Packing up and shipping out comes with the territory when your pop’s a pilot. Just ask Brad Lindow’s family. Over the past decade, his job has taken them to eight cities all across America, none of which they’ve lived in for longer than 18 months. When the news came that Brad’s latest assignment would mean a move to Williamsburg, VA, he, his wife Suzy and their two daughters made a decision. Eager to lay down roots and finally unpack every box they’d lugged around for 10 years, the family decided it was time to take the plunge into homeownership. No more compromising and no more rentals for these four.
Since they’d never bought a home before, the family wasn’t quite sure what to expect from their Virginian house hunt. As it turns out, it was an unusually quick process. Suzy only had to search for two weeks before coming across a gem she simply had to show Brad. Fifteen minutes into walking the property, he too realized the home was just right. The 2,400-square-foot Colonial was that good. “Sometimes you just get lucky at the slots on the first pull!” Suzy exclaims.
While the Colonial was move-in ready, Suzy and Brad knew a little gussying up would make it truly sing. With the help of a lot of caffeine and an eagerness that only comes with owning your first home, the thrifty couple buckled down and took on the renovations themselves — something not out of the ordinary for these two. “We work well as a team. [Brad’s] very organized and pragmatic when working on a project, and I have the design vision and fearless, let’s-just-give-it-a-go approach to DIY,” Suzy says. Together they painted the entire home and installed wooden floors throughout the space, all of which left Suzy with a perfectly-blank slate primed for decorating to her heart’s content.
The opportunity to finally decorate her home the way she wanted to was something Suzy had dreamed of for years. In their previous rentals, she would consciously work within a style she thought friends and colleagues would approve of, never putting her own tastes first. Clean, catalog-like living rooms and modern, stark design ran wild. Sitting in the contemporary homes she’d anxiously designed, she longed for a home with “a big, boisterous mix of colors and bold patterns, vintage finds, and quirky touches.” The second she became a homeowner, however, a lightbulb went on. The freedom that came with not having to answer to a landlord was all the confidence she needed to make her home distinctly hers. Click through to see every bit of DIY, stenciling and decorating Suzy’s done to give her family’s home the bright and one-of-a-kind look she’s always dreamed of. Enjoy! —