Hi friends! Thank you so much for stopping by today! This tutorial has been much anticipated by many of you.  Sorry it has taken some time to get it out! Lately I’ve been working on a lot of projects – both professional and personal – that I’ve had to work through.  With everything going on […]

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I’m a little bit embarrassed for you to read what I am about to write. Because as an influencer I am so very guilty of several components of what’s to follow. But lately I am feeling tired. And by lately, I would say this past year especially. Tired in all forms of the word, physically […]

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  • Diva Odete Kreszl - Thank you for your transparency and honesty, something we need more of these days. As an empty nester I can now look back and see how much precious time was wasted on my perfectionism, the struggle to always maintain the perfect home. Hopefully young women reading your words today will realize that while all the pretty pics are fun to look at they don’t always represent real life and know that it’s ok to not always have it all together. Now I worry less about the perfect decor in order to have more time enjoying my grandchildren. You’re absolutely right, the first photo of your daughter is precious and captures a special moment!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle O - Kudos to you!!! Both photos ARE perfection!ReplyCancel

  • Angela - I wish i was a good writer…..do you follow Nesting Place? You should give her blog a look she has the perfect mix of the perfectly imperfect home and i think for the most, people appreciate that so much more….it shows a little more truth i guess. I guess blogging, when a blog and a home is as nice as yours…. it’s like reading a magazine where everything is perfect but I find reading a blog is a little more personal with comments and interacting with the person who writes the articles and people love the real life in blogging and pictures, I read it time and time again in the comments section. Anyway hope you understand what i am trying to say. I think you captured a beautiful shot of your daughter in her pj’sReplyCancel

Hi guys!   If you follow along on Instagram, you guys know that recently my father passed away.  As you can imagine, that has been an emotional rollercoaster for me and my family.  I won’t go into details about that journey here but it was absolutely necessary for my family’s sanity for us to spend […]

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  • Amy - HI Susan,
    I’m sorry for the loss of your father. Losing someone you love is an ’emotional roller-coaster’- as you said. Though I know you will see him again one day and that he’s a lot closer than you may realize.
    I enjoyed reading your post and looking at all of the pictures you shared on your blog. You are a really good photographer. And what a beautiful place to ALL be together.
    Well, I wish you and your family well. With Sympathy, and Best Wishes, Amy.ReplyCancel

    • susan - Thank you so much for your kind words! And I feel the same way about him still being close!ReplyCancel

This is Rob here taking over Susie Q’s blog.  Apologies in advance for the less than professional picture quality.  She’s the talented one in that regard.  But I posted a few of her pics below so keep reading… 🙂 Susan told me that she heard back from y’all that a lot of you would like […]

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Good morning, sweet friends! Thanks so much for stopping by! I am so thrilled to be taking over MacKenzie-Childs instagram stories today, and to be sharing our Easter tablescape decked out in MacKenzie-Child’s goodness!  As some of you may know, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit MacKenzie-Childs farm last August and it was such a […]

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  • Amy - I’m so glad to see that you posted! I’ve been checking your blog for a while! MacKenzie-Child’s products look like products I enjoyed looking at in a certain retail store on Martha’s Vineyard, years ago. The store closed down (which was a sad day); I have never seen the products of that caliber since. I never paid attention to the product name (I was in High School then– eons ago!). I’m so glad to see the products again. I love the whimsical designs. Thank you for posting this.ReplyCancel

  • Emma wicks - Hi Susan! Your table looks amazing… I love the floral arrangement so much. XoReplyCancel

    • susan - Hi Emma,

      Thank you so much! It was so much fun to set these up.ReplyCancel

Hey World! Rob here.  SQ’s favorite hubby and her part-time male model.  She asked me to write about the application process of milk paint since I’ve helped her with several milk painted pieces.  As someone who has worked with many different brands and types of paints, from water-based to oils, I have to write that […]

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  • Miss Mustard Seed - Oh my word. This piece is just stunning. The hardware, the color, the styling… Amazing!ReplyCancel

    • susan - Thank you!!! Your paint is amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra - Hi! This looks awesome, and very similar to a table I want to refinish (colour wise). Could you possibly link the products you used? The milk paint I will google directly, but the hemp oil? Thanks so much 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Cassie - I love this piece! Any tips on where I could find something similar? I live just outside Chicago so any specific shops, markets, etc.?ReplyCancel

    • susan - Hey Cassie,

      SQ gets a lot of pieces from estate sales she and her mom visit around Chicagoland. Also, not sure where you’re located but if you are in the western suburbs it would be worth a trip out to Ottawa, IL to a place called Main Street Estate Sales. They’re open every other weekend and on Sundays they’re 50% off.

