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!


How to choose mats and frames for art (custom framing, original art, and more)

Trust me, cause I've over-thought this before!! (And in the past, not given any thought to it!) Using design principles and putting effort into frames and mats can really elevate the art in your house. There are so many options--and it's good to mix (carefully!)!

From linen mats to no mats, grid style frames to thrifted frames, tune in to the Your Home Story Podcast to figure out how to mix and match frames to create unique style and groupings at your house.
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Links we talked about:
  1. My dining room featuring the six pencil drawings in matching frames
  2. Juniper Print Shop
  3. Framebridge visual tool
  4. Art to Frames
  5. Nancy at Hillside House - IG Art Tour
  6. Ashley’s Vintage Dining Room with original art framed with glass and clips
  7. Ashley’s grid style gallery wall in her master bedroom
  8. Ashley;s DIY Mat Cutting Tutorial
  9. Travel Gallery in Ashley’s hallway

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

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Spring bedroom update! Linen sheets, striped rug, and more

We "finished" our bedroom in fall 2018 here--custom DIY slipcovered bed, window coverings, cool light fixture, matching nightstands and lamps, vintage-look rug... and then I did some rich textural wintery updates here. I love bedroom decor and am always excited for a seasonal update. I upped the quality of the pieces I brought in this time, too. And guess what, I am more in love with this room now than ever!!

Thanks to Magic Linen for providing our linen sheets and cotton blanket!

This update started with the bedding. I've been a white bedding person for YEARS but it's really not working out for me. No matter the quality or weave, white cotton sheets always yellow for us relatively quickly and I haven't found a way to refresh them well enough. So I 'm making a big change--natural-colored linen!! I love the soft beige and layering in different neutrals, plus they feel amazing!!
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What to expect when replacing a roof

As you may know from my Instagram stories or updates I've shared on the Your Home Story Podcast, we just had our roof replaced. Yikes. It was quite expensive, but very necessary! I have lots to share about how why we knew we needed it replaced, why we knew it'd be expensive, why we did it even though we might sell in a few years, how we went about it...

Sharing it all this week on the podcast! Roof replacement sounds expensive, slow, and scary. I just went through the process on my historic home’s 3-layered roof with lots of pitch changes and valleys, and it was a little complicated, but I'm breaking it down to demystify the roof replacing process. From getting bids to choosing colors to living with a roof under construction, and more!

Pic of the finished roof, but don't judge--exterior painting and replacing the gutters are next on the list, still a work in progress over here! (You can see all the before photos of our fixer upper home here.)

Here’s the shingle company, colors, and gallery I chose from (I went with Driftwood).

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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....


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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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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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:

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