Quartz vs Quartzite Counters: What’s the Difference?

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I’m not gonna lie … I decided to write this blog post because I personally didn’t know the differences between quartz vs quartzite 😉. Like you (and even some designers), I didn’t know what set these two countertop options apart. I just assumed that people called quartz two different names. Well, friend, I was wrong […]

Nov

18

Building a Home

Ultimate Paint Guide for your New Home

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Feeling overwhelmed when you think about choosing paint colors for your new home? Unsure where to even start? Don’t worry … I’ve got you covered in this ultimate paint guide for your new home! Not only does this roundup of my best paint blog posts share the most popular neutral paint colors and a list […]

Nov

04

Building a Home

Where to Buy Trending Door Hardware Online

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Are you curious where you can go online to order beautiful hardware? I’ve got you covered below with a list of three great places to buy trending door hardware online! I’m also answering your questions about what hardware finishes and styles are popular AND whether or not door hardware should match throughout your house. Affiliate […]

Oct

14

Design + Decorate

How to choose kitchen cabinet hardware

How to Choose Cabinet Hardware

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How to choose kitchen cabinet hardware

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When building a home, there are MANY decisions to make (as you know). Obviously choosing your cabinets is one of the big decisions, but it doesn’t stop there. You need a way to open those beautiful cabinets! If you’re struggling with what style, finish or size of cabinet hardware you need OR you’re unsure whether […]

Sep

23

Design + Decorate

Should I Hire a Designer when Building a Custom Home?

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I was recently on a Zoom call with one of my ‘Building Your Foundation’ (BYF) members. She’s starting to plan for her home build and she asked me, ‘is it worth it for me to hire a designer when building a custom home?’ We determined that she probably didn’t need a designer, but your situation […]

Aug

19

Building a Home

White Home Exterior with black windows and covered front porch.

10 White Home Exterior Ideas you’ll Swoon Over

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White Home Exterior with black windows and covered front porch.

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Are you in LOVE with the white home exterior as much as I am?! Do you want to build a white house, but you worry it’s just a trend and will be out of style before you even finish building your house?! If YOU are on the fence, keep scrolling