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 add character to a cookie-cutter house!

I LOVE this topic! There are so many 80's, 90's, and 2000's builder-basic homes around me (I've owned/lived in two of them, even) and I love helping my friends with ideas to personalize theirs. Cookie-cutter, basic homes need more than just decor to feel like home. You need out-of-the-box thinking on updates (but you also have more opportunity to go with your favorite style!).

Both Ashley and I have lived in brand-new builder basic, cookie-cutter homes (like my first home) (and I has also lived in this dated, dingy 90's one). This week on the Your Home Story Podcast we talk about ways to take these homes beyond decor and make them feel unique and fitting to your personal style! You’ll hear tons of ideas in this episode, ranging from easy DIYs to projects to plan ahead for.
Image source--you HAVE to click/swipe and see the before!

Resources & inspirations mentioned:

  1. What is a cookie cutter house?
  2. My painted doors and trim
  3. Adding trim to make plain doors look paneled
  4. My latest spray painted light fixture
  5. How to spray paint a brass fireplace screen
  6. Blesser House shares some great ways to add charm to a cookie cutter home.
  7. Picture frame molding idea.
  8. My faux wood beam installation
  9. Amazing before/after of fireplace area/built-ins
  10. How to add interest to the exterior of your cookie cutter home.
  11. Houzz article on how to customize a cookie-cutter house.
  12. Blesser House has some really great before and after’s
  13. Apartment Therapy post on exterior updates to make your house less cookie cutter.
  14. The Lettered Cottage’s tips for adding character.

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