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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!
Mom to Otto born April 2018 and Lucy born August 2020!

11.24.2020

Getting ready for fall and winter with an organized coat area/drop zone

We all want that organized drop zone, that beautiful mudroom, or a built-in bench with coat hangers for all our family members, but sometimes, that’s just not an option. 

This week on the Your Home Story Podcast, we're talking about how to create a drop zone for fall and winter gear that’s actually attainable for most. Whether you implement a new system for your gloves and hats (which we will give you a few options for) or learn how to corral what you have in a new way, you’ll walk away from this episode ready to tackle the space you have with a fresh set of eyes!
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Inspirations that we talked about:
  1. We love this DIY cubby built-in. It’s a very custom, but doable DIY for most and uses the GARAGE!
  2. My Instagram post about shoes in the house
  3. Using the garage as a mudroom again, this wire system could be put up and utilized in just one weekend!
  4. If you don’t have a space to create closed storage for your drop zone, consider storing all your necessities in plain site! We love this moody entryway filled with a bench and hooks - the perfect starting point for a great drop zone!
  5. Baskets can be great go-to’s for hiding those pieces that you don’t necessarily want to display. Check out this more minimal drop zone that is still full of storage!
  6. IKEA’s shoe storage cabinets are great for shoes but think outside of the box with them as well! We love how Charlotte used an Ikea shoe cabinet for mittens and hats!
  7. If you have at traditional coat closet in your entryway, don’t forget about the vertical door space for storage. Hats and mittens can be stored on the door, not only is a great way to store them but you can let them dry out there too!
  8. Amazon has lots of affordable over the door storage options.

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

We’d love to hear your questions and thoughts! Join our Facebook group here and email us at yourhomestorypodcast@gmail.com.

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11.23.2020

Versatile modern canvas art DIY/repurposing tutorial

I think this is my fave DIY project of 2020!! Not including our recent bathroom reno, but that's a different category... anyway I recently did this very quick and easy (even for me, with a newborn and toddler) DIY art piece and I LOVE it!!

When I got this leather bench (to add seating and nicely fill this corner by the door), I decided I really had to stop dragging my feet about art for this wall. We have two mirrors in this room, and used to have some small vintage-look oil paintings, so I wanted something that was definitely different. I've seen abstract black and white prints and paintings in decor for years, and this is heavily inspired by... a bunch of them. It's definitely not an original style of art, but it was a fun creative experience doing it, and this exact one is unique!

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11.17.2020

5 versatile home items to use in your Christmas decorating

We are all about making our homes festive for the holidays without going overboard! We’ve put together a list of 5 beautiful items you may already own or can use outside of Christmas as well. We also share a few all-time fave Christmas decor tips, plus elements we avoid.

This week on the Your Home Story podcast...

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Links we mentioned (contains affiliate links)
  1. Ashley’s front porch for Christmas
  2. My Christmas decor last year: kitchen and living/dining
  3. Wilt Pruf to keep cedar garlands fresh
  4. Mittens and greenery
  5. Vintage-look bells you can buy online: rustic or classic
  6. Mini live evergreen branch/vase
  7. Live greenery branch vase and terrariums
  8. Episode 147, Interview with Myquillin Smith, The Nester, about her new book Welcome Home: A Cozy Minimalist Guide to Decorating and Hosting All Year Round
  9. Episode 97, exterior Christmas decor ideas
  10. Episode 47, modern Christmas decorating ideas

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 favorite podcast app: iTunesStitcherSpotifyGooglePlay, or Overcast!

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11.15.2020

Cute baby gear! One thing that's easier about having a newborn in 2020

This post is sponsored by Ingenuity. I received a complimentary product and payment in exchange for my candid review.

Having a newborn is not easy! But things have actually changed a lot since I did this last. In just 2.5 short years, some things have really changed!! There are a few pieces of desirable and necessary baby gear that are way more available--cuter, more affordable, more varied. Having the right stuff can make parenting more fun, and easier!

This post is sponsored by Ingenuity™ but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. 

One way having a newborn is easier in 2020


The cuter stuff is so much more available!

I put a lot of value on the look of my home as well as function. I feel good in a peaceful, tidy, well-thought-out, decorated space. So bringing in a bunch of colorful or plastic-ey baby stuff kind of stresses me out. With Otto I bought as many neutral items as I could (solid white changing pad cover, solid color baby blankets, etc.) but most of the more neutral things were grey/white which was sort of too modern and cool-toned for our house and still stuck out. The alternatives were designer wood baby products, expensive! I know I might sound picky, but the good news... 

