HomeGoods Blogger: Susan
Interior Stylist

What's Susan's story?

I currently live in Connecticut with my two daughters and pups. 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 design tips that bring form and function together.
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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Two years back I helped surprise a friend who was going through a difficult time with a new bedroom. Why? To give her a sanctuary from which she could regroup and create her best life. … Continue reading


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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