DIY Home Decor Movement

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They do not teach us how to make love

The DIY home decor movement is a re-introduction to urban and suburban inhabitants of the old ways of personal involvement in the upkeep of an apartment, house or any material aspect of life. Alan Watts, a British-born philosopher, speaker and writer made an inspiring statement at the “Houseboat Summit” panel discussion in 1967. He said that the modern education system doesn’t teach people how to build houses, how to cook, how to make love, how to make clothes or any other fundamental things necessary in our daily lives. We do not have any material competence and the education we get is abstract, it trains us to be a bureaucrat or an insurance agent.

Why DIY?

Do it yourself is a method of repairing, modifying or building something without the aid of experts. Usually raw and semi-raw materials and parts are used to reconstruct or produce material possessions. People choose DIY home decor because they seek identity enhancement, including uniqueness, craftsmanship, and empowerment. This behavior can also be triggered by a marketplace motivation, because of the economic benefits, need for customization, lack of product quality and availability. Some people imagine that the DIY trend only applies to minor projects, but with the right tools and plenty of imagination you can create anything, from fences to DIY conservatories. It is a great way of adding a personal touch to your home and making it feel truly yours.


The term do-it-yourself had entered the common language by the 50’s. It referred to a new trend of people engaging in home improvement, construction projects and other small craft construction projects as a cost-saving and recreational activity. In the 70s, DIY instructors took advantage of the increased popularity of the VCRs and started to demonstrate the process. The movement spread through the population of college students and recent graduates. It mainly involved the renovation of old homes in a more affordable way, but also projects expressing the cultural and social vision of that period. In 1979, the television series This Old House with Bob Vila was a revolution of diy home decorating ideas. The popular show educated people how to raise their living conditions without paying a professional to do it. In 1999, the DIY Network cable television channel was launched, broadcasting diverse shows with multiple topics, from home decor to sewing.

DIY online

DIY home decor started to appear on the World Wide Web in the mid 1900s. HouseNet and were the earliest bulletin-board style site that delivered free DIY home decor content. Today, the movement continues to grow online, from mainstream informational websites such as Martha Stewart, DIY Network and This Old House, to personal blogs from homeowners. Many are extensions of television shows or magazines, while others are DIY websites from smaller organizations and businesses. Whether you want to build DIY conservatories or other projects, you can always get a helping hand online. The reason why the online diy field has developed so fast is due to the fact that it is very versatile. On the internet, you can find countless diy home decorating ideas

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