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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'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!

11.13.2018

My fave modern Christmas decorating ideas

It's time!! Christmas decor will surround us soon and I heard this year that people who decorate for Christmas early are happier. But no matter when you do it, I have some ideas for you for decorating for Christmas without a) buying a bunch of new stuff or b) sacrificing your aesthetic or changing up the rest of your house!

Ashley and I both love the holidays, but stay away from going overboard. In this week's episode of the Your Home Story podcast, we talk through our favorite ways to add Christmas spirit in your home without it feeling overwhelming or compromising your style.

You can get a modern/fresh/unique holiday look with elements like natural evergreen pieces, the ornaments you choose, Christmas tree skirts or collars, gift wrap, and more--tune in for lots of ideas!
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11.12.2018

My favorite room makeovers from the fall 2018 One Room Challenge

If you've been following along on this blog the past 6 weeks or so, you know I just redid our master bedroom for the fall 2018 One Room Challenge. More than 200 other designers and bloggers did the ORC this season and there are some really good ones! I rounded up my faves here!


This kitchen by Vanessa Francis is so simple and elegant. I love a classic black and white! And that table, I would love one like that in our breakfast nook!
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11.09.2018

Budget-friendly Thankgiving table decor - hosting our first Thanksgiving dinner!

We are hosting Thanksgiving this year! Our first time ever, at any of our homes. This is our biggest dining room so far and we will be fitting Jason's and my families and us around the table.

I asked on Instagram a while back what you guys wanted to hear about this holiday season, and decorating for Thanksgiving was one of the topics. I put together this beautiful simple, budget-friendly table decor featuring eucalyptus, a few ghost pumpkins, some candles, and fresh leaves--and you can, too!

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I love being festive, but I don't love buying and storing a bunch of seasonal decor I only use once a year. So I love that you can use some pieces, like these eucalyptus garlands and wreath, for Thanksgiving with some fall leaves added and then dress them up for Christmas, too! You could also do this with boxwoods for a more traditional look.


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11.07.2018

Modern Traditional Master Bedroom Reveal: Week 6 of the One Room Challenge

Our master bedroom makeover for the One Room Challenge is complete! I feel so many emotions. Relieved, obviously, and I hope I can take it a little easier the next few weekends… But also, I am SO PROUD of this room and myself.

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.
See Week 3 (queen vs. king bed debate, plus nightstands and dressers) here.
See Week 4 (new rug, bench, jewelry storage, and hiding the cords) here.
See Week 5 (almost done but stuck on bedding) here.

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I put a lot of pressure on myself because I honestly started the mood for for our next bedroom about a year ago, before we even know knew we would get the house. I’ve been staring at rugs and upholstered headboard and nightstands and lamps like these collage-ing for months. It was really hard to finally make decisions! Also, this is the first room in this house to look the way we want it to. We have so much work to do over the next several years or more, but (now) in the bedroom, there’s basically nothing else I might change if I had more time or money.

I also sometimes have a tendency to rush things and cut corners, so I was a little afraid that I might not do this room justice, and it’s important because I am part of this exciting, wonderful One Room Challenge group and I wanted to be really good! But, now that I’ve spent all the time working on it, blogging about it, and photographing the reveal… it does feel really good. I am really proud of my work! 

So, welcome to the room! Let me show you around!

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11.06.2018

DIY or Hire Out: Wood Wall Treatments

Seems like wood wall treatments have grown exponentially in popularity the last few years--and that's not just shiplap! It is very cool to see people adding architectural details to rooms that need some extra oomph with paneling, moulding, and other creative applications of wood wall treatments.

This week on the Your Home Story podcast, we're talking about several popular wood wall treatments and which ones you can do yourself! (We did something similar back in episode 15 about wallpaper--when you can DIY and when you should hire a pro.)

There are a TON of cool inspiration photos for this episode, check out a few in this post and see the link list below!
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10.31.2018

Almost done except the closet but stuck: Week 5 of the One Room Challenge

I hit a huge milestone this past week on our One Room Challenge master bedroom: I finished the DIY slipcovered bed!! Slipcover and all! (Huge thanks to both my parents on that project for trading off doing the work and babysitting while I worked!!)

That, and the art is hung and a few other accents are done... the room is almost done!, but now I'm stuck on a few things! Plus, I might tackle some more closet/clothing storage organization, so here are the "before" photos and what we're working with!

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.
See Week 3 (queen vs. king bed debate, plus nightstands and dressers) here.
See Week 4 (new rug, bench, jewelry storage, and hiding the cords) here.

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The bed being done is a HUGE relief. I stayed up past my bedtime the other day to finish it cause I am just not sure how I would possibly find time to sew during the day watching baby solo.

As you may have seen on my Instagram stories (still in my highlights here)
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