      RobReplyCancel

  • Catherine - This piece looks so beautiful! I love the color and the new hardware is the perfect finishing touch! Beautiful paint job, Rob! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • susan - Cath,

      You’re super cool. You get a running high five next time I see you.ReplyCancel

  • Joann L Dickinson - Nice Alliteration RobReplyCancel

    • susan - You’re a genius. Thank you for knowing the formal term and not calling me out for the typo that I’m sure you saw. It has been fixed. See you Sunday!ReplyCancel

  • Diego Lopes - Wow, your cabinets look breathtaking! I love the darker color palette, it makes the space even more elegant!ReplyCancel

    • susan - Aww. Thank you so much! You made my day. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl - Hey there,
    Did you have to prep the piece before applying the milk paint? Did you have to strip the previous wood finish/paint layer off prior to using it? Could you just apply it to a poly-coated piece of furniture with ease? Did you prime it with anything?

    Thanks! I’m really interested on painting my buffet with this product but want to know what I’m getting into before I do it.ReplyCancel

    • susan - Hey Cheryl, Rob here. I did not prep the buffet at all. It wasn’t painted but had a shine to it. I’m not sure how to describe other than it was the same dark wood look that you can find in a lot of old dark brown wooden pieces from 1900s. I used a binding agent so that it stuck better but afterwards I’m thinking that might have been overkill. Plus I must have not mixed it as well as I should have because the white of the binding agent showed through on our typewriter black paint. So I had to go over it after the second coat.

      Depending on the look you’re going for I wouldn’t prime. What’s nice is the milk paint has the soft look of worn paint right away. Not worn out by any means but immediately vintage. On the white wardrobe I painted I only did two coats without a binding agent and it chipped off but that was the vintage look SQ wanted. And the chopping wasn’t crappy looking but more like aged.

      Overall, I’d say this is the easiest paint to use. Apply with a brush, the brush lines don’t really show and it stretches, the paint further. Also, but the hemp oil. Makes it look awesome and stops the chalky feel all non oil paints have. Good luck.ReplyCancel

Good morning friends!! I am super duper excited to have you here! The Holiday House Walk is one of my all time favorite home tours and I am beyond honored to be a part of it! A special thank you to our tour organizer, who happens to be an amazing blogger herself, jenniferrizzodesigncompany! If you’re […]

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  • kristin salazar - I love your home, it is so cozy and beautiful, your daughters are precious!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Mothersead - Your home is magical and your girls so sweet. (I do miss your table and RH metal chairs, though.)ReplyCancel

    • susan - Ha! I miss them too. Thank you for writing.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer @ Town and Country Living - Susan, your home is beautiful. I’m a huge fan of your fireplace and the chandie painting is just beautiful! I have the same houses from Cocoon as you. It’s my fave store (I grew up in Geneva). Thanks for sharing your gorgeous holiday home with us!ReplyCancel

    • susan - Isn’t it just so cool?? I love so many stores in Geneva. Maybe one day I can have a store there too!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Hale - I had to scroll through this so many times to make sure I didn’t miss anything because every photo was pure magic!!!ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - Absolutely stunning! I love every little detail. That bar looks so good painted black!ReplyCancel

  • Barb - Beyond amazing! Your design is so unique. I love how you mixed the different styles and it turned out just beautifully. You are one talented lady! Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

    • susan - Thank you so much! You’re awesome for writing that.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Rizzo - Susan, thank you for being in the holiday housewalk and sharing your gorgeous home with us!ReplyCancel

    • susan - And thank you for giving me the honor of being a part of your beautiful tour. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Laurel - I think your style is your own, that is the best. CheersReplyCancel

    • susan - Aww, thank you so much! I really do just try to follow my instincts and pick only what truly inspires me.ReplyCancel

  • Fran Williams - Please tell me about your fireplace logs. I love the look and wondered if they were a gas log of some sort.ReplyCancel

    • susan - Hey Fran,

      They’re from a local fireplace specific store somewhere in Chicagoland. We got them a few years ago and I’m sorry but can’t remember any details. I just asked the guy if he had any fireplace logs we could use for a gas fireplace and he had one option. I kind of looked at them and bought them w/o searching further.

      RobReplyCancel

Hello! Today we close out the Seasons of Home Holiday Tour with our master bedroom! It has been such a blast creating these cozy Christmas spaces and sharing them with you! Thank you so much to our series host Kristin Whitby at Ella Claire Inspired for all of your hard work and organization!! You are […]

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Good Morning! Thank you for joining us today as we share our holiday living room with Home Goods.  This season we were able to find so many unique pieces to match our home style and give it that unexpected, whimsical touch that I love!  So grab a cup of coffee and make yourself cozy and […]

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