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Helping you plan your home improvement project, from start to finish

Jaclyn Crawford

Occupation: Staff Writer

Excited to share my love of home design and décor with readers, I started with ImproveNet in 2016. As a staff writer at ImproveNet, I enjoy writing about the latest trends and ways you can make your home the loveliest it can be. You may also find me in the ImproveNet videos, sharing tips you may not know about local contractors. As a new homeowner, I am always interested in learning more. I’ve been lucky enough to interview experts like Megan Wild, editor of Your Wild Home, and Emily Hoefler, kitchen and bath specialist at Renovations Group Inc. These interviews and more don’t only provide inspiration for my stories, but also tips on how I can improve my 1920s bungalow. Living in an older Chicago home, it seems like there’s always something new to work on. In the last year, my husband and I have updated our staircase, redecorated and fixed the flooring on our enclosed porch, and called in a pro to help with a chimney repair. Needless to say, my house keeps me busy! My favorite topics to write about include kitchen and bathroom remodeling. I’m always looking for new ways to save homeowners money and space to make their rooms the best they can be. As someone who enjoys planning and understands how important that is to homeowners, I always want to know the costs of any major project upfront. I try to include the most accurate cost information with whatever I write, so you can budget best for your next home improvement project. I also enjoy talking about landscaping and gardening topics, as I love to grow flowers and herbs at home. Prior to ImproveNet, I was the Managing Editor at Forefront Magazine. I’ve also written for companies such as Enjoy Illinois, Like A Local and Krrb (Now Apartment Therapy). I graduated with a degree in Marketing and a minor in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago. When I’m not writing, I love crocheting, playing badminton and exploring Chicago with my dog Sundae.

Jaclyn's Recent Articles

  • Preparing For A DIY Kitchen Remodel DIY

    Preparing For A DIY Kitchen Remodel

    If you’re considering DIYing most or some of your kitchen remodel, you’ll want to be prepared. A mistake can be costly both financially and aesthetically. See a few DIY Tips For Kitchen Remodeling to help you prepare for your big project.

    Jul 16, 2018
  • Video – Room For Opinions: Open Shelving Videos

    Video – Room For Opinions: Open Shelving

    A decision to include open shelving in your home is important. Our ImproveNet editorial team had these same questions about this trend. Watch the video below to see our opinions and thoughts on if this is a trend that will last.

    Jul 12, 2018
  • DIY Projects For A Nursery Interior Design & Decorating

    DIY Projects For A Nursery

    Whether you have a baby on the way or you’re a grandparent who wants to help out, there are plenty of ways you can get crafty in a nursery. From decorating an accent wall to creating adorable wall art, there are plenty of DIY projects for a nursery. Here’s a list of a few you can try.

    Jul 11, 2018
  • Bathroom Safety Tips For Young Children Bathroom

    Bathroom Safety Tips For Young Children

    There are many potential hazards in the bathroom that you want to keep your child safe from. New accessories and innovative technology allows you to have more control of your bathroom, so you can have peace-of-mind as well. Here are a few bathroom safety tips for children that all parents can use.

    Jul 9, 2018
  • Roof Maintenance Tips Home Maintenance

    Roof Maintenance Tips

    Your roof is an incredibly important part of your home that’s utilized more often than you may realize. Here are a few roof maintenance tips.

    Jul 8, 2018
  • Lawn Care For New Homeowners Landscaping

    Lawn Care For New Homeowners

    Every new homeowner makes mistakes, especially when it comes to their yard. But I’m here to help. Here’s what every new homeowner needs to know about caring for their lawn.

    Jul 5, 2018
  • Living Room Details That POP Interior Design & Decorating

    Living Room Details That POP

    The living room is one of my favorite areas of the home. It’s a place to welcome guests or relax after a long day. It’s also where you can show off your own personal style. Here are a few living room details that pop.

    Jul 2, 2018
  • July Home Maintenance Checklist Home Maintenance

    July Home Maintenance Checklist

    July is the perfect month to enjoy the summer weather and host some fun backyard BBQs. However, you won’t want to forget about the home maintenance you have to complete to keep your house looking great.

    Jul 1, 2018
  • The Best Lighting For Your Kitchen Electrical & Lighting

    The Best Lighting For Your Kitchen

    There are many choices when it comes to kitchen lighting. You’ll often need more than one source to highlight specific areas of the room. Here are a few ideas to help you choose the best lighting for your kitchen.

    Jun 25, 2018
  • Fourth Of July Decorating Ideas Potpourri

    Fourth Of July Decorating Ideas

    Fourth Of July is coming up quick, are you ready? Many are hosting their own parties and backyard BBQs to celebrate Independence Day, and to make your party the talk of the town, you’ll want to have the right décor that helps everyone celebrate.

    Jun 24, 2018

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