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My Favorite Home Decor Shopping Websites

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woman on pink bed with computer and coffee

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Are you feeling overwhelmed because you’ve just built a house and now it’s time to decorate your new home? Or possibly you simply want to refresh your current home because you’re a little bored with your home decor? Either way, decorating a home (new or existing) can be daunting. However, it’s much easier if you […]

Mar

30

Design + Decorate

Things wish I had known before building house

9 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Building a House

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Things wish I had known before building house

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If you’re building a home (or planning to build), you’re probably worried about the typical things … staying on budget, making the right design decisions, etc. But guess what? There are MANY other things you might not even realize you NEED to think about until you are already in the thick of building your home. Don’t worry […]

Mar

23

Building a Home

My Top Floor Plan Regret

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This blog post is a little different than my typical post … it’s more of a personal explanation of my top floor plan regret in my own custom designed home.  Although this is a personal post about my own home build experience, I know it will help at least one person out there who is […]

Mar

16

Floor Plan Creation

Must Haves when Building a Custom Home

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When you google the phrase, ‘must haves when building a custom home’, you’ll find lists of what *other* people consider to be must haves in their own homes. However, these lists might not include things that you consider must haves in your own dream home. A must have for one person may be something that you […]

Mar

09

Building a Home

How to choose kitchen cabinet hardware

How to Choose Cabinet Hardware

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How to choose kitchen cabinet hardware

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When building a home, there are MANY decisions to make (as you know). Obviously choosing your cabinets is one of the big decisions, but it doesn’t stop there. You need a way to open those beautiful cabinets! If you’re struggling with what style, finish or size of cabinet hardware you need OR you’re unsure whether […]

Mar

02

Design + Decorate

Tips for Designing a Functional Kitchen Layout

9 Tips for Designing a Functional Kitchen

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Tips for Designing a Functional Kitchen Layout

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Building a home is overwhelming (been there, done that!) … and one of the hardest parts is designing your kitchen layout. The kitchen is the most utilized room in the house and the top place for friends and family to gather … so you want it to be FUNCTIONAL for both entertaining as well as […]

Feb

23

Building a Home

hey there,

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?! 

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

I’m Carrie Barker.

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