My Custom Home Build Regrets

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Welcome back to the Before You Build Podcast! I’m your host, Carrie Barker (a.k.a. Caroline on Design), and today in episode 22, I’m letting you in on a little secret. I’m sharing a behind-the-scenes list of my own custom home build regrets 9 years after building my house.  The good news is that I still […]

Dec

07

Podcast

Should You Hire a Designer when Building a Custom Home?

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Welcome back to the Before You Build Podcast! I’m your host, Carrie Barker (a.k.a. Caroline on Design), and today in episode 21, we’re talking about whether or not you should hire a designer when building a custom home.  Spoiler alert … the answer is highly dependent on YOU! Also, I might just have the perfect […]

Nov

30

Podcast

Caroline on Design Simply Christmas Home Tour

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Welcome to the Caroline on Design Simply Christmas Home Tour! I can’t believe this is my third year sharing my home all decked out for the holidays. Each year I add a few new pieces of decor (and there are some beauties this year!), but I always stick to a neutral palette with pops of […]

Nov

29

Design + Decorate

Must Haves When Building a Custom Home

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Welcome back to the Before You Build Podcast! I’m your host, Carrie Barker (a.k.a. Caroline on Design), and today in episode 20, I’m sharing a lengthy list of what *some* people consider to be must haves when building a custom home.  However, these ‘must haves’ are simply to give you ideas and to get the […]

Nov

16

Podcast

My Home’s Christmas Decor Tour

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It’s that time of year again … time to share my home decked out in Christmas decor! At the time of writing this, I’m sipping coffee from one of Starbucks’ annual holiday cups (is it just me, or does coffee taste even better when served in one of these spirited red cups?). Plus, I’ve already […]

Nov

13

Decorating Home

Productive First Meeting with Builder: 7 Steps to Prepare

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Welcome back to the Before You Build Podcast! I’m your host, Carrie Barker (a.k.a. Caroline on Design), and today in episode 19, I’m giving you seven specific steps to help you prepare for a productive first meeting with your builder so that you feel confident and organized when your builder fires questions at you about […]

Nov

09

Podcast

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I designed my own custom home from the ground up, inside and out. A home that is cozy, comfy, 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?! 

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I’m Carrie Barker.

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