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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!

3.27.2020

20 week pregnancy update and gender reveal!!!!

Halfway through!! Such an exciting milestone (I am so happy to be pregnant but at the same time, not enjoying every minute of it! :P), and we (finally!!) had our 20-week ultrasound yesterday and found out the baby's gender!

20 weeks, second trimester update


The bump is showing, the maternity jeans and yoga pants are all in rotation, but I'm still wearing normal tops and just feeling a little awkward most of the time. Due to the COVID-19 isolation measures, I've been working from home the past 2 weeks and haven't had to dress my funny-sized bump for the office (it was getting weird--could people tell I was pregnant? Plus I was very limited in office clothing that fit).

The best part is I can feel baby kicks every night laying on the couch or in bed, and after I move around a lot like when I do yoga. We've been taking a lot of walks and I've been doing some PT exercises, yoga, occasional at-home workout (hard to find the time, though thankfully I do have the energy usually) and the morning sickness is basically gone. (Thank goodness!!!) I think it was almost exactly the same as last time, though not as severe--weeks 5-16 or so I had to eat constantly to keep from feeling nauseous but nothing sounded or tasted good, and felt so tired especially in the beginning. Man, that first trimester and beginning of second are rough.

Anyway pregnancy symptoms now? Hair has stopped falling out, but nails aren't as thick as last pregnancy yet. I have spider veins on my left lower leg--that happened last time, too, and most of them went away after. Such a weird symptom. It can be a symptom of a bigger issue (deep vein thrombosis) depending on how they feel, but I don't feel them, just see them. I expect my ankles will start getting really puffy again soon, too.

I think my bump is about the same size now as it was with my first pregnancy at 20 weeks. Actually, I can compare, sort of... pic on the left was taken at 21 weeks with Otto, and pic on the right was at 19.5 weeks with baby #2. I guess I was actually a little bigger the first time?!
~20 weeks pregnant, pregnancy 1 vs. 2!

At my appointment yesterday everything looked totally normal on the ultrasound. The tech told me when to look away since I wanted to learn the gender when I got home and could find out with Jason.

Baby #2 gender reveal!


She put the label on the ultrasound pic that clearly revealed the gender, and covered with a "Congratulations!" sticky note, in a card, in a sealed envelope, just in case. Jason and I opened it together (with a squirming, impatient toddler in our arms)...

We're having a....

GIRL!!!

We're very excited. We've always thought it would be great to have "one of each," but I was hoping for a girl the first time because I'd always pictured a baby/my baby as being a girl. Then we had Otto and loved him so much, and now my vision of a tiny newborn (and bigger baby, and toddler) is a little boy! I have several friends who have two or three boys close in age and I think their relationships can be so special too, so I was feeling like I would be happy no matter what the gender of baby #2 was. But we're very excited to have a baby girl and get a few (not too many) girlier things, try out a girl name, raise a girl... expecting a baby is an exciting time no matter what, though, right?!
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3.25.2020

Current obsession & eye candy: caning

This post may seem a little frivolous given everything that's going on right now--I am aware of that. But, it seems everyone wants a little creative escape sometimes and I have some really beautiful eye candy to share!

I've been seeing this trend (caning on furniture) around a while, in high-end design as well as DIYs and IKEA hacks. But now there are affordable options to get this look in your home, and I'm sharing some favorite inspirations for how to do it!


Caned Furniture Inspiration


First, just the most gorgeous image for you. This home by Amber Interiors is a gorgeous, rich mix of modern and traditional, with beautiful colors and layering. I love every shot of this dining room!
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3.24.2020

Pro tips on indoor gardening!

Curious about seed starting or indoor gardening in general?

On this week's episode of the Your Home Story Podcast, we have Tracey from @thefakefarmgirl explaining exactly how to get good germination, what type of light works for seed starting, and what plants are the easiest to grow.

Specifically, we covered:
  1. All types of seed starting supplies including: trays with covers, lights, and growing mat.
  2. The key to knowing when to transplant is knowing your growing zone.
  3. Rosemary and Lavender are easier herbs to grow indoors.
  4. If you want a good laugh, check out the “Matter Baby” highlight in Tracey’s IG.
  5. Get a walk-through of exactly what Tracey does and a look at her setup in her “Seed” stories on IG.

You can find us on our blogs or connect with me, Ashley, and the podcast 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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3.19.2020

Modern Traditional Tudor Revival Living Room: The definitive living room update post!

I realized (when I looked back at my receipts from last year while doing my taxes--yikes!) that our living room has undergone HUGE changes since 2019! It’s a big room and it has been difficult to decorate, so I would not say that we are 100% done, but it’s welcoming and comfortable--and not embarrassing anymore! I also realized I hadn’t shared any during? after? whatever-I-am-calling-this photos with you to show you around the room, sources, solutions, etc. So here goes!

Modern Traditional Tudor Revival Living Room


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3.17.2020

Buying Less with More Intention (20 In 2020)

What does buying less with more intention look like? Could you buy only 20 home items in 2020?

Today on the Your Home Story podcast, Ashley is sharing about her journey with home decor and specifically what she’s focused on in 2020: buying under 20 items in 2020.

Links we chatted about:
  1. Ashley and I were guests on The Welcome Home Podcast. Go check it out!
  2. Paige inspired Ashley to start the #20in2020 journey.
  3. Ashley’s first purchase of the year was a set of original art pieces that she hung in her vintage-inspired dining room.
  4. Stay up-to-date with each purchase that Ashley makes in 2020 by following her IG highlight #20in2020.

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 fave podcast player!
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3.12.2020

A custom beautiful, functional playroom design

With Otto getting older, keeping his toys and play area looking nice is definitely on my mind. We don't have a "playroom" in this house, and I actually have mixed feelings about them... more room to get messy, right?! But it would be nice to have all the super kid-ey stuff in one place.

Well, I got an opportunity to design a dreamy playroom--complete with storage, a great rug, fun kid-friendly design pieces--and it turned out so beautiful, too!

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