29 Creative And Unusual DIY Christmas Tree Ideas

Ladies and gents…it’s time to break out the Christmas tree and ornaments! So exciting! I’m sad to say that not everyone gets to have a traditional tree. Lame. It might be because of space or maybe that pesky landlord might is a naysayer. Whatever the reason, thanks to this article featured at Diply, everyone can have a tree. (And a super creative one too!)

I think the broccoli tree is the most creative. Sad that it won’t last the whole holiday but it will make a delicious centerpiece for your next dinner party. The wine cork one is right up my alley too. I have lots of corks left over from fabulous wines shared with friends. Christmas isn’t all about the tree, but theses ones make a pretty convincing argument and are oh so cool. Check out these other DIY trees from Architecture Art Design

Here’s the link to Diply’s full article with all the ideas…

Diply: 27 Creative And Unusual DIY Christmas Tree Ideas

14 Home Hacks That Are Absolutely Genius

Think smarter, not harder; that should be my personal DIY motto. I am so happy to have run across a roundup that shows how to do just that! These hacks are awesome and will save me some blood, sweat, and tears. I love number 5 and number 14 has rocked my world! It has saved me from buying two million sample bottles of paint. These ideas are so useful and fun! #HomeHacksWin

Continue HERE to see all 14…

Diply:
14 Home Hacks That Are Absolutely Genius

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tiny home

Are you really going to build a tiny home? For most of us the answer is maybe-probably-most likely not. I still want one but this project is a long ways off, unless Santa brings one. Buzzfeed has rounded up some amazing tiny houses that are just perfect and they are for sale. Let someone else do the work for a change! Let’s just buy one!

Find the listings here…

BuzzFeed – 10 Tiny Homes You Can Actually Buy

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Mounting Your TV To The Wall And Hiding All The Cords

Check out this tutorial from House Of Hepworths on the best way to mount a TV. Hide those unsightly cords and clean up your entertainment system the right way. I am so excited to have found this. I have been thinking about doing this for a while and I think I’m brave enough to try it now.

See the how-to here…

HouseOfHepworths – Mounting Your TV To The Wall And Hiding All The Cords

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The Ultimate Secret Play Room

I would have loved to have a playroom like this as a kid! Secret rooms are one of my favorite things and you are so lucky if you have one! See how these parents transformed a secret crawl space into the best birthday present ever. What child wouldn’t want their own ‘no-parents-allowed’ room? I would for sure do this, if I had a secret room!

Go HERE to continue reading…

Diply:
These Parents Hid A Secret From Their Child For Years.
When He Discovered What It Was…Wow!

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34 Relatively Simple DIYs To Make Your Home Even More Awesome

I love them all! Some of these DIYs from Viral Nova will help make your home more efficient and practical, and others are just plain ol’ fun. Simple touches can make all the difference between drab or fab. I pitched #3 to our HOA this spring and they are going to do it! I’m pretty excited about having a lending library. I think I need to get my honey on board with dutch doors next.

Check out all 34 here…

ViralNova:
Here Are 34 Relatively Simple Things That Will Make Your Home Extremely Awesome.
I love # 12

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tiny house

As far as tiny homes go, this one takes the cake! You have to check out this architectural masterpiece designed by Macy Miller. Each and every detail that went into this 196 square-foot home was a labor of love. It is eco-friendly, energy efficient, mobile, and beautiful. It took $11,000, many years of building, and one surgery to fix a broken back to finish her dream home. The gorgeous end result shows that anything is possible!

Here’s the full story and photos… ViralNova: This Is What Happens When A Woman Gets Sick Of Divorce And Mortgages. And It’s Brilliant

Building an Eco Friendly Tiny Home

When looking at homes it’s important to understand that size isn’t everything. If a small house is designed cleverly then it can be just as practical as a massive house. A smaller house is also much more environmentally friendly, cheaper and easier to build. Read this guide to find out how you can build your very own Eco friendly tiny home.

Living without Burden

Whether you have recently gone through a divorce or want to live without any financial burden, a small Eco home is the way to go. It’s possible to make your own environmentally friendly home for tens of thousands of dollars, rather than hundreds of thousands for a typical bricks and mortar home.

Portable

As well as being easy to build and environmentally friendly, it’s possible to make pretty portable homes. These are nothing like caravans as they are proper homes which are built on the back of trailers. They can be towed into position which makes relocating anywhere in the world very easy.

Custom Furniture

The problem with buying flat pack furniture is that it’s all designed for spacious homes. This may look good in the shop, but it will probably end up wasting at least some space in your house. A tiny Eco friendly home will benefit from custom made furniture. This can be customised to fit the gaps that you have available. Dual purpose furniture can also be created, the sofa could for example double up as storage or a bed.

A bed could be raised off the ground higher than normal and a desk or storage unit fitted below. This is a great way to use up space which would otherwise be lost and left unused.

