A “Did-it-Themselves” Townhome in Oregon

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Name: Suzannah Hamlin Stanley & Jason Stanley
Location: Beaverton, Oregon
Size: 1,525 square feet
Years lived in: Less than 1.5 years; Owned

The homes of avid Do-It-Yourselfers have a charm and artistry all their own; they are often places that represent their owners more clearly than any space filled with off-the-shelf pieces. Such is the case for Suzanna Hamlin Stanley and Jason Stanley, who just a year and a half ago moved into their brand new townhouse just outside of Portland, Oregon, and started building a home together to perfectly suit their style and needs.

Suzannah is a passionate DIYer, and the creator of a wonderfully intriguing blog called Create/Enjoy. The list of projects around the house that have also served as material for her DIY tutorials is extensive. The softly tufted headboard in the master bedroom, the gold-tinted tables in the living room, and the abstract modern artwork over the sofa are all beautiful, personal expressions that she’s shared for others to be inspired by.

Having control over the fabric, finish colors and paints of many of their pieces has allowed them to create a palette that is soft and charming. It’s a mix of pale grey and white walls, rich hardwood floors, light pastels with pops of bright color, and lots of gold. Their home is light and bright – it looks beautiful, and feels great.

The main floor is an open plan space where the living room, kitchen and dining room effortlessly flow into one another, with the fireplace and bar centering the entire space. East and west facing windows ensure that the light and feeling in the space change on a constant basis throughout the day. Upstairs are the bedrooms (the master bedroom continues the soft palette from the first floor, while the guest bedroom has a bold blue wall behind the headboard) and a Suzannah’s craft room – a must have for dress-making! On the first floor is a lounge room and the garage.

As with any home, Suzannah and Jason’s townhouse is an ever evolving and ever growing place. But with so many expressive, personal and meaningful pieces, it is a true piece of living artwork.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Clean, bright, fresh, with a few funky or vintage touches.

Inspiration: I love seeing the home tours of stylish entrepreneurs, bloggers, and artists on websites like this one. I’ve been a blogger and reader of blogs for years, and I love pinning favorite images and scrolling through them when I’m looking for inspiration for a room or item.

Favorite Element: I like putting gold pieces in unexpected places. I have lots of gold-framed mirrors, which I love, but there’s also the modern lines of the paper maché initials in our office, which I spray-painted gold. They don’t necessarily go with the modern computers and white IKEA office pieces, but I love the shine and contrast.

Biggest Challenge: Capturing the natural light as long as possible during the day, and for photos we take in the house, like photos for my blog. In our east-west facing townhome, we only have windows on two sides, so it’s sometimes very dim in the kitchen or office.

What Friends Say: Friends say very nice things about our home, and I’ve heard them say it suits me and fits with my personality!

Biggest Embarrassment: Well, so far, I’ve had mixed results with my DIY upholstery attempts — I’m getting much better, but I do still have a couple of pretty funky pseudo-slipcovers on chairs in the living room. The black one isn’t finished yet, and has been hanging there pinned for quite a while! I’ve really got to spend some more time on it so we can sit there again!

Proudest DIY: Definitely my grey velveteen tufted headboard. My dad made the frame for it out of pegboard years ago, and I made a plain padded headboard for it that had several different covers over the years, but when we moved into this place I wanted something really nice for our master bedroom. I learned how to do it right and took my time with the tufting and covered buttons and upholstery techniques! (Post here.) I’m also very happy with the zigzag ikat-ey painting above the couch. I remade it from an old 70’s oil painting and I got to choose the colors and style I wanted. (Posted about it on my blog here.)

Biggest Indulgence: Our West Elm Henry sofa. After years of living with cheap IKEA and Craigslist couches, and after shopping around quite a bit around the time we moved in, we decided to buy exactly what we wanted for the living room and anchor the room with a solid, pretty piece that fit our style. We did get an amazing deal on it, and I’ve never regretted spending more than I ever have before on a piece of furniture! We had the same attitude about the dining room table, and also got a great deal on it at World Market but still spent the big bucks compared to the secondhand things we were used to.

Best Advice: Invest in a few important pieces, and then slowly accumulate the rest here and there. It takes time, but I’ve found so many favorite pieces at prices that fit my budget, and I love the one-of-a-kind feel we get from combining things from so many different sources.

Dream Sources: Madeline Weinrib rugs, Michelle Armas paintings, bold graphic posters, a real fur to throw over a chair.

