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7 of Our Favorite Black DIYers Share Their Favorite Instagram Accounts to Follow

published Feb 26, 2021
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Black History Month might be coming to a close, but Black creators aren’t going anywhere — and Instagram is full of talented and creative Black DIYers who are delivering inspiring and educational content throughout the year. Looking for some fresh people to follow? We’ve got you. Here, some of our favorite Black DIYers on Instagram share some of their favorite accounts to follow for ideas and inspiration.

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Elena, aka @thishouse5000

Elena (@thishouse5000) is a blogger based in Toronto, where she and her handy husband are renovating and decorating their 1935 fixer-upper. She’s all about cozy neutrals — just peep the seriously gorgeous cane-and-wood bed she and her husband DIYed.

Other highlights: a very cool vase collection and hilarious videos documenting Elena’s journey to the most gorgeous tiled bathroom.

Elena’s favorite follows:

@jnaydaily: “I love Janea’s positivity and how engaged she is with her audience. She asks us questions and really cares about the responses,” Elena says. “Her Cafe Overpriced cooking series is hilarious and beautiful. She’s an amazing woman and I love following her.”

@onceupona1912: “Kay has some of the best before and after transformations in her home. I love her fresh approach to design. Her stories are so funny and entertaining. She’s a great DIYer, we learn so much from her. Great follow, 10/10 would recommend.”

Amanda Walker, aka @dwellaware

Dallas, Texas-based Amanda Walker (@dwellaware) is a self-proclaimed “minimalist all about color” whose DIYs range from paint projects — like the fab mural shown here — to a full-on renovation of her porch.

Also check out: Walker’s genius solution for hiding her TV and her fab stair redo project.

Walker’s favorite follows:

@farfromcypress: “Marquita is a DIY power house full of joy and strength,” Walker says. “She is not afraid to fail, and does an amazing job of bringing you along in the process.”

@malcolmsimmons: “Malcom brings an upscale, yet attainable approach to DIY! His design sense is impeccable, and I always anticipate seeing what he will DIY next.”

Medina, aka @grillodesigns

Medina Grillo (@grillodesigns) is a UK-based DIY blogger with a love for IKEA, upcycling, and turning rentals into places that feel custom and homey. She’s also the creator of @howirent_, a video series that highlights renters who aren’t afraid to really dig in when decorating their spaces.

Don’t miss: Grillo’s cozy kitchen nook and her impeccably organized entryway — not to mention, her book “Home Sweet Rented Home,” which is full of renter-friendly decor ideas.

Grillo’s favorite follows:

@fourcornerinteriors: “Her DIY stories are my absolute favorite,” Grillo says. “She always has some kind of clever project planned for the week and I love the way she shows DIY in real time.”

@grizzle_abode: “I Iove her DIY reels and the fact that she always has a smile on her face when’s she doing a DIY. “

Ursula Carmona, aka @homemadebycarmona

Ursula Carmona (@homemadebycarmona) is DIY blogger and mother of three who can build with the best of them. She’s remodeled her home’s bathrooms, closets, living spaces, and more — and made her own greenhouse, which she documents on @carmonaacres.

Other can’t-miss posts: Carmona’s breathtaking kitchen transformation and her amazing collection of houseplants. (She even made a DIY propagation station for them as an Apartment Therapy challenge.)

Carmona’s favorite follows:

@madebycarli: “Carli is one of my favorite DIY and design accounts for her cozy chic style,” Carmona says. “She is insanely talented and gives me inspiration for days!” “

@heytheretoots: “Josalyn just DIYed her way to the most amazing kitchen remodel! A truly stunning space that makes you feel like you could do anything!”

@domicile37: “You’ve never seen eclectic vintage genius until you follow Jess. Her unapologetically unique style and DIY savvy always reminds me to be myself and not to worry about being outside the box.”

Stacie, aka @staciesspaces

Stacie Abdallah (@staciesspaces) is an Atlanta-based DIYer with a serious green thumb. Her feed is full of gorgeous and budget-friendly DIYs, like stylish kid’s room shelving and an under-$50 mudroom makeover.

Also check out: Her beautiful greenhouse, lush backyard garden, and luxe built-in bookcase she and her husband DIYed.

Abdallah’s favorite follows:

@kaylasimonehome: “Kayla is just the cutest! She has so much energy and never-ending ideas for her making her new-build feel custom,” Abdallah says. “She is really good about giving step-by-step tutorials and advice and engaging her followers in her projects.”

@jzholmes: “I love how Jonisha will tackle just about any project! From building furniture to giving her daughter the Harry Potter room of her dreams she does it all while balancing a couple of businesses and a beautiful family.”

Ashley Basnight, aka @smashingdiy

Ashley Basnight (@smashingdiy) goes big with her projects, tackling everything from modern hall trees to a full-on kitchen renovation. But for every tool-heavy project she takes on, Basnight has a smaller beginner-friendly project, like a stenciled hairpin leg coffee table or a modern coat rack. Oh, and by the way: She also appeared on NBC’s “Making It.”

Don’t miss: Basnight’s floor-to-ceiling shoe shelves, chic home office, and the amazing accent wall behind her bed.

Basnight’s favorite follows:

@themariaantoinette: “I love how Maria mixes it up,” Basnight says. “She encompasses all levels of DIY on her page, big or small.”

@prettyrealblog: “I love Tiffany’s approach to design, she makes people feel like you don’t have to know everything to be able to transform a space.”

@neatly.living: “I love Aminah’s simplistic approach to DIY.”

Lauren, aka @pinchplateparty

Smyrna, Georgia-based Lauren (@pinchplateparty) is all about simple DIYs with big payoff, like hand-painted “wallpaper,” and a cool closet redo that’s equal parts style and function. You’ll also find small woodworking projects, like this sleek propagation station and this impossibly stylish dog bed DIY.

Other highlights: Lauren’s soothing bathroom redo and the cutest little IKEA kitchen makeover you ever did see.

Lauren’s favorite follows:

@liveprettyonapenny: “I love that Erin is all about affordable DIY,” Lauren says. “I find that many DIYers take on projects that can still become really expensive. She shares tips and tricks for affordable home projects.”

@annamaegroves: “Anna mixes DIY and lifestyle and has confidence in who she is and what she believes. I love that she brings her audience into her life and takes on simple yet impactful DIYs in her builder-grade home. 

@camille.kurtz: “Camille isn’t afraid of bold designs and that’s what I love about her! She recently transformed her entryway and it’s still one of my all-time favorite projects that I’ve seen on Instagram.”

Which DIYers do you follow for inspiration? Let us know in the comments!