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!


6 month baby and postpartum update!

Otto is 6 months old today! A lot of times anniversaries and (half) birthdays seem arbitrary, but this one more than the others really feels like a big milestones--for me as well as him.

After some rocky weeks there during the 4 (turned into 5) month sleep regression and some random fussiness, he has been a much easier, happier baby lately and it has been even more fun to hang out with him. Also, I feel like 6 months is a real chunk of time that I have been doing this mom thing and I am not a total newb anymore. I mean, I still only have one baby and it’s not like he’s crawling or drawing on the walls yet, but I am doing much better with handling things like going on errands with him, something that was so hard and seemed impossible a couple months ago.

6-month-old baby

Six month milestones… Let’s see, he is getting better at sitting up by himself, although he’s still not reliable with it. He has been doing amazing at sleeping through the night since we did the tiniest bit of sleep training in the middle of the night a few weeks ago. (He has been able to put himself to sleep from wide-awake at bedtime for a while now, but around 4 or 5 months he started waking up 3-4 times a night, not hungry, just not able to self soothe. So my friend suggested that we really just had to let him cry at those random wakings for a few nights and he would figure it out. Well, it was really hard to just leave him crying, but we only had to do that for ONE night next night he slept for 10 hours before waking up hungry.)

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DIY bed construction complete! The queen vs. king debate, plus nightstands and dressers: Week 3 of the One Room Challenge

Our room is really coming together! It’s not beautiful yet, but function wise it’s almost complete. Dressers and nightstands are now built, and my dad and I are both feeling very satisfied because we finished the construction portion of the DIY bed. I still have to do the sewing for the slipcover, but I wanted to get the rug in the room before I choose the color, and that will definitely be a longer task. But, the bed is up, our new Lucid mattress is here, and for the first time in… almost a year?! We have our own real bed frame again!

Also, I’m spilling the beans on what we decided RE queen vs. king-size mattress!

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You can see all my One Room Challenge posts here
See Week 1 ("before" and inspiration) here.
See Week 2 (paint, windows, bed progress, window shades, and lighting choice) here.

Queen Vs. King Mattress

So, queen or king... You guys had SO many opinions on that when I shared on Instagram that we were considering getting a king. It’s so funny, honestly this never really occurred to me until Jason said he wanted one and I started thinking about if it would fit in our room (it would overlap a window like this)… But now that I notice it, I think almost all of the beds in the bedrooms I save as inspiration and see in those beautiful professionally designed homes are king! I used to think of kings as having funny proportions, too wide and squat. But now I guess they are everywhere and they look great!

When I measured it out, no matter which while we put the bed on it is a pretty tight squeeze with a king. It technically would have worked pretty well on the longer wall, with the bed centered under the double windows, but then I would’ve needed a different dresser and we probably wouldn’t have had enough clothing storage. It’s a domino effect. Also, I don’t mind the look of a bed under a window too much, but I really don’t like the function. I open and close our shades and curtains every single night/morning! Having to reach around a king bed would be annoying to me.

I did a couple polls in my stories and the results were like 51 to 49% in favor of King despite our awkward bedroom situation, but the king voters were a little bit louder in the comments! You guys have to read some of these, check these out.

In favor of king:

  • "King saved our marriage. At least that's what we joke. But for real, your bebe WILL be in the bed with you at some point. You need a king."
  • "I was team queen until I realized we were very uncomfortable with my child in bed. We brought a king size and I LOVE it. I have been sleeping on it for 4 years and wouldn't change it. Never going back to queen."
  • "Do you have kids? King all the way, they're the best, loads of space! Wish we'd got one sooner."
  • "King all the way!! Except now we have a hard time sharing a queen when we travel!"
  • "I might be on the opposite end of the spectrum lol (had a king even before my husband all to myself) so I’m team KING all the way. It will be a game changer, I promise!!"
  • "King. Definitely king. And whether your little sleeps in bed with you or not, the king is great alone on weekends for lounging around as a family in bed."

