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!

Shop My House(s)

Current Home: Stanley Tudor Revived

We bought this home in July 2018 and have been working on updating it since!

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Walls and painted trim: Sherwin-Williams Alabaster
Linen Roman shades: this one from Amazon

Living Room

Latest living room update post HERE. It's not done yet (will it ever be?) but we just mounted the TV above the fireplace which feels like the inevitable place for it and everything will work around that now.

Fall living room update HERE.

Summer 2020 iteration HERE.
Sofa: IKEA Karlstad with Comfort Works slipcover (read about it HERE)

First update post HERE.

Dining Room

Latest update: new jute rug. Baby swing in the corner not usually part of the decor... :P

Previous update: new, washable dining room rug, read about it HERE.

See the original full room reveal HERE.
Grid gallery wall tutorial
DIY $20 buffet/sideboard/credenza painting makeover
Updating switch plates for traditional metal ones
Picture light above desk in office corner


See the full room reveal HERE and all posts on this DIY kitchen reno:

Breakfast Nook

Downstairs Master Bedroom

We redid this room in fall 2018 for the One Room Challenge but it went through a few updates before I reeeally loved it. Then, we moved our rooms upstairs, so this is now just a spare room.

Summer 2020 version HERE.
Vintage-look oil paintings: Free downloads and custom framing, read about them HERE

Winter bedroom update: see the post HERE.

HERE's the fall 2018 version.

Bed: DIY, tutorial HERE
Art above bed: Photo by Dan Otis on Unsplash. Frame and mat from ArtToFrames
Art above dresser: Vitruvian Man. Frame and mat from ArtToFrames
Mirror: IKEA (old), plus matte black spray paint

Otto's Room (Downstairs) (never finished)

Otto slept in this room on our main floor for 2 years, then moved upstairs to what was my office when Lucy was born and we shuffled things around.

Main bathroom

See the full room reveal, all sources, and budget HERE.

Upstairs hall/stair railings

See the tutorial for replacing the balusters, and some befores, HERE.

Update: see the stairs with stair runner, and that tutorial, HERE.

Upstairs Office

I used this office spring and summer 2020 while working from home, before having Lucy. After she was born we moved our room and Otto's upstairs and made an office downstairs--it's not pretty yet. This room is now Otto's room, not quite done yet either.

See the scary before photos and read about the simple changes we made to make this room an office quickly HERE.

Upstairs Bathroom

This half bathroom serves the two (and a half) bedrooms upstairs. We redid it in fall 2020 as part of the One Room Challenge (reveal HERE).

More rooms coming soon! Like our upstairs master bedroom, Otto's upstairs room, and the special pointy-ceilinged room we just finished out for Lucy's nursery. They are so close to done... see the latest on my Instagram.

Last Home: Stanley 90's Reno 

The Stanley 90's Reno was our fixer upper project from 2016-2017. Before we unexpectedly sold it and moved, we had it decorated pretty well! You can see a brief photo tour and shop sources for each room here.

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Other products used throughout

Walls and trim: Benjamin Moore White (OC 151)
Flooring: Select Surfaces Woodland Hickory (see how we installed it here)
Bamboo Blinds: Steve's Blinds, Bamboo Mix (read about them here)
Door hardware: knobs, hinges (or 1/2" radius version), door stoppers


Living Room

B/W photo: Growth by CC & Mike
Sofa: IKEA Karlstad with ComfortWorks slipcover (read about it here)
Coffee table: City Home Elements Cocktail Table
Big wool pillow: Loloi Rugs from City Home

Dining Room


Cabinets: Benjamin Moore Black Beauty
Countertops: Lumber Liquidators Maple (see how we installed it here)

Family Room

Powder Bathroom

Tile: Thomas Avenue Ceramics (read more here)

Guest Bathroom

Tile: Thomas Avenue Ceramics (read more here)
Vanity: IKEA hack (see tutorial here)

Master Bedroom

Master Bathroom

Mirror: IKEA
Hooks and TP holder: IKEA


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