb appeal, add value, and increase the desirability of your neighborhood.
There are some occasions when DIY is a bad idea. While I’m an avid DIY’er, there are some jobs that are best left to professionals. While I’ve never taken on a job that I haven’t been able to finish, I have had several emails from people looking for advice. Unfortunately, sometimes I really don’t have the answer. Because when it comes to bigger jobs, more skilled installations, or jobs that require tradesmen I also hire a pro.
I recently refinished an old wood desk and transformed it to farmhouse decor style. This desk was sitting in an old barn for over 10 years. The back was removed, someone had decided to run wiring to it and cut a light switch hole in the desk top. As some point, mice had chewed up that wiring, making it useless.
I have been interested in DIY game tables for a fun family game night for quite some time. I have been given an antique table top (no base) and would love to recycle this into a game table top. This piece is nostalgic for me and takes me back to childhood.
A lot of us work from home fully or on a part-time basis. This means your home boasts a workspace or an office set aside for business or even creative purposes. When last did you let your friends step into that area of your home during a visit? “It’s my workspace! They don’t need to […]
Tired of the same old, same old appearance of your patio? If yes, this is your chance to add a little bit of pizzazz and charm and make that space inviting to both you and your guests. Hiring expert landscapers and designers to revamp your patio would definitely be cool and give you great, professional […]
This how to guide will show you just how simple it is to chalk paint a mason jar. Mason jars are so useful! They are cute. They hold stuff. They can be used to display things. I am wild about them. Chalk painting a mason jar was the natural solution for me when I decided to look for a new pen organizer for my desk.
I recently turned to blog readers for advice on how to attract hummingbirds to my garden, and this easy DIY bird bath is the result of some of that advice. It’s built from scrap wood and a plastic plant saucer, this is as simple as it gets.
I am fascinated with old ladders and want to share 10 ways to upcycle an old ladder with you. Recently, I was given an old, rickety wooden ladder that was going to go to the trash if I couldn’t do something with it. In fact, I created two projects out of this ladder
You can save money when budgeting for your DIY project; learn when to save and when to splurge on materials. A DIY project can really hit you in the wallet…hard. But if you know what you can save money on and where you need to really spend it, you can alleviate some of the financial strain.
Most of you probably clicked on this article just to be sure you correctly read the title and your eyes were not playing tricks on you. Well, thanks for clicking and yes, today we are going to find out to turn our yards into a bat-hive. “Why on earth would I want bats in my […]
Today, we are giving some special love to our readers with small bathrooms. The bathroom is truly one of the most essential spaces in any house. Apart from serving several hygienic purposes, we keep lots of stuff in there: toothbrushes, razors, electric shavers, makeup brushes and other beauty products and accessories, tissue paper, towels, lotions, […]
Upcycling is fun, easy, and can save you a ton of money. Today, I’m going to share 5 easy upcycling ideas featuring common household items.
A while ago, I talked about plants that preferred a cool shade to the blazing heat of the sun’s rays. For those worried about the bare shaded spots in their gardens, that article sure did provide one or two ideas. Today, however, we are having the opposite: plants that thrive in sunlight. When I say […]
Low in fat is not what normally comes to mind when you hear “Creamy,” but this salad dressing delivers on the promise of low-fat but high in flavor. “Creamy” most often conjures images of foods based in mayonnaise or heavy sour creams. But this low-fat salad dressing has a secret ingredient.
Today’s post, I will admit, is wishful thinking on my part. I am researching plants that attract hummingbirds to the garden. So far, my efforts in attracting these flighty little birds have been epic failuries. I need advice from you expert gardeners on this topic.
I upcycled an old wooden ladder into a trellis last weekend. In that post, I promised you that part of the ladder which I cut down was going to make a second project. This is that project. It’s a charming, shabby chic towel rack to keep in my She-Shed.
I don’t know about ya’ll but I don’t like using the calendar on my smartphone. Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer to write in my appointments on pen and paper. I’m always afraid that I’ll accidentally share my calendar to my list of contacts, the screen is small, and it’s just hard for me to use in general.
I was given a worn out, rickety wooden ladder last week by a friend who was clearing out an old barn. She’s always entertained by how I transform junk into something usable. Well, she should prepare to be double-amazed because that old ladder is being repurposed into two useful items. Today, I’m sharing Upcycled Ladder […]
I recently drove past a yard sale that was ending and stopped, only to find a yard sale leftover piece that I thought could be easily turned into a charming “welcome” chair for my foyer. It had a $2 price tag on it.
