HomeGoods Blogger: Susan
Interior Stylist

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:

A Bedroom Refresh That Talks

Photo by Your Home Only Better

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

Photo by Your Home Only Better

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

Photo by Your Home Only Better

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

How to bring vacation home with you

Photo by Your Home Only Better

First of all, I’d like to dedicate today’s post to all the Set Sail Stylescope shoppers out there (if you haven’t taken the Stylescope challenge yet, take it here!) Do you bring home souvenirs from vacation? … Continue reading

Happy Home Workout Spaces

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There’s no subtle way to put this. It’s time to prepare for bikini season! I believe beautiful surroundings inspire our best work — whether intellectual or physical! Creating a lovely place to work out might be all … Continue reading

A Practical Guide to an Inspired Patio @HomeGoods #DesignHappy #NWFGS

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One of the best places to find outdoor living inspiration is at the Northwest Flower & Garden show! On the skybridge at the Seattle Convention Center overlooking Pike Street resided a wonderful design challenge, called “City Living.” … Continue reading

When Your Stylescope Changes @HomeGoods #Design Happy

Photo by Your Home Only Better

Over the past 14 years I’ve done as much as I can possibly do with pink. Pixie Dust Pink. Baby Lotion Pink. English Rose Pink. Barely Pink… You get the idea! For more on these … Continue reading

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