There are so many more options for affordable, attractive baby things now! Example: the baby play mat. When Otto was a few weeks old I realized I could get a play mat for him, to entertain him and give him a safe, clean spot to rest on the floor. I looked around... my options were bright, gaudy, plastic-ey, cartoon-ey ones for $50 or so or beautiful wood and pastel ones for $150. You could find the nicer ones at high-end shops or handmade sources, but I got confused by the handmade ones that came without toys, with multiple parts sold separately. 

We did get a simple playmat for Otto, but it wasn't cute and I was happy when he outgrew it and we could get it out of our living room! ;) 

But a lot has changed since then... there's a new product out this year that we just tried out for Lucy: the Ingenuity Cozy Spot™ playmat/play gym. It's a machine washable round playmat and gym, for ages 0+, with a nice pad in the middle so it's extra soft and comfy. It's reversible and it transforms into a storage bag to take on the go. The product has been popular and selling quickly but is back in stock now and I love the gender-neutral Loamy color (it practically goes with our living room rug!). Teal "Loamy" in stock (link).


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11.13.2020

4th trimester update & going back to work from home

Lucy is 12 weeks old now and I go back to work on Monday. Whew. It flew by but also, with Otto too, I feel like the newborn phase (the hardest) just lasts foreeever. Here's how we're doing!

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11.11.2020

Modern traditional historic bathroom renovation REVEAL and cost! One Room Challenge Week 6

It is such a good feeling to finish a room!!! We've been renovating this house corner by corner over the past 2+ years and now almost all the hardest projects are done... and now we get to enjoy two beautiful bathrooms!

Over the past 5 weeks Jason and I have been working on our upstairs half bathroom as part of the One Room Challenge... it's been exciting, tiring, and satisfying. It is DONE now and I'm sharing the glamour shots, before photos, and total cost with you here!


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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 newborn, 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! And see:

Modern traditional historic bathroom renovation REVEAL


Where do I begin... if you remember from my Week 1 post with the before images and design concept, this is a half bathroom on the second floor of our 1930s home. There are two (and a half) bedrooms upstairs as well and we're moving our rooms up there this week!, now that this bathroom is done. We explored adding a shower which would have been a huge plus, but the cost and steps involved just aren't possible for us. That would not be a DIY project in this case and would involve reconfiguring a lot of walls and possibly the exterior.

So, we decided to just make this the best half bath we can!! Welcome in, I'll show you around!

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11.10.2020

3 tips for getting anything done with a newborn and toddler!

Parenting two kids is not easy!! I have so much respect for all parents out there these days... it's still stressful for me sometimes, but I'm picking up a lot of new skills and I have some tips for how I manage to be/seem so productive still. (Your words, not mine. :P I get compliments about that a lot and I guess I do get a lot done... not always as much as I'd like, though!)

This post is sponsored by Ergobaby.

Here are my top 3 tips for being productive with a newborn around, with a 2.5-year-old, too!

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Latest mini updates and projects

Ashley’s been doing small DIY projects at her house and Jason and I have been tackling our bathroom renovation, and a big bedroom switcheroo. 

This week on the Your Home Story podcast, hear about the vintage rug art, baseboard install, and scrap wood shelf at Ashley’s and my bathroom, bedroom, office, and two nurseries! Lots going on!
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We chatted about:
  1. Ashley’s DIY Rug Art
  2. Suzannah’s half bath renovation posts
  3. Angled ceiling wallpaper by Chris Loves Julia
  4. Ashley’s Laundry Room Free Shelf Project

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 favorite podcast app: iTunesStitcherSpotifyGooglePlay, or Overcast!

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11.05.2020

Antique found pot look DIY with baking soda, chalk, and more

The "found pot" DIY has been very popular on Instagram since @jaci.daily came up with it earlier this year (see this highlight). Spray paint a thrifted pot, vase, or lamp, then rub mud onto it and wipe it off. It's a super easy DIY project and gives a cool vintage look. 

There are a couple other vase/pot/lamp DIYs I've seen--#trashtoterracotta mixes baking soda with terra cotta-colored paint, and I've also seen a paint/chalk method. Well, I played around and combined them all, and Instagram has loved it! So I'm sharing the full method/tutorial here as well!

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