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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.

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!

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!

Preparing for Your First Summer Party of the Season

Preparing for Your First Summer Party of the Season

Enjoying a night of warm weather with friends is a summer staple. With a few more weeks to go, the first day of summer is creeping up on us (which is June 20th, for those keeping track). Is your backyard ready for entertaining?

Getting ready for your first outdoor party of the season can be overwhelming, whether it’s cleaning up, making sure there’s enough food, and taking care of the small details that fall through the cracks. I’ve put together a few helpful tips to help you prepare. Keep reading to see my suggestions!

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. 

Is Your Kitchen Ready for the Holidays?

Entertaining and cooking for the holidays is never an easy task. This becomes even harder if your appliances are outdated or not working properly or you’re dealing with a cramped or awkwardly designed kitchen. After years of living with small kitchens my wife and I have come up with a few tips to ease the pain of cooking and preparing for the holidays.