Working From Home (And How to Make it Work)

Over the past few months, it’s no secret that many of us have been adjusting to the “work from home life”.  This is no easy task, especially when it happens suddenly, unexpectedly, and you’re stuck trying to find a healthy balance between your work life and home life.

Since we are a mother-daughter business and have been working from home since before it was “a thing”, we thought we would share some ideas we’ve learned over the years.  

If you’re frantically trying to find your notes and tripping over wooden blocks trying to answer a phone call (while chasing your 14-month old twins around the house), we’ve been there.

If you’re trying to set the table for dinner, and are pushing aside computers, papers, pens, and planners (but can’t find any safe place to put them), we see you.

If you’ve *cleverly* scheduled your Zoom meeting during your child’s nap time, but nap time is cut short and you need a quiet place to retreat and finish up, been there too!

(Seriously, as I sit here writing to you, my two toddlers are playing tag underneath my desk.)  

For some of us, working from home is just going to be the new normal (at least for now), and it may be time to start looking into making this transition run a bit smoother.  After all, working from home has some pretty awesome perks!


If you’re in need of an office in your home but don’t have much space, a wall desk can be a great option.  We used this one from West Elm for a client in a small condo, and it was the perfect size for the corner of their guest room.  The nice thing about a ladder style is that it offers shelves for storage and takes up minimal floor space.  To consolidate even more, opt for a backless stool to store right underneath when you’re done working.

Susan Hayward Interiors


If you love the idea of a wall desk and find that you do have some extra space for more storage, this modular system can be used together (as shown), or even broken up to place the side pieces around the room as your space allows.

PB Teen


Remember those family dinners where you would break out the tray tables and eat together during movie night, so that you didn’t have to drag your kitchen table into the living room?  Well, think of this fold-away desk as the tray table version of an office- no need to lug around your heavy desk from room to room to get a little peace and quiet!

Urban Outfitters


If you find yourself needing extra writing space for your computer desk, a drop-leaf table is a great way to pop out the extra room when you’re taking notes. 

West Elm


Even if you have no floor space at all, you can always find a spot to quickly jot down some notes.




This “cabinet” is the perfect hideaway for a pull-out desk and storage.  And, proof that you can find space for a desk in any room!



For a quick on-the-go set-up, you can take this ergonomic computer desk to any room. (Hint: Grab those important conference calls and head for a quiet room!)

Discovery Deal


If, like many of us, you’re unsure how long you’ll be needing to work from home and aren’t ready to commit to adding a whole office set up, a simple console-style table is a great option.  You can always add storage, like these rolling file cabinets, later!













What have been your biggest challenges trying to work from home?  Let us know in the comments, and we’d love to see if we can help!


For more ideas, see Turn a Spare Bedroom into a Home Office/Guest Room

How to Give Your Closet a Makeover

First of all, we want to start by saying we hope this blog finds you happy and healthy in your home during these tough times.  We have been thinking about you all, and how we can help share some ideas for projects that we can all do while bunkered down at home.  

A few friends have told us that re-organizing their closet is at the top of their lists.  So, we wanted to share some of our favorite ideas with you to help get your creative juices flowing and those closets looking fresh and tidy!


For a traditional take on a closet system, this one incorporates soft storage components which can help to save space and be a bit more versatile.  You can pick and choose which items best suit your needs, and create your own layout accordingly (i.e. Need two (or three or four…) extra shoe hangers?  No problem!)

West Elm


If you love the idea of a system but don’t quite have the closet space, try using that big empty wall in your bedroom instead!  Who says you need to hide all those gorgeous clothes and accessories, anyways?

Pottery Barn


Or, if bedroom space is tight, try an open rack with shoe storage.  Bonus: handbag and accessory storage on the side!

Urban Outfitters


Maybe you don’t have enough closet space, but you’re not into having everything out on display.  We get it.  An armoire is a great way to keep your things out of sight and add a gorgeous statement piece in your bedroom.






Can’t decide?  A little bit hidden, and a little on display, this piece from IKEA won’t break the bank.  Plus, has a super convenient sliding bamboo door.



I love ladders for extra storage, and these ones are unique twists on the classic.  They’re perfect for hanging your favorite scarves, throw blankets, or towels.




