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!

What to Know About Butcher Block Countertops

What to Know About Butcher Block Countertops | Diary of a DIYer

When it comes to kitchen designs and trends, there are a few that stick out to me as styles I’d love to incorporate into my own space. One trend that’s been on my radar for a couple years now is butcher block countertops.

Butcher block countertops have been in style for quite some time (or so I’ve noticed once I started using Pinterest regularly). Butcher block is essentially pieces or strips of wood adhered together to create gorgeous slabs that can has various uses, including counters.

If you like the look of butcher block countertops but aren’t sure if they’re the right choice for your kitchen, keep reading to learn more. I’ll lay out some facts and you can (hopefully) make your decision from there.

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? 

5 Ways to Update Your Curb Appeal for Fall

5 Ways to Update Your Curb Appeal for Fall | Diary of a DIYer

Happy first day of fall, everyone! I hope the season’s off to a good start for you.

I wrote about the value of curb appeal a while back, but now that the seasons have changed, it’s time for an update.

As a homeowner, you know the importance of keeping up your outdoor façade. While you transition from summer flowers to autumn leaves, here are 5 ways to update your home’s curb appeal for the fall.

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.

Autumn Yard Upkeep: How to Winterize Your Lawn & Garden

Autumn Yard Upkeep: How to Winterize Your Lawn & Garden | Diary of a DIYer

You’ve worked so hard all spring and summer for a beautiful yard with some serious curb appeal. Don’t let it go to waste once the seasons start to change.

Winterizing your lawn and garden is a fairly simple task – you’re probably already doing most of what I’ll be mentioning in this post. It’s all about timing and strategy. Plan accordingly and do the prep work now to make sure your lawn and garden will bounce back to life once spring rolls around.

7 Home Improvement Projects for the End of the Summer

7 Home Improvement Projects for the End of the Summer | Diary of a DIYer

Summer is soon coming to a close. It’s a sad time for some, but others (me) couldn’t be more excited to welcome back some milder weather. Maybe there were projects on your radar that didn’t get finished (or started for that matter), but what’s a better time than now to get to the grindstone?

Now that Labor Day has passed and the kids are back at school, here are 7 late-summer home improvement projects to tackle before fall hits.

Out of Sight: Popular Ways to Use Access Panels

Out of Sight: Popular Ways to Use Access Panels | Diary of a DIYer

Living up to their name, access panels provide behind-the-scenes access to the concealed areas in your walls. They’re commonly used in the building and plumbing industries, but installing one yourself is a simple DIY project.

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.

How to Refresh Your Bathroom with $100

How to Refresh Your Bathroom with $100 | Diary of a DIYer

If you’re just getting your feet wet in the home décor world, a quick bathroom update is an ideal project to start with. Refreshing your bathroom can make all the difference, and better yet, you don’t have to spend an unreasonable amount of money.

So, do you have an extra Benjamin laying around to take on this project? I promise, that’s all it’ll take to give your bath a quick update. Keep reading to find out which updates will give you the most bang for your buck.