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There’s nothing more satisfying than transforming something old, outdated, or just plain ugly into something new, functional, and beautiful. While the process can be unappealing, the end result is always worth it—especially when it’s your home! Here are my tips on ways to make an old home look brand new on a budget.

6 Ways To Make an Old Home Look Brand New on a Budget

DIY is part of a zero-waste lifestyle. And the first time you do it, it's exciting! Rolling up your sleeves, making something new, saving money—it actually gets me every time. But in the crafty thrill of your first time, it’s easy to forget the fact that you’re working with sharp tools, heavy (or messy) materials, and occasionally, chemicals. Yes, paint is a chemical.

Essential Safety Tips for Your First DIY Project

If you laughed at the headline for this post, you're not alone. When you have small children, just being a parent every day is daunting enough. The idea of living a sustainable life while doing it can seem like a fantasy. But with a bit of a plan and some simple ideas, it's possible. And upcycling isn’t just great for the environment; it can also help save you money. Gather up old clothes and invest in some new baby items with these simple ways to become a sustainable parent!

4 Simple Ways To Become a Sustainable Parent

I enjoy the satisfaction of taking something broken and giving it a beautiful second life. So, over the years, I’ve refurbished more than my fair share items in my home with the help of the hundreds of DIY tutorials out there. Here's a quick overview of the best ways to repurpose items in your home to inspire you to take on some creative projects of your own.

Best Ways To Repurpose Items in Your Home

Whether you just bought a used couch from a thrift store or you have an old one that you don’t want to get rid of, slipcovers are an excellent option for making an old couch look like new. However, not all slipcovers look great the second you put them on - sometimes you have to work them a bit. That’s why I’ve put together a short guide on how to make slipcovers more presentable.

How To Make Slipcovers Look More Presentable

I’m always on the lookout for surprising, useful upcycles. So, when I came across numerous projects that involved repurposed window shutters, I did a happy dance. Take a look at just a few of my favorite, unusual ways to reuse shutters in your home.


I’m always struck by how many scraps of fabric I make when I’m sewing (or my kid is quilting). As my collection of leftovers grew, I wondered how I could make use of all the leftover material. Save every scrap of fabric and read about the best ways to use your leftover fabrics, whether large or small.

Bohemian style is a great d├ęcor choice if you love vibrant patterns, natural textures and textiles, floral and botanical motifs, tons of plants, and repurposing finds from thrift stores. While I can appreciate the simplicity of minimalism, I enjoy the eclectic vibe that Boho offers. It’s a simple decorating strategy; almost anything goes.

4 Ideas for Decorating Your Home in Bohemian Style

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