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!


Interior photography and editing tips for beginners

Whether or not you're a blogger, don't we all want to have visual reminders of our homes looking their best?? Clean, things put away, styled for the season...? Oh, how I wish I had photos of my grad school apartments and better pics of the first places Jason and I lived together. Even once I started taking photos of our homes and blogging about them, it took me way too long to get good at it and capture images I was proud of. (One of my biggest regrets about our first fixer upper, the Stanley 90's Reno, is I never took the time and money to buy a lens that would capture whole rooms and even when it looked PERFECT for the listing photos or our Apartment Therapy shoot, I didn't feel confident walking around with a tripod shooting the images I wanted.)

So over the past year or so, I've done my homework and spent a little money and time to up the quality of my images. While I'm totally still learning, I am already so proud of some of my work and the skills I've gained.

It is really NOT that hard and anyone can do it! So I'd love to de-mystify it and share my top tips here!

Interior photography and editing tips for beginners

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Design, Make, & Live: Garages

Ohhh, the garage... has potential to be such a functional, important space, but it's so easy for it to get messy and not very usable at all!! We've had quite a few experiences of garage as car storage, gym, work area, overflow storage...

Someday I would love to paint the interior of our garage, seal or paint the floor, build some shelves for tool storage, and of course get rid of the stuff we don't need! In the meantime I can dream, plan, and learn about the options...

On the Your Home Story Podcast we often do a “deep dive” into design and function of a specific room or space--this week it’s garages, so we’re focusing on how to make your garage work for your home and family. (This room/space is heavier on the function than form, but still can be nicer and more inspiring than a cluttered eyesore!)

Ideas and resources we talked about:
  1. DIY above-garage-door shelving
  2. Painting garage tutorial
  3. Before/After garage door makeover
  4. Ashley’s garage Pinterest board with lots more garage organization and DIY ideas

Image source (found on Ashley's garage pinboard, of course!)

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How hard is it to install kitchen cabinets?? The exciting part of our DIY kitchen reno

It's amazing how much can change in a week!! Last week I shared about our kitchen demo and we've been working HARD all week and have checked so many things off the list. Including installing the cabinets we assembled a couple weeks ago. We'd never done it before, and it was definitely a new skill to learn but pretty straightforward!

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How all that interior and exterior maintenance is actually going!

On the Your Home Story Podcast we've shared some great resources for both interior and exterior home maintenance--checklists, multiple experiences DIYing vs hiring out, ideas for automating, and more!

We thought we ought to check in with you on how we (and you) are doing with all those maintenance tasks. This week... we chat about peeling paint on Ashley’s windowsills and deck updates that I want to make for the exterior side of things. Then, we take it indoors and celebrate a few wins--like, I actually vacuumed my refrigerator coils and Ashley washed her curtains (yes!). (It’s worth celebrating the little things!)

Don't miss the resources we've created:
  1. Exterior Printable Checklist
  2. Interior Printable Checklist
Image source--if this was your kitchen wouldn't you want to keep up on maintenance?

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What it takes to fully demo a kitchen! Our DIY kitchen reno progress

Our kitchen reno is GO GO GO and we got everything demoed over the weekend, and then some. Our temporary kitchen is fully set up in the dining room, ALL the old stuff (cabinets, soffits, top layer of flooring) is out of the kitchen, and we started work on our flooring.

Other posts on this DIY kitchen reno:

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Building ALL our cabinets, prepping for kitchen demo day!

As I shared here (and in our 2019 projects list)... we are planning a full, DIY kitchen reno! We will demo our whole kitchen this coming Saturday. Until then we have been getting as much done as we can to prep and hopefully make the torn-apart-kitchen phase as short as possible.

We got so much done last weekend!!! We are feeling so positive and motivated about our kitchen reno (--let's hope this feeling holds!)!

Sharing our progress so far...
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