Erin Johnson


Erin Johnson is a writer covering all things home, plant, and design-related. She loves Dolly Parton, comedy, and being outdoors (in that order). She is originally from Tennessee but currently lives in Brooklyn with her 11-year-old dog named Pup.
54 of the Best Gifts for Plant Lovers and Green Thumbs
Shopping for a friend who posts more plant #shelfies than selfies? This is the list for you!
Nov 29, 2023
11 Clever IKEA Hacks That’ll Help You Make the Most of Your Tiny Kitchen
No matter how small your kitchen, it still has big potential.
Jan 27, 2023
Yes, Your Houseplants Can Get Sunburnt, Too
When your houseplants get burnt, there's no aloe vera gel to reach for. Here's how to prevent sun scalding and what to do if it happens.
Oct 26, 2022
4 Pro Tips for Buying and Using Grow Lights for Your Houseplants
A plant pro dishes on the right lights to buy and how to use them to keep your plants healthy this winter.
Oct 20, 2022
9 Tiny Entryways with Seriously Big Organization Ideas
These teeny spaces are chock full of inspiration.
Sep 19, 2022
8 Houseplants You Can Move Outside Now That It's Warm
Some of your houseplants are just as eager for outside time as you are. Here's how to do it right.
Sep 13, 2022
When It's OK to Paint Over Wallpaper (and How to Do It Right)
Stuck with stubborn wallpaper? You don't have to rip it down to change the look.
Sep 8, 2022
12 Tiny Kitchens with Seriously Big DIY Organization Ideas
These kitchens pack a lot of function into a small space.
May 7, 2022
8 Smart IKEA Hacks to Pack More Storage into Your Tiny Closet
You don't have to knock down a wall to get a bigger closet—you can fake it!
Jan 28, 2022
10 Ridiculously Cool and Fresh DIY Ways to Hang Plants Indoors
Whether you’re a seasoned plant lover with an overflowing collection or a plant newbie just looking for a fun new way to decorate, the solution is the same: hanging planters.
Oct 13, 2021
What to Do if Your Plants Hate Your New Apartment
First, give them a week or two to adjust to their new environment.  
Sep 9, 2021
How to DIY Your Own Radiator Cover
You'll need about $80 for supplies and just a few hours to dedicate to the project.
Sep 8, 2021
Before and After: A Colorful $700 Redo Made My Rental Bedroom Feel Like Home
My wanderlust inspired a whole new look for my boring white bedroom.
Sep 1, 2021
5 DIYers Share How Their Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper *Actually* Holds Up Over Time
Want to know how it's going to look at month month, one year, and longer? These DIYers have the intel.
Aug 13, 2021
A Designer's Brooklyn Rental Apartment Is One Large DIY Project
Alyse Eisenberg hacked IKEA storage pieces to look more expensive than they are, found items at scrap yards, vintage stores, and second-hand stores, and DIYed art to design this large rental apartment she shares with her husband.
Aug 12, 2021
7 Tips for Being a Great Plant-Sitter (Even if You're Usually a Plant Killer)
Tasked with caring for your friend's plants while they're away? Here's everything you need to know.
Aug 5, 2021
9 Surprising Things You Can Dye for a Whole New Colorful Look
Give your home a color boost.
Jul 23, 2021
4 Paint Lessons I Learned from Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity
I learned how to scrape, prep, and prime — but so much more, too.
Jul 21, 2021
6 Things I Learned Decorating My Living Room with Only Free Finds
#1: "Free" doesn't always mean free.
Jun 18, 2021
8 Zero-Dollar Projects You Can Make Using Your Leftover DIY Materials
These projects will ensure you use every little bit of your DIY stash.
Jun 5, 2021
My New Cookware Has a Hidden Feature I Don't Know How I Lived Without
I used to be a professional organizer, and one of the biggest challenges for any client was how to store cookware — but this set solves it.
Jun 2, 2021
This Artist Uses Leftover Paint in a Surprising and Charming Way
He might inspire you to think of creative ways to use your own leftovers, too.
Apr 28, 2021
3 Reasons Your Stud Finder Might Not Be Working in Your Old Apartment
Dinging too much? Dinging not at all? One of these reasons might be why.
Apr 23, 2021
4 Reasons a Laser Level Is Worth Buying Even if You're a DIY Novice
It seems like an unnecessary high-tech tool, but even if you're doing small projects it will make your life so much easier.
Apr 15, 2021
The One Thing You Should Never Cheap Out on When Painting a Room
Cut corners here, and you'll end up with a less-than-perfect finish (and maybe spend more money in the long run).
Apr 6, 2021
The Easier, Cheaper Alternative to Wallpaper You Need to Know About
Don't sleep on this budget decorating trick.
Mar 23, 2021
The Pro Trick for Figuring Out What Size Drill Bit to Use
Read this before you hang your floating shelves.
Mar 18, 2021
This Viral Hack Promises Perfect Tape-Free Paint Lines, So I Tried It
I tried this so you don't have to. Here are my honest thoughts.
Mar 5, 2021
6 Small-But-Genius Kitchen Upgrades You Haven't Thought of Before
Number six will blow your mind.
Mar 3, 2021
9 New, Doable Solutions for the Most Annoying Rental Apartment Features
You don't have to risk your security deposit to live in a stylish space.
Feb 17, 2021
8 DIY Home Projects You Can Do With a Date
Put down the chocolate and pick up a paint brush. (Then pick up the chocolate again.)
Feb 10, 2021
11 Smart Projects DIYers Are Taking on to Stay Organized in 2021
If you’re anything like me, this new year is bringing with it a new enthusiasm to finally get organized — or at least to find an organizational system that’s actually maintainable.  “2021 is the year I am literally trying to ‘get my life,” says Timisha Porcher of ToolBox Divas.Of course, it can be hard to know where to begin.
Jan 29, 2021
8 Ridiculously Satisfying Make-Unders of Furniture, Hardware, and More
These redos let the original wood and metal shine.
Jan 28, 2021
How to Get That Outdoor Shower Feel—In a Windowless Bathroom
Even without access to an outdoor shower, you can still cultivate a little bit of that dreamy, relaxing atmosphere by bringing plant life into your bathroom. But what are the best plants for windowless bathrooms? The short answer is none. I talked to several plant life specialists and most told me that it’s just not possible to have plants in a room with no natural light; however there are some workarounds if you’re willing to get a little creative!
Jan 26, 2021
16 of the Best Bathroom Upgrades You Can Do for Less Than $100
The projects give you a big bang for not a lot of bucks.
Jan 20, 2021
Here's What's Making Your Houseplant Sad—and How to Fix It
There are a few translatable signs houseplants make when they're unhappy. Here's how to read them.
Jan 14, 2021