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 ways to style windowpane check

I am excited for this trend!! Been seeing it around quite a bit lately and I think it’s one of those patterns that can dominate or make you feel like you don’t need to do anything else to have a an outfit or room look finished--but there are also some great ways to complement that can make you feel really stylish and complete.

3 ways to style windowpane check

These will work for clothing for home decor!

1. Steer into the 80s.

Some of the sweaters I’ve seen in this pattern or have dropped shoulders and mock turtlenecks, and an oversized fit. You can totally picture them with shoulder pads, right? This look is not new, it’s coming back, but it really does look good with gold hoop earrings and high-waisted jeans.

On this one, just don’t overdo it with a statement necklace on top or clear plastic oversized glasses--unless you want to look like you're a high school front desk lady from the 80s. (That’s just when I picture.) This look is actually my favorite because it’s simple and the pattern really gets to stand out on a large canvas.

2. Mix (and stick to) neutrals.

Most of the windowpane checks I’ve seen have been black and white or camel and white. When your statement piece is also a neutral, you may want to add more texture and colors of neutrals to make it interesting. A black and white pillow against a white couch with white walls and a light colored rug can look very stark and modern.

I prefer to see this pattern with some other textured or patterned pillows also in a neutral color. So at least, add a textured soft colored scarf or throw blanket.
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3. Go festive!

Something about plaids and checks! Windowpane, too, just feels so perfect for the holidays when you pair it with red and green or velvet! In sweater form, it’s cozy for an evening holiday dinner, but you can also go a little sleek here and make this a really fun alternative to just a black skirt. Out of velvet blazer and slightly sparkly necklace… So unique and festive!

The pieces: Get the look: Windowpane

Linking some favorite pieces in this pattern for you here!

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Exterior Christmas decor ideas!

I'm so excited it's almost that time of year!!

Whether you are a seasoned exterior decorator or a newbie in trying to figure out what to do on the exterior of your home for Christmas, you are going to be inspired to just START decorating after tuning into this episode. From mailbox swags to baskets on the front doors, we share plenty of ideas you’ll want to implement. 

Links to things we talked about this week on the Your Home Story podcast:
  1. Free Christmas storage labels to help you get organized
  2. Suzannah’s Color crush on camel
  3. Style This Life shares some beautiful outfit combinations with camel.
  4. Ashley’s 2017 Christmas front porch
  5. Ashley’s 2018 simple Christmas (winter) front porch
  6. @thefoxfamilyden used a blow-up for Halloween
  7. Adding the smallest touch of greenery to your mailbox is super cute.
  8. Decorate your mailbox with a Christmas mailbox swag.
  9. Ashley’s newest view of her front porch

You can find us on our blogs or connect with each of us on Instagram:

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

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DIY upholstery: designer-look white & wood chair tutorial

Yay! This project looks so great and I’m so excited to share it with you! I have wanted to do it since I bought these chairs back in 2018. I knew I wouldn’t get to recovering them for a while, and we really needed sitting in our living room!, so I just lived with them in a color I didn’t really like (and that awkwardly blended in to the dresser behind them).

I knew I wanted a light color, but that definitely made me nervous with a toddler in the house. I did some research and decided that the only way I could get the color I wanted would be by making my own sewing my own covers out of a durable, stain-resistant fabric.

I had heard of Sunbrella fabrics for outdoor use, but they have tons and tons of options on the website of stain resistant, washable indoor upholstery fabric stew. I reached out to them and got some great swatches for a light-colored fabric for these chairs that will be durable and easy to clean!

Thanks so much to Sunbrella for providing this fabric for my review and sharing with you in this tutorial!

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How to do a One Room Challenge makeover

The fall 2019 One Room Challenge (6-week event where hundreds of designers and bloggers update a room) has just wrapped up, and we did one of our biggest projects ever: our main bathroom. It's so fun and inspiring to see all of the room makeovers, and I think it gets a lot of us energized for our next project!!

You don't have to be a professional or have a large following to join in the One Room Challenge fun. It's open to anyone with a blog or Instagram account. I've done it three times now, and followed along with several very talented seasoned ORC-ers, and I thought I'd share the tips I've gathered for how to be successful (have fun, be proud of your result, meet new friends, and [hopefully] finish on time)!
From this bathroom reno

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Get the look: Vintage oil paintings with custom framing. FREE downloads!

I've decided our home needs more art. More art I love. For a while now I've had the goal of only bringing in art that was personal/important to us, but that means sometimes I just don't get anything if I can't find something I like with a personal connection.

I've been wishing for vintage oil paintings like I so often see people finding at thrift and antique stores!, or better, getting passed down from family members. But I have never found any good art at the thrift stores near me. I'm about ready to give up on the perfect secondhand thing.

So I made my own--I found a great source for free downloads of antique oil paintings, and a great affordable way to get them framed for you in antique-look frames!

Thanks to ArtToFrames for providing these frames for this post! Get 15% off your order with code SUZ15 through November 20!

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Behind the scenes! Interview on our completely DIY full bathroom reno

As you know... we just finished up a massive bathroom renovation, which we did entirely DIY with the majority of the work over 6 weeks. (We are tired!!) This week on the Your Home Story podcast, Ashley asks me all about the project and I share the behind-the-scenes story of the long design process, favorite luxurious updates, budget, and even what went wrong.

Our goals for this room included suiting our home's classic feel, adding function and storage, and creating a calm retreat and break from all the dark wood in the rest of the house.

We did new everything except the tub... tile, lighting, shower!!, toilet, fixtures, paint... it was a huge project! We kept the budget very low and chose pretty affordable pieces for almost everything. I share all about the budget in the episode and in my reveal post.

Resources and posts we talked about:
  1. Vietnam Veterans of America donations pickup (
  2. Habitat For Humanity near you
  3. My bathroom makeover reveal + budget (includes all products/sources we talked about today)
  4. My spring 2019 One Room Challenge for her friends

I know you'll get some tips for tackling a big project of your own in this episode!

You can find us on our blogs or connect with each of us on Instagram:

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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