Hello there! I’m Melissa and I blog at The Happier Homemaker where I share my journey to create a beautiful life through easy DIY home decor, crafts, and simple yet delicious recipes.

My background is eclectic with a stint in art school and years working in cancer research but I have spent the last seven years as a full time mom to mythree little boys.  I began my blog in 2011 as an outlet for creativity and way to connect with others during one of my husband’s deployments with the Army and it has slowly turned from a hobby into a passion and profession!

We recently built a new home and we have been slowly taking it from builder grade blah to our dream home.  Along the way, I’ve decorated our home the DIY way, with projects like this giant wooden world map. Whether building and revamping outdoor patio furniture or creating a serene office retreat, you can be sure that the projects I share are easy to do and easy on the wallet!

Read all of Melissa’s tutorials here.