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Your Home Story

Learn about Creating an Intentional Home with topics on diy projects, room design, hiring the right contractors, clutter control, buying with more intention, adding vintage to your home and more! Ashley of Bigger than the Three of Us shares more about the belief that you don’t have to be an interior designer to create a home you love, and you don’t have to be a contractor to do the work yourself. See show notes at: biggerthanththreeofus.com/podcast

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Ep 3: How to Identify Your Home Style

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? (Some we recommend: My Domaine home style, HGTV home style, My Domaine Spirit Pattern. Also, Home Edit Guides to home styles.) How much is dictated by the house vs. by your style coming into it? Some Instagram accounts that work with their home age/style: Grit and Polish, Emily Netz, Francois et Moi, Ashley @ The Gold Hive. We also talk about narrowing down which of your favorite styles will work in your home, and defining style by designer instead of just general aesthetic (examples: Amber Interiors, Studio McGee). Write a review of the show to be entered in the $250 Framebridge giveaway! Ends 2/13, continental US only. You can find us on our blogs or connect with each of us on Instagram. Suzannah is @suzannahstanley and Ashley is @biggerthanthethreeofus. We’d love to hear your questions and thoughts! Join our Facebook group here and email us at yourhomestorypodcast@gmail.com.

34mins

5 Jan 2018

Rank #1

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Ep 51: Home Design Trends for 2019

We had fun in Episode 9 of last year sharing the design trends for 2018, so we thought we check back in on those trends and then forecast what will be HOT for 2019--and what’s going out. We hope you are ready to see some new trends this year, because we hear maximalism and bold hues are going to be coming on strong. Tune in to hear more about these as well as classic kitchens, the debate on succulents, and more! We referenced these trends articles from MyDomaine, Apartment Therapy, Domino, and Elle Decor, and this slow living style article from HGTV. Also these 2018-going-out articles: HGTV Inspirations we shared: Gwen from The Makerista Erin Kestenbaum Brighton Kitchen by deVol Hillsborough Kitchen by Jute Home Examples of Classic Kitchens Shade Blossom Wallpaper Heirloom Rose Wallpaper Floral Wallpaper You can find us on our blogs or connect with each of us on Instagram: @suzannahstanley @biggerthanthethreeofus @yourhomestorypodcast We’d love to hear your questions and thoughts! Join our Facebook group here and email us at yourhomestorypodcast@gmail.com.

33mins

1 Jan 2019

Rank #2

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Ep 105: Home decor trends for 2020

You guys have loved the trend episodes over the past two years, so we thought we check back in on those trends and then forecast what will be HOT for 2020! We hope you are ready to see some new trends this year, because we hear that warmer colors, boucle and plaster details will be coming on strong. Tune in to hear more about these as well as the debate on subway tile, Biophillic design, and more! ELLE Decor 2020 design trends  Original House Beautiful article about grandmillenial style and Emma Bazilian’s Instagram Boucle dining chair and Boucle Statement Chair Ashley from Arrows and Bow Dining Room Paint Color House Beautiful UK article on 2020 trends in the living room Gwen from The Makerista and specifically, her recent laundry room makeover Erin Kestenbaum Ashley’s bathroom Velvet headboard DIY Curved plaster range hood in Jenny Komenda’s kitchen MyDomaine: trends going out in 2020 Apartment Therapy 2020 trends You can find us on our blogs or connect with each of us on Instagram: @suzannahstanley @biggerthanthethreeofus @yourhomestorypodcast And you can join our Facebook group here to connect with other listeners and ask questions!

38mins

14 Jan 2020

Rank #3

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Ep 64: Free Ways to Update Your House

It can be overwhelming to think about all the money that we want to spend on our houses to get it “finished.” But there are some improvements that don’t take any money at all, some of them not even that much time!, and make a big difference. (This is a lot more than your basic ideas of moving art around!!) Deep cleaning, decor/style, and home improvement--there are tons of ways to change and better your home without spending anything. Actual real high-impact DIY projects you can do with materials you already have! Also--this is the first week of the spring One Room Challenge, check out who is participating this year! Is Suzannah joining in with a bathroom remodel??! Free projects we talked about: Stems Suzannah cut from a large shrub outside Ashley’s post on trimming back boxwoods and removing shutters When Suzannah removed a fireplace screen (before/after) Suzannah’s post about for painting a fireplace screen Angela from Restoring Home’s fireplace makeover Ashley’s update to modernize stair railing Ashley’s update to ornate woodwork You can find us on our blogs or connect with each of us on Instagram: @suzannahstanley @biggerthanthethreeofus @yourhomestorypodcast We’d love to hear your questions and thoughts! Join our Facebook group here and email us at yourhomestorypodcast@gmail.com.