Grandin Road


If you’re like us, it may seem like there is just never enough shoe storage to hold all those beauties.  We really like this one because it has storage of all different sizes.  (I don’t know about you, but we can never fit boots and heels in those regular pockets!)

Honey-Can-Do (Available at Nordstrom Rack)


And if you’ve already run out of room in your closet, we’ve got you covered.

CosmoLiving by Cosmopolitan (Available at Wayfair)



What other organization projects are on your list?  Are there any other ideas we can help you with?  Let us know in the comments!  


Stay safe and healthy at home, friends!



Not-Your-Average Holiday Wreaths

As we enter the holiday season, it’s time to start pulling those festive decorations out of storage, and maybe think about adding a few fresh ones into the mix.  Holiday wreaths are a classic way to bring the holidays into your home, and there are so many fun options out there to experiment with.  There are plenty of gorgeous botanical style wreaths that we see every day- both fresh and dried.

But, if you look a little more outside the box, you’ll find wreaths created from many unique and interesting materials like metal, felt, wool, and tinsel- just to name a few.  Because these wreaths require no maintenance and are not made of fresh botanicals, they can also make for wonderful gifts (think: easy to pack or ship).  

We’ve rounded up a few of our current favorites, and hope they inspire a little creativity in your holiday decorating this year!


A colorful, metal wreath looks anything but cold on this front door!



Light up little extra holiday “joy”… 



If you prefer a more simplistic style, an all-white metal design screams “Winter Wonderland”.

The White Company


Live by the beach, or just love a little boho in your life?  Try a simple, woven wreath, or a bright and beachy accent with starfish or wood.




Etsy (Shop: Mabel and Dot)



Pottery Barn


A felt wreath can be classic and beautiful- and oh so practical!

Pottery Barn Kids



And who says holiday decorations have to be in traditional colors?  

Annie Selke



Etsy (Shop: Elf House Finds)



Etsy (Shop: Fat Pom Poms)


We are loving the pom pom wreath trend- but if you’re not ready to fully commit, try adding a few pom poms to jazz up a more traditional wreath.

Etsy (Shop: Haven Wood Farm Co)


Alternatively, you could try a neutral monotone or subdued, earthy hues.

Etsy (Shop: Thread and Canvas Decor)



Etsy (Shop: Blue Pine Design Co)



What holiday wreath trends are you loving?  Have you found one you like best, or will you be trying a DIY project?  We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!


Nursery Design: 101

Written by: Jillian Schaible

As many of you may know, part of the Susan Hayward Interiors family is growing in a BIG way.  My husband, Christian, and I are expecting boy/girl twins this Spring, and designing their nursery has just been such a blast.  Since we both love to spend our time outdoors and do plenty of hiking, we decided to have a “woodland” theme in the nursery.  Hopefully our little ones will love adventuring just as much as we do!

Although I’ve loved designing our nursery, I know for many people it can seem like an overwhelming task.  So, I’d love to share with you some tips and tricks on where to start, some of my favorite items, and how to make your space right for you!  



Where to Begin

The first thing to do is to make a list of the bigger furniture items you’ll need (crib, dresser/changing table, chair, etc.) and to decide where in the room you’d like them to be.  In our nursery, we have a large window with lots of light that seemed like the perfect spot for a changing table, where our little ones can enjoy looking outside when they lay down.  So, for us, the changing table seemed like the best starting point.

We decided to make our changing table be a dresser/changing table combo.  This saves lots of room having just one larger furniture item (rather than two), as well as extra room in our budget to spend on other baby items.  We chose the Monroe Nursery Dresser because it comes with a changing table topper that is easily removed once they no longer need it (we opted for the extra-wide version because with two babies on the way, we need all the extra storage we can get!).  Plus, I loved the lucite legs for a fun twist on a basic nursery staple!

Pottery Barn Kids


To add a unique touch to this piece, I changed the knobs out for these ones from Anthropologie because I thought they were just so adorable in our “woodland nursery”!



Choosing a Crib

The next big item you’ll need to decide on is, of course, the crib (or cribs…plural).  There are so many different options out there for style and practicality, so finding the right one can seem a little bit daunting at first.  The main questions you’ll need to ask yourself are: What is my budget? and, Do I need a convertible bed option?  Once you decide on the “non-negotiables”, you can easily narrow down your options by style preference.

