Should You Hire a Designer when Building a Custom Home?

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One of my ‘Before You Build’ course students recently asked me, ‘is it worth it to hire a designer when building a custom home?’ Maybe you’re wondering the same thing. We talked about her specific situation and her comfort level with bringing her dream home to life and we ultimately determined that she probably didn’t […]

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

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

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 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

The Crucial First Step to Designing Your Dream Home

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If you’re excited to build your dream home but you’re also terrified that you’ll make design decisions that you might later regret, I have good news for you. In this episode, I’m sharing the crucial first step to designing your dream home. Believe me … if you nail this step, you’ll feel SO much more […]

Sep

14

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?! 

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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