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!


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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Color crush: CAMEL. How to decorate with it and how to wear it

I've noticed myself so drawn to this color these days, for home decor and fashion. I'd almost go so far as to say camel is the new grey!! That's a big deal for me, longtime cool neutral lover... move over, cool tones!

Today I'm sharing with you some inspirations and my favorite pieces to get make this trend work in your home or wardrobe!
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Favorite One Room Challenge reveals Fall 2019

This is SUCH an exciting time-- 200+ designers and bloggers have just finished making over rooms in 6 weeks, sharing all kinds of details with us along the way. Most of the reveals have been posted and there are some truly incredible projects, as well as some that I'm taking major style notes from!!

Sharing a few faves here! Visit the One Room Challenge blog to see all the guest and featured designers' rooms!

@seekinglavenderlane did this classy modern traditional master bedroom... so rich and grown-up, but still plenty interesting with the great contrast between black and white, and rich character-filled texture!

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100% DIY modern traditional full bathroom reno REVEAL and budget: Week 6 of the One Room Challenge!

This project was possibly our biggest so far--it felt harder and longer even than our kitchen! I was intimidated to tackle it and it was not easy at times (hours and hours of tiling after work and on weekends!), but it's done and we are SO happy to have this beautiful, luxurious modern traditional style bathroom to use every day!

This post is part of my series of 6 posts about the 5-week One Room Challenge. You can see all my posts about this project here. Previous posts so far:

I was overwhelmed before we tackled this project, overwhelmed during it, and tired after. It was hard. It involved so many steps and DIY skills, I'm glad we did it after working on five other bathrooms and two kitchens! I feel exhausted but proud of this hard, but successfully completed, room renovation. Just being honest about it--the transformation pics are satisfying, but it was not an easy road!

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Breaking down barriers to DIYing

This is a BIG question. I want to encourage you that you can do SO much to your home yourself, but I know it can be really hard and daunting for those just starting out.

We asked our listeners what they see as the major barriers to doing DIY projects and home renovating in general, and tackled them in this week's episode of the Your Home Story podcast.

This week we share our thoughts (and skills--Ashley and I differ in what we're good at) about DIY projects that are good to start with, how project costs grow, learning and having access to the right tools, and more. You are going to leave this episode with at least one of your barriers knocked down!

In this show, we chatted about:
  1. Ep 18: Design, Make, & Live: Guest Bedrooms
  2. An article on when you need a permit for a home project.
  3. How @savoring_home finds 30 minutes a day to give love to her house even with busy toddlers.
  4. @makingprettyspaces and @angelarosehome are two amazing women DIYers who inspire us with their power tools and workshops
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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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