30mins

2 Apr 2019

Rank #4

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Ep 44: Cozy Minimalist Home interview

“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 (*affiliate link*) is out this month and it’s full of inspiration (plus her tested multi-step process for decorating a space you love). We loved the book and Myquillin’s great attitude about everything she’s learned in many years and moves and making decorating mistakes! One of Suzannah’s favorites from the book is the quote, “To be useful, an item must be used.” Ashley loved the example and visuals in the book on small vs. large lamps. Plus, Myquillin shared her desert-island must-haves for updating a room! You can find us on our blogs or connect with each of us on Instagram: Suzannah is @suzannahstanley Ashley is @biggerthanthethreeofus The podcast is @yourhomestorypodcast We’d love to hear your questions and thoughts! Join our Facebook group here and email us at yourhomestorypodcast@gmail.com.

35mins

23 Oct 2018

Rank #5

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Ep 4: Curating Your Home Style

So you’ve narrowed down your style (check out our last episode)… 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 Home In the Company of Women domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home (2016 domino book) Old Home Love (this one is unique & gorgeous) Styled by Emily Henderson Simply Styling by Kristen Grove of Simply Grove Maker Spaces And see Suzannah’s master bathroom mood boards post here. Write a review of the show to be entered in the $250 Framebridge giveaway! Ends 2/13, continental US only. You can find us on our blogs or connect with each of us on Instagram. Suzannah is @suzannahstanley and Ashley is @biggerthanthethreeofus. We’d love to hear your questions and thoughts! Join our Facebook group here and email us at yourhomestorypodcast@gmail.com.

35mins

16 Jan 2018

Rank #6

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Ep 37: DIY or Hire Out: Painting

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 the job done! Resources mentioned (contains affiliate links): How Suzannah sprayed all the walls at her last house in about 5 hours Painting an interior sunroom with a sprayer We love angled brushes and Ashley specifically loves this short-handed brush. Suzannah used foam edgers like this (refills here) For small projects, this small paint sprayer can work really well. You can find us on our blogs or connect with each of us on Instagram: Suzannah is @suzannahstanley Ashley is @biggerthanthethreeofus The podcast is @yourhomestorypodcast We’d love to hear your questions and thoughts! Join our Facebook group here and email us at yourhomestorypodcast@gmail.com.

27mins

4 Sep 2018

Rank #7

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Ep 38: First steps in decor when you move into a new space

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 on what to do first (including when to bring that measuring tape and when to start shopping!) and what to wait on and why. One inspiration we mentioned is Ashley Goldman of The Gold Hive, who revisits her inspection report annually! You can find us on our blogs or connect with each of us on Instagram: Suzannah is @suzannahstanley Ashley is @biggerthanthethreeofus The podcast is @yourhomestorypodcast We’d love to hear your questions and thoughts! Join our Facebook group here and email us at yourhomestorypodcast@gmail.com.

33mins

11 Sep 2018

Rank #8

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Ep 102: Decor consistency throughout a home

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 which pieces you can be consistent with and why. It’s not just paint color and lighting; you can show off your style and make it clear that each room in a house is yours in many ways! Some examples we talked about: Ashley’s entryway with door hardware upgrade The super affordable black door hardware Suzannah got for her whole house: passage knob, privacy knob, hinges Suzannah’s bamboo blinds (with white curtains) Ashley’s kitchen sconces with two colors of metal You can find us on our blogs or connect with each of us on Instagram: @suzannahstanley @biggerthanthethreeofus @yourhomestorypodcast And you can join our Facebook group here to connect with other listeners and ask questions!

27mins

24 Dec 2019

Rank #9

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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 Links to a bunch of “cozy” images Ashley saved: Stacks of books on the floor by @petraalexandra An artist with a tiny corner of bliss A simple branch adding so much character to a dining space Garden harvest  Fairy lights Hue bulb - varying light temperatures @nestingwithgrace @thehillsidehouse You can find us on our blogs or connect with each of us on Instagram: @suzannahstanley @biggerthanthethreeofus @yourhomestorypodcast And you can join our Facebook group here to connect with other listeners and ask questions!

30mins

29 Oct 2019

Rank #10

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Ep 66: Landscape Design: Interview with Gardening by Design

It’s beginning to be the time of year when lots of people start planning exterior projects like deck/yard upgrades and landscaping. We called in the experts about landscape/hardscape design, Engelina and Erin from Gardening by Design, an Ottowa, Ontario, Canada firm. Their mission includes strengthening connection to the outdoors by designing spaces that allow you to experience nature in a new way. We learned so much in this episode and you will, too! Why you should consider updating your landscaping/hardscaping What the limits are for a DIYer (both design and installation) Whether you’re trying to sell soon, or just want a quick update--key areas to focus on for resale (including a super simple DIY you can do to existing landscape beds to make your yard look more maintained and fresh!). Which types of exterior improvements to do when/per season Trends in plant materials and hardscaping for residential landscape design including some easy, inexpensive materials Where to start when making a landscape plan for your yard Plants to consider for interest and color for every season even in colder climates You can find us on our blogs or connect with each of us on Instagram: Our guests @gardeningbydesign @suzannahstanley @biggerthanthethreeofus @yourhomestorypodcast Join the conversation in our Facebook group here!

