2020 DIY Projects

The home improvement projects our readers did in quarantine

We asked you to tell us what projects—large or small, cheap fixes or major investments—gave you joy in the midst of this chaotic year. Here are some of our favorite stories.
Tips for making your bedroom better for sleep

Sleep oasis: Five tips for creating the ultimate bedroom retreat

In a perfect world, a bedroom is a sanctuary, a quiet and calming place to relax and rest. In reality, it’s become a harried, multipurpose space where we stream TV shows, catch up on work emails, and scroll through social media. Reclaim your sleep space with these tips from local interior designers.
Room Envy

Room Envy: A butler’s pantry gets a pretty—and practical—makeover

“The homeowner has a large family and likes to entertain,” says interior designer Grace Brackman of Maggie Griffin Design, “but there isn’t a whole lot of storage in the kitchen.”
Room envy game room

Room Envy: A groovy game room designed for energetic breaks

A ping-pong match provides an energetic break in the day, so Atlanta-based real-estate company MountainSeed hired interior designer Kristen Fountain Wilson of KFD Designs to transform its game room into a winning destination.

An office and retreat in an airplane hangar gives a nod to the golden age of aviation

After years living in London and designing high-end hotels and restaurants all over the world, Summer Williams returned home to Rome, Georgia, to design an airplane hangar for her pilot father, Mick, who wanted a home for his Cessna T206 airplane at Russell Field—and a place to relax. Here’s how the design took off.
breakfast room addition

This lively breakfast room plays with plenty of patterns

This lively breakfast room addition by Atlanta architect Norman Askins and interior designer/author James Farmer fits nicely in a 19th-century house.
Brian Patrick Flynn Guest room office

This serene guest room also doubles as a workspace for Brian Patrick Flynn

Yes, technically it’s a guest bedroom, but interior designer and HGTV personality Brian Patrick Flynn refers to it as his “idea room,” for working from home or just listening to music.
Room Envy

This versatile room does triple duty for studying, crafts, and playtime

Part playroom, part crafts room, and part study hall, this terrace-level space in Decatur serves many functions in style.
Room envy accent wall

A moss wall adds a touch of nature to this Druid Hills home

This 1918 Mediterranean-style Druid Hills house came with a beautiful backyard, so homeowner Steve Colby decided to blur the boundaries between inside and out with a moss accent wall. “I love plants and playing with textures,” he says.
Joni Lay children's room

Afraid to commit? Peel-off wallpaper is fun for kids or adults

Living in a rental house didn’t deter design blogger Joni Lay from creating a stylish children’s bedroom.

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