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 are must-haves in your own dream home. A must-have for one person may be something that you don’t even care […]

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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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 your design ideas and your budget for your future home. If you follow these 7 steps (in no particular order), you’re going […]

Nov

09

Podcast

10 White Paint Colors that Designers Love

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Selecting a paint color (in general) is overwhelming. Selecting a white paint color can be even more intimidating because there are literally hundreds of options to choose from.  Honestly, white can be one of the hardest ‘colors’ to choose so I’ve narrowed down the vast amount of choices to 10 white paint colors that designers […]

Nov

02

Podcast

How Long it Takes to Build a House

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Curious about how long it takes to build a house? I’m not going to lie … this is a tricky one to answer (especially in our current home-build climate).  I can tell you that six months is the average for how long it takes to build a house. However, the length of time depends on […]

Oct

26

Podcast

How to choose timeless design finishes vs trendy featured

Timeless Interior Design 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?’  You are NOT alone! This is a very common fear. In this episode, […]

Oct

19

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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