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Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
I co-host the Your Home Story podcast and believe you can love your home just the way it is, AND have the power to design and make big changes to make it better.
I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!
New mom to baby Otto born April 2018!

8.04.2020

Paper organization and decluttering tips

Even in 2020 when so much is digital, paper clutter can be a huge pain and challenge! 

This week on the Your Home Story podcast we’re running through the common categories of paper stuff that builds up and sharing solutions.
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Helpful links & resources we talked about:
  1. Suzannah’s exterior update blog posts
  2. Top paper organization tips
  3. 13 Best Receipt Scanners for Effortless Organization
  4. How to Organize Receipts
  5. How to Make a Family Command Center
  6. Command center inspiration

You can find us on our blogs or connect with each of us on Instagram:
@suzannahstanley
@biggerthanthethreeofus
@yourhomestorypodcast

And you can join our Facebook group here to connect with other listeners and ask questions!

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7.31.2020

Maternity photos for baby #2!

When I was pregnant with Otto we took a babymoon to the Oregon coast and took glamorous maternity photos with a professional photographer on top of Cape Kiwanda. Well, things are a little different this time around... energetic 2-year-old in tow, Jason studying for the physical therapy board exam all the time, global pandemic... so we did it a little differently for baby #2!

I didn't need all the glamour of a fancy dress and beautiful setting, just wanted to capture my (massive, can't believe how big) baby bump and our family so far which includes Otto. We took these in our backyard while Otto played in the kiddie pool on a 100-degree day!

Felt so good to take off my thigh-high compression socks and play in the cool water on a hot day! Haha!
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7.29.2020

Upstairs bathroom reno: before and design

Getting geared up for our next reno project!! We're feeling ambitious... we didn't even put this one on our 2020 house project goals list since we were pretty burned out from our main bathroom reno last fall and not sure how many more DIY efforts we could tackle. Well, this next bathroom is going to be a piece of cake in comparison!

It's our upstairs bathroom and unfortunately it's only a half bath. This house was built in 1937 and from what I've seen from other homes of around that era, that's not uncommon. We have two bedrooms upstairs and two downstairs, and none is a master suite. We really scratched our heads on how we could add a shower to this room or the hallway outside it, and extend it into the hallway, but you need at least 30-36" square for a shower and we only have 2-2.5' no matter which way you go. So, we'll settle for it being a half bath, but at least it will be really pretty after we finish!


Historic bathroom reno design and before


So here's the before, as you walk into the room from the hall. It's not a bad size for a half bath, and has some room opposite the toilet and sink for a cabinet or some more storage. There's not really room for a real/full depth vanity, just a pedestal sink, because of the corner sticking out from the opposite wall. There's a TON of storage (2'+ deep cabinet, floor to ceiling) behind the door.
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7.28.2020

Intentional living, secondhand treasures, no-spend months, and more

Rebekah Hildebrand is our guest on the Your Home Story podcast this week. She’s chatting about finding joy in secondhand treasures, learning how to dive into DIY and being okay with failing so that you can later succeed, embracing slow progress, no-spend months, and so much more. 
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Find Rebekah on IG at @savoring_home. Some of our favorite views of her home include this view of her kitchen and her take on what is/isn’t working, a color-blocked bedroom that we adore, and a coffee table scene that just draws us in. 
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During the show today, she talked about:
  1. The More of Less by Joshua Becker
  2. Cozy Minimalist Home
  3. Essentialism
  4. A Year of Less
  5. Young House Love’s episode with Cait Flanders
  6. Amazing woodworking tutorials by @carpentrybymar

You can find us on our blogs or connect with each of us on Instagram:
@suzannahstanley
@biggerthanthethreeofus
@yourhomestorypodcast

And you can join our Facebook group here to connect with other listeners and ask questions!

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7.24.2020

Ultimate baby registry essentials (updated!)

Baby #2 will be here soon!! I'm not having a big shower like last time and haven't send out my registry link much but I am purchasing a few things I really wish we'd had the first time around. Plus, I looked back at my registry post and first 4 weeks newborn essentials post from 2 years ago when we had Otto and while I still stand by those recs!!!, some items are no longer available or I've found better replacements for. (There's a lot more selection now even just compared to 2018!) 

It's time for an update!
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7.21.2020

Playroom function and design tips

Whether you have a large dedicated playroom or just a few corners in other rooms in your house, you probably have faced common issues with organization, messes, funny-looking toys, and where kids are in relation to the rest of the family when playing. 

Ashley and I have different experiences with kids from baby to big kid, underused playrooms and popular play corners, and this week on the Your Home Story Podcast we're breaking it down with tips for common problems, design ideas to make the spaces look more like your style, and more.
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Resources mentioned:
  1. Ep 92 on Kitchen Organization
  2. The playroom at Ashley’s house
  3. The DIY recovered storage ottomans Suzannah stores some toys in
  4. Melissa & Doug sound puzzles both our toddlers LOVE(d) (affiliate link)
  5. Toy storage behind the couch
  6. Suzannah’s latest playroom design
  7. Cute playrooms with real, actual (plastic) toys: inspo #1, inspo #2
  8. More styled but still realistic playroom
  9. Ep 106 Kids’ Stuff Organization

You can find us on our blogs or connect with each of us on Instagram:
@suzannahstanley
@biggerthanthethreeofus
@yourhomestorypodcast

And you can join our Facebook group here to connect with other listeners and ask questions!

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