Environmentally Friendly

There are many reasons why small houses are environmentally friendly. Firstly they are smaller and so use much less energy to heat up. This also means during the winter they will heat up much quicker and stay warm for longer. All new build Eco homes should be well insulated to prevent heat escaping and this will reduce costs further. Small homes can also be built out of renewable and environmentally friendly resources such as timber and reclaimed materials.

A self composting toilet is an expensive investment but does make it relatively easy to live off the grid without needing to always park up in caravan parks. This provides flexibility to live wherever you want to.

Many small homes are being equipped with solar panels. These panels will generate electricity during daylight hours and store the energy in batteries which can be used to run all of your lighting and gadgets at night.

Design

To make a small house feel like a home the design and layout is very important. Give careful consideration to the design so you can use every inch of the space without making your home look too small. When done right a small home can be both tiny and spacious, it should still be an inviting place to visit and should be nothing like a cave.

By building a tiny environmentally friendly home you can enjoy living without the stress of having to pay the mortgage or rent. Enjoy your life and have fun everyday without the stress which can make your life miserable. Whether you have lost your home before, looking for your first place, or want to downsize a small Eco friendly home is perfect.

Additional Resources: Looking for more tiny home inspiration?
Don’t miss this post here Living In A Tiny House and also this post by Huffington Post.

lattice privacy tutorial2

I am in luuuuuv with this! I most definitely have some eye sores that need to be hidden away from the public and Four Generations One Roof has just the thing! I love projects that are affordable and simple to make! This tutorial is easy to follow and I am happy to feature it here today.

Find out how to build your own here…

FourGenerationsOneRoof – How To Build A Lattice Privacy Screen On A Budget (Tutorial)

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10 DIY Air Fresheners

Sweet Pea Lavender has been my air freshener of choice for quite some time. It is the perfect blend and smells like a crisp spring day. Do you have a favorite? After checking out this roundup, you might consider a change. I can’t promise anything, but I am really excited to try these! I bet they smell terrific and change is a good thing!

Find all 10 ideas here…

ViralNova – Check Out These 10 Simple Ways You Can Make Your Home Smell Fresh

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tiny home colorado

Sometimes big dreams come in small packages. Nowhere is that more true than in the ‘Tiny Homes’ movement. There are many styles of pre-made homes available to buy, and there are just as many DIY tutorials on making your own and people to be inspired by. I hope this couple, featured at Trendlish, helps get your creative juices flowing. Their little house is economical and energy efficient. It runs off solar power and even has a composting toilet. It is the perfect example that bigger isn’t always better.

Get the full scoop here… Trendlish: 30 Steps To Living A New Life In A Tiny Home

Important Items To Keep In Mind When Going Tiny

When most people are choosing where to live they will want to buy the biggest house they can afford. However, there’s nothing actually wrong with small houses. The design and layout of the house is much more important than the physical size. A cleverly designed tiny home can be very practical. Read these tips on how to design a comfortable small house.

Portable

By building a small home on the back of a flat bed trailer it is possible to move it wherever you like. Even if you plan on living in a set location, it still makes sense to built it onto a trailer. A trailer provides a solid firm base which does not require any foundations. It’s also easier to build in one location and then move it into its final location if needed.

Off Grid Power

Many people want to use solar power for a number of reasons. Solar power is environmentally friendly and also allows you access to electricity no matter where you are in the world. This will be very useful since most tiny homes are designed to be portable and can be moved around. Remember that the sun doesn’t shine 24 hours a day, and so you will need to use batteries which can be recharged by the solar panels in the day.

Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help

It’s possible for anyone to build their own tiny home with a little bit of help and guidance. Use home improvement stores as the ultimate resource to learn various techniques. Ask for guidance from employees in these stores if you are not sure how to perform certain tasks when building your very own small house. Another very useful resource for anyone doing any DIY task or building their first home is YouTube. There are videos on this site showing you how to do virtually everything.

Smart Storage Solutions

Most people have lots of belongings and are reluctant to throw anything away. If you do decide to live in a tiny home then you will need to be firm with yourself and make sure you discard anything you don’t really need. Clever storage units and shelves should be used to store your material belongings without them looking messy.

Environmentally Friendly

By designing and building your own home from the ground up, it’s possible to focus on environmentally friendly materials and techniques. Renewable building materials such as wood can be used. Solar panels and wind turbines can be used as a way to provide power without having to worry about your carbon footprint.

Design

The design and layout of a tiny home is even more important than a larger house. This is because space is at a premium and must be used in the best possible way. Clever use of space is especially important in the kitchen and bathroom. Furniture can be custom made to be as practical as possible whilst using as little space. Making your own furniture isn’t that difficult and is a very good way to get more out of your space.

It’s also beneficial to create attic rooms in tiny homes for extra space. Attic rooms are perfect for bedrooms as you don’t need as much headroom.

No matter how big your house is, it’s always nice to get the most out of your available space. Learning these lessons will help to make your house much more organised and easy to live with.

Additional Resources: Looking for more tiny home inspiration?
Don’t miss this article by Tiny House Talk and also this collection of photos at Houzz.