DIY

laundry room button art

Our laundry room is a crying shame. It’s dingy, it’s messy, it favors function over style a thousand-fold. This didn’t used to bother me. After all, it’s just a laundry room. But now that I have an infant and am doing approximately 65,000 loads of laundry per week, I find […]

diy: gettin’ twiggy with it

Super Storm Sandy: Check. Power back on: Check (though it has flickered several times, in fact twice while I was trying to post this, and many in our area haven’t gotten it back AT ALL yet.) Internet, Phone and TV Service finally restored: Check, check and check. Price-gouged gas in […]

diy: confessions of a napkin addict

I have amassed an embarrassing number of paper napkins. A whole mountain of them, all with a different theme: holiday napkins, striped ones, napkins featuring cartoonish slices of watermelon. My collection once fit in a large bowl in our pantry, and having outgrown that container, they’re now overflowing from an […]

DIY design: earrings on a wire

What do you do when you own approximately a trillion pairs of earrings? …When they’re getting all tangled, mixed up, and separated from their twins in your otherwise trusty jewelry box? Well, this of course is a very tragic problem and one for which there are only two solutions. 1) […]

sod or seed? the answer is here

Guest post from Suzanne @ Inspire; to breathe Oh yards! Trees, grass, and flowers: so many opportunities for beauty, and so many opportunities for…disaster. I have been reading Suzanne’s blog, Inspire; to breathe for a while now and have been continually impressed by her positive attitude and her sense of […]

diy: welcome to the enclave

(NOTE: In order to get in the right head space for this HIMP Month installment, please read the title of this post in the voice of Axl Rose singing, “Welcome to the Jungle.”) Weird thing about our house: we don’t really have a useable backyard. It’s narrow, sloped, and adjacent […]

diy: guest post from Tori @ The Ramblings

I am honored that newly-married, uber-funny, super-mama Tori, of The Ramblings, agreed to do a guest blog on her experience with DIY-ing in honor of The Home Tome’s Home Improvement (HIMP) Month…She just moved to a new house: based on what she recently tackled with her Very Bloggy Wedding, she’s […]

how to hug your house

Lately, in honor of Home Improvement Month, I’ve been suggesting that you “hug your house,” as if this is an obvious and everyday practice. In case this has left any of you scratching your heads and wondering if I’ve inhaled too many paint fumes, let me try to explain. Well, […]

for the impatient decorator…

Do you want to re-decorate your space? Are you intimidated by the process? Are you hoping this won’t take an infinity? Well, decorating is an extremely important facet of Home Improvement Month and I am happy to say that there is an excellent course you can take, taught by speed […]

diy: white brick

The first project Rob and I Rob tackled in our house was to paint the brick around our fireplace white. This came as no surprise to anyone who knows us or who had visited our apartment in the South Bronx, where we had white walls, white furniture, white plates and…white […]

diy shed: rusty to rustic

RUSTY SHED, BEFORE: We had every intention of painting this eyesore at the side of our house. We even bought the paint. I shouldn’t be too disrespectful because this shed is extremely useful: it houses our lawnmower, garbage cans, snow blower, rakes, shovels, etc. It just looked a little creepy […]