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Squidoo Magazines: Let’s Make Cozy a Little Cozier

Hi all!

It’s Stephanie, your friendly neighborhood Squidoo Magazines editor.

As you may or may not know, one of our magazines, Cozy, is devoted to all things for the home. And while there’s great content in Cozy, we need more of it, particularly of a certain type. It’s the stuff you like to read — that everyone likes to read — DIY articles. Specifically, practical, fun, beautiful, simple, unusual DIY projects.

People want to know about, see, and contemplate ways they can make their homes stand out, or just feel more homey. So if you can, if you’ve done something cool at your home, take a photo of what you’ve done. Create a lens telling us what you did and why, and point out the products you needed to complete the task.

If you’re getting ready to start a project, take a before shot, so we can do some fun before-and-afters, like Apartment Therapy did for this post on revamping a tired chalkboard wall.

Our Budget Decorator on Cozy, angelatvs, did just that with this lens on painting a dresser, and it turned out wonderfully. When we shared the piece on Facebook, we made sure to show the before and after. As we do more of these, we plan to do more Apartment Therapy-style “teases” where you only see the before on Facebook and have to click through to see the spectacular “after.” The after is lovely:

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We’d also love to see even more step-by-step DIY’s like this cool project on Apartment Therapy, showing you how to make your own plywood table. It’s tremendously unique, fun, and do-able. Just check out the finished product:

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Our own KateHon has done something similar with her enormously popular lens, 7 Upcycled DIY Ideas to Decorate a Teen or Tween Girls’ Bedroom. In it she describes how to create all the elements for a room she photographed and described beautifully. This lens has been pinned on Pinterest more than 10,000 times, which is just fabulous! The photo below comes from KateHon’s terrific lens:

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We also need lenses on easy projects with a big payoff, like this one from Oh Happy Day!, where a beautiful and fun polka dot mural is made with nothing but cut sweet potatoes and acrylic paint.

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There’s absolutely nothing complicated about the Oh Happy Day! project, and there’s not even a before and after. However, it’s fun, it’s easy, and it’s explained with the help of plenty of big photos. I could imagine a lens or how-to on a similar project coming together in a snap.

All this said, if you just love adding fun, interesting elements to your home, are a DIYer, or you just can’t stop getting inspired by all those Pinterest projects out there and need to do some yourself, please consider making a Cozy lens. We’d love to fill our online home with even more projects that inspire, delight, amaze, and help make people enjoy their homes even more.

Thanks.

Stephanie Mangino is managing editor for Squidoo magazines. A former print editor/reporter and radio anchor, reporter and news director, she loves research, writing, reading, great food and inspiring ideas.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/veryirie veryirie

    I have a few lenses in mind that might just work. :)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/veryirie veryirie

    I have a few lenses in mind that might just work. :)

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/StephanieMangino11 StephanieMangino11

      You do WONDERFUL work — I can’t wait to see them. :)

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/StephanieMangino11 StephanieMangino11

      You do WONDERFUL work — I can’t wait to see them. :)

  • http://Susan52.com/ Susan52

    I love nice big, colorful, inspirational pictures of projects. They make me want to grab a brush and paint something!

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/StephanieMangino11 StephanieMangino11

      Yay! :)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/favored1 favored1

    I wish someone would teach us how to put before and after photos side-by-side, or at least offer the option in our text modules. That would make our DIY articles a bit easier. I enjoy seeing the changes made to furniture with the b/a pics.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/teriann teriann

      I like seeing both in the same shot as well, and when I wrote a Squidoo DIY article I did just that by creating a collage photo in picmonkey.com. I then saved it to my computer and uploaded it to my article. here is the link to the article, scroll down the page and you will see how it turned out. I hope this helps. If you need to know more how I did this I’m glad to help, contact me.
      http://www.squidoo.com/im-the-dedicated-diyer-contributor-on-squidoo

      • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/favored1 favored1

        Just saw this today. I’ll take a look. Thanks so much; appreciate your help.

      • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/favored1 favored1

        Just saw this today. I’ll take a look. Thanks so much; appreciate your help.

      • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/favored1 favored1

        Just saw this today. I’ll take a look. Thanks so much; appreciate your help.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/RenaissanceWoman2010 RenaissanceWoman2010

    I love these kinds of before and after DIY features. I’m about to get started on a few of these projects. I like your idea about showing only the before pic so the click-through will take place.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/StephanieMangino11 StephanieMangino11

      Thanks! I’m glad you like the idea :).

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/partybuzz partybuzz

    These are great ideas! I love that dresser.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/StephanieMangino11 StephanieMangino11

      It is so wonderful — thanks!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Anonymous831 Anonymous831

    I have a couple of lens in Cozy already and intend to add more.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/StephanieMangino11 StephanieMangino11

      Fabulous!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/grammieo grammieo

    Working on something already, but it’s not done yet! Soon!

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/StephanieMangino11 StephanieMangino11

      Can’t wait to see it!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/KonaGirl KonaGirl

    Ideas are running rampant

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/StephanieMangino11 StephanieMangino11

      Oooh! That sounds delightfully promising!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Bsmith0913 Bsmith0913

    i think the pics here are unique and very tastefully done. I like them all.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/MsBertie MsBertie

    Got a few ideas, just reading this. I just need time to do the projects.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/nancycarol nancycarol

    I don’t do much DIY any more in the last few years, but I used to. I have several pieces I reworked and repainted and gave them new purpose. I love seeing this kind of thing because my Mom always believed in repurposing things, finding a way to use them and not throwing them away.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/nancycarol nancycarol

    I don’t do much DIY any more in the last few years, but I used to. I have several pieces I reworked and repainted and gave them new purpose. I love seeing this kind of thing because my Mom always believed in repurposing things, finding a way to use them and not throwing them away.

  • http://www.portatil-bateria.com/ aswaha yah

    i love the color

  • http://www.portatil-bateria.com/ aswaha yah

    i love the color

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/KateHon KateHon

    Thanks so much for the props on my tween/teen girl’s bedroom lens! I appreciate greatly!! Love Cozy!!

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/StephanieMangino11 StephanieMangino11

      Our pleasure! (And Cozy loves you, too!) :)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/KateHon KateHon

    Thanks so much for the props on my tween/teen girl’s bedroom lens! I appreciate greatly!! Love Cozy!!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/earthybirthymama earthybirthymama

    Spring is in the air, so many projects on the go here. I love DIY projects.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/earthybirthymama earthybirthymama

    Spring is in the air, so many projects on the go here. I love DIY projects.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Upon-Request Upon-Request

    10k pins is awesome!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Upon-Request Upon-Request

    10k pins is awesome!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ibidii ibidii

    I wish I could make one of those plywood tables! Maybe I can get some one to do it. I cant swing a hammer at all! LOL!!!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/SheilaSchnauzies SheilaSchnauzies

    One of these days… it’s a goal!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/SheilaSchnauzies SheilaSchnauzies

    One of these days… it’s a goal!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/graceonline Kathryn Grace

    These project look fun as well as producing fine results. I’m going to check out a couple today. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/graceonline Kathryn Grace

    These project look fun as well as producing fine results. I’m going to check out a couple today. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/srwilliams srwilliams

    Hmmm. Lots of ideas coming to mind. Where to start! Thank you.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/srwilliams srwilliams

    Hmmm. Lots of ideas coming to mind. Where to start! Thank you.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/WeeCatCreations WeeCatCreations

    I’m hoping to move to a house later this year and I know my DIY spirit will take over with lots of projects … and lenses.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/WeeCatCreations WeeCatCreations

    I’m hoping to move to a house later this year and I know my DIY spirit will take over with lots of projects … and lenses.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/artbyrodriguez artbyrodriguez

    This lens gets the creative juices flowing for sure.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/artbyrodriguez artbyrodriguez

    This lens gets the creative juices flowing for sure.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/MarcellaCarlton MarcellaCarlton

    I have an idea.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/MarcellaCarlton MarcellaCarlton

