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!


Late summer bedroom update and getting our room ready to share with a newborn!

I looooove bedroom decor and shopping for bedding. I'm very happy with the bones of our bedroom (we redid it in the fall 2018 One Room Challenge) but I love to update the bedding, art, plants, etc. regularly/as the seasons change! Plus, with baby girl arriving this month I knew we'd need to move a few things around to make room for not only the bassinet but also a few other things I found essential in the newborn phase with Otto.
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Home design trends by the decade, and which trends last? 1900-1950

Super interesting when you think about it--how home design trends change over the years and still influence us today. So much is based on what was going on in the world at the time (we're seeing that now with COVID influencing design, even). It's a lot to cover so I'm breaking it down 1900-1950 today...

This week on the Your Home Story podcast we’re talking about home design trends over the years, which ones have stuck and which have totally faded, and how long trends last (part 1, first half of the 20th century). Which ones are you influenced by??
1940s dining room | Val Doone/iStock/Getty Images

Some of the inspirations we chatted about:
  1. Machines for Living In: How Technology Shaped a Century of Interior Design from 99 Percent Invisible
  2. 1912 book 120 Interiors in Colours Designed by Modern Artists
  3. Ashley @thegoldhive has a craftsman home
  4. Home trends for the decade you were born
  5. What the average American house looked like
  6. Trends by the decade
  7. Designing through the decades
  8. Linoleum patterns

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Perfect late summer dresses under $40!

Summer is my favorite season by far!! It starts so late here in Oregon we really only get part of July and all of August for warm weather and wearing cute summer clothes before the fall stuff takes over. And I've been very pregnant all spring and summer so I haven't had much chance to enjoy wearing cute dresses and sandals (been wearing thigh high compression socks and maternity yoga pants instead).

This baby is due any day now, so I'm already thinking about enjoying another month or so of warm weather, and celebrating with shopping for some comfy, pretty late summer dresses!!

Perfect late summer dresses under $40!

I rounded up my faves from several sources, plus some great earrings. I looove classics like white eyelet and chambray, all natural fibers when possible, and easy-to-wear colors like blue and variations on earth tones. Loving girlier shapes like puffy sleeves, flounces or ruffles, and ruching!

Hope you enjoy!!
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Paper organization and decluttering tips

Even in 2020 when so much is digital, paper clutter can be a huge pain and challenge! 

This week on the Your Home Story podcast we’re running through the common categories of paper stuff that builds up and sharing solutions.
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Helpful links & resources we talked about:
  1. Suzannah’s exterior update blog posts
  2. Top paper organization tips
  3. 13 Best Receipt Scanners for Effortless Organization
  4. How to Organize Receipts
  5. How to Make a Family Command Center
  6. Command center inspiration

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Maternity photos for baby #2!

When I was pregnant with Otto we took a babymoon to the Oregon coast and took glamorous maternity photos with a professional photographer on top of Cape Kiwanda. Well, things are a little different this time around... energetic 2-year-old in tow, Jason studying for the physical therapy board exam all the time, global pandemic... so we did it a little differently for baby #2!

I didn't need all the glamour of a fancy dress and beautiful setting, just wanted to capture my (massive, can't believe how big) baby bump and our family so far which includes Otto. We took these in our backyard while Otto played in the kiddie pool on a 100-degree day!

Felt so good to take off my thigh-high compression socks and play in the cool water on a hot day! Haha!
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Upstairs bathroom reno: before and design

Getting geared up for our next reno project!! We're feeling ambitious... we didn't even put this one on our 2020 house project goals list since we were pretty burned out from our main bathroom reno last fall and not sure how many more DIY efforts we could tackle. Well, this next bathroom is going to be a piece of cake in comparison!

It's our upstairs bathroom and unfortunately it's only a half bath. This house was built in 1937 and from what I've seen from other homes of around that era, that's not uncommon. We have two bedrooms upstairs and two downstairs, and none is a master suite. We really scratched our heads on how we could add a shower to this room or the hallway outside it, and extend it into the hallway, but you need at least 30-36" square for a shower and we only have 2-2.5' no matter which way you go. So, we'll settle for it being a half bath, but at least it will be really pretty after we finish!

Historic bathroom reno design and before

So here's the before, as you walk into the room from the hall. It's not a bad size for a half bath, and has some room opposite the toilet and sink for a cabinet or some more storage. There's not really room for a real/full depth vanity, just a pedestal sink, because of the corner sticking out from the opposite wall. There's a TON of storage (2'+ deep cabinet, floor to ceiling) behind the door.
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