HomeGoods Blogger: Susan
Interior Stylist

What's Susan's story?

I currently live in Connecticut with my two daughters and one crazy puppy. I have a knack for being thrifty, and believe that your home should be the place where you can relax, be yourself and cut loose. I believe that decorating is FUN and that anyone can do it. I love writing about practical DIY tips for decorating, focusing on using what you have and up-cycling. I’m part designer, part junkyard diva.
If my decorating style was a song, it would be:
Sarah Vaughn’s “What a difference a day makes”—you can do a lot in 24 little hours with some positive thinking and love.
Three things that make my home happy:
  • My dining room table, because it’s fun to create tablescapes.
  • The leather recliner in the corner of the living room where I drink my coffee.
  • The old, used credenza in my office.

Also by Susan:


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I’m a lucky girl. I got to attend the Northwest Flower & Garden Show again with the editors and art director for Fine Gardening magazine. The event takes place in Seattle and includes everything from … Continue reading

A Home Office That Works

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  Whether you have a dedicated home office or a corner you’ve staked claim to, maintaining your home work space can be very difficult. It can easily become a dumping ground and create a huge … Continue reading

Can a tidy bathroom bring you joy?

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  I’m getting ready to move again, this time to smaller place. At first I thought I would just purge more stuff than usual before downsizing, but then it struck me: the only difference between … Continue reading

Spread a little holiday happiness

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I read a quote somewhere that truly strong women pull others up even when they themselves are struggling. No matter what our struggles might be, there are ways we can spread a little happiness to … Continue reading


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Everyone’s familiar with that childhood staple: the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But what if you could make your own peanut butter and jelly cookies? It’s time to switch up a lunchbox favorite by adding … Continue reading

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There’s a crisp chill in the air, so it’s time to have a little fun with all things soft and cozy! After a quick trip to the store, I was able to warm up my … Continue reading

How to Fake a Mud Room

September 9, 2015
Faking a Mud Room

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Our home was not blessed with a mud room (sigh). Because we’ll soon be enjoying coat season, not to mention the tossing of backpacks on the floor after school, it’s time to find an outerwear … Continue reading

A Bedroom Refresh That Talks

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My daughter recently aged out of pink, and after full research of her Stylescope results and a paint deck, she settled on a new color for her room (which I talked about in “What to … Continue reading

A Seasonal Color Refresh for a White Kitchen

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Just because I love red accents doesn’t mean I don’t want a fresh change every once in a while. My kitchen is a neutral canvas of white, charcoal and brick. When we renovated the kitchen a … Continue reading

Welcome Summer with Fire Pit Fun - S'mores, Sparklers and more

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It’s not summer until you light up the fire pit and invite the neighbors! It’s time to fluff up the outdoor pillows and bring out the s’more and sparklers! Here in Connecticut, spring is a … Continue reading