Your New Home: Finding DIY Inspiration

Moving into a new home is an amazing and exciting time. Whether you find a fixer-upper or a home that is already in proper living condition, it seems that there are always a myriad of projects to be done! The ever growing list of DIY tasks can become overwhelming at times. I look to a few folks for inspiration in sticking it out:

I just moved into a home that was almost fully renovated. It was a modest renovation — nothing fancy or over the top. But it's clean and pretty, and aside from installing central HVAC (decidedly not a DIY project, in our case) we didn't have to do anything to the house. Inevitably, though, we've amassed a list of things that we'd like to do in order to make the space ours. Not to mention the outside of the home — we've got a fairly blank slate at this point, and any grass we might have enjoyed at first has withered in the heat of this Texas drought.

We often feel like we just don't have the time or energy, it seems, to finish the projects we have on our list. But I have a few weapons: these three blogs (along with Apartment Therapy, of course) keep me optimistic, and instill a "can-do" attitude when I get overwhelmed.

  1. Door Sixteen: Anna lives in an 1891 victorian row house in the City of Newburgh, New York. I've been following her blog for a couple of years now, and watched her move from room to room renovating and making her own. And, she still has time to write about many other interesting topics, and work as a talented book cover designer.
  2. Making it Lovely: Nicole is amazing at "transforming the so-so," and that claim is backed up by the fact that her blog was named one of the Top 50 Design Blogs. When you need a dose of inspiration about transforming your "so-so," this is a fantastic go-to.
  3. Aesthetic Outburst: Abbey, a mother of two (adorable) children and an amazing artist, just bought a beautiful, large farmhouse that has a lot of work to be done. It is going to be amazing! And Abbey and her husband have fantastic vision, as well as the gusto to get things done! For me, Aesthetic Outburst is one of the most inspiring sites for rolling up your sleeves and getting it done. Abbey can remodel an old barn, raise two fantastic kids, and show off her amazing artistic and DIY talents.

So, with an extra cup of coffee, a visit to one or all of these blogs, and a little imagination, my DIY stamina is increased. What are your tips? Where do you go for your extra boost of energy?

Images: As linked above.