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 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

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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

Warm Winter with Mood Lighting @HomeGoods #DesignHappy

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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