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DIY Home Improvement & Design
49: Listener Questions 2: Clutter, pets, painting over wallpaper, & more
Dec 4 • 36 min
Today, we are answering YOUR questions. We’ve compiled questions about how to hide media cords, what to do with paper clutter, how to live with pets and not have pet stuff all around, how to paint over wallpaper, and even what plant resources we use. As…
48: Suzannah’s Modern Traditional ORC Master Bedroom
Nov 27 • 35 min
It is a great feeling to put time and energy into a room and then call it FINISHED! Suzannah did that over a 6-week period (including building an upholstered bed from scratch) for her modern traditional style master bedroom makeover, which she made over…
47: Modern Christmas Decorating Ideas
Nov 13 • 32 min
Both Ashley and Suzannah love the holidays and Christmas decor, but stay away from going overboard. We share ideas for how you can infuse the Christmas spirit in your home without it feeling overwhelming or compromising your personal style. We talk…
46: DIY or Hire Out: Wood Wall Treatments
Nov 6 • 21 min
We are talking in-depth about wall treatments—which ones you should do yourself and which ones you should consider hiring out. Back in episode 15, we covered “DIY vs. Hire Out” on Wallpaper. Today, we’re focusing on wood accents, molding, paneling,…
45: Creating a Drop Zone for Fall & Winter Gear
Oct 30 • 32 min
We all want that organized drop zone, that beautiful mudroom, or a built-in bench with coat hangers for all our family members, but sometimes, that’s just not an option. Today, we are chatting about how to create a drop zone for fall and winter gear…
44: Cozy Minimalist Home interview
Oct 23 • 35 min
“More style, less stuff”—isn’t that almost always the goal with home decor?!? This week we have the expert in stylish, non-cluttered home-making, Myquillin Smith of the blog The Nester. Her new book, Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff is out…
43: Interior Home Maintenance
Oct 16 • 24 min
Of course we prefer to focus on projects that make our home prettier—but in reality, we have to do projects regularly that make our home safe and efficient. On today’s show, we chat all about interior home maintenance, including how and when to do some of…
42: Home Decor Blogging Behind the Scenes
Oct 9 • 52 min
If you’ve ever wondered about how Ashley and Suzannah got into home decor blogging, what it takes to create blog and social media content, how to get featured on a big design site, how home design bloggers make money, or a blogger secret benefit to…
41: Choosing & Hanging Art
Oct 2 • 34 min
Choosing and hanging art can be a struggle for the best of us, but we have tips! Join us today as we chat about our favorite stores to buy art, how to find art that speaks to you, how to frame art, and how to hang art.
40: Unique & Minimal Halloween & Thanksgiving Decor
Sep 25 • 26 min
Both Ashley and Suzannah value the fun that comes from celebrating the changing seasons and holidays, but shy away from accumulating lots of new pieces every year or for using every year. We share our projects and decorating successes, plus other ideas…
39: Ashley’s Mid-Century Modern Master Bedroom Makeover
Sep 18 • 25 min
Your master bedroom should be your oasis, but many times, it takes a backseat to other rooms in our homes. In today’s show, Ashley talks about her Mid-Century Modern Master Bedroom and how it’s finally a place that feels like a retreat. You’ll hear how…
38: First steps in decor when you move into a new space
Sep 11 • 33 min
Moving into a new space is so exciting!! Whether you rent or own, you probably want to get your new home looking and functioning the way you want as soon as possible… but there are some improvements that are much better to do sooner or later. We have tips…
37: DIY or Hire Out: Painting
Sep 4 • 27 min
In today’s episode, you’ll hear our thoughts on painting (both interior and exterior) and whether you should hire painting our or do it yourself! From using a paint sprayer to taping off windows and ceilings, tune in to hear what we think about how to get…
36: Design, Make, & Live: Hallways
Aug 28 • 27 min
Do you have a dark and dingy hallway? Or, a downstairs hallway that is lacking function? It doesn’t have to be! We have great ideas to update, makeover, and better utilize your hallway so it’s beautiful as well as functional.
