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.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Home Improvement and Decor DIYers

Holiday Gifts for Home Improvement and Decor DIYers | Diary of a DIYer

Now that the biggest weekend for shopping is behind us, I think it’s safe to say the holiday season is starting to get into full swing.

Finding the right gift for your family member or friend can be tough, especially if you don’t know much about their hobby. I made a list of holiday gift ideas (both store-bought and handmade) for the home improvement and décor do-it-yourselfer in your life. And don’t worry – even if you aren’t a DIYer yourself, you shouldn’t have too much trouble tackling those projects (I think.)

Thanksgiving Home Prep: 6 Simple Projects to Tackle Before Turkey Day

Prepping your home for Thanksgiving can be done in six simple steps. | Diary of a DIYer

Thanksgiving: It’s a different kind of meal prep.

With a little over a week until the big turkey dinner, the pressure to host a great Thanksgiving is on. Odds are your menu is finalized, but is your home ready to handle all the guests walking through the front door?

Keep reading to find six simple home prep projects that you’ll have no trouble finishing by Thanksgiving.

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!

How to Make a Nutrient-Rich Fertilizer by Composting Leaves

How to Make a Nutrient-Rich Fertilizer by Composting Leaves | Diary of a DIYer

One of the best parts of fall is watching the trees change from vibrant shades of green to burnt hues of red, orange and yellow.

One of the worst? Raking leaves. It’s tedious and time consuming, and don’t even try to attempt it on a windy day.

But this year, instead of bagging your leaves up and leaving them on the side of the road for pickup, try composting them. Composted leaves provide a rich fertilizer for your veggie and flower gardens. It’s a lengthy process which is why you should start now while you’re getting your yard ready for winter.

…And did I mention it’s free?