42mins

16 Apr 2019

Rank #11

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Ep 79: How to add character to a cookie-cutter house!

Both Ashley and Suzannah have lived in brand-new builder basic, cookie-cutter homes (and Suzannah has also lived in a dated, dingy one). We are passionate about taking these homes beyond decor and helping you make them feel unique and fitting to your personal style! You’ll hear tons of ideas in this episode, ranging from easy DIYs to projects to plan ahead for. Resources & inspirations mentioned: What is a cookie cutter house?  Suzannah’s painted doors and trim Adding trim to make plain doors look paneled Suzannah’s latest spray painted light fixture How to spray paint a brass fireplace screen Blesser House shares some great ways to add charm to a cookie cutter home.  Picture frame molding idea.  Suzannah’s faux wood beam installation Amazing before/after of fireplace area/built-ins How to add interest to the exterior of your cookie cutter home.  Houzz article on how to customize a cookie-cutter house.  Blesser House has some really great before and after’s  Apartment Therapy post on exterior updates to make your house less cookie cutter. The Lettered Cottage’s tips for adding character.  You can find us on our blogs or connect with each of us on Instagram: @suzannahstanley @biggerthanthethreeofus @yourhomestorypodcast And you can join our Facebook group here to connect with other listeners and ask questions!

39mins

16 Jul 2019

Rank #12

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Ep 27: Design, Make, & Live: Powder Bathrooms

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 cabinets. Plus, updating a powder bathroom is a GREAT way to dip your toes into DIY projects or just do a quick, easy, fun update to a space you use a lot! Ashley and Suzannah have experience redoing several bathrooms and half-baths and share some great budget-friendly and custom-look project ideas! Projects and resources we mentioned: Easy half bathroom update: Suzannah’s faux chair rail look Suzannah’s faux wallpaper project and how it looked when she painted over it Suzannah’s 90’s home $391 powder bath total makeover (and video about that lightening-fast bathroom project) Suzannah’s palm leaf removable wallpaper and chair rail project Ashley’s modern powder bath vanity round-up Plus, we talk through the elements you can change in a powder bath to update it, from most to least intense/expensive: cabinet/vanity, flooring, backsplash/wall, lighting, mirror, paint, and decor. Here’s Ashley’s cute DIY vanity light tutorial and the kit by Grand Brass. You can find us on our blogs or connect with each of us on Instagram: Suzannah is @suzannahstanley Ashley is @biggerthanthethreeofus The podcast is @yourhomestorypodcast We’d love to hear your questions and thoughts! Join our Facebook group here and email us at yourhomestorypodcast@gmail.com.

38mins

26 Jun 2018

Rank #13

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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 cost! Links to posts and images we talked about: Listen back to episode 67, where Suzannah shared the design challenges and plans Suzannah’s slate-look sheet vinyl installation tutorial (flooring by Armstrong Flooring) Suzannah’s post and video about building her own cabinets (which are from Walcraft Cabinetry--see her comparison post here) Suzannah’s post on her marble-look quartz countertops and money-saving tips How Suzannah chose her sink and faucet (both from Elkay) Suzannah’s post on how to choose cabinet hardware and the ones she loves from Sumner Street Hardware Suzannah’s DIY thicker wood open shelf tutorial--plus how they kind of look floating and worked above a tile backsplash How Suzannah saved almost $4k on nicer, traditional-look handle appliances (hint: scratch-and-dent sources like Sears Outlet) The full BUDGET breakdown of Suzannah’s kitchen reno Suzannah’s DIY range hood cover tutorial for her Zephyr vent hood @Philip_or_flop’s helpful crown molding Instagram story highlights You can find us on our blogs or connect with each of us on Instagram: @suzannahstanley @biggerthanthethreeofus @yourhomestorypodcast And you can join our Facebook group here to connect with other listeners and ask questions!

47mins

13 Aug 2019

Rank #14

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Ep 77: How to Define your Decor Style

Happy 4th of July holiday! We share what we’re up to this week, then revisit a favorite episode of ours from the archives, episode 3. It’s a big one--how and why to define your home style!  Some questions we tackle and resources we cover: Why pick a style?  Why not just collect and decorate with all the stuff you like?  Are style quizzes worth the time? (Some we recommend: My Domaine home style, HGTV home style, My Domaine Spirit Pattern. Also, Home Edit Guides to home styles.)  How much is dictated by the house vs. by your style coming into it?  Some Instagram accounts that work with their home age/style: Grit and Polish, Emily Netz, Francois et Moi, Ashley @ The Gold Hive. Once you know your favorites, how to narrow down which ones will work in your home, and defining style by designer instead of just general aesthetic (examples: Amber Interiors, Studio McGee). You can find us on our blogs or connect with each of us on Instagram. Suzannah is @suzannahstanley and Ashley is @biggerthanthethreeofus. Join the community in our Facebook group here!