Ella from My Favorite Recipes has nominated me for this Blue Sky Tag. Check out her blog, My Favorite Recipes. Ella is a first generation German-American who shares her authentic recipes with the world. Looking them over, it makes me recall the flavors of my childhood. I think of the dishes cooked by my German and Polish grandparents. I’m looking forward to recreating some of these dishes.
Yippee!!! Summer is finally here. Fine, summer would soon be here, give or take a couple of weeks. Everyone is excited and looking forward to sunny skies and cool breezes: a perfect atmosphere for cookouts. Almost everyone reading this post is either planning to host or attend a summer cookout during this period. If you […]
If you’re overwhelmed with clutter in your home, this how to guide will show you some ways to turn your trash into cash as you organize your home. We all unintentionally collect things that we don’t use. Now make some money selling them!
Trying your hand at vegetable gardening these past few months? I bet you are enjoying yourself, nurturing your plants and watching those pretty flowers bloom. I hope our gardening posts have been of immense help to you in one way or the other. If they have, trust me when I say we feel extremely rewarded. If this is your first time, no worries, you can check out our super-helpful posts here.
Grow cucumbers vertically on a cucumber cage to increase your cucumber production. It’s easy to train them to grow up the cage, they look stunning, and you will get more cucumbers. I have tried different methods in years past to train my cucumbers to grow vertically, However, using a cucumber cage aka tomato cage is the simplest way that I have tried.
You may pass on furniture restoration projects because you don’t know how to re-cover a chair cushion. Actually, it’s an easy task. In just 10 easy steps, you can have a freshly reupholstered seat for your chair.
A few weeks ago, I found a vintage 1950s kitchen utility cart in the scrap metal pile at our county trash drop off point. I decided to “rescue” it and upcycle it into a chic bar cart. It’s going to work perfectly to serve cocktails, wine, or coffee.
When heroes sacrifice their lives on the battlefield for the greater good of their families and countries, they deserve to be celebrated. For US citizens, Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor these brave warriors. This national holiday is held every last Monday in May (yep, two days from now) and this means […]
A couple of days from now and another Memorial Day weekend would be upon us. And I’m betting your mind is teeming with lots of fun ideas and activities to make the weekend truly awesome for your family. For the cornhole enthusiast, I’m sure the famous game is topping your list of must-do activities for the […]
These are 6 affordable DIY projects that can add instant curb appeal, boost your home’s perceived value, and give you pride and enjoyment. You don’t need to have the largest or most expensive home in the neighborhood. In fact, often curb appeal is about the charming touches not the size of price tag of the home.
You probably have an outdated laminate microwave cart somewhere around your house. Once you learn the basic technique of how to repaint laminate furniture, you can transform your former ugly furniture can become a piece in a child’s playroom.
Today we are going to look at how you can create quick and easy vertical storage space in your home. While most of us daydream of living in a large home with huge walk-in closets, that’s not the reality for most. While small home owners are content with their snug space, they have one common complaint: lack of storage space.
I love ribs, but I rarely order them when I go out to eat. I prefer to make them at home. While ribs were once a challenge, I have developed a secret ingredient that makes perfectly seasoned ribs, every time. I call it Big Daddy’s Rib Rub, in honor of my husband.
The upcycling trend is on the rise. Everyone is upcycling everything. Old dressers are being converted into gardening containers, emptied wine bottles are being used as antique table lamps, antique school desks are being transformed into charming end tables, and the list goes on….. A very popular upcycling idea is the transformation of several old […]
Do you love gardening? Do you have a fuzzy canine friend or a proud feline buddy? If both answers are yes, then this article is for you. Some pretty-looking flowers and plants in your garden can prove to be straight up poison to your pets when ingested. Here are 5 common garden plants that are […]
Got Clutter? Here are the secrets to clearing it out so that you can fall in love with your closets all over again.
You waited until the last minute and now it’s almost Mother’s Day. You can treat the Mom who loves to garden to a quick, easy, and customized present with this DIY garden sign. Because it’s quickly personalized, it will look like you had made it weeks ago. Nothing about this looks like an OMG I […]
Use watercolors to handpaint a card instead of opting for an overpriced, less personal store bought option.
But don’t worry, this soap is special for her and it’s a perfect reminder of how much you love her- every time she washes her hands.
