When I began my weight loss challenge, I debated whether I should post about it on this blog, since it was personal & didn’t relate to decor. I gave it a shot and created a Lifestyle section to add my health & fitness posts, along with other related topics like recipes & holidays. Now, I’ve decided to make a change to this.
When you first subscribed to The DIY Homegirl, it was before I ventured into these topics. It was for the DIY, the decorating tips, the design posts. I’d like to apologize that I’ve been filling your feed with posts that don’t relate to this. I now believe it’s best to keep these elements of my life separate from this site, so you now won’t be notified of these health, fitness, weight loss, etc. posts.
If you enjoyed those posts, thank you! I will continue to blog about them under a new website, The DIY Health Nut. I’m in the process of moving all my health-related posts here, as well.
Talking about my health journey has really helped me be accountable, so I will continue to blog about the Extreme Weight Loss Challenge at my new blog. I will include only healthy recipes, fitness tips, more of my home workouts, and general healthy goodness.
I hope to see you over at The DIY Health Nut, but if not, you will continue to receive my design & decorating posts here. :)
While window-shopping & brainstorming ideas for a bookshelf in my living room, I spotted a wood ironing board at a consignment shop. It was $30—a little more than I think an old ironing board should cost, yet cheaper than a decent bookshelf. But mostly, I was sold on having such a unique piece in my home.
Continue reading to check out more of my recent vintage/secondhand find and to see how I made it over!
Every year, decor enthusiasts, stylists, and designers eagerly await the announcement of Pantone’s Color of the Year. When it was finally was announced, many people shunned their choice: Marsala.
Seeing how so many people have objected got me wondering, why have people reacted so negatively toward it? Read along for my theories into the perception of this color, plus learn how it can be used to decorate a beautiful space.
Decorating my dining room only took about a year. That’s normal, right?
With the exception of my last apartment, I’ve never had a space carved out for dining. I was perfectly happy camped out at the coffee table with my meal, watching TV. This is probably why it took so long to truly decorate this portion of my current apartment. Ahh, the comfort of familiarity…
Once I tackled the rooms I used more often–my office and bedroom–I knew I had to get back to the dining room. Finally, I can finally reveal this new and improved space and enjoy it like it should be. Continue reading to see what tips I used to create a dining room in an open floorplan and how I did this on a very limited budget.
But, life happens. The winter came and that hindered some of the work that had to be done outside, like cutting wood and tiles. Then in January, my mother passed away unexpectedly, which really changed things. If you’ve experienced this loss as a spouse or a child, you know your world is changed completely.
Thankfully, things have pretty much settled for my stepdad, so we jumped back into the makeover. In the last month or two, we’ve made some great progress. It’s a sweet feeling when you finally start seeing the fruits of your makeover labor, so I’m excited to share some photos with you!
Continue reading to check out our progress so far…
This week, I baked some homemade pumpkin bread for Bosses Day. I’ve had the urge to bake an autumnal treat, but I prefer to do it for others. If I bake for myself, I become a real life Cookie Monster, prone to smashing all the baked goodness over 1-2 days.
This recipe produces a moist, not-too-spicy bread with an added bonus of heartiness: pepitas baked on top. Pepitas are hulled pumpkin seeds. These add a perfect contrast of crunch and nuttiness to the sweet, moist bread. (You can substitute them with other nuts, if desired.)
This recipe is also great because you don’t have to go out and buy all the individual spices—you just need cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. You also get the bonus of ginger by using the pumpkin pie spice. Mmmm, ginger.
A few weeks ago, I was weighing options of shelves for my living room makeover, browsing stores to see what I could find. I really wanted something unique and decorative… not plain and generic like the ready-to-assemble bookshelves you can get at a big box store.
And that is when the decor gods smiled upon me and blessed me with a vintage wood ironing board. I scored this at a consignment store, which has become my preferred option for quality, secondhand goods.
I’m a thinker. A big-time thinker. All my life. I imagine, I play out scenarios in my head, I have lots of what if’s and tons of why’s. My theory is that because I think so much, I have a much lower chance of having Alzheimer’s when I get old. Or maybe it will be the opposite–that because I’ve used my brain so much, it will one day just give up.
So, it’s no surprise I’ve been pondering why a particular occurrence has been happening lately. I wonder if it’s not really random at all and if the universe/God trying to speak to me, trying to give me signs…
It’s not you, it’s me. You had to know it would end soon. I loved you so much in the beginning, but now I need a change. I need something softer, something that suits me better. I need more warmth and more color in my life. It’s time we part ways.
Dear Dining Room,
I neglected you for so long. I don’t know how you put up with me ignoring you all this time, when all you wanted was a little love. Well, I’m finally ready to give myself to you. We can do this, together, finally.
It’s true, I have a deep relationship with my home. In human relationships, you may come to a turning point. Things get stale or are neglected, which is how I started feeling with my living room and dining room. So I vowed to do a makeover. Continue reading to check out more of my moodboard & my plan for these rooms.
This time of year is when we embrace the deeper shades of life, while nature transforms into fall. Fall is one my second favorite season and I love witnessing the fiery colors nature has to offer. It’s a true blessing.
But how do you embrace the colors of fall in your home if you don’t like to decorate for fall? Easy—bring the colors in without using the autumn theme.
To learn how to decorate with these delicious colors in all ways small to large, check out these Get Your Color On! posts. You’ll find photo inspiration, links to DIY projects, plus decor & furniture that will help you bring these natural shades into your home.