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

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

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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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

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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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