Décor DIY from Vancouver’s Curated Taste

By Julia Dilworth, 24 hours Vancouver


For Vancouver-based Kendra Hagerman, Editor-in-Chief of, DIY stands for Design It Yourself.

24: What do you like about DIY?

Kendra Hagerman: “Honestly? A lot of it comes down to my pickiness and taste. I find it hard to source ‘the perfect (insert item here),’ so I often end up coming up with my own ideas and bringing them to life. I love creating something that I know I’ll never spot at someone else’s home, and let’s face it, saving money isn’t bad either!”

24: How would you describe your home decor style?

KH: “White on white with splashes of colour and luxe vignettes.”

24: Why are you such a fan of white?

KH: “A white home soothes me, never goes out of style, and works with everything. No matter what décor updates I want to make (add more colour, incorporate more metallics, use more prints, etc.) my white walls, furniture, and accents will always fit in.”

24: How long ago did you make this project and do you get a lot of use out of it?

KH: “I made it almost four years ago and I use it all the time. Each year I clean it off in early January and use it as an inspiration board and also as a place to store some of the things that I acquire and love throughout the year. At the end of the year, I clean it off, relive some of the memories, and then literally wipe the slate clean to make room for more exciting ideas and goals.”

Find more home décor and style advice from Hagerman (also a past 24 hours fashion contributor!) on her blog at

How to: Window Frame Bulletin Board

Hagerman: “For this project, you’ll need an old window frame; I found mine in a friend’s garbage pile. Lucky for me, she isn’t judgmental and appreciates a good DIY, so she had no issues with me digging through her garbage. If you don’t have a window frame, you can also use old photo or mirror frames (hint: keep an eye out for these at thrift stores and garage sales).”

What you’ll need: a roll of cork, a sheet of pressboard that is slightly smaller than the frame, wallpaper, a picture mounting kit, and glue.

1) Wash and sand any splinters or rough patches on the frame.

2) Measure and cut the corkboard and wallpaper to the same size as the pressboard.

3) Glue the cork directly onto the pressboard (I used hot glue).

4) Using the adhesive on the back of the wallpaper, stick the wallpaper onto the corkboard.

5) Nail the pressboard to the back of the frame and use the picture-mounting kit to hang your new bulletin board.

I love the shabby-chic look of my window frame, but you can always paint your frame before you start the process above. Don’t forget to get stylish push-pins to complete the look!


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