5 Female Bloggers Offering DIY Home Improvement Tips

Taking on a home design project can seem insurmountable, but tackling renovations little by little can brighten up rooms, encourage you to invite over guests, and increase the value of your home. These bloggers show that nothing is impossible, explaining how to take on small and large DIY projects to improve your space. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

5 Blogs for Helpful DIY Projects

Blog Author Specialty
The Gold Hive Ashley Goldman Home improvement ideas, tips for sustainable living, and stories of restoring a historic bungalow in San Diego, CA
Room for Tuesday Sarah Gibson Interior design concepts, recipes, gardening, and tours of a trio of renovated homes
Dans le Lakehouse Tanya Craft and renovation projects from the author's bungalow on Lake Superior, as well as sewing and art tutorials
Cleverly Simple Lynette Rice Recipes and tips from living in a renovated farmhouse on a historic family homestead
Erin Kestenbaum Erin Kestenbaum Canadian expat living in a semi-fixer upper in coastal Connecticut, refinishing furniture, sharing eclectic design ideas, and offering advice on transforming living spaces

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Design Firms Crafting Incredible Spaces

Name Location(s)
Markham Roberts Inc. New York, NY
Marika Meyer Interiors Bethesda, MD
Studio North Calgary, AB
Gallagher & Associates Silver Spring, MD; New York, NY; Portland, OR; & Singapore
Denise McGaha Interiors Dallas, TX
Jeffrey Design Glendale, CA
NR Hiller Design, Inc. Bloomington, IN
Eskayel Brooklyn, NY
Urban Dwellings Portland, ME
Lundberg Design San Francisco, CA
Tucker & Marks San Francisco, CA
Dana Wolter Interiors Birmingham, AL
Evars + Anderson San Carlos, CA

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In Depth

Tackling a home renovation on a budget can be an overwhelming task. There are lots of resources available both online and in print, but many are catered toward professional contractors. Listed here, in no particular order, are some talented interior decor and renovation bloggers who are inspiring homeowners to save money and take on projects on their own.

Up first at #1 on our list is Ashley Goldman, who writes the blog The Gold Hive. In early 2015, after the purchase of a 100-year-old fixer upper in San Diego with her husband Ross, Ashley started the blog to chronicle the journey of transforming what was lovingly referred to as a "pile of plaster" into a beautiful home.

Since purchasing the most run down, weed-covered abode available, Ashley and her husband couldn't be happier with what their home has become. The blog includes stories and experiences recalling major renovations, tips and tricks for home upgrades and old house maintenance, interior design inspiration, as well as DIY projects both big and small to encourage women to get started renovating on their own.

The blog includes stories and experiences recalling major renovations, tips and tricks for home upgrades and old house maintenance, interior design inspiration, as well as DIY projects both big and small to encourage women to get started renovating on their own.

At #2 on our list, Sarah Gibson is the creator of the blog Room for Tuesday. The site was launched in early 2014, when Gibson was yearning for a carefree, creative outlet while working in a corporate design environment. This blogger is a designer, art lover, and all around creative who is passionate about sharing inspiration, renovating, and dreaming big in terms of renovations and design.

On the site, readers can expect to find lots of inspiration related to interior decor, styling, gardening, renovating, do-it-yourself challenges, and home improvement. Gibson and her husband Emmett expect to continue taking on new renovation projects after they have finished the remodeling of their third home in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Up next at #3, Tanya is one half of the ambitious duo behind the blog Dans le Lakehouse. Tanya's goal is for readers to leave her website feeling confident and inspired to make something, with the practical knowledge of how to make it happen. On the blog, readers can find information on budget-friendly renovations, ideas for updating second-hand finds, hundreds of DIY and craft tutorials, remodeling projects and room makeovers.

On the blog, readers can find information on budget-friendly renovations, ideas for updating second-hand finds, hundreds of DIY and craft tutorials, remodeling projects and room makeovers.

Dans le Lakehouse takes its name from the French term for "in the lakehouse." It has grown from a side hobby into a do-it-yourself remodeling, decor and lifestyle blog focused on creating a fun, happy, and handmade home. The site was started after Tanya and her husband moved into a bungalow on the shores of Lake Superior. It follows the journey of the couple's budget-friendly home transformation, one project at a time.

At #4 on our list, Lynette Rice is the home cook, recipe tester, writer and photographer for the blog Cleverly Simple. This blogger graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Education and taught for a number of years before deciding to become a stay-at-home mom with her sons. Soon after, she began posting online about her experiences.

Cleverly Simple displays Lynette's desire to help women who feel uninspired weave time-honored traditions into their routines to create a sense of simplicity. The website also chronicles the journey of the family's complete farmhouse renovation, which started in 2016 and took 21 weeks to complete. Lynette's DIY projects have been featured in such publications as Country Living, Good Housekeeping and House Beautiful.

Lynette's DIY projects have been featured in such publications as Country Living, Good Housekeeping and House Beautiful.

Finally, at #5 on our list, Erin Kestenbaum is a Canadian expat, who has bought a semi-fixer upper with her husband outside of New York City, in coastal Connecticut. The Kestenbaums spend weekends and nights bringing their Colonial-era house back to life, one renovation and DIY makeover at a time.

Kestenbaum is an avid Craigslist devotee, which has allowed for a constant flow of furniture refinishing projects that she shares on her blog. On the site, Kestenbaum writes about the trials and tribulations of her remodeling and interior decorating journey. Readers will find helpful interior design tips and plenty of DIY inspiration to try out on their own homes.