If you’re dreaming about building a custom home with less stress, more confidence, and a strategic plan to stick to a realistic budget, then you’re in the right place, my friend!

Hey there!

This is all possible and can be YOUR story.

Instead of sleepless nights worrying about going over budget, second-guessing your design decisions, or fearing that you’ll regret your design selections, imagine if your home build experience looked more like this ...

You feel confident in your ability to make design decisions that you won’t later regret. Even better, you know that you WILL be able to build a home that not only makes your family and your wallet happy (hello, mortgage you’re comfy with), but is also the perfect layout for the way your family lives now and can grow with you in the future.

Building a Home doesn’t have to be so stressful and hard.

without sacrificing your “must-haves”… no matter how big or small your budget is

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I empower women to confidently make design decisions as they build their dream home so that they get to the end of their build without regrets and without blowing their budget.

I designed my own custom home from the ground up, inside and out … a home that I am very proud of. It’s comfy, cozy, laid out perfectly for the way my family lives, and makes us happy every single day. Oh, and did I mention I did this all without blowing the budget?! Yep, it’s true.

I’ve been there, done that, and actually lived through it … and you will too! Pinkie promise!

a.k.a. Caroline on Design

Hi, I’m Carrie.

I created the ‘Caroline on Design’ blog and the 'Before You Build' group coaching program because these are resources I would have LOVED when I was preparing to go through the custom home build process.

There were many times in the process when I felt alone and unsure. All I wanted was one trusted source to get answers from. So … I’ve created that ‘one trusted source’ for YOU!

My ultimate goal is to guide (and inspire) you throughout your home build by sharing everything I learned along the way so that you, too, can create your own dream home that you absolutely love + is perfect for YOUR family ... without blowing the budget. 

You don’t have to build alone!

I know that building a home is a huge project that can feel a bit scary and overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be daunting and lonely. 

I am OBSESSED with my mini Goldendoodle, Lulu June, (she’s sooooo cute) and coffee (cafe au lait with skim milk … add a pump of mocha at ‘bucks).


If I’m ever lost, there’s a 90% chance I can be found at either Target or Starbucks.


I am the middle of three sisters. I legit wrote my college essay on ‘Middle Child Syndrome’. 


I have two ‘uniforms’: (1) Lulu Lemon leggings with a cozy jacket, OR (2) comfy jeans with a cute sweater (this is my ‘dress up’ uniform) 


My husband and I binge on WAY too many Netflix shows … our all-time fav is Schitts Creek.


I’ve watched nearly every season of the Bachelor/Bachelorette/Bachelor in Paradise. Before every season, I tell myself I won’t watch it … but I always get sucked in!


Last but not least, my name isn’t actually Caroline! It’s Carolyn … but my dad calls me ‘Caroline’ (not sure why, but this is one of his nicknames for me). You can call me ‘Carrie’ though (just to get even more confusing!)


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