For regular cribs vs. convertible cribs, there are several different configurations worth looking into.  Many cribs nowadays convert into toddler beds, and some even convert further into complete beds with headboards and footboards!  We opted for the Hayden Crib for its simple design, convertible toddler bed option, GREENGUARD Gold certification, and great price (for two!).

Once you decide on a budget and convertibility preference, the rest comes down to style.  Do you like upholstered sides, or not?  Do you want a painted color or natural finish?  (For me, my biggest style preference was that I didn’t like the look of flat rectangular slats, but much preferred round spindles.)

Pottery Barn Kids


Choosing Seating

A nice thing to have in your nursery is a comfortable place to sit to soothe, rock, and read to your baby.  Depending on the size of your room and your budget, you may be able to choose a recliner, glider, rocker, or even a sofa.  Perhaps even add an ottoman or large floor pillow for extra options if your baby has a fun activity mat!

The size of the Minna Rocker was perfect for our space, and in a perfect world I would LOVE to have a fluffy pouf to kick back on… but between our German Shepherd, Rocco, and our black and white cat, Jamie, I don’t think it would stay fluffy and white for very long!

Pottery Barn Kids













Fill in Your Accent Furniture

If you have a chair or sofa, you’ll probably want an end table and lighting to go with it.  You may also want a cozy rug (that’s easy to clean!) to soften those tumbles when your baby starts to walk.  These are easier pieces to “fill in” once you have your larger furniture selected to see exactly what sizes you will need in each and what you are trying to coordinate with.

We decided to pair our rocker with an end table on one side and a floor lamp on the other to maximize table space (instead of losing surface area to a table lamp).  This is a nice idea if your nursery is smaller- you could even consider an end table with shelves or storage for more space-saving options.

Bungalow Rose (Available on Wayfair)


Winston Porter (Available on Wayfair)


Time to Accessorize!

Now comes the fun part!  Once you have your furniture chosen, you can really get into the creative part of styling your nursery.  This is where you get to dig into your favorite theme, color palette, textures, and sweet accents that will give your nursery real personality.  My favorite nursery accessories are the twin deer rockers that were gifted to us by my sweet neighbors growing up.  I can’t wait to see our little ones play with these!














Window Treatments

The best place to start is to decide on window treatments (if necessary).  Since the window in our nursery opens to the front of our house and gets plenty of light and outside noise, blackout curtains were the best option to keep the room dark and quiet during nap time.  Since I wanted to keep a calming, neutral color palette in the room, I wanted to make the window treatments have a bit of a fun “pop” to bring some life in to the space, so I chose this fun print from Pottery Barn Kids.

Pottery Barn Kids


Wall Space

Now that you’ve decided on a print and/or color for your windows, you can start to fill in all that extra wall space.  This is often a daunting task because it can feel like the options are endless.  To help you get started, ask yourself: Could I use extra shelving for storage?  Do I want a mobile for over the crib?  Would I like to hang some wall art or photographs?  Would I like a wallcovering? 

In our nursery, we placed two cribs on the same wall, so I had lots of empty wall space to cover.  Going with our theme, the Woodland Crib Mobile plays “You are my sunshine” as the adorable little acorns go around in circles, (hopefully) lulling our little ones to sleep, so of course we had to choose one of these for each crib!

Pottery Barn Kids


After that, I filled in the extra wall space with some art I found at various shops.  Above each crib, I chose a hanging canvas print with a sweet quote that I love from some favorite children’s stories (plus, the Velveteen Rabbit has always been my favorite book).





For the adjacent wall above our rocker, I found an adorable baby cow photo that I couldn’t leave HomeGoods without.  (For those of you who don’t know my husband, he is a Naval Aviator whose callsign is “Beef”, so we just had to have a “baby Beef” in there somewhere!)  And to frame our new “baby Beef” picture, I fell in love with these Mountain Shelves from an artist at our local farmer’s market.  Her shop, Reclaimed Goodness, always has some of the most unique shelves and pillow covers!