    I have an idea.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/MSchindel MSchindel

    Terrific inspiration for new Cozy lenses, Stephanie! :)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/MSchindel MSchindel

    Terrific inspiration for new Cozy lenses, Stephanie! :)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Umanitea-T-4Life Umanitea-T-4Life

    I really like this piece. I have a pretty big apartment and it’s quite nice…but I’ve forgotten what to use it for because I have a small business operation in which I use the majority of the space for that purpose and as a result…have lost the life of living that it use to have because it’s all about mini-stations…but looking at the spaces that your followers have created and shared…has helped me to stop and think about what I must do to get back to having a space for living. It’s going to be a task…but those pictures have given me some motivation! Thank you!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Umanitea-T-4Life Umanitea-T-4Life

    I really like this piece. I have a pretty big apartment and it’s quite nice…but I’ve forgotten what to use it for because I have a small business operation in which I use the majority of the space for that purpose and as a result…have lost the life of living that it use to have because it’s all about mini-stations…but looking at the spaces that your followers have created and shared…has helped me to stop and think about what I must do to get back to having a space for living. It’s going to be a task…but those pictures have given me some motivation! Thank you!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/campingman campingman

    Great ideas all. I just finished a bunk bed/surfer renovation of the grand kids room for when they visit this spring.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/campingman campingman

    Great ideas all. I just finished a bunk bed/surfer renovation of the grand kids room for when they visit this spring.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/0ctavias0fferings 0ctavias0fferings

    I might just have a few ideas here.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/0ctavias0fferings 0ctavias0fferings

    I might just have a few ideas here.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Deborah-Diane Deborah-Diane

    I’m not good at DIY projects, but I will keep this in mind.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Deborah-Diane Deborah-Diane

    I’m not good at DIY projects, but I will keep this in mind.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ruthi Ruthi aka abitosunshine

    WoW! All of these pop right off the page! I love the before and after idea for the click through! The SquidTeam is always looking out for us, thank you.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ruthi Ruthi aka abitosunshine

    WoW! All of these pop right off the page! I love the before and after idea for the click through! The SquidTeam is always looking out for us, thank you.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/kiwinana71 kiwinana71

    Thanks for sharing, I have some ideas, my poor home needs some painting done, Will take some photos before and after. Happy Squidooing.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/sha-ron sha-ron

    Great ideas

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/sha-ron sha-ron

    Great ideas

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/patgoltz patgoltz

    Well now, this is a thought-provoker! Of course in our case, our DIY will consist of FINISHING the CONSTRUCTION of the house, for many years. It may be the only thing we get done, if we do. My husband built a lid for the enclosure that contains our water pump. We had an old rotten piece of plywood there. Now it’s beautiful! Originally, he built the walls of concrete block, and made the slab floor himself. He also put in all the pipes for the water tank, and we fixed one of those today. I was the gofer and ladder holder, and he did all the work! We have to have a water tank because we don’t get city water, and we get it filled every few months. He also is sanding down where the trim on the frame of the back door was, and he sanded the door itself. He then put on a coat of varnish, and will put up new strips, and then paint all that.

    We have a huge project looming on the horizon, and the whole family will pitch in. We have a mobile home that is just about totally rotten, that we used while we were building the house. The kids want to come over and demolish it!

    Then there is the electrical wiring and switch panels that need to be repaired. THEN we can get back to doing NEW things to finish the house.

    See what I mean?

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/patgoltz patgoltz

    Well now, this is a thought-provoker! Of course in our case, our DIY will consist of FINISHING the CONSTRUCTION of the house, for many years. It may be the only thing we get done, if we do. My husband built a lid for the enclosure that contains our water pump. We had an old rotten piece of plywood there. Now it’s beautiful! Originally, he built the walls of concrete block, and made the slab floor himself. He also put in all the pipes for the water tank, and we fixed one of those today. I was the gofer and ladder holder, and he did all the work! We have to have a water tank because we don’t get city water, and we get it filled every few months. He also is sanding down where the trim on the frame of the back door was, and he sanded the door itself. He then put on a coat of varnish, and will put up new strips, and then paint all that.