Resources of Note:


  • Walls and ceilings throughout: Sherwin Williams: Snowfall (SW 6000)
  • Accent stripes and darker upper wall in basement bonus room: Sherwin Williams: Proper Grey (SW 6003)
  • Navy guestroom wall: Sherwin Williams: Indigo Batik (SW 7602)

  • Gold table: Goodwill/DIY DIY—post here
  • Sisal rug: HomeGoods
  • White/grey Louis XV chair: Gift, DIY—post here
  • Ikat pillow: Fabricadabra.com
  • White planter: Ross

  • Couch: West Elm Henry Sofa
  • Tripod lamp: Target
  • Arc lamp: Target (via Goodwill)
  • Coffee table: Craigslist, DIY—post here
  • Black/white stripe pillows: Homemade, post here
  • Pink/white patterned pillows: Homemade, post here
  • Ikat zigzag canvas: Goodwill, DIY—post here
  • Square grey canvas: Goodwill, DIY by my brother-in-law
  • Camera bookend/piggy bank: Urban Outfitters
  • Empty gold frame: Goodwill Outlet, DIY
  • White IKEA floating shelves: Craigslist
  • Square white slipper chairs: Goodwill Outlet, DIY covers—post here
  • Grey/white tribal stripe pillows: Homemade, post here
  • Black wingback chair: Goodwill Outlet, DIY cover
  • White cross pillow: Homemade, post here
  • Black/white throw: Target via Goodwill
  • Moroccan flatwoven rug: Overstock.com
  • Vintage 80’s chandelier: Gift, DIY—post here
  • Pink curtains: Homemade, post here
  • Black/white Moroccan plant pot: Ross

  • Sunburst mirror: Goodwill and grocery store, DIY—post here
  • Mercury glass lamp: Target via Goodwill
  • Rectangular lamp shade: Goodwill
  • Dark console table: Craigslist
  • Wicker trunk: Goodwill

  • Dining table: World Market
  • Parsons dining chairs: Craigslist, DIY slipcover and nailhead trim
  • Rattan IKEA dining chairs: Craigslist
  • Sheer curtains: Homemade, post here
  • Milk glass vases: Goodwill
  • Turquoise Foo dogs: HomeGoods
  • Black clock: IKEA
  • White frame mirror: Gift, DIY—post here

  • Barstools: Overstock.com
  • Slat blinds: Steve’s Blinds
  • White pineapple cookie jar: HomeGoods
  • White kitchen canisters: Goodwill
  • Cable pattern cotton rug: West Elm
  • Gold square metal frame mirror: Ross


    • White cabinet: Goodwill Outlet
    • Hot pink picture frame: HomeGoods
    • Damask stencil: Royal Design Studio, DIY—post here
    • Zigzag rug: Ross


    • Sunburst mirror above bed: Target
    • White quilt: Target via Goodwill
    • Navy/white stripe sheets, grey/white stripe pillowcases: West Elm
    • White IKEA curtains: Goodwill
    • Vintage turquoise ceramic lamp: Goodwill
    • Wool Pendleton navy/turquoise throw: Goodwill
    • White/brown IKEA dresser: Craigslist, DIY—post here
    • IKEA bed: Craigslist
    • White IKEA bookcase: Goodwill Outlet


    • Square colorblock tray: Goodwill, DIY—post here
    • Milk glass vase: Goodwill
    • Silver/white paisley patterned shower curtain: Target via Goodwill
    • Aqua towels: Ross
    • Pink and aqua square painting: Ross
    • Oval mirror: Goodwill, DIY—post here
    • Vintage vanity stool: Goodwill, DIY—post here


    • Desk tops and legs: IKEA
    • White/gold zigzag lamp: Ross
    • Small IKEA chandelier: Craigslist
    • White IKEA picture frames: Craigslist
    • Staggered shelves on brackets above desk: IKEA
    • S and J initials: JoAnn, DIY
    • Gold heart decal: UrbanWalls (www.uwdecals.com)
    • Ironing board cover: HomeGoods
    • Clear pegboard system: Amazon


    • Headboard: Homemade, post here
    • Hot pink pillows: Homemade, post here
    • Comforter cover/shams: Target
    • White bedside lamps: Target
    • Lampshades: IKEA
    • Chandelier: Craigslist
    • Nightstands: Gift, DIY—post here
    • Sunburst mirror above bed: Target
    • Dark grey IKEA curtains: Goodwill
    • Sheer curtains: IKEA
    • Gold oval mirror: Goodwill
    • Gold letter canvas: DIY—post here
    • Jewelry stands: Goodwill, DIY—post here
    • Black-brown IKEA dressers: Craigslist
    • Gold tray: Pier 1
    • Mercury glass lantern: Pier 1


    • Pink towels: HomeGoods
    • Honeycomb blinds: Steve’s Blinds
    • Ikat zigzag shower curtain: West Elm
    • Mercury glass jars: Pier 1
    • Nail polish shelves: IKEA


    • Pink towels: HomeGoods
    • Honeycomb blinds: Steve’s Blinds
    • Ikat zigzag shower curtain: West Elm
    • Mercury glass jars: Pier 1
    • Nail polish shelves: IKEA

    Thanks, Suzannah & Jason!

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