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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 (yet most fun) parts is designing a functional kitchen! 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 work well for both entertaining […]

May

03

Podcast

How to choose a paint color in three easy steps

4 Steps to Choose a Paint Color (Without Regrets)

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How to choose a paint color in three easy steps

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I think we can ALL agree that it’s HARD to choose a paint color. It can be (very) confusing and overwhelming because there are literally thousands of choices and the samples are so microscopic.  But don’t worry, I’ll walk you through four EASY steps that I use to get a much better idea of what […]

Mar

29

Podcast

Samplize Peel and Stick Paint Samples Review

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There is a new(ish) product on the market that I am obsessed with … mess-free paint samples. These weren’t around when I built my home back in 2013 but I sure wish they were! In this post, I’m going to share my Samplize peel and stick paint samples review. We’ll cover all things Samplize paint […]

Mar

15

Podcast

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

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

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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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