home decor

Summertime Hygge: How to Achieve a New Kind of Cozy

Summertime Hygge: How to Achieve a New Kind of Cozy | Diary of a DIYer

Hygge is almost inescapable these days. No matter where you turn in the online décor world—from blogs to Pinterest—there are frequent mentions of this Danish term.

It’s more a state of mind than anything else—meaning, you can feel it no matter the time of year. As we work our way through spring and transition to summer warmth, here’s how to achieve a new kind of cozy in your home.

How to Mix and Match Home Décor Styles

How to Mix and Match Home Decor Styles | Diary of a DIYer

It’s not hard to accumulate a decent amount of furniture over the years, whether they’re hand-me-downs or old decorative pieces from previous homes.

No matter how you got your hands on these decorative pieces, letting them sit in storage just seems wasteful. But how easy is it to throw together a room with different styles of décor? Here are some general rules of thumb to follow when mixing and matching décor styles.

9 DIY Accent Wall Ideas to Make Your Home More Interesting

9 DIY Accent Wall Ideas to Make Your Home More Interesting | Diary of a DIYer

Is your home looking a little drab? Break up the ‘blah’ and add an accent wall to your living space.

Accent walls are great for adding pizzazz to an otherwise monotonous room. With their bold colors, styles and materials, accent walls turn a blank canvas into the focal point of your room. There are a lot of paths you can take to create an accent wall. Here are nine ideas for accent walls that are easy enough to DIY.

How to Make Your Own Mid-Century Modern Furniture

How to Make Your Own DIY Mid-Century Modern Furniture | Diary of a DIYer

DIY mid-century modern furniture seems like a lofty idea, but in reality, making your own can be easier than you think. Remember, this style is known for its simple and timeless design – so nothing horribly difficult as long as you have some basic woodworking skills and a true do-it-yourself spirit.   

Design Ideas for Stikwood, the DIY Peel-and-Stick Wood Planks

Stikwood is an easy to install peel-and-stick wood plank that adds rustic charm to any room. | Diary of a DIYer

Q: What do you get when you mix planks of reclaimed wood with some seriously heavy duty adhesive?

A: A stylishly rustic product called Stikwood.

It’s a beloved product among home décor DIYers—and for good reason. Keep reading to learn more about Stikwood and all the home projects you can use it for.

Thanksgiving Décor: 3 Areas You Need to Decorate This Year

Learn the three areas of your home you need to decorate this Thanksgiving. | Diary of a DIYer

Thanksgiving marks the start of my favorite time of year. The holiday season can be stressful with all of the entertaining and planning that goes on—so much that sometimes your home’s décor takes a backseat to all the hustle and bustle.

I’ll let you in on a little secret: there’s an easy way to decorate for Thanksgiving. Keep it to the basics and you’ll be well on your way to a stress-free holiday.

Think of where your guests will spend the most time. Odds are your kitchen and dining room are two strong guesses, so be sure to put emphasis on those areas. Your entryway is also important especially if you’re expecting a lot of first-time visitors.

Read on to learn how to decorate these spaces and get your home ready for Thanksgiving!

Time for Recess: How to Create Shelf Space Between Studs

Time for Recess: How to Create Shelf Space Between Studs | Diary of a DIYer

In a perfect world, there’d be enough space to store all of our stuff. Most of us know that’s not realistic, so where do you turn when you absolutely need more storage?

The answer is in your walls.

Every room in your home could use some more shelf space. Take advantage of wasted space between your wall studs by installing recessed shelving.

Throwback Thursday: Retro Kitchen Design Ideas

Retro Kitchen Design Ideas | Diary of a DIYer

It’s a look that’s frozen in time.

Many interior designers who create retro kitchen designs in the present day are equal parts designer and historian. Capturing the ‘50s influence is fairly simple. Finding the right pieces is the hard part.

Retro kitchens are a timeless trend. Whether you want an exact replica of 1950s kitchen aesthetics or one with a modern twist, keep reading to learn what types of accents you’ll need to design an authentic retro kitchen.

6 Tips for Decorating the Space Above Kitchen Cabinets

6 Tips for Decorating the Space Above Kitchen Cabinets | Diary of a DIYer

Decorating above kitchen cabinets is a difficult task. Empty space above your cabinets can make your kitchen look unfinished, but too much above-cabinet décor can look cluttered and messy. Here are six tips to help you strike a balance and decide how to decorate the space above your cabinets.

Cabinet Hardware Ideas: Using Knobs & Pulls Beyond the Kitchen

Cabinet Hardware Ideas: Using Knobs & Pulls Beyond the Kitchen | Diary of a DIYer

Do you know how many uses for cabinet knobs and pulls there are? And I mean besides being installed on your kitchen cabinets.

Different types of cabinet hardware will have different uses around the home. You’ll find that cabinet pulls work well for functional purposes while you can be more decorative with knobs.

If you happen to have extra cabinet hardware laying around, keep reading for ideas for easy DIY projects. Who knows—you might end up going to your local hardware store for supplies to tackle these projects yourself.