Urban Nest Apartment Makeover Series


Hellooooo my DIY loves! It’s been forever! Not to say we haven’t been busy over here at DIYShowOff behind the scenes. 2020 was a crazy year but I love when there’s a project in the works to keep my brain busy. There was an amazing apartment makeover in the works and now that it’s nearing completion, I have SO much to share with you in the way of a before and after Cinderella transformation story. I can’t wait!

roeshel urban nest makeover

See me in this corner? All comfy cozy. It’s where the Urban Nest design dreams began. Notice the walls, the blue industrial carpet, The need for a lamp left behind by previous owners because the only window in this empty room is on a door to the left. Just me, sitting here with a dear friend and her cat, walking around an empty ugly bare space, visualizing potential. My thoughts running wild, my creativity inspired, my mind’s eye seeing the future. Where to put a kitchen? How to create a dream spa bathroom? Knocking down walls, putting in a window, all.things.design to create a beautiful luxury retreat space in my little hometown. Our favorite pastime…creating pretty spaces, right? 

Fast forward to this year. The same corner…

modern kitchen open shelving

What?! Can you believe it?! A stunning modern kitchen with open shelving, white cabinets, stainless steel appliances, subway tiles, gold accents. LOVE! Oh my gosh. Prepare to be wow’d!

So stay tuned. Lots of before and after photos coming your way and a happily ever after renovation with more details on how to get away, see Urban Nest up close and personal if you’re looking for a charming small town getaway in western PA.

It’s so good to be back! 

Charming, Trendy Small Town AirBnB Apartment


Ready for a ‘Suite Thyme’? There’s a new place to stay in downtown Butler, PA. Suite Thyme (AirBnB) is officially open for guests! Butler Suite Thyme airbnb


Suite Thyme

Created with the help DIYShowOff partnerships, the second story of this 1890s home boasts a trendy newly renovated efficiency apartment loaded with charm, located just steps from the main thoroughfare of downtown Butler’s best eateries, antique shops, breweries and more. Perfect for festival-goers and travelers looking to enjoy a small town vibe just approximately 30 miles north of Pittsburgh, PA. Butler PA Suite Thyme lodging airbnb

1st story…

Located on the main floor, Wellness Inspired Living is a quiet, by-appointment-only wellness workshop providing Aroma Freedom Technique, small chemical free living/healthy lifestyle events, reiki, relaxation sessions, iTovic scans and more. We’ll always let you know if there’s something scheduled during your stay and you’re always welcome to join in, free of charge, if interested. entryway with staircase

2nd story…

This 2nd floor eclectic space is the efficiency apartment “Suite Thyme”. It’s loaded with personality and beautiful style. Inviting, warm and welcoming, all ready for your next trip to Butler! original walnut staircase railing split staircase black door

One bedroom, two beds!

Sleeping arrangements include 2 queen beds in the bedroom + a queen sleeper sofa (officially sleeps 6) in the living room for peaceful night’s rest and sweet dreams,boho bedroom

a lunar retreat…moon phases art above bed

and a boho beauty…boho wall art accent wall

Time to eat!

Cook up your favorite meal with local veggies from the farm market in a beautiful fully equipped modern kitchen area.small modern apartment kitchen airbnb apartmentfloating kitchen shelves floating kitchen shelves apartment

Coffee (tea, hot cocoa), anyone? Help yourself to the complimentary coffee bar. You may even find snacks in the pantry area. Open the cupboards. Get familiar. Make yourself at home! keurig coffee station microwave cart apartment


Downtown Butler is home to multiple restaurants with an eclectic menu ranging from your favorite comfort foods to gourmet dining. Ask about our favorites! But there’s room for 4 at the dining table, with additional seating for 3 at the breakfast bar if you’re staying in and whipping up a meal or ordering delivery. small apartment dining room mid century modern dining table breakfast bar small apartment


Kick back on the comfy sofa with the tv remote. Choose your subscription and favorite shows utilizing the Smart TV feature or browse the limited selection on a very basic cable package. Or connect your phone to the blue tooth speaker and pump up the volume! accent wall floral wallpaper muralblack fireplace black wall reclaimed wood plank wall

Quiet time!

Curl up in the cozy egg chair on the landing nook with a good book or your tablet and favorite game.  boho basket gallery wall egg chair egg chair

Soak your worries away!

Bathroom updates include the original but refinished vintage clawfoot tub for soaking away the tension. Escape! When was the last time you had a relaxing bath? It also offers up the traditional or handheld shower option. Bath bomb,  fresh fluffy towels and bath essentials provided. PLUS! Suite Thyme has a la carte options including several ritual baths – baths with intention, herbs and essential oils. Coming soon!  vintage clawfoot tub clawfoot tub flower bath essential oilsbath essentials vintage built in apothecary cabinet blue bathroom vanity

Get to work!

Traveling to Butler for business? Connect your laptop at the USB charging station at the breakfast bar aka workstation and catch up on your work.  airbnb charging station


…just a little gazebo/outdoor seating area.small outdoor seating area

Local Favorites:

Plus, it’s just a short stroll to Butler’s charming Main Street district!Butler PA favorites

Social Media:

Follow us!