35: No-Spend Facebook Challenge Update + Our House Updates
Aug 21 • 34 min
Our first challenge in the Your Home Story podcast Facebook group was live last month. The challenge was all about refreshing a space in our house WITHOUT spending money. Tune in to hear about what spaces were refreshed as well as what projects we are…
34: Erin of the $100 Challenge
Aug 14 • 25 min
Can you really make over a room in 1 month with $100?? Our guest Erin has done that month after month and spread the motivation with tons of readers—even made an appearance on the Rachel Ray show! This week we’re talking to Erin about how she got started…
33: Real [estate] talk: How to BUY a Home
Aug 7 • 39 min
Selling a Home (Episode 16) was such a hit that we decided we had to talk all about the process of buying a home. From searching for homes to radon testing to home loans, tune in to hear our experiences and tips on home-buying!
32: Plant Care
Jul 31 • 35 min
Whether you’re Team Real Plants or open to faux ones, too, this episode will help you pick which plants should go where and how to decorate with and around them! Tune in for our top 10 indoor plants that are easy to care for and more!
31: Exterior Home Maintenance
Jul 24 • 30 min
We will be the first to admit that keeping up with the exterior of the home can be daunting. It feels like we never have enough time to get the interior how we want it, and then you want me to keep up with the exterior too? Today, we are breaking down…
30: Backspash & Tiling Tips for Walls
Jul 17 • 34 min
Want a great starter DIY project that will make a huge impact in your bathroom, bar, or kitchen?? Ashley and Suzannah have both done tile wall and backsplash projects and share tons of installation tips plus design considerations.
29: Shopping Vintage Online
Jul 10 • 37 min
Who doesn’t love vintage decor, furniture, art, and more?! Today’s episode is all about finding great vintage pieces from the comfort of your home. You’ll learn which pieces we’ve bought online, how to search and buy them online, what to expect to pay,…
28: DIY or Hire Out: Windows & Doors
Jul 3 • 29 min
Changes to windows and doors can make a huge effect to make a home look more custom or updated. Some of these changes you can do yourself… others could be a huge nightmare, mess, time suck, or worse! Ashley and Suzannah talk through their experiences and…
27: Design, Make, & Live: Powder Bathrooms
Jun 26 • 38 min
Most half bathrooms or powder baths are not too exciting or pretty to look at right away. But they’re often used by guests or you, all the time, so might as well express your style in them! They can have function issues, too, like small sinks and no…
26: Listener Questions 2
Jun 19 • 21 min
We are answering YOUR questions today! Tune in to hear about where/how to buy Benjamin Moore paint, our favorite tools, how to get your partner on board with home decor, and about decorating when you have an eclectic style but don’t want your house to…
25: How to Decorate with a Spouse
Jun 12 • 21 min
You know how you want to decorate but do you know how to update a space or do a big project with your spouse or significant other? If others in your household care about the decor, you may have to get creative and figure out how to work on your home…
24: Buying + Selling on Facebook, Craigslist, Sales, etc.
Jun 5 • 33 min
There are great deals out there on secondhand items direct from sellers (online or in-person), but it takes work to find them. Plus, selling your furniture, rugs, etc. can be a great way to get some extra cash to cover new purchases! We share our…
23: Life & Home Updates
May 29 • 29 min
We’ve had some big personal and home/project-related updates lately and wanted to share in more depth, let you get to know us even better! This episode shares what’s up with us as we enter summer and a new phase of life for Suzannah.
22: All About Window Coverings
May 22 • 37 min
How do you pick window treatments? What type of window treatment do you need in your living room, kitchen, or bathroom? How do you hang window curtains? Tune in today, as we chat all about window curtains, blinds, shades and more.
21: Design, Make, & Live: Entryways
May 15 • 31 min
Focus on one space in your home with us today and learn more about how to make your entryway work for you and your family. Whether you need decor ideas such as art, lighting, or rugs or more organizational ideas such as how to create a drop zone, coat…
20: DIY or Hire Out: Small Electrical
May 8 • 23 min
“Small electrical” may not sound very exciting, but it is SO empowering to have the skills to make small changes in your home with light fixtures, light switches, and more. Ashley and Suzannah share their experience with lots of DIY electrical updates,…
19: Minimalism
May 1 • 32 min
“Minimalism” is an aspirational term for many of us… but hey, what does it mean, is it realistic, and will it bring us happiness? We talk about Marie Kondo’s books and philosophy for reducing clutter in your home and wardrobe, plus the documentary…
18: Design, Make & Live: Guest Bedrooms
Apr 24 • 22 min
We focus on the guest bedroom and what design choices are great for this space. Whether you are thinking about hosting guests short- or long-term, these tips for creating a welcoming guest bedroom are all easy to implement and will go a long way in making…
17: All About Rugs
Apr 17 • 44 min
Rugs add character, coziness, and more to our spaces yet they can be hard to select. Listen in as we chat about rug placement, rug sizing, what types of rugs work best within specific types of rooms, how to clean rugs, and more.
