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Ep 100 : Giveaway and Lookback

Ashley and Suzannah take a look back at the previous 99 episodes on the show today. From fan favorites to personal favorites, hear their thoughts on past shows and where the podcast is going next year. Ashley shared that her personal favorite episodes were: Ep 72 on Design Books and Ep 62, the Landscape design interview with Gardening by Design. Suzannah shared that she loved Episode 53 which was all about having friends over while renovating, Episode 70 which was the interview that we...


Ep 99: Tween Boy Room Reveal

How to create a kid’s room that is functional, cool in their eyes, and a space you enjoy being around? Ashley has done several great DIYs in her son’s room in the past, but he’s getting older and it was time for a space designed for his current needs. His room got some big upgrades including lighting, flooring, and decor, and turned out beautiful and kid-approved! Links/resources: Greyson's bedroom revealHue Bulb systemAshley’s new oak floors You can find us on our blogs or connect with...


Ep 98: Curating Your Home Style

Once you’ve narrowed down your style (check out episode 3 for more on that!)… NOW WHAT? On organizing your ideas to keep your style consistent--tools in Instagram, Pinterest, and more. (Find Suzannah on Pinterest here and Ashley here.) And listen in for a great tip on pinning directly from Instagram! Other tools we cover: design books and mood boards. Books (disclosure: contains affiliate links): Design*Sponge at HomeIn the Company of Womendomino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home(2016 domino...


Ep 97: Exterior Christmas Decor Ideas

Whether you are a seasoned exterior decorator or a newbie in trying to figure out what to do on the exterior of your home for Christmas, you are going to be inspired to just START decorating after tuning into this episode. From mailbox swags to baskets on the front doors, we share plenty of ideas you’ll want and implement. We specifically chatted about: Free Christmas Storage Labelsto help you get organized Suzannah’s Color Crush on Camel Style This Lifeshares some beautiful outfit...


Ep 96: Suzannah's completed 100% DIY bathroom renovation One Room Challenge

Suzannah and her husband recently did a completely DIY full bathroom renovation during the 6-week One Room Challenge. Tile, shower, vanity, fixtures, paint… they put a ton of work into transforming this bathroom, while keeping their home’s classic feel. Suzannah shares the behind-the-scenes story of the long design process, favorite luxurious updates, budget, and even what went wrong in this informative episode. Resources and posts we talked about: Vietnam Veterans of America donations...


Ep 95: Breaking down barriers to DIY

It can feel like there are so many barriers to DIY projects and home renovating in general, but we believe that not all barriers need to block you from doing what you want to your home. Ashley and Suzannah are sharing their thoughts (and skills--they differ in what they are good at) about DIY projects that are good to start with, how project costs grow, learning and having access to the right tools, and more. You are going to leave this episode with at least one of your barriers knocked...


Ep 94: Coziness in Decor

“Cozy” means way more than warm and snuggled up in a blanket. It can mean being present in the moment, being grateful for your home, feeling content and relaxed... but also bringing pieces into your home to accommodate that lifestyle. You’ll feel warm and fuzzy (and inspired!) after the positive vibes from this episode! Resources and images we talked about: Cozy: The Art of Arranging Yourself in the World Stacks of books on the floor by @petraalexandra An artist with a tiny corner of...


Ep 93: Life, House, & Podcast Updates

We figured it was about time to update you on what we are both up to (personal and home decor), all things ORC, and even what we are excited to talk about on the podcast over the next few months. If you love gabbing with your BFF, then this episode is for you. In the show today, we talked about: Down to Earth: Laid-back Interiors for Modern Livingby Lauren LiessGoodreadsAudibleAshley’s IG Book Club Episode 31: Exterior Home MaintenanceSuzannah’s ORC Updates Episode 85, where Ashley...


Ep 92: Kitchen Organizing

Organizing your kitchen cabinets is a small-scale DIY that can make a huge difference. Today we talk through common issues for kitchen organizing, including listener questions like hard-to-reach upper cabinets, corner cabinets, deep pantry shelves, and more. Resources and examples: Suzannah’s blog posts about her One Room Challenge bathroom makeoverThe Rev-A-Shelf pull-outs Ashley boughtThe Modern Editorganizing service and inspoTheplain black lunch bagSuzannah boughtWhite plastic binsin...


Ep 91: Powder Bath Renovation

Sometimes the smallest rooms can make the biggest impact--but small doesn’t always mean easy for a DIY renovation! Tune in to hear all about Ashley’s powder bath renovation including what it ended up costing! You can find links to what we talked about below. Ashley’s post on the Stylemaker Event Small Powder Bath Renovation Plan Sarah Sherman Samuel Bathroom Inspiration Wall Mount Faucet CostQuirky art byWink Wink Studio Powder Bathroom Full Reveal You can find us on our blogs or connect...