  • Instagram: @SuiteThyme
  • Facebook: @ButlerSuiteThyme
  • #suitethyme
  • #suitethymeinbutlerexperience
  • #butlerdowntown #downtownbutler #butlercountypa

Suite Thyme amenities:

* Sleeping for up to 6 guests (2 queen beds, 1 queen sleeper sofa)
* Full kitchen: electric range, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffee maker
* Coffee, tea, sugar/sweetener, creamer
* Small outdoor patio area in back
* Free wi-fi
* Free parking for 1 (maybe 2 if vehicles are small)
* Smart TV
* Bluetooth speaker
* USB charging station
* Clawfoot tub/shower
* Heating // Central A/C
* Self check in//keyless entry
* Hair dyer
* Bathroom Essentials
* Iron
* Essential oils diffuser and oils


Suite Thyme offers 20% off a weekly stay. Yay!

Around the Area:

  • 30 mi. north of Pittsburgh, PA
  • Local breweries – walking distance
  • Restaurants – walking distance
  • Antique & boutique shops – walking distance
  • Brushes & Barstools painting studio – walking distance
  • Escape Room – walking distance
  • YMCA, library – walking distance
  • Talk of the Town Nail Salon – walking distance
  • The Art Center – walking distance
  • Maridon Museum- walking distance
  • Moraine State Park – Butler County
  • McConnell’s Mill – Butler County 
  • Trampoline Park – Clearview Mall
  • Butler Freeport Trail – Butler County
  • Festivals (Jeep Fest, Italian Festival, Fall Festival and more, holiday parades) – walking distance
  • Butler Fair – Butler County
  • Butler Farmshow – Butler County
  • Saxonburg Carnival – Butler County 

and more! 

A la Carte Menu!

Coming soon! In an effort to familarize out of town guests with the downtown Butler, PA area, we’re partnering up with other local businesses by adding an a la carte menu with upgrades including a wedding weekend package, a romance bundle, photography sessions, reiki appointments, mani-pedi pampering, beer tasting, florist services and more – all from locally owned small businesses within walking distance to Suite Thyme. 

Ready to make a reservation?

We are dedicated to ensuring you have a five star stay and look forward to hosting your “home away from home”.


What guests are saying:

“Beautiful Butler City Apartment is indeed a beautiful apartment. Everything was very nice, and the apartment was a beautiful, cozy place. The couch and beds were very comfortable, and the kitchen was very modern, with high quality, modern cooking utensils. Roeshel obviously takes a lot of pride in this apartment, and it shows. I was very pleased with my experience there.”
“Beautiful apartment next to a cute down town! Our first Airbnb fell threw last minute and Roeshel was on top of getting back to us and having us stay with such short notice! So many extra touches to ensure a great stay! Lists of local places to eat and a calendar of things to do! If I could give more than 5 stars I would! Definitely recommend.”
“Roeshel’s place was simply spectacular!! Luxury surrounded us in every detail of her space. The kitchen was a dream…I enjoyed cooking up local vegetables. The beds were super comfortable with fabulous linens. And the decor was right out of a magazine! Roeshel’s special touches made this my favorite all-time AirBnB experience. We felt so at home and didn’t want to leave. If you’re lucky enough to get to stay here, I’m certain you’ll feel the same way.”

Holiday stays:

“My husband and I stayed at Roeshel’s for a trip home over the holidays and absolutely loved it! Roeshel met us for a quick tour when we arrived. The whole place is filled with cute little touches and smells amazing (all essential oils). She even had it decorated for Christmas and it looked incredible! The bed was super comfy and there are throw blankets to keep warm under and a full kitchen should you need it. We would definitely stay again!”
“This place had everything you need and more. I mentioned to the host that I was visiting my 2 1/2 yr old granddaughter for the holidays and I found a basket of perfect toys that were placed to share with her in the space. The house is sparkling clean and the atmosphere so inviting. Everything you need to have a nice getaway! I highly recommend staying here!”

Wedding weekend:

Butler PA wedding lodging

“My husband and I booked Roeshel’s place for our wedding weekend. We used the space to get ready in and as a retreat after our long exciting wedding day. Her space is decorated beautifully with many amenities for her guests to use. One feature my make-up artist loved was the long table/desk with built in charging station – convenient!
Not only did she go above and beyond with her communication and little touches but she also surprised us, not once but twice! When we arrived the morning of our wedding she had laid out a little welcome platter of fruits and drinks with a congratulations sign hung on the fire place mantle. She also drew up a cute little note on the calendar on the refrigerator!
When we arrived back to the space late that night after having the most perfect wedding day, we were greeted with another surprise. The entry way and stairs leading up to the AirBnB had been decorated with rose petals and electric candles. This led to a decorated romantic set up outside the apartment door along with chocolates, drinks and chilled glasses. We cried. It was the most perfect ending to the beautiful day we had just shared. It meant the world to us.
Her thoughtful touches, ultra clean + super hip space and her timely communication make this easily the best place to stay in the Butler area. If you are in town or just want a little stay-cation I can’t encourage you enough to book Roeshel’s space!”

