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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Welcome back to the Before You Build Podcast! I’m your host, Carrie Barker (a.k.a. Caroline on Design), and today in episode 18, I’m sharing a list of 10 white paint colors that designers love.  Selecting a paint color (in general) is overwhelming. Selecting a white paint color can be even more intimidating because there are […]

Nov

02

Podcast

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

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

woman on pink bed with computer and coffee

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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