Ep 90: Renovation or Design Burnout

It happens to the best of us… overwhelm and burnout with DIY and/or design projects around our homes. It can be so hard when you want to do more to your house than you really can--physically, mentally, logistically, financially, for your health…! We’ve both been there and we have a completely honest conversation about what we’ve struggled with AND what has worked for us! There are solutions! You can find us on our blogs or connect with each of us on Instagram: @suzannahstanley...


Ep 89: Ashley's Completed Eat-In Kitchen

We talk a lot about “Your Home Story” and what the story of your spaces are. Today, Ashley is sharing all about her eat-in kitchen’s story, from where it started (spoiler, it had blue wallpaper), to the more eclectic updates that she did a few years ago and now, to the space that she really feels is the perfect addition to her home. You can find links to what we talked about below. Cozy: The Art of Arranging Yourself in the World One Room Challenge reveal of the Eat-In Kitchen(2015)...


Ep 88: What we can learn from show homes

If you’ve ever wondered what a modern mansion is like inside, or what you’d choose for your home if money was no object… listen up! Ashley and Suzannah both visited multi-home tours of show homes in their areas and chat about elements they liked, trends they both saw at the respective tours, regional differences, and what we can learn by visiting these elaborate, massive homes! Links and favorites: Ashley’s Highland Cow PaintingMOVE to 89 or 90Re-loving the decor bookHabitat by Lauren...


Ep 87: Functional Updates at Ashley and Suzannah's Houses

Functional updates make both of us so happy. On the show today, Suzannah and Ashley are both sharing recent functional updates they have made at each of their houses. Suzannah brightened up her back entry by doing lots of grunt work and is so much better than where it started. Ashley took her over-filled coat closet and purged, painted and built a bench to help transform the space into something that they use and love. Tune in today to be inspired to tackle a mini functional update of your...


Ep 86: Design, Make, & Live: Bonus Rooms

This high-energy, fun episode will get you inspired for updating your family’s bonus spaces! A “bonus room” is a multi-purpose space that can be used as a family room, sewing or hobby room, game room, home cinema, office, or den. They can be super functional or catch-all, to the point of not matching the rest of your home’s style. But we have tips! Hear about our bonus room experience, what’s worked well (and what has us feeling embarrassed!). (You can see Suzannah’s in her townhouse tour...


Ep 85: Interview with a 9-Year-Old About Designing His Room

What does a kid really think about his/her room? Do they know what they want in a space JUST FOR THEM? Today’s episode is unique in that Ashley is interviewing her son, Greyson, all about his room. She’s getting ready to embark on transforming his space but wanted to get a bit of direction from him to hear what he would really enjoy having. Hear about where the space started (it was dark pink with wallpaper) to all the DIYs they’ve done so far, plus the functional upgrades they are going to...


Ep 84: 2-Hour Decor Projects

Sometimes, we only have short windows of time and we want to actually accomplish something home-related in that window. The show today, is all about 2-hour house projects that you can do. We are here to inspire you to tackle a new project, start-to-finish! We specifically talked about: Bluetooth waterproof speakerthat Ashley’s loving (and it’s under $40!). Portable bluetooth speakerthat Suzannah and Jason have been using while working on projectsStyling a vignette whether that be on a...


Ep 83: Suzannah's finished DIY full kitchen reno

This week we are hearing the inside scoop and getting tips from Suzannah’s 100% DIY “modern traditional” kitchen reno! Hear about the biggest projects and design decisions, plus... why she chose white cabinets despite being a little bored of them these days!, would she do anything different in hindsight? This project was almost “down to the studs”--hear why she kept and covered some elements. Hear her favorite finishes! And finally, you WILL be surprised what this beautiful kitchen reno...


Ep 82: Design, Make, & Live: Front Porches

Today, we are sharing all about how to design, makeover and use and love your front porch. We open the show with Ashley sharing how she’s been purging this year. It may be embarrassing for her but it’s working so yay for that! Suzannah talks about the kitchen utensils that she’s updating. She’s being a bit pickier with what is going in her drawers and it’s inspiring Ashley to purge a bit more in her cupboards. Suzannah shares her front porch setup and some wishes for the future...


Ep 81: DIY or Hire Out Kitchen Open Shelving

Open shelving is all the rage! And for good reason! Ashley and Suzannah have both done open shelves in their kitchens and Suzannah is planning some more in her current kitchen reno. Kitchen open shelves need to be deep (about 10”) and sturdy, but can be made of wood, metal, or glass and can be floating or mounted with basic or beautiful brackets. There are several kinds you can DIY!, and some to consider ordering or getting custom. We share technical info on lots of options. Links we...