34mins

2 Jul 2019

Rank #15

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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 makeover The Rev-A-Shelf pull-outs Ashley bought The Modern Edit organizing service and inspo The plain black lunch bag Suzannah bought White plastic bins in many sizes You can find us on our blogs or connect with each of us on Instagram: @suzannahstanley @biggerthanthethreeofus @yourhomestorypodcast And you can join our Facebook group here to connect with other listeners and ask questions!

45mins

15 Oct 2019

Rank #16

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Ep 18: Design, Make & Live: Guest Bedrooms

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 your guests feel right at home. In talking about design, Ashley chatted about the cool ¾ painted wall that she put in her guest bedroom and Suzannah mentioned her navy accent wall in her first home guest room. Suzannah mentioned a metal bed that she really loves and although she might not put it in her master, it’s a contender for the guest bedroom. Chris Loves Julia actually used a very similar one in their guest bedroom. Also hear what we think MUST go into a guest bedroom and why. You can find us on our blogs or connect with each of us on Instagram. Suzannah is @suzannahstanley and Ashley is @biggerthanthethreeofus. We’d love to hear your questions and thoughts! Join our Facebook group here and email us at yourhomestorypodcast@gmail.com.

22mins

24 Apr 2018

Rank #17

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Ep 75: 5 weekend projects you can do NOW! Plus a giveaway!

Sometimes, you just don’t have time for month-long renovation projects but you still want to improve your house. On the show today, we are walking you through five projects that can be completed from start to finish in just two days, perfect for a weekend! Also, make sure to check out our post this week on Instagram to enter the giveaway that we have going on! It’ll give you the tools that you need to make one of these weekend projects a reality! Specifically, we chatted about: Our giveaway partner, Arrow Fastener products. A color blocked hallway that really inspires. If you are keen to try your hand at hand stenciling, then this hand stenciled hallway could serve as your inspiration. Removing the scalloped woodwork above the sink to modernize it. How to Convert a Can Light to a Pendant Light Suzannah’s upholstery project Video tutorial on reupholstering How to Tighten Wobbly Chairs Vintage Rug Upholstered Bench How to Install a Door Knob Refresh doors and trim Updating switch plates for a small but mighty impact. How to Install a Doorbell Button Love this painted front porch inspiration! You can find us on our blogs or connect with each of us on Instagram: @suzannahstanley @biggerthanthethreeofus @yourhomestorypodcast And you can join our Facebook group here to connect with other listeners and ask questions!

20mins

18 Jun 2019

Rank #18

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Ep 30: Backspash & Tiling Tips for Walls

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. Resources mentioned: Ashley’s beginning in tiling her kitchen. Ashley’s electrical extenders and finishing the tile How Ashley tiled around and installed heavy duty open shelves Suzannah’s straight herringbone tile tutorial Post about using an orbital sander to remove grout haze (though from the comments it appears this method is controversial! Some commenters said you shouldn’t need this much effort, just a grout haze remover product.) You can find us on our blogs or connect with each of us on Instagram: Suzannah is @suzannahstanley Ashley is @biggerthanthethreeofus The podcast is @yourhomestorypodcast We’d love to hear your questions and thoughts! Join our Facebook group here and email us at yourhomestorypodcast@gmail.com.

34mins

17 Jul 2018

Rank #19

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Ep 59: How we budget for home projects - and how to organize a budget

BUDGETING is a big topic and deserves its own episode! We cover a lot of methods and tips today for large and smaller projects. Ashley and Suzannah have two different ways of doing it, and we shared some tips we gathered from listeners. Suzannah also shared how she managed working, podcasting, blogging, and (most importantly) taking care of a 9-month-old while her husband was away for 6 weeks! Listen in to learn: How to scope and estimate budget for a large project like a kitchen reno How to keep track of expenses HomeAdvisor tool--what costs to expect when remodeling a kitchen Cash-out refinance or home equity line of credit options for very large projects Tips for budgeting for smaller projects Tips from listeners on how they budget and how they’ve managed going over-budget on large projects, a great way to track sales, and more. Our favorite budgeting tools How to make money during a reno project You can find us on our blogs or connect with each of us on Instagram: @suzannahstanley @biggerthanthethreeofus @yourhomestorypodcast We’d love to hear your questions and thoughts! Join our Facebook group here and email us at yourhomestorypodcast@gmail.com.

30mins

26 Feb 2019

Rank #20