Kate and Laurel Sylvie Baby Highlander Calf by Simon Te Tai, Available on Amazon


Reclaimed Goodness


Bedding & Storage

Finally, to tie the whole room together, you’ll want to choose crib sheets and perhaps some throw pillows and cozy blankets for your seating area.  Just make sure whatever you choose is easily washable!

For nursery storage, you may also want to consider a hamper and bins to keep toys and blankets organized.  For us, the easiest way to do this is by making the best of our closet space- there are so many different options, so choose whatever helps keep you organized and tidy!

Pottery Barn Kids



What nursery themes are your favorite?  Do you have any organization tips that worked well for you?  We’d love to hear from you in the comments!


Holiday Gift Guide: For Women (By Women)

Stumped on what to get the ladies on your gift list this year?  What about shopping for her AND supporting women-owned businesses at the same time?  There are so many amazing women-owned businesses out there, and we think this is the perfect guide to peek through when shopping for the ladies on your holiday gift list.


We discovered Langdon Ltd. one year at the Las Vegas Market, and totally fell in love with their textile products.  They sell gorgeous rugs, pillows, and accessories that are just as beautiful in quality as they are in style.  We adore these totes and clutches, and think they’d make for such a unique gift!

Langdon Ltd.



Langdon Ltd.


Between beach bags, farmer’s market bags, overnight bags…  I can never seem to have enough totes around for everything.  This pom-pom tote is perfect for a fun holiday surprise!

Pepper B. Design


Local & Lejos has some beautiful products to browse through, like this colorful, handcrafted bariku bowl.  Take a look through their gallery and learn where each item was made and a little bit about those artisans!

Local & Lejos


We love to support small businesses whenever we can, and Etsy is such a great place to find them.  One Fine Nest has tons of different items to choose from, and all kinds of throw pillows to fit any style or color palette.  

One Fine Nest, Available on Etsy


In an effort to be more “green”, our family has switched over to using exclusively cloth napkins instead of paper products.  And with prints and colors this sweet, it’s a no-brainer!

Hartford Prints


You can never go wrong with gifting flowers (for any occasion really).  So, how about a lovely vase to go with those beautiful blooms?

Caitlin Wilson


Serene Spaces Living


And when all else fails, who wouldn’t love a stunning new serving tray?  Caskata has plenty of unique gifts to choose from! 



What women-owned businesses will you be supporting this holiday season?  We’d always love to hear about your favorites in the comments!


P.S.  For more ideas, check out Holiday Gift Guide: For the Gal Pal

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Foodie

If you’re stuck on what to give for someone on your list, they’re sure to love food…right?  We thought so.  For our favorite foodie-friendly picks this holiday season, look no further!


For those who are always cooking up something delicious, they probably go through kitchen towels pretty quickly.  And what foodie doesn’t love some good culinary wordplay?



We LOVE these limited edition spatulas from Williams Sonoma.  Not just because they are unique and personalized by your favorite celebrities, but because every purchase benefits Share Our Strength’s “No Kid Hungry”.  Gifts that give back are always the best, don’t you think? 

Williams Sonoma


A pretty set of cheese knives is perfect for the foodie who loves to entertain.  These ones from Anthropologie are so fun, that we think they may even get more compliments than the food!



When you love to cook and taste new things, you can really never have enough spices.  We partnered with RawSpiceBar again this year to test out a few of their new flavors, and they are more delicious than ever!  We even used their poultry seasoning on our Thanksgiving turkey, and it was fantastic!  RawSpiceBar makes the perfect gift because you can use them to create your own tasty meals, or follow their recipes online for some more inspiration.



If you prefer to make your own homemade spices, try gifting them in a beautiful olive wood box for a thoughtful (and yummy) surprise.

Williams Sonoma


In an Italian house like ours, we can never seem to have enough basil.  If your climate doesn’t allow for an herb garden year-round, don’t skip on the fresh herbs just because it’s winter!  Now you can have your own herbs grown right inside your house, and it couldn’t be any easier. 

Available at Amazon


I always love seeing the fun designs that Draper James comes up with in their home and clothing lines, and these Southern-inspired mugs would sweeten up anyone’s early morning.

