Where to Shop for your New Home

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Whether you are currently building or you just moved into a new home and want to make it more your own, this roundup of my top blog posts for where to shop for your new home will be a great starting point to help you find products that really make a statement when it comes […]

Feb

24

Design + Decorate

LVT Flooring vs. Engineered Wood

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A question that has repeatedly come during live coaching calls with my BYF members is whether other members plan to use LVT flooring vs engineered wood flooring in their new home. In full disclosure, LVT flooring wasn’t even a consideration when I built my home in 2013 because it wasn’t a popular option that people […]

Feb

17

Design + Decorate

How to choose timeless design finishes vs trendy featured

How to Choose Timeless Design Finishes vs. Trendy

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How to choose timeless design finishes vs trendy featured

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Are you building or renovating a house and you find yourself thinking … ‘there are so many decisions and I’m afraid I’ll make the wrong one!’ OR ‘what if I make a trendy decision and end up hating it in two years?’ ??!! Girl, you are NOT alone! If YOU are nervous that you’ll make the *wrong* choices, […]

Feb

10

Design + Decorate

Paint Color Trends 2021

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It’s a new-ish year and that means new design trends … including paint color trends for 2021. In this blog post, I’ll share the color trends for my two (favorite) go-to paint brands, Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore. Below are the ‘paint colors of the year’ for both Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore as well […]

Feb

03

Design + Decorate

Home Build Design Trends 2021

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If you’re like *most* people who are planning to build a new home, you want your home design to be overall timeless with a few trendy elements sprinkled in. Well, this is an interesting year because many of the home build design trends in 2021 truly are timeless.  The forecasted residential design trends for this […]

Jan

27

Building a Home

How to Build your Dream Home Without Breaking the Bank

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Do you think it’s impossible to build your dream home without breaking the bank? If so, you’re wrong! (fortunately) I’m here to tell you that you CAN build within budget! I know this because I built my own dream home without blowing the budget. And you can too. We hear from soooo many people that it […]

Jan

13

Building a Home

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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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