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5 Home Decorating Blogs You Can Actually Relate To

posted: 05/28/15
by: Blythe Copeland

Forget the complicated projects, perfectly placed vases of flowers, and seemingly endless free time of home decorating bloggers: These five blogs are full of fun, easy tips, smart and informative posts, and decor ideas that will work in your messy, crazy, wonderful home.

1. I Heart Organizing

Wisconsin mom Jen Jones is the leave-no-space-untouched organizer behind I Heart Organizing--and she makes pristine coat closets, perfectly neat drawers, and carefully curated storage seem like second nature. While she might tackle projects you never even though of (like creating a lunch making station or adding bookplates to your kids' favorite reads), she keeps her solutions simple, colorful, and doable. Implement a few (or a lot!) of her ideas to make your daily routines run more smoothly.

2. Manhattan Nest

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Daniel Kanter's Manhattan Nest has followed his evolution from dorm-dweller to respectable DIY'er and decorator. Projects include work on his Manhattan and Brooklyn apartments and two current fixer-uppers: a house built in 1865 in Kingston, NY, and a smaller cottage on the same street in need of a down-to-the-studs reno. Kanter is sharp and funny, willing to tackle projects of any size, and realistic about what worked and what didn't--and he even offers plenty of tips for renters, not just homeowners.

3. Our Nerd Home

Kat and Cam, a self-described "happily nerdy couple", turned their love of all things sci-fi/fantasy/gamer into DIY blog Our Nerd Home. Most of the projects aren't too complicated, but they offer fun and original ways to incorporate your favorite movies, TV shows, and games into your decor: Think Star Trek fabric lining a pet bed, an Ikea frame turned into a Lego display board, or a Death Star disco ball. Cam's woodworking experience shows up in tutorials for built-in bookcases, Tetris-inspired wall shelves, and a wooden headboard.

4.Tidbits and Twine

Brand manager-turned-blogger Kim of Tidbits & Twine doesn't just throw together a chevron-painted DIY project and call it a post: Her articles are informative, detailed, and full of helpful information on everything from French architecture to dining table centerpieces. If you're interested in the how and why behind decorating choices, she can help (and her pantry makeover is the stuff kitchen dreams are made of).

5. Centsational Girl

Kate Riley runs Centastional Girl out of her home in Northern California, where she describes herself as "in pursuit of diamond style on a dime." An extensive archive of projects teaches novice and experienced DIYers how to tile, use tools, and perfect their paint technique--while offering up photo-heavy posts on gardening, color use, and ideas for simple, homemade decor.