16: Real [Estate] Talk: How to SELL a Home
Apr 10 • 35 min
Real estate can be so exciting but also so stressful! We’ve had a variety of experiences selling a few houses between us, Suzannah very recently with plenty of issues but also a very successful outcome. In this episode we share our experiences plus…
15: DIY or Hire Out: Wallpaper
Apr 3 • 26 min
We love to talk about when to DIY vs. when to find a pro—and this time we focus on wallpaper installation and removal. We’ve both installed wallpaper ourselves (different kinds) and Ashley has had some very good and some very bad experiences removing it.…
14: How to Be Content with Your Home When You Can’t Change It
Mar 27 • 26 min
We all struggle with contentment and the need/want to do more, make more, and buy more. How to combat that in the home decor world? Tune in as we give practical tips for how to be content even while being inundated with beautiful spaces, amazing…
13: Design, Make, & Live: Kitchens
Mar 20 • 44 min
If you are ready to start a kitchen renovation, planning a small kitchen update or just want to be inspired by what you can do to freshen up your kitchen, then this episode is perfect for you. Listen in as we chat about how a kitchen function matters and…
12: Listener Questions 1
Mar 13 • 39 min
We’ve gathered questions from listeners from our Facebook page, Instagram, and email and are answering several of them together in this episode! Tune in to hear our take on budgeting for reno projects, ideas for outdoor living spaces, home blogging,…
11: When to Stop DIY-ing
Mar 6 • 26 min
Ashley and Suzannah both have some serious DIY backgrounds - for crafty, sewing, and art projects (for better or worse) and have found that sometimes it’s totally worth it to DIY, sometimes it’s better to buy or hire out. Tune in to hear when to hone your…
10: Gallery Walls
Feb 27 • 29 min
If you love the look of gallery walls but are scared to try to put one up, we are here to help!
9: Home Decor Trends for 2018
Feb 20 • 34 min
Trends affect us whether we follow them or not. Tune in to listen to us chat about what trends are coming in and which ones are going out. You might be surprised to hear our thoughts on trends in general and how to incorporate them into our homes and when…
8: Consistency Throughout a Home
Feb 13 • 27 min
Where to be consistent with colors, materials, and styles throughout a home, and when to avoid being matchy-matchy? We couldn’t find many resources about this so we dug into it! We talk about the time and place for consistency versus unique elements, and…
7: How We Live vs. How We Want a Space to Look
Feb 6 • 30 min
We cover the age-old question of decorating a beautiful home vs. creating a comfortable home that fits the way you live. How to determine how you live in a space? Challenges in smaller vs. larger spaces? How do you want the space to look? We cover issues…
6: All About Choosing & Installing Flooring
Jan 30 • 45 min
We chat about what type of flooring each of us have, what we have picked out and why, and if we have installed it ourselves or hired out. Gain knowledge on color, flooring types, installation difficulties, and more.
5: Design, Make, & Live: Dining Spaces
Jan 23 • 38 min
Focus on dining spaces including hosting, table decor, practicality vs. function for rugs and chairs, and eating spaces we’ve decorated.
4: Curating Your Home Style
Jan 16 • 35 min
now that you know your favorite decor style, we talk about tools and organizing your ideas to keep your style consistent.
3: How to Identify Your Home Style
Jan 5 • 34 min
Learn how and why to define your home style. Some questions we discuss: why pick a style? Why not just collect and decorate with all the stuff you like? Are style quizzes worth the time?
2: All About Painting Cabinets
Jan 5 • 52 min
Learn what all goes in to a project like painting your kitchen cabinets, doors, bathroom vanities, etc. We cover the steps to have a successful job and what paint both Suzannah and Ashley highly recommend.
1: Introducing the Your Home Story Podcast
Jan 3 • 15 min
Intro to Ashley and Suzannah and what to expect from our DIY home improvement & design podcast and upcoming episodes.