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'm a recovering former vegan and vegetarian, now healing with a nutrient-dense mostly Paleo diet, and love at-home CrossFit and yoga workouts. I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!

New mom to baby Otto born April 2018!


Behind the scenes of a collaborative client project: full bathroom reno

DIY projects and renovations can be hard--on your body, your energy levels, your wallet, your relationship with your partner... so when I did my most recent project, this bathroom reno, I was excited that it wasn't at my house or draining my budget! But, I was working closely with my friends so there was a different dynamic. I was the designer, the tile layer/instructor, the schedule-driver... (and I was blogging about the project and wanted a great result! But, the most important thing was our friendship at the end.)

It was also my first time working with a team including clients and a contractor, and I learned a lot over the course of the 6-week reno! I'm dishing this week...
From the reveal post

This week on the Your Home Story podcast Ashley interviews me about the project--including completely renovating the bathroom (from dated, tired space to midcentury-inspired dream room), what went wrong, what set us behind schedule, why it can be so hard to make decisions like about plumbing and hardware, styling tips, and more! I also talked about adding my personal style through styling, while getting the black-brass-medium wood MCM look my clients loved.

Links to some posts we talked about:
  1. The Modern Bathroom Reveal for the One Room Challenge.
  2. All the before pictures of the bathroom including the rubber baseboards, colored tub, and interesting vintage sink!
  3. My bathroom Pinterest board where I looked for styling inspo.
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MCM-inspired black and brass bathroom reno BUDGET!

I love to share a budget breakdown of my projects because I track the costs so carefully myself, and am usually very budget-friendly, so want to inspire you that you don't have to be swimming in money to remodel a room in your home!!

I recently completed the design, some DIYs, and posts about this full bathroom reno for the spring One Room Challenge--literally everything changed except some of the drywall. This was not my home, and my clients/friends chose to hire out some of the work like replacing the window, so it's not exactly apples-to-apples if you choose to do something similar in your home, BUT I can still share so much with you about what costs to expect on this kind of project!

If you like budget breakdowns, you can also check out these, all DIY, most from my last house:

So, welcome to this bathroom! (You can see the full reveal post here with more details.) We tiled the floor and shower, replaced the vanity, mirror, and lighting, resurfaced the tub, and more.
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Picking the brain of a stager/real estate pro!

I LOVE this episode of the Your Home Story podcast!! We interviewed Nicole Wear of Friday & Company, a real estate and design firm in Portland, Oregon--and got the inside scoop on a lot of real estate questions!

Ashley and I often get questions about real estate, and we do our best to answer, but wanted to bring in a pro! Nicole Wear (@nicolewear) is a stager and stylist who works with her husband, a seasoned residential real estate broker. Nicole talked to us about how the real estate staging process works, what DIYers can do to keep and improve their home values, styling vs. being comfortable in your own home, and more!

Here is an example of a recent staging project... check out this Instagram post to see the before. WOW!! Same cabinets, same countertops, same windows... just a few simple, budget-friendly updates.

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Favorite 6-week room makeovers from this season's ORC

This is such a fun week!! Hundreds of designers and bloggers have revealed their One Room Challenge room renos and there are TONS of inspiring ideas and pretty pictures to look at! (Here's my bathroom project reno reveal!) People who participate in and follow along with this event are also so supportive of each other and I love to shout out others who joined in!

There are 20 "featured designers" each ORC and this spring, I really loved a lot of them!! There is usually a great mix of styles but this season I though there were a lot more real-life home design inspirations! Check out all of the featured designers here.

Then there are the guest designers, like me--almost 200 of them! Check out all their reveals here. 

Favorite ORCs Spring 2019

First, the featured designers...

I LOVE this kitchen by House that Lars Built. So fresh, but such warm colors!
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Modern bathroom renovation REVEAL: The finished One Room Challenge!

The past 6 weeks I've been working on (well, my clients/friends have been doing most of the work on) a complete bathroom renovation! New flooring, new shower tile, new electrical and lighting, turning this pink and red 1960's bathroom into a dreamy modern space!

This was a BIG project with several hiccups and lessons along the way, so I am extra proud and excited to reveal it today!

Remember, you can find all the posts about this One Room Challenge here:
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Decorating with kids, hanging art on plaster walls, easy cosmetic fixes, & more

Listener Q&A! We collected some great questions from listeners of the Your Home Story podcast and this week we're covering decorating and organizing with kids, how to hang art on plaster walls, how to update a space when you can't paint the massive walls, simple cosmetic fixes for first-time homeowners, couch vs. sectional in a tricky room layout, and more!

You'll have to listen to the episode for all our answers, but here are some links we referenced:
  1. Bat box mosquito solution
  2. Frame a poster instead of putting up a wall decal in your kid’s room.
  3. A beautiful example of neutral baskets in a kid’s space instead of primary color bins.
  4. The Studpop stud finder for lathe and plaster walls
  5. A great look at what a picture rail looks like if you aren’t familiar with them.
  6. Episode 20 on small electrical
  7. Episode 2 on painting cabinets
  8. Our Facebook group conversation on the challenge of painting a large open space.
  9. My hallway/carpet removal update
Some super cool looking rooms featuring toys and kids' items in this home tour...

I also love and had to share a pic of the toy bins Ashley talked about, and framing a poster for a kid's room!

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