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!


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!

Listen to this episode here or in your podcast player!

We love to hear from you! Join our Facebook group here and connect with each of us on Instagram:
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Custom-look vanity for less with Semihandmade doors for Ikea cabinets!: Week 5 of the One Room Challenge

The One Room Challenge project bathroom is looking almost-functional! Floor and shower tile are in and grouted, baseboards are in and everything is painted, and the vanity is even installed!! This week I want to share with you why we chose the vanity option we did and how it's working.

It is really hard to find a high quality, real wood, modern designer-look bathroom vanity for a reasonable price. Even in a smaller size like we needed for this project (48"), we had a really hard time finding good options in a warm walnut- or mahogany-look wood, midcentury modern or other clean-lined style.

One great choice I'd seen around other blogs and designers' projects is Semihandmade custom fronts for IKEA cabinets and vanities. Semihandmade has a genius business model--because the options for kitchen cabinet and bathroom vanity fronts at IKEA are so limited and not real wood, Semihandmade was born to offer WAY more options of fronts that fit perfectly on the IKEA systems.

Thanks to Semihandmade for providing these vanity cabinet drawer fronts for our review.

This is week 5 of the 6-week One Room Challenge! See the other posts about this project here: 

This week, the vanity!

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