This Home is Full of Smart DIYs, Including a Headboard Hack that Looks Way Pricier Than It is

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Name: Aubrey Figueroa, my husband, and two dogs
Location: Largo, Florida
Type of home: House
Size: 1600 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, owned

Breakfast nook with built-in banquette

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: My husband Arsenio and I currently live in our first home, which was built in the 1950s, with our two dogs Remy and Lela. After moving in, we have not done any major renovations, but I mainly focused on budget-friendly DIYs to customize and update our space.

I’ve hand-woven a macrame king-sized headboard, built a breakfast nook banquette from 2x8s, and installed custom cedar shelves next to our built-in electric fireplace.

I’ve done all of these projects, plus many others, to help elevate our home without breaking the bank.

Master bedroom with DIY macrame headboard

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Neutral, bohemian, eclectic, bright, airy

DIY stenciled dresser

What is your favorite room and why? My favorite room is my living room because it holds many of my favorite things in my home: my fireplace, gallery wall, record player, and built-in cedar shelves.

Built-in cedar shelves

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? My latest addition to my home was a DIY cane headboard that I made for less than $100 that was inspired by a headboard from CB2 that was originally $600.

DIY CB2-inspired headboard

Any advice for creating a home you love? Create a curated home by only buying items that bring you joy. Also, try and stick to a color palette that is timeless.

This submission’s responses were edited for length and clarity.