DIYShowOff Best of 2019

Helloooooo DIY lovin’ friends! It’s time for an annual recap of the year’s best DIY projects at DIYShowOff. 

Best DIY of 2019

2019 best diy

As you know if you’re a DIYShowOff fan, back in 2017 I purchased a building for my wellness studio, a space for wellness workshops, sharing my passion for essential oils, Aroma Freedom Technique, relaxation, reiki sessions and creating a chemical free home. Because I feel that creating a beautiful home begins with providing a safe environment for our families. 

helloredreno diyshowoff wellness inspired living studio

My studio space is located on the first floor. We have so much fun there learning and gathering! I always knew that I’d want to create a short term rental, AirBnb, type space on the empty under-utilized second story. I assumed I’d complete the project much like our home DIY, putting in the effort as time and money allowed. But as a year passed without any progress, I took the plunge in 2019 and invested in getting ‘er done! 

roeshel DIY wood plank wall



So my 2019 recap includes one room makeover from our home mixed in the highlights below but is mostly comprised of a lot of blood, sweat, tears and a labor of love at the apartment space we call “Suite Thyme” with the help of 1) Steve, my daughter’s fiancé who contributed a huge part of the hard labor (thank you, Steve!) and 2) Shelby, a dear friend and brilliant entrepreneur who offered up valuable guidance and mentorship (thank you, Shelby!) ,  3) the encouragement of friends and family and last but not least, 4) a loving supportive hubby, my Mr. DIY (thank you, Russ!). 

Let’s get this crazy trip down memory lane started! 


The entryway before was dull. It got a new coat of paint, a few new accessories and a new chandelier; the stairs, new carpeting. Not a huge transformation, just some freshening up of the existing original charm.  

See the entire before and after story here: 

Wellness Inspired Living // Suite Thyme entryway before and after


DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff


boho entryway

Stair Landing

The stair landing is the ‘indoor porch’ area of the apartment. It’s a decent size but had no personality. 


DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff

Now it’s one of my favorite places for a quiet ‘get away’ and a cozy tranquil reading nook for guests. 

See the whole before/after story here: Suite Thyme reading nook / landing


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Floral Wallpaper Mural 

One of the things I absolutely LOVE about the Suite Thyme renovation is the creative freedom and this floral wallpaper mural tutorial is hands down one of my favorite decorative choices. Bold and beautiful!

roeshel wallpaper mural


Back to our home for a second. Russ has been slowly working on creating a man cave space in the basement and when he worked his way with paint up the stairs, we continued with it into the sun room for a fresh new look. 

Sunroom Makeover


rustic Christmas sitting room

after … from rustic to eclectic!

Boho Sunroom Makeover

Don’t get me wrong, I love that rustic charm in the ‘before’ but I’m also SO in LOVE with the transformation to darker and more colorful boho chic vibe! How about you?

Livingroom Makeover

This combination living space includes a livingroom, dining area and kitchen. A bedroom at one time, it now functions as an open concept efficiency apartment space. Small, yes, but BIG on style. 

Suite Thyme LivingRoom


DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff

after … all decorated for the holidays! WOW!

christmas apartment livingroom

Efficiency Apartment Dining Area

It’s tricky fitting so much all into one space but we pulled it off! 

See the before/after apartment dining space / coffee bar post for more details. 


DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff

after … again, deck the halls! 

christmas apartment dining space

Efficiency Apartment Modern Kitchen

See the transformation here: Efficiency Apartment Kitchen Makeover

Feast your eyes on this happily ever after transformation story! 


DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff

WHOA!!!!! after …

small modern airbnb apartment kitchen makeover


The apartment bedroom. What a fun makeover. It’s a pretty decent size with it’s two queen sized beds. Very relaxing too! 

Boho Bedroom Makeover


DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff


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Sweet dreams, indeed!

Bathroom Makeover

And this. This room. A dud, taken down to the studs and built back to one unbelievable beauty! 

Bathroom Before & After

before… gross!

DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff


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Suite Thyme

Suite Thyme

And so, Suite Thyme was born and as of August 2019, it’s available as a short term rental in Butler, PA. We’ve had a number of guests since then and hosting is such a joy! I love providing a welcoming, comfortable home away from home for guests. 

Wellness Inspired Living

Wellness Inspired Living has been life changing for DIYShowOff, our family and friends and our community as well! Learn more about essential oils and chemical free living here: Wellness Inspired Living.



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Happy New Year

Now onto 2020! We’ll be back to some DIY, room makeovers and decorating at our home sweet home. On the to-do list: completing a mancave including murphy door into a bathroom, pretty much a bathroom renovation on every floor in our home (3 of them to be exact), freshening up the other rooms, decluttering, organizing and now that Russ completed the pathway through an outdoor enchanted forest – think twinkly fairy lights, landscaping, hammocks and garden projects. Looking forward to it all! 

How about you? What’s on your 2020 DIY list?

Wishing you the best year yet!