Welcome to Caroline on Design! You are in the RIGHT place if you are building, renovating, or decorating your home, and you feel a *tinch* OVERWHELMED!
I’m here to GUIDE (and hopefully inspire) you throughout your home build (or reno)! This blog is full of tips, tricks, and resources to help you: (1) plan for your build, (2) create your floor plan, (3) choose your design finishes, and (4) decorate your new home! I created this website because it’s something I would have LOVED when I was going through my own custom home build process!
I’m Carrie Barker (aka Caroline on Design), and I designed my own custom home from the ground up, inside and out. I’ve been there, done it, and (actually) lived through it! And you will too! I even (literally) wrote a book about everything I wish I had known when building my own home! Learn more about ‘The Simplified Home Build: A Guide to Design your Dream Home with Confidence’.
Here are some fun-ish facts about me!
- My husband, Brad, and I grew up in the same hometown (in Illinois) and went to the same middle- and high-schools BUT we didn’t meet until a mutual friend’s wedding in North Carolina (we were in our mid-20s). We got married on Sanibel Island (FL) in 2005! We have two daughters, Ellie + Kate!
- I am the middle of three sisters. I legit wrote my college essay on ‘Middle Child Syndrome’.
- I eat ice cream on the daily … literally, on the daily. I’m not proud of this.
- I am OBSESSED with my pup (Lulu June) AND coffee (cafe au lait with skim milk … add a pump of mocha at ‘bucks).
- I never thought I would enjoy a job (EVER) other than being a mom … until I started Caroline on Design! Read my Caroline on Design story HERE!
- I was a social worker until the day my older daughter was born (I’ve been a SAHM for 11 years)!
- My name isn’t actually Caroline! It’s Carolyn … but my dad calls me Caroline (not sure why, but he does!).
Oh hey! You’re still here? Awesome! Here is what you’ll find on my digital home:
BLOG POSTS: Practical tips, tricks, + advice to help YOU make educated decisions when building, renovating or decorating.
HOME TOUR: Visit my home tour to see my personal design style!
SHOP MY HOME: See something in my home that you want to buy?! Find it HERE! Also, make sure to see what other digital products and pages I have under the SHOP tab! I’ve curated SO many ideas for you to make your home build/design shopping EASY! These include SHOP LIGHT FIXTURES and SHOP BATHROOM FIXTURES!
MY FLOOR PLAN: Tired of scrolling through online floor plans that aren’t exactly what you want? Look no further! My family-friendly custom floor plan is now available to purchase!