HomeGoods Blogger: Susan
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Susan

What's Susan's story?

I currently live in Connecticut with my husband, 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:


denim in decor - make your home feel as comfortable as your favorite pair of jeans @HomeGoods #DesignHappy

Photo by Ralph Lauren

Denim can be romantic, rustic, dressed up, dressed down and almost always has a story to tell. For me, it was the perfect choice to bring the colors in our family room together and hint … Continue reading




Coffee Tables that Work Really Hard #DesignHappy @HomeGoods

Photo by Your Home Only Better

A coffee table is not just a pretty face — it’s a place to put your stuff, which may at times include feet. Here are a few things to take into consideration when styling a … Continue reading




Change a Rug, Change a Room

January 21, 2015
Change a rug, change room @HomeGoods #DesignHappy Blog

Photo by Your Home Only Better

No time to paint? No worries — changing a rug is actually faster and less messy! We’ve been in our home for over two years now and decided not to repaint the freshly painted beige walls. We’ve … Continue reading




Warm Winter with Mood Lighting @HomeGoods #DesignHappy

Photo by Your Home Only Better

I live in a mid-1960s cape that faces north and does not enjoy abundant sunlight streaming through the windows. Evenings can be a little on the dark side, especially in winter. Necessity has shown me ways … Continue reading




Festive Bar Cart Styling

December 22, 2014
Bar Cart Fun @HomeGoods #DesignHappy

Photo by Your Home Only Better

If the weather outside is frightful, stir up some inside fun and host a party! Offer a signature drink, such as my favorite Cotton Candy Cosmo, and present it on a festive bar cart full … Continue reading




Get lit - it's Candlemania Season! #DesignHappy @HomeGoods

Photo by Your Home Only Better

Shorter days may be inconvenient, but what a great excuse to get lit — literally. If ever there was a time when we need the calming effect of candlelight, it’s now! There are so many … Continue reading




Favorite holiday bling accessories @HomeGoods #DesignHappy

Photo by Your Home Only Better

I’m in the thick of it and loving every beautiful minute! As I shop the stores and deck my halls, I’m touched by how much holiday bling makes me smile. In this context, I define “bling” as … Continue reading




Holiday Gift Baskets #DesignHappy @HomeGoods

Photo by Your Home Only Better

Are some people on your holiday shopping list a little more challenging to shop for than others? Yea, I thought so. That’s where gift baskets really excel! There are so many ways you can create a … Continue reading




Warm up the Guest Room for Fall Company #DesignHappy @HomeGoods

Photo by Your Home Only Better

I love the beach. In fact, the guest room in my last two homes reflects that beachy love with playful pillows and crisp curtains. (Note the use-what-you-have strategy from the New Jersey house to the Connecticut house.) But … Continue reading




Bringing gold tones into the bedroom decor #DesignHappy @HomeGoods

Photo by Your Home Only Better

It starts with a simple instinct — something that stops you in your tracks and makes you inexplicably happy. That is your starting point! For my daughter, it was the gold lion bookends — homage to our … Continue reading