    We have a huge project looming on the horizon, and the whole family will pitch in. We have a mobile home that is just about totally rotten, that we used while we were building the house. The kids want to come over and demolish it!

    Then there is the electrical wiring and switch panels that need to be repaired. THEN we can get back to doing NEW things to finish the house.

    See what I mean?

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/patgoltz patgoltz

    Well now, this is a thought-provoker! Of course in our case, our DIY will consist of FINISHING the CONSTRUCTION of the house, for many years. It may be the only thing we get done, if we do. My husband built a lid for the enclosure that contains our water pump. We had an old rotten piece of plywood there. Now it’s beautiful! Originally, he built the walls of concrete block, and made the slab floor himself. He also put in all the pipes for the water tank, and we fixed one of those today. I was the gofer and ladder holder, and he did all the work! We have to have a water tank because we don’t get city water, and we get it filled every few months. He also is sanding down where the trim on the frame of the back door was, and he sanded the door itself. He then put on a coat of varnish, and will put up new strips, and then paint all that.

    We have a huge project looming on the horizon, and the whole family will pitch in. We have a mobile home that is just about totally rotten, that we used while we were building the house. The kids want to come over and demolish it!

    Then there is the electrical wiring and switch panels that need to be repaired. THEN we can get back to doing NEW things to finish the house.

    See what I mean?

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/adventuretravelshop adventuretravelshop

    OK I’ll give this some thought – my son’s bedroom need revamping! This might be the motivating factor that I’ve been waiting for!!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/adventuretravelshop adventuretravelshop

    OK I’ll give this some thought – my son’s bedroom need revamping! This might be the motivating factor that I’ve been waiting for!!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/CruiseReady CruiseReady

    Putting my thinking cap on. Hope something comes out as a result

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/KitandCaboodle KitandCaboodle

    I need to look around my house and see if there is anything that I can add to this category. My DIY projects are usually not “home décor” related. Maybe it is time to change that!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/KitandCaboodle KitandCaboodle

    I need to look around my house and see if there is anything that I can add to this category. My DIY projects are usually not “home décor” related. Maybe it is time to change that!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/MaryMitchell MaryMitchell

    mmmm – my DIY skills aren’t up to much – my after might look worse than my before!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/MaryMitchell MaryMitchell

    mmmm – my DIY skills aren’t up to much – my after might look worse than my before!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/angelatvs angelatvs

    I had the paint and the mod podge out this weekend, some lenses are brewing. Thanks to Stephanie for inspiring us to record our DIY projects for others to see.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/angelatvs angelatvs

    I had the paint and the mod podge out this weekend, some lenses are brewing. Thanks to Stephanie for inspiring us to record our DIY projects for others to see.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/angelatvs angelatvs

    I had the paint and the mod podge out this weekend, some lenses are brewing. Thanks to Stephanie for inspiring us to record our DIY projects for others to see.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/StephanieMangino11 StephanieMangino11

    I’m so glad everyone feels inspired! :) Thanks so much!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/StephanieMangino11 StephanieMangino11

    I’m so glad everyone feels inspired! :) Thanks so much!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/CreativeArtist CreativeArtist

    I do have a project coming up once the weather is warm on a regular basis. I’ll be sure to take some photos.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/CreativeArtist CreativeArtist

    I do have a project coming up once the weather is warm on a regular basis. I’ll be sure to take some photos.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/jennifer-lawyer jennifer-lawyer

    Oh, there is so much to do…I just need to make the time for the “doing”! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/jennifer-lawyer jennifer-lawyer

    Oh, there is so much to do…I just need to make the time for the “doing”! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/teriann teriann

    love diy, will have to put this on my ‘to do’ list. Just re-did a hall bathroom and changed out for new faucets so I guess I better get busy sharing pictures.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/teriann teriann

    love diy, will have to put this on my ‘to do’ list. Just re-did a hall bathroom and changed out for new faucets so I guess I better get busy sharing pictures.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/FreshStart7 FreshStart7
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