In favor of queen:

  • "I am team queen—in a king bed, it feels like I’m sleeping alone, the other person is too far away! Plus I am a make-your-bed-every-day kind of person, and it takes too long to make up a king!"
  • "We have a UK King which is equivalent to US queen. I find the US kings look MASSIVE unless they're in an appropriately scaled room."
  • "Totally a queen couple here! I never even splurge for a king room in hotels!"
  • "I always loved a queen bed because I love to snuggle! I was sad when we got a king because my hubby was so much farther away! But it's comfy I'm not gonna lie."
  • "We upgraded and stayed with a Queen. I’ve heard once you go King you can’t go back and read somewhere it’s better for marriages, tho I bet that depends on how much your partner snores 🤣"

And again, now that I am noticing them everywhere I really think they look good (kings), but I just don’t think one would work in our 1937 home. Especially because we were going to the trouble of building a custom bed and getting a brand new mattress, it would’ve been a great time to get a king!! So it is kind of a missed opportunity and I’m a little bummed. But, Jason is totally cool with it and supports the keeping-a-queen decision, and we agree it’s just not the time. Maybe in the next house! I can always build another bed! ;)

The new mattress

Lucid sent me this new mattress and I am so excited. I have been having a lot of back problems since having Otto, and I realized that our pillow top memory foam mattress/box spring set was just not right. It was way too soft. (One time for some reason I couldn’t sleep and slept on the couch for a couple hours, I think when Otto was really tiny and waking up all the time, and the moment I laid down on the couch it was such a relief because it was firmer!) So this is the 10" latex hybrid mattress, which is medium firm. Lucid is one of the only mail order mattress companies I’ve seen that has different options for firmness. I just don’t feel comfortable ordering a mattress online, even if it’s highly rated, when there is only one choice! With Lucid you can to choose firm, medium firm, medium plush, etc. And several options with in each category. (Go Mattresses/Shop by Comfort/choose your firmness.)

The DIY bed

So, the bed. We followed this tutorial for the platform, almost exactly, with a few modifications because I’m going to be slipcovering the whole thing. I thought about creating more of a box for the headboard to get more of the look of the Restoration Hardware slipcovered bed I liked, but didn’t put thought into it and that would’ve made it stick out more from the wall, and ended up just going with more of the Serena and Lily inspiration look which I also like a lot.

I will definitely share a full tutorial for this bed when it’s done and slipcovered! In the meantime, you can see more of our progress in my Instagram story highlights.

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Decorating with WOOD accents: candle holder + vase round-up!

I am so into decorating with wood pieces this year! And they're perfect for fall, especially when they're candlestick holders or warm tones. I thought I'd share a few inspirations, how I've used them in my home, and my favorite products so you can get the look, too!

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When I first started planning a sort of "modern traditional" look for our current home, I saw some images like this that were so different and special!

Now, obviously those are all beautiful spaces in general, but one thing they have in common is the use of wood as a decorative accent. Not just for the dining table; for the things on it as well, for example! It is a great way to add warmth and a feeling of age and quality without too much clutter.

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Getting serious about interior home maintenance

You may remember I recently got really into vacuuming... I hope it is the beginning of a trend, because now that we're really settling down in this house it is time to up my game on the interior home maintenance!

Lots of tips coming at you...

While the pretty projects are more exciting, the home maintenance stuff is what will take up my time as a homeowner forever, not just while I'm making this home ours. Things that make the house safer, more efficient, cleaner. We put together a great list of those tasks (seasonally, based on regularity, etc.) and shared in this week's episode of the Your Home Story podcast!

Deep cleaning projects such as cleaning and maintaining your kitchen sink disposal, washing your curtains, and degunking your faucet aerators! I also shared a tip for staying on top of HVAC filters that Ashley loved!!, so listen in for that!

Plus there is a mind-blowing tip for saving money relating to the refrigerator... can you guess it??!

In today’s interior home maintenance episode, we talked about:
  1. An exhausting list of great things to do
  2. Ashley created a printable checklist for your Interior Home Maintenance.

Listen here or in your podcast player!
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The basics! Paint & windows, + my BIGGEST DIY ever: Week 2 of the One Room Challenge

I've definitely made progress on our master bedroom makeover since the "before" pics--starting with paint and window treatments which honestly has been a huge, incredible change. I'm also finally ready to SHOP for stuff which is a little unnerving (I have a hard time committing!) but really helpful to see it all come together.

(You can see all my One Room Challenge posts here. See Week 1 ("before" and inspiration) here.)

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DIY & home decor blogging - behind the scenes!

I used to share blogging tips, like YEARS ago... things have changed! This week I'm sharing my experience and not just tips--how home decor/DIY bloggers create blog and social media content, how to get featured on a big design site, how home bloggers make money, how bloggers trick you with Instagram’s multiple image swipe feature.. (kidding!)...

Ashley and I are both sharing how we got started and how we do it now, on this week's episode of the Your Home Story podcast!

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