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How to Get the Most Out of Your Remodeling Budget for 2015

By: Diy maven Jan 28, 2015

Image: Republic West Remodeling

Every year REALTOR Magazine puts out a report called Cost vs. Value in which they advise homeowners* which remodeling projects will net the biggest turn on investment. The 2015 report can be summed up simply: lessContinue Reading

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Creepy or Cool? Teddy Bear Art (And He Never Saw it Coming)

By: Diy maven Jan 27, 2015
Image: Kieran Mangan

This poor Teddy has no idea what he's in for. Thankfully, in artist Geoffrey Ricardo's hands, it's fame and immortality. But considering Teddy is a stuffed animal, he was already immortal, but, anyway.... First, TeddyContinue Reading

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Before and After: Fantastic Family Room Makeover

By: Diy maven Jan 26, 2015

Photo: Lucy Williams

The Lexan family wanted to upgrade the furnishings in their family room, but they are also looking for a new house. This made the makeover a bit trickier as they needed versatile and neutral pieces that would work in their future home. TakeContinue Reading

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Before and After: Brilliant IKEA Duktig Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Jan 23, 2015

Photo: IKEA

Sara has dreams of remodeling a full-size kitchen someday, but, until then, she thought she'd practice on an IKEA Duktig play kitchen for her daughter. Based upon the outcome, I think Sara's future full-size kitchen remodeling will be a brilliant success. Most full-size kitchens don't look this goodContinue Reading

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Free Printables: Kid Valentine Cards

By: Diy maven Jan 21, 2015

When I was a kid, I LOVED Valentine's Day for a lot of reasons. One, we made Valentine Boxes which meant I could bust out red, pink, and white construction paper, and tons of glitter. Two, going to the store and picking out the most glittery box of Valentines cards I could find. (I liked glitter. Still do.) Three, finding the most mushy card in the box to give my current crush. Four, opening all the cards I got from the other kids and hoping my crush gave me an equally mushy card. I think my fond memoriesContinue Reading

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11 Delightful and FREE Tiny House Plans to Download

By: Diy maven Jan 20, 2015
Photo: The Small House Catalog

Tiny homes may be tiny, but the cost of the pre-designed plans to build them are not, as they can cost anywhere between $500 and $800 dollars. But, I found a website that offers 11 free plans that range from charming to squeal-worthy. To make it even better, there's no registrationContinue Reading

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How To: Make Your Bathroom Feel More Luxurious

By: Diy maven Jan 19, 2015
Photo: Coastal Living

I love the idea of making a bathroom look and feel more expensive without a wallet-busting makeover. Now, granted, the bathrooms pictured in the accompanying roundup aren't your run-of-the-mill bathrooms, but Julia's advice could make a luxurious difference even to the most mundane WC. Below is the CliffsNotes version of Julia's suggestions. Which ones would you consider doing? Which have you already done? Any of her tipsContinue Reading

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320 Square Feet Cliffside Stunner

By: Diy maven Jan 14, 2015
Photo: Tiny House Talk

Three hundred and twenty square feet have never looked so good. As a matter of fact, they look better than most houses ten times the size. Why? For one, bigger is not always better, and two, this petite home is practically surrounded inContinue Reading

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Make It: DIY Pom Pom Fringed Pillows

By: Diy maven Jan 13, 2015
Photo: Honestly WTF

I mean, seriously, who doesn't love pom poms? Certainly not Lauren and Erica. As proof, Erica whipped out her 'almighty' pom pom maker to make oodles of the fluffy balls to use as fringe on a pack of colorfulContinue Reading

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Before and After: $1500 Turquoise Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Jan 09, 2015

Photo: Dans le Townhouse

I'm guessing Tanya's wicked awesome Pyrex collection had more than a little influence on her choice of colors when it came to her budget kitchen remodel. She and her handy husband painted the lower cabinets and removed the uppers altogether. A new DIY countertopContinue Reading

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