The Crucial First Step to Designing Your Dream 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 11, we’re going to talk about the CRUCIAL first step to designing your dream home. Believe me … if you nail this step, you’ll feel SO much more confident as you make design decisions […]

Sep

14

Podcast

Ultimate Paint Guide for your New Home

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Are you feeling overwhelmed when you think about choosing paint colors for your new home? Are you unsure where to even start? Don’t worry … I’ve got you covered in this ultimate paint guide for your new home! Below is a roundup of my top blog posts all about paint. We cover it all … […]

Jun

22

Building a Home

serena and lily neutral family room

Serena & Lily Look for Less: Family Room Redo

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serena and lily neutral family room

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I love (LOVE) the look of this calming neutral family room, but it’s just a little out of my price range (ok, a lot out of my price range)! The good news … I created a similar Serena & Lily look for less than half the cost. A low decor budget does NOT mean your […]

Jun

08

Design + Decorate

10 White Paint Colors that Designers Love

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

Jun

01

Design + Decorate

Serena & Lily Counter Stools: Look for Less

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Serena & Lily’s coastal-style counter stools are gorgeous, but some of them are pretty pricey. Thankfully, they have great sales periodically and this is a fabulous time to buy the stools OR you have a second option … you can buy Serena & Lily counter stools: Look for Less dupes. I’ve scoured the internet to […]

May

25

Design + Decorate

5 Home Design Trends to Freshen Up Your Home

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Written by Guest Author: Laura Leavitt (Homelight) Here’s a common theme when you decide to remodel or otherwise update your space … you just want a small project that won’t break the bank but will still have a big impact on your home design and value when you go to sell it. Small spruces (that […]

Apr

27

Design + Decorate

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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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