Whether you’re moving into a new home or would like to update your current living space, making big home improvement decisions can be overwhelming. Instagram and HGTV make transforming a home look easy. But as homeowners, we know that’s not always the reality.
From curb appeal to furniture and decor, it can be difficult to prioritize your home projects to create your dream home. So today, we’re talking to an instructor who’s actually in the midst of making her own house a home.
Today’s instructor, Ashley Mayes is the woman behind “Bigger Than The Three Of Us”, a blog where she shares the good and the bad when it comes to renovating, design and DIY.
Ashley is also the co-host of Your Home Story, where she covers everything from finding your home style to hanging gallery walls, and we’re so excited to get her down to earth perspective on making your design dreams a reality.
By the end of this class you’ll have some tips for defining your home style, advice for avoiding DIY burn out and a game plan for prioritizing and budgeting for those upcoming projects.
How did you build your DIY confidence?
Just try things! Start with easy projects like painting and hanging photos and build on that.
How do you avoid renovation burn out?
Put aside a day or two to tackle a large project, and then take a little time off. Create DIY windows.
How does someone who’s just bought a home define their home decor style?
Look for common colors and materials in the photos you’ve saved. For example: Dark, light, metals, wood. Don’t think too broad, like “farmhouse style”- zero in on the elements you like.
How do you keep your home cohesive when you’re picking away at projects over time?
Keep repeating those elements you’ve identified as “your style”. Old and new, dark and light are Ashley’s.
What are some easy and affordable updates anyone can do to their home?
Painting, installing light fixtures, changing cabinet knobs and updating trim.
What are some impactful and affordable projects you encourage homeowners to try on the exterior?
A new doorbell button can make a big impact, a wreath and cut back bushes. Aaron recommended the Maximus lighting cameras.
How do you budget for home projects?
Ashley really doesn’t. She tackles projects as they have the money.
Which projects do you think homeowners should prioritize when moving into a new home?
Live in the home and get a feel for the pulse of the home before you make decisions.
Take away the pieces in your home you don’t love. Build a room with pieces you have a connection to and love.
Podcast: Your Home Story