Gardening in a small apartment might seem impossible and downright disheartening for those of us who love getting our hands dirty and seeing nature bloom around us. However, there have been recent ideas, techniques and suggestions from gardeners and agricultural experts on various ways to garden in a small space, with vertical gardening being the […]
Some weeks ago, I published a post on how to maximize the space in your small studio apartment. Out of the several ideas and suggestions offered, most readers would have noticed my fondness for the multi-purpose furniture. I do love them! Why? Well, what’s not to love? They help you conserve space by performing the purpose […]
Locker up! A DIY guide on how to repaint a locker and inspiration for a locker upcycle project. You will have a unique piece in your home.
After making a wish list and planning for weeks, my she shed is finally done! Completed, it features a workbench at my height, storage, seating for when I want a break from gardening, and…running water!
How to make an easy door decoration to surprise your mom with this Mother’s Day without fainting at the bill! Spring is upon us (or at least we so hope it’s in the near future), and with spring means that any “seasonal,” “winter” decor that’s really just leftover Christmas cheer we’re clinging to is officially […]
Okay, so I’m guessing if you are avidly interested in this article’s contents, it’s either one of two things; you are currently residing in a tiny studio apartment with an even tinier kitchen area, or you are living in a big house that has a surprisingly pathetic excuse for a kitchen. Now that I think about […]
Cast your vote, the poll is open. What DIY topics do you want to read more of in May? [polldaddy poll=9737567] MAY IS SO BUSY FOR HOME & GARDEN ENTHUSIASTS! I’m busy planning out my May articles. Yes. Contrary to popular opinion, bloggers do plan. We write content around holidays and special occasions. Between my […]
Before my college days, I had always dreamed of having my own space. No frowning parent ordering me to arrange my room and other such tiring tasks. When I finally got into college, I could practically taste freedom. I was able to rent a studio apartment, and yes it was tiny, but it was all […]
At some point, you’ve probably wondered if you can/how to refinish laminate furniture. Yes, indeed, it can be done. In fact, it’s quite easy to do!
This peppermint foot soak is the perfect excuse for your mom to sit down and the perfect addition to a spa package, and it won’t be stressful to make either.
Transforming a piece or two of furniture is now a hot trend, especially with the things that are wasteful to dispose of, like dressers. One of the best ways is to squeeze those creative juices and unleash your DIY skills to make something new out of this old stuff. Here are some of the ideas that you may want to consider in your next project.
I recently saw…and fell in love with…an antique child’s school desk which I purchased and upcycled into a charming end table. My new end table adds a unique rustic charm to my living room where it now holds a special place. It sits centered under the picture window and holds a lamp which lights up the room every evening.
If you’re looking for information on how to grow tomatoes, look no further. We have the tips to help you grow lush, juicy tomatoes in your garden.
Think you can’t entertain in small outdoor spaces? Guess again! Here are some hints on pulling off a party in a small outdoor area.
Take a look at five essential plants you’ll need for a successful butterfly garden.
The cutest of container gardens are easy to create with just a little time and imagination. In fact, any vessel or bucket can be turned into a container garden. In my opinion, unexpected containers add charm and a rustic folk-art appeal to your outdoor living space. Whether the container is large or small makes no […]
If you love DIY projects as much as I do, you probably often wish for a She-Shed. This is a space where you can escape to for completing your projects in peace and quiet. This means away from the Hubby and kids. This place is your very own She Shed!
Today I’m looking forward to enjoying sipping some 3 ingredient Dark Chocolate & Kahlua Iced Coffee. The forecast is for a perfect spring day. We have been promised a warm, low-humidity day with a low pollen count. Here in Eastern NC, it tends to go from winter to hot summer with nary a break so […]
I love that I can upcycle plastic bottles into useful garden tools; here I show you how to take 5 plastic bottles and make 7 useful gardening tools out of them. I love recycling and try to upcycle anything that’s useful. There are a lot of reasons that I choose to upcycle my plastic bottles. […]
Happy Spring Ya’ll! Time for some terra cotta pot makeovers! After burrowing away for the winter, I’ve been busy. I’ve been getting ready for planting my garden. Firstly, starting my seeds. Then planting my early-season lettuce, kale and spinach. Finally, planting annuals around the whole yard. My husband built me a fantastic outdoor potting bench […]
Container Gardening: Choosing the Correct Planter
We refinished a rusted old beach bike and it’s become a planter tto add to my container gardens.