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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 co-host the Your Home Story podcast and believe you can love your home just the way it is, AND have the power to design and make big changes to make it better.
I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!
New mom to baby Otto born April 2018!

5.29.2020

Most expensive thing I've ever bought besides a house: all about replacing our roof!!

When we bought this house we knew the roof needed to be replaced. That seemed to be the case with most houses we've looked at in our lives, actually... it's a big ticket item and we tend to look for homes that need some love, so it's usually been on this list! But this is the first time we've done it, and this house needed it the most!
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5.27.2020

Painting perfection: when to repaint a white room white! Guest room ORC Week 4

We're doing this One Room Challenge makeover right. Even though we're not changing the wall color from the existing Benjamin Moore Simply White, we're repainting the whole room to fix some old issues and errors, and get a really beautiful, high quality look overall!

New here?


If you're new to this blog from the ORC site, welcome!! I'm Suzannah, a longtime DIYer and design lover currently making over our 1937 Tudor revival style home, our second fixer-upper. I have a 2-year-old and baby on the way, but my husband and I have done almost all of the work on our homes ourselves! I've blogged about all of it so you can check out my tutorials page and room reveals to see. You can also follow along with me and my projects on Instagram! I also co-host the Your Home Story podcast!

See all my posts about this ORC here!

Perfect painting and wall patching


A little background on the house where this guest room is. It belongs to my friends/clients Gabriela and Matt, who bought it 3 years ago and immediately had the floors refinished and all the rooms repainted. It's a pretty classic 1961 home and had most of the original features, but had seen some funky improvements from the previous owners including different bold paint colors in every room. It was a great fresh start to have all of the rooms repainted white--they choose Simply White by Benjamin Moore, in flat for the ceilings and eggshell for the walls.

When I've walked through their home, I've never noticed anything wrong with the walls, so I was wondering why they wanted to repaint in this room even though we decided not to change the color.

Gabriela and Matt have high standards, and weren't happy with the quick job the painter did 3 years ago. Let me tell you why!
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5.26.2020

Gazebo makeover and new outdoor furniture & decor--reveal!!

I am so excited for this one!! We have NEVER had a decorated outdoor space before... I think I put a plastic rug down on the porch of our townhouse but other than that, nothing--and never an outdoor space that was good for lounging! The old gazebo in our backyard had potential but we finally got to sprucing it up and adding some (really budget-friendly) decor, and I'm in love!!

Thanks to Joss & Main for sponsoring this post!
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The nitty gritty: garage door, gutter, and fence replacement

Sharing the behind-the-scenes on these critical exterior projects we recently hired out!

Exterior improvements like a new fence and garage door can make such a difference!! But they’re not always DIY-able which can mean hiring out and spending a lot of money. I've had lots of exterior work done this spring and is sharing all the details about these three projects in this week's episode of the Your Home Story podcast. Tune in to hear timing, cost, and more, plus that fascinating question: which side of the fence should face your yard? 

Posts we talked about:
  1. Ashley’s post: All The Details on Cost for Replacing Gutters
  2. My blog post about her new gutters
  3. My blog post on her new fence
  4. My blog post on her garage door replacement and reinforcement

You can find us on our blogs or connect with each of us on Instagram:
@suzannahstanley
@biggerthanthethreeofus
@yourhomestorypodcast

And you can join our Facebook group here to connect with other listeners and ask questions!

Listen here or in your podcast player!
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5.21.2020

Second trimester is over! Plus my #1 tip for dressing with maternity clothes

I'm 28 weeks pregnant now. The second trimester is over. I kind of can't believe it, but then I look at the side view of my belly and I think thank goodness I'm in the last trimester! I'm feeling very pregnant these days!

I'm smiling here but... man, I am uncomfortable most of the time now... baby is pushing up against my rib cage or something on the right and even when she's not kicking I feel pressure there. I'm feeling very... full all the time.

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5.20.2020

How to choose the next room you make over! (Why this ORC is a guest room, not master bedroom: Week 3!)

This week for my One Room Challenge update I'm sharing how we found the right size of rug for a this slightly-small guest room, and my faves after lots of searching!

New here?


If you're new to this blog from the ORC site, welcome!! I'm Suzannah, a longtime DIYer and design lover currently making over our 1937 Tudor revival style home, our second fixer-upper. I have a 2-year-old and baby on the way, but my husband and I have done almost all of the work on our homes ourselves! I've blogged about all of it so you can check out my tutorials page and room reveals to see. You can also follow along with me and my projects on Instagram! I also co-host the Your Home Story podcast!

See all my posts about this ORC here!

How to choose a One Room Challenge room, or any room makeover


First, I’ll share the ORCs I’ve done (total makeovers) and why! (You can see all my previous One Room Challenges on my Room Reveals page, and I'll summarize here.)

The first one I did was our master bedroom. We'd just moved into this house and really needed at least one space to feel done!! We'd painted in here but didn't have a bed/headboard or nice window coverings, and the old funky light fixture still. I've made changes in here since, but it felt so good to have this room feeling done!
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