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Posted by on Dec 30, 2011 | 0 comments

A Look Back at Our 2011 Home Tours

A Look Back at Our 2011 Home Tours

Call us nosy, but we LOVE going on home tours. It’s so interesting to see how people have decorated, how they creatively deal with space limitations, and how they make their home their own. Here’s a recap of all the home tours we’ve featured this year. If you are willing to let us peek inside your home for a tour, please contact us at diydelray[at]yahoo.com. A Small House with a Big Heart and a Handy Owner Favorite design element: Screened-in deck overlooking the landscaped and well-maintained lawn and garden (also a certified wildlife habitat). Favorite DIY project: The owner built her own radiator covers. Signature Del Ray style: Though the house was completely updated, the renovations were tastefully completed keeping in mind the age and size of the home. For Sale by Owner: An Entertainer’s Delight Favorite design element: Unique lighting fixtures throughout the house. Creative storage solutions: Well-planned storage space built into the dining room wall; enclosed area under the back deck for outdoor accessories. Signature Del Ray style: The home...

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Posted by on Dec 29, 2011 | 2 comments

Our DIY Lessons Learned in 2011

Our DIY Lessons Learned in 2011

Since launching this blog in July this year, we’ve learned a lot about DIY, home improvement and organization. We made a few mistakes and had some frustrating moments, but we’ve also had a lot of fun.  So in true end-of-year-recap fashion, here are some of our favorite DIY lessons learned from 2011. We can’t wait to get started on new projects and feature more Del Ray homes in the year to come. 1. Displaying your books by color is a stylish way to get organized. 2. A good paint color is hard to find, but definitely worth the trouble. 3. Loofah come from the garden, not the sea. 4. Chalkboard paint is amazing and oh so versatile.     5. Keep your eyes open on trash day, you never know what treasures you will find. 6. If you wait long enough for your husband to start and finish a project, he’ll eventually do it, take credit for it and ask what his next project should be. The man cave was major score for the ever-growing to-do list. 7. It...

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Posted by on Dec 28, 2011 | 1 comment

8 Tips for Setting Up a Home Workshop

8 Tips for Setting Up a Home Workshop

When we learned about tools for working with wood and how to choose the perfect saw for the job from Melissa and Bruni, they also showed us their inspiring basement workshop. Here are their tips for putting together a workshop cheaply and quickly. 1. Be sure to have 8 feet in every direction. That way, you can turn  360 degrees while holding a long piece of wood and you can move lumber in and out. 2. Use old kitchen cabinets and plywood for the countertops. You can probably find some at Restore or Community Forklift. As you can see from the photo on the left below, the cabinet still has its price tag.     3. Set up a storage system for scrap lumber. Melissa and Bruni created shelves near the ceiling to hold lumber, but they also built their green roof shed in part to provide more lumber storage. 4. Position the chop saw, if you have one, lower than counter. In this way, you can rest the ends of the lumber...

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Posted by on Dec 27, 2011 | 0 comments

Quick and Easy Homemade Biscotti

Quick and Easy Homemade Biscotti

One of my favorite cookie recipes is for Lemon Cranberry Biscotti, which I got at a cooking class I attended many years ago. It’s a staple in my house and every Christmas, my father-in-law requests orders. Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 tsp lemon extract 3 eggs 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 cup dried cranberries 1/4 tsp salt Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using electric mixer, blend butter and sugar well. Add lemon extract then eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir dry ingredients together, mix into butter and egg mixture until well combined. Form into two loaves, 12 inches x 2 inches. The dough will be a little sticky. Bake until a light golden color and the top starts to crack (about 20-25 min.). Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 min. Slice diagonally into 1/2 inch slices, then place on sides on baking sheet. Bake again until golden brown (about 10-15 min.). Cool...

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Posted by on Dec 23, 2011 | 2 comments

How to Create a Serene and Peaceful Home Year-Round

How to Create a Serene and Peaceful Home Year-Round

Del Ray resident Marybeth Walsh, a holistic health coach, tells a moving story of her personal path to wellness on her Web site. In her personal life and through her work, Marybeth strives to impart a state of balance through nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle awareness. She also creates balance in her home. Marybeth was more than happy to open the doors of her lovely and might I add, peaceful and serene, home to DIY Del Ray. As she says, “your home — whether big, small, or somewhere in between — should be your sanctuary, a place where stress is left at the door and your soul is nurtured.” Here are some ways you can create a more comforting environment, just as Marybeth has, in her home during the holidays and year-round. Bring the outdoors in. Cut flowers and blooming bulbs, or pieces of wood, rocks, and other natural elements can create a feeling of nature indoors. Even beautiful woven baskets can enhance this feeling in a home. Nuture green plants...

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