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!


How to shorten and recover a readymade Roman shade

After my huge success recovering a cheap blackout Roman shade for Lucy's room with some pretty block print fabric, I decided I need at least one more custom fabric shade! Our upstairs bathroom gets crazy sun in the afternoons and I knew I'd have to hang something pretty but also very functional there. (We renovated it last fall, and it's not a problem in the fall/winter.) The problem with my readymade blackout shade project? The cheap Roman shades only come in a couple lengths (like 60") and that window is short. 

You can hang a too-long shade on a window and just leave a bunch of extra at the bottom... but it's not ideal. I ordered the right width of this Roman shade (around $50) and figured there must be a way to shorten it. Well, there is, and I'm sharing how!

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My favorite source for affordable vintage rugs!

I've known for a long time that vintage rugs are the highest in cool factor, and there's no substitute for a natural fiber rug. But can be overwhelming and hard to get started shopping for them, and committing to ordering something online you know would be tough to return. 

Well, I dove in recently... I had a couple of projects happening at once and bam! suddenly I'd ordered three vintage Turkish rugs within a couple months, all from the same shop I am so excited about! 

There is nothing like a real vintage rug for adding character, class, and (versatile) style to your home, and they don't even have to be expensive. I feel like I've cracked the code and can't wait to need another one!

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DIY painted peg row instead of closet in Lucy's nursery

So happy with this solution! Lucy's charming nursery is a funky sort of bonus room that doesn't have a closet. 

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Intentional living with easy cleaning hacks, home organization tips, and more

Learn how to make “little by little” changes throughout the home from Leigh by The Little by Little Home. This is another installment of our Intentional Living series and this time, we are chatting about $100 makeovers, easy decor hacks, and making cleaner switches for the home.

This week on the Your Home Story Podcast, specifically we chatted about:
  1. Book Club Discussions
  2. $100 Basement Stairwell Reveal
  3. Talks about “functional beauty” in the home
  4. Copper Dust Pan (Affiliate Link)
  5. Erin from the $100 Makeover Challenge
  6. Ashley’s $87 Minimal Modern Bathroom Nook Makeover
  7. $100 Challenge Hallway and Linen Closet Makeover
  8. Easy decor Hacks that Leigh loves: Spray painting or using gel stain on vintage frames (check out her kitchen)
  9. Clean Switch Highlight on Instagram
  10. Two easy switches: dishwasher detergent and dish soap
  11. Homemade Laundry Detergent
  12. Non-Coconut Oil Homemade Toothpaste
  13. Castile Soap (Affiliate link)

Find Leigh on her blog, The Little By Little Home and over on Instagram.

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How to make a slipcover using but preserving the old one as a pattern

The biggest DIY project in my recent home office renovation was a sewing project! Back to my roots, I guess! I found a really nice slipcovered armchair on Facebook Marketplace for $40 and honestly, the slipcover was fine as-is, just neutral cotton canvas, but I wanted something definitely not neutral! 

I've made slipcovers before (like this one in 2014 and these in 2016) but I was definitely more confident doing it by cutting apart the previous slipcover and modifying it (or doing a simpler chair style). I didn't want to do that this time since the original slipcover was still in great shape! I could have two outfits for this chair!

So I figured it out. I used the previous slipcover as a pattern and made this new beautiful linen ruffled slipcover!

How to make a slipcover using and preserving the old one

Here she is! That blue linen is this one from Fashion Fabrics Club. The original one is a heavy cotton twill and it looks loose and wrinkly in the photo below, but really it just wasn't tucked in all the way to the chair's deep crevices, ha. 

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Basketball poster turned decor - how to make sports art look great in your home!

Things I love: unique decor, meaningful art, updating something old, and making my husband feel involved in the look of our home. 

I recently re-framed a poster Jason has had since childhood and hung it proudly in our upstairs hall. It can be hard to make sports-themed decor fit into a traditional, vintage rug-filled, historic home like ours, or with more feminine decor. But it can be done, here’s proof!

I worked with Art to Frames on an Instagram collaboration about this poster but this post is not sponsored. 

Sports poster turned traditional home decor

Jason picked out this Michael Jordan poster in the 90’s at a poster store with his mom and remembers choosing the frame and everything. It was a black plastic frame and had plexiglass, and they both had gotten really scratched up over years of moves. But he still loved the poster and was nostalgic about it! He asked a couple times about putting it up somewhere and I wasn’t sure where it would go. I felt bad. So I found a solution!

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DIY or hire out: Home maintenance items

Deep cleaning, bug treatment, leaves, and more… we’re covering interior and exterior home maintenance tasks that you could DIY or hire out! Which ones are worth the money to save your time?!

This week on the Your Home Story Podcast...

Some products and blog posts we talked about (includes affiliate links):
  1. Ashley’s DIY Gutter guard installation and pricing for professional gutter guard installation.
  2. Suzannah’s experience hiring out extensive landscaping clean-up is on our Instagram highlights
  3. The window cleaning supplies Ashley ordered and used
  4. The under $10 ant treatment Suzannah uses

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 favorite podcast app: iTunesStitcherSpotifyGooglePlay, or Overcast!

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Vegetable garden update: planting starts

I’m really excited about the garden that we had last year and we're doing this year, and I was hoping to share updates once a month or so in the spring and summer documenting what we’ve done. It will help me in the future if nothing else! I haven’t gotten to do an update in a while though, so we’ll have to skip ahead from where we left off, where our veggie starts were growing from seed

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Office One Room Challenge behind the scenes

I'm sharing the successes, the surprises, and the DIY that didn't quite work out... in this behind the scenes about my office renovation!

From a clutter-filled uninspiring office to a modern traditional serene office makeover, tune in to the Your Home Story Podcast this week to hear how I transformed our office space in less than 8 weeks. A blue-green-grey paint and lots of museum art prints really helped make it feel special, but that’s not all. Hear about my adventures with recovering a chair, building a fireplace screen, and more.

See all the pictures and more details here: Historic home office renovation reveal

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 favorite podcast app: iTunesStitcherSpotifyGooglePlay, or Overcast!

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