Julia Dilworth, 24 hours Vancouver

Julia Dilworth is a DIY, travel, home and lifestyle journalist based in Vancouver, B.C. You can find her on Twitter @JuliaDilworth or at her website juliadilworth.com.

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DIY Mommy and Western Canada’s Next Home Stylist Christina Dennis shows us how to make fancy piped pillow covers. (PHOTO THEDIYMOMMY.COM)

DIY Mommy schools us on home projects

All summer long, Christina Dennis of Stony Plain, Alberta has been engaged in a series of head-to-head battles for the title of Western Canada’s Next Home Stylist—and has emerged victorious.

Breaking one side of my two-sided mirror was a blessing in disguise! JULIA DILWORTH PHOTO

Three 5-minute DIYs

Do-it-yourself projects don’t always cater to the impatient.

“If there is anything I love, it’s a good tray—I use them everywhere,” says Velji. “I think a tray serves many purposes and how many of us have cutting boards laying around, so I thought why not update a flat cutting board by adding some simple handles on either side to make it function as a tray. So simple and so chic.”  (Alykhan Velji Designs)

Designer DIY on a dime with Alykhan Velji

Celeb interior designer Alykhan Velji is used to working with big budgets for home makeovers, and yet he still loves to DIY and have a little “crafter-noon.”

The end result of my table’s herringbone pattern and mint paint makeover! JULIA DILWORTH PHOTO

DIY: Herringbone table makeover

Moving into my first apartment in Vancouver, I wasn’t picky about furniture and almost everything was secondhand.

Cutline Sarah Common and Julia Common: Sarah Common and Julia Common from Hives for Humanity working on a hive. (HIVESFORHUMANITY.COM)

DIY: Bee an Urban Beekeeper

Even with 41 years in the bee biz, Hives for Humanity co-founder Julia Common is a newcomer to urban beekeeping.

Bryan Baeumler is set to release his first (and perhaps only) book this month called Measure Twice detailing common mistakes people make and how to avoid them. He will also be appearing at the BC Home + Garden Show in Vancouver, which runs Feb. 18 to 22 at BC Place. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

DIY: Bryan Baeumler’s reno tips

After years of rescuing homeowners from their misadventures on HGTV shows like Leave it to Bryan and Disaster DIY, Bryan Baeumler has witnessed just about every DIY blunder in the book.

Catch the full line of DIY birdhouses in the Home Tweet Home charity challenge at the BC Home + Garden Show running Feb. 19 to 22 at BC Place. (SUBMITTED)

DIY: Home Tweet Home birdhouse makeovers

A home makeover can be a huge investment of time and money. Fortunately, birdhouses of a feather are neither labour-intensive nor costly.

Scotch’s decorative tapes make wrapping presents fun and gorgeous! (JULIA DILWORTH/24 HOURS)

DIY holiday gift guide

With Christmas one week away, you may be running out of time or cash in the hunt for those last few presents. Have no fear, your DIY gift guide is here.

DIY: Return of the pompom

The pompom, beloved for generations by grandmothers everywhere, is the definition of old school. And just like tights, crop tops and scrunchies, another trend of yore has returned to the fore.

Go bow or go home! Learn how to make three impressive types of bows from Papyrus’ expert Gift Stylist Manuel Anastacio. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

DIY: Master three holiday bows

With the holidays fast approaching, 24 hours caught up with Papyrus’ expert Gift Stylist, Manuel Anastacio to learn how to make three amazing bows.

Raincouver puts Never Wet to the test

As the Canadian city with the second highest number of rainy days annually, (second only to nearby Abbotsford), Raincouver is the perfect testing ground for advances in waterproofing.

As seen here with Ikea’s own Ikea hacks, you can do so much to customize off-the-rack Ikea furniture using simple materials. (PHOTO COURTESY IKEA)

DIY: Ikea hacks for the home

There are some wild Ikea hacks out there, where desk lamps amalgamate into singular chandeliers and bookcases are rebuilt to conjoin like two-headed beasts.