Just like you, I love sinking my teeth into a new home project, dream about knocking down all. the. walls. and spending WAY too much time looking at homes I can’t afford on Pinterest. I’ve always loved interior decorating, DIY, and renovations, and enjoy long walks down the aisles of the home improvement store. In other words, you’re in good company around here.
I get my love of home renovation from a great place – my parents. They taught me how to use power tools and that it’s better to measure twice and cut once (my Dad also taught me how to NOT cut a live wire, but that’s a story for another day). They slowly renovated their home while I was growing up and I loved watching and helping – I spent my youth dreaming about design and wishing I could be a contestant on Trading Spaces (remember that show?). But it was their home, not mine. I longed for the day when I would own my own home and be able to do whatever I wanted with it. That dream came true when we purchased our first home in March of 2016.
I started this site as a home renovation diary of sorts but along the way, I’ve found my true passion – helping other DIYers tackle projects they never thought they could, and know they did it right because they had great information.
Our first home was a huge step - owning a home meant we were officially grown ups (or so I thought). We brought home both of our kids here. It was a home full of learning, mistakes, and lots of victories, I wouldn't trade my experience here for anything.
I don’t think home improvement is hard or scary, and I’ve enjoyed helping people around me make changes in their homes and feel empowered through it. I’m no magic homemaker/master carpenter/amazing DIY goddess, but I am fearless. Maybe that’s a good thing, maybe it’s a bad thing, but I know it’s a quality that has helped me make the house I bought into a home I love.
My mission is pretty simple:
to provide you with
so you can
tackle whatever home
projects you can dream up.
As a previous high school choir teacher, I know anyone can learn anything if they have access to the right information. Whether you want to create a home that just feels like YOU, tackle a complicated renovation, or just find out the best way to take care of those things you’ve been putting off, it’s all just information. You can do it – you just need a guide (that’s me!).
If this is your first time visiting, thank you so much for stopping by. I'm not in this for the fame or the fortune...just to create a community of strong women that feel like they can tackle ANYTHING. Drop me a hello at email@example.com, or come say hey on IG @diywithoutfear! I'd love to talk your ear off about home stuff and geek out about power tools with you.
Smack dab in the middle of our kitchen renovation in Spring 2019, we decided to sell our house in Austin, TX, and move back to Louisville, KY where we grew up.
It was a big change, and I was sad to say goodbye to our house and life in Austin, but it has been well worth it so far. Our new house is very different from our ATX one, and needs a lot of work in different ways than our old one did, but I'm loving the process just as much as always!
what makes me, me:
I've experienced pretty significant hair loss at a young age. Sometimes I rock my bald, pixie, or somewhat shaved head, sometimes I wear a wig. and I'm (finally) equally confident in both. Ask me all about it!
I'm a classically trained musician (vocalist), graduated summa cum laude with a degree in vocal music education, and I absolutely adore music theory. I play piano badly, but thoroughly enjoy it.
I always have, and always will really enjoy video games. It's one of the main things that Aaron and I do together, and I love getting to sit down for a long gaming session.
I married my high school sweetheart, Aaron, and am still as madly in love with him as when we first started dating. He is the BEST thing that has ever happened to me.
these two are my
our current home
our first house
my first love was teaching
me, demolishing my parent's deck as a teenager
Aaron and I have two awesome kids, Emma and Tyler, who have changed my life SO dramatically, it's hard to even imagine life before them. They are both such sweethearts (loud, messy sweethearts) and I incredibly thankful to have them in my life.