Extreme D.I.Y. for Home Decor

For some homeowners, the pandemic has provided time to tackle projects that had lingered on the “Honey Do” list. Rineeka Sheppard had long wanted to add a concession stand to the home theater she and her husband, Steven, had built for themselves in the basement of their five-bedroom house in Indianapolis in 2018.

But life always got in the way. They both worked and were raising three teenagers and a 5-year-old. But in April, Ms. Sheppard, 38, was laid off from her job collecting defaulted student loans at the state’s Department of Education because of the pandemic and suddenly her calendar was wide open.

“Finally, it was the time,” said Ms. Sheppard, whose favorite part of going to the movies is the concession stand. “With Covid, I was able to step back and take a breath.”

While Mr. Sheppard, 43, a mechanic, built out the space, Ms. Sheppard scoured Facebook

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5 Renovation Dos and Don’ts From a DIY Home Design Expert

home renovation dos and donts

Courtesy of ChrisLovesJulia

Julia Marcum is the name behind the wildly popular DIY home design blog, ChrisLovesJulia, which she began in 2009 as a way to document her family’s renovation projects for loved ones. As one of the first DIY home design bloggers that still dominates the space today, Marcum has seen the world of home renovations change significantly with the impact of TV, social media, and flux of design trends. Just as kitchen trends have changed from dark to all-white to colorful cabinets, our appetites for home renovations have changed and continues to grow, with 90% of homeowners planning on remodeling or renovating at some point.

Renovating has seen an even-bigger boom in 2020 than it has in the last few years, with a 58% increase in project leads for home professionals in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Thinking about taking on the challenge in your own home?

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Epic home fails: unbelievable DIY mistakes


These unbelievable design fails will have you doing a double-take. Whether down to bad planning or terrible execution, these houses have been struck down by shoddy fittings, poor choices and inexplicable additions to rooms. So, take a deep breath before you click or scroll and take a look at our roundup of the world’s worst home design fails…



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