home decor

College Freshman Checklist: 9 Things You Need to Pack

College Freshman Checklist: 9 Things You Need to Pack | Diary of a DIYer

I love back to school season—always have, always will. There’s just something about starting a new year with fresh supplies. But when you get to college, you need to think about a lot more than a backpack and notebooks if you’re living on campus. Besides the basics, here are 9 things you need to pack for a great first year away at school (plus a free printable!).

4 Easy DIY Party Decorations for the 4th of July

4 Easy DIY Party Decorations for the 4th of July

The essentials of Fourth of July parties are simple: barbeques, fireworks, cold drinks and great company. But if you’re hosting a Fourth of July party this year and put the decorating on the back burner, don’t worry. There are plenty of DIY party decorations out there and I’ve got four of the easiest right here.

None of these decorations take a particularly long time to complete or require a lot of materials. Some are easy enough that you can get your kids involved, too. It’s gonna be a DIY Fourth of July!

Entryway Updates: Ideas for Décor and Organization

Entryway Updates: Ideas for Décor and Organization

Entryways are frequently traveled spots in our homes, but we usually don’t spend a lot of time in them other than going in and out. Over time, they can accumulate a lot of our belongings—keys, mail, shoes, coats. Space is also a factor with entryways. Some homes have a small entry, while others have a lofty foyer. No matter the size of your entryway, here are some tips to save space and decorate with style.

How to Create a Nursery Gallery Wall

How to Create a Nursery Gallery Wall | Diary of a DIYer

You just finished putting the crib together, and the changing table? It’s all set and ready for changing dirty diapers. Now comes the fun part: decorating the nursery. There are a lot of different ways to put the finishing touches on your baby’s nursery, whether it’s picking a paint color or choosing the comfiest chair to rock your newborn to sleep in.

Let your creativity shine by creating a gallery wall. My nephew’s nursery has different pieces displayed above his changing table, from framed prints to a small decorative mirror. It’s a simple idea that adds a personal touch to his room, but it does take a bit of preparation to gather décor and figure out the wall’s layout.

Kitchen Backsplash Storage Ideas

Kitchen Backsplash Storage Ideas

Kitchen storage can be a struggle if you have a lot to store but not a lot of space. When you run out of room in the drawers and cabinets, where do you turn? (Hint: your backsplash!) Backsplashes can be modified to have a lot more use than just protecting your walls from messes.

Now that you have an idea of what type of backsplash you’d like in your kitchen, here are some ideas to make the most out of the space.

Creating a Comfy Space for Your Pet

Creating a Comfy Space for Your Pet | Diary of a DIYer

We spend a lot of time figuring out how we’d like our homes to look. Think about it: from style, to furniture, to paint, and so much more. One area I haven’t seen much of a focus on is a comfy area for your pet to relax.

Our furry little friends are an extension of our families and they deserve the best. While I’m not suggesting a full area remodel, small additions can go a long way. Keeping the décor of your house in mind, here are my ideas to make your pet’s spaces—both indoors and outdoors—as cozy (and convenient) as can be.

Modern Bathroom Trends

The bathroom is usually the most used room in the home. Unfortunately, this can mean it is often viewed strictly as a utilitarian space used to get in and get out during your morning rush to work. But lately homeowners and renters alike have been reconsidering this space and its design. Today’s bathrooms are bringing together both style and function. 

How to Paint a Chalkboard Wall

I love to decorate and I have been able to make my place my own within the confinements of my lease and I consider that an accomplishment.  Even more conveniently, my apartment complex allows you to paint your walls as long as you put a coat of primer back on them when you leave.  I realize that not everyone has the luxury of being able to paint in their rentals, and I wanted to take advantage of the freedom I have.  Which leads me to this project. 

Bringing Vintage Style to Your Kitchen

So you want to bring the days of old to your kitchens design, but what is vintage styling? Vintage or Retro Chic often refers to an era around the 1920’s but in some cases can refer to design aspects that are over 20 years old depending on preferences. What is so great about adding vintage accents is that it does not require a whole kitchen renovation. Here are just a few elements that can help to bring a vintage feel to your home’s kitchen.

Christmas Tree Decoration Tips

The holiday season is finally upon us and with it brings holiday décor and, in particular, a Christmas tree. Whether it’s a family tradition or an annoyance that needs to be put up every year just to be knocked down again by your dog, there are a few tricks to make your tree look great each and every year.