Draper James


Is it just me, or can you never have enough stoneware during the holidays?  Between hosting dinners and bringing dishes as a guest, my collection of Le Creuset stoneware gets worked overtime.  I love this festive plaid pattern because it can go right from your oven to the table in perfect style.

Le Creuset, Available at Williams Sonoma


For the foodie who loves to be up on the latest trends, check out Chrissy Teigen’s brand new line of home goods at Target.  Bonus: you can’t beat that price point!

Cravings by Chrissy Teigen, Available at Target


One of our favorite cookbooks this year has tons of healthy, unique, and insanely delicious recipes that your foodie will adore.  Our favorite so far is the Coconut Banana Ice Cream with Three-Ingredient Chocolate Sauce- yum!!

“Eat Better Not Less”, Available at Amazon


Any other foodie favorites to add to our list?  Let us know in the comments!  Happy holidays, everyone!


Holiday Gift Guide: For the Health Enthusiast

Nowadays it seems like there are so many different fitness plans, diets, and easy ways to get fresh, beautiful ingredients to help fuel our bodies.  Chances are, there’s a health enthusiast on your list this season (or maybe it’s you!), and we’ve got some gift ideas to help keep them fit through the holidays.


First, our all-time, favorite, go-to cookbooks.  These recipes are made for athletes, with wholesome, nutritious ingredients to fuel your lifestyle.  Plus, we’ll take ALL the health tips we can get from Olympic athlete, Shalane Flanagan!

“Run Fast Eat Slow”,  Available at Amazon

“Run Fast, Cook Fast, Eat Slow”,  Available at Amazon















With all that new recipe inspiration, they’ll need lots of storage to make meals throughout the week.  Might as well make it pretty!




This past year, our family has become so in love with drying fresh fruits and vegetables.  It’s a great way to make your produce last  so much longer, and is perfect for healthy snacking on-the-go!

Available at Kohl’s



I have yet to meet a health enthusiast who doesn’t want to put avocado on just about everything.  They’re creamy, nutritious, delicious, and apparently make for an adorable throw pillow.

Urban Outfitters



A necessary part of any healthy routine is taking the time to relax and recover.  A stylish floor pillow is the perfect place to meditate, stretch, and recuperate.

World Market



Having a vegetable garden is wonderful if you have the space.  Realistically, many of us living in the city don’t.  I love that this heirloom seed kit is such an easy, compact way to be able to grow your own ingredients- vegetable garden, or not!

Williams Sonoma



I really believe that plants are some of the best ways to decorate a home.  This book can help show you which ones you’ll want for your own healthy home!

Available at Amazon



Every week, our local farmer’s market is always the best place to go to find fresh, seasonal items.  This bag from The Little Market will help them bring some those healthy ingredients in style, and give back to the artisans in Bangladesh who created it.

The Little Market



Of course they’ll need somewhere to put all those fresh fruits and veggies when they get home.  A two-tiered bowl for their table will hold it all!

Lulu and Georgia



What other health-inspired gifts will be you gifting this year?  We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!  Happy holidays!


Holiday Gift Guide: For the Hostess

‘Tis the season for lots of holiday get-togethers!  If you’re planning on celebrating at someone’s house, it’s always a sweet idea to bring a little something for your gracious host or hostess.  A nice bottle of wine or a homemade dish are always appreciated, but we’ve found a few other unique ideas that we think they’d love.  

P.S.  Stock up on a few so that you have something to bring to any last-minute party!


You can never have too many festive linens, right?  We would toast to these towels any day!



Kate Spade New York



The Little Market is a wonderful company to browse through for gifts that give back.  This box of hand-painted Moroccan cups is not only a perfect hostess gift, but every purchase even helps empower artisans in Chabi Chic, Morocco.

The Little Market



Going to a holiday cookie party?  Why not bring your treats in a jar that shows your host how grateful you are to be there!




In our family, every Christmas Eve has a delicious antipasto spread.  We’d love to bring one on a monogrammed board for our wonderful host!




Sometimes going with the tried and true simple candle or set of soaps is just the ticket.  Try mixing it up with one that looks just as beautiful as it smells!



World Market



Whatever you decide to bring to your holiday party, remember that your hostess is just happy to have you!  Enjoy your celebrations, and please feel free to share your favorite ideas in the comments.  Happy holidays!


P.S. For more ideas, check out one of our previous hostess gift guides


3 Ways to Shop for a Pet-Friendly Rug

By: Jillian Schaible

Buying a new rug for your home can seem like a daunting task.  There are so many materials, colors, and styles to choose from that you might not know where to begin.  On top of that, making sure you choose the right one for your pets can be even tougher.

Many of our clients come to us needing new rugs to replace ones that just didn’t hold up in their household over time.  It’s important to know how what foot traffic will be like in these areas, and to especially consider any furry family members that will be sharing the space.

When we shop for homes with pets, there are three simple guidelines we like to follow.  

1.  Choose the right material

The most important aspect of your rug’s durability is first and foremost the material.  Our two “go-to” choices are wool and indoor/outdoor.  

Wool: If you prefer a cozier feel on your feet, you’ll want to choose wool.  A good wool rug can last a lifetime, and we love how easy they are to clean.


: If you don’t mind something with a flatter weave, it doesn’t get more pet-proof than this.  Many of these rugs can be taken outside and hosed off.  How’s that for easy cleaning?!  They may not last quite as long as a wool rug, but they are often much less expensive.

Pottery Barn


2.  Consider the pile

We find that rugs with a low, cut pile are the best option for long-term durability and wear.  If you have cats or dogs, a rug with a loop pile may not be the best choice, as their nails can pull on the loops and cause them to become uneven or unravel.  A cut pile, or even a flatweave, will stay looking great for years to come!





3. Consider the pattern and color

For hiding those muddy paw prints, you’ll want to consider the same rule of thumb we use for high traffic areas- nothing too light and nothing too dark.  On the other hand, you’ll want to also think about your pet’s fur color and how much she sheds.  

For example, if you have a Golden Retriever with very light fur, you’ll want to choose something in the same warm color family.  A navy rug, for instance, would show every bit of fur on there!

Choosing a rug that has a pattern or texture will also keep a cleaner look.  A solid color rug is more apt to show dirt and fur vs. a pattern that helps to distract the eye from these things.

West Elm


West Elm


We know firsthand how designing a pet-friendly home can sometimes be a challenge.  Luckily, even with a big, furry guy like Rocco around, there are plenty of great ways to keep your home looking fresh!


What pet-friendly design challenges have you experienced?  Let us know in the comments!


3 Quick & Easy Ways to Update Your Room Today

By: Jillian Schaible

Something about the changing of seasons always makes me want to freshen up my home.  

In Fall, it’s all about bringing in those warm tones and spicy smells (hello, pumpkin spice everything!).  Winter, of course, with holiday decor and plenty of oh-so-cozy textures. Spring and summer are my favorite times to lighten the place up and give my home a fresh, breezy feel.

Of course you can’t go changing everything in your home every time you crave a new look, but luckily there are a few quick and easy things you CAN do that will totally revamp your room.


Change Out Your Window Treatments

This is most easily done if you have curtain panels.  Go out to your favorite home decor spot and browse through the panels to find a new color, print, or texture that you want to try out.  You’ll be surprised at what a huge difference this makes!  Tip: Make sure you take a photo of your room to bring with you so that you can get a good idea of what will look best. 







Update Your Rugs 

For the biggest “WOW” factor, replacing an area rug is the way to go.  However, this can often be a daunting task, not to mention pricey.  If that’s not in your budget, new floor mats are the next best thing, and give you a good bang for your buck. Think: doormats, kitchen mats, and bath mats.  There are so many different options here, and we love to get a little funky!


Pier 1 Imports


Pier 1 Imports


Pier 1 Imports


Give Your Linen Closet a Makeover

Updating your kitchen?  Find some cute new dish towels and oven mitts to display.  Table linens such as placemats, napkins, tablecloths, and runners will make your dining room look brand new.  In your bedroom, the most obvious change will be to find some new bedding.



Pottery Barn


West Elm


West Elm


When I want to change up a room, sometimes instant gratification is the most satisfying.  In this case, I usually go to one of my favorite nearby stores that carries everything I need (try HomeGoods, Pier 1, Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, or West Elm).  Load up that cart, and get shopping!

What are your favorite home decor stores?  Are you an online shopper or a one-stop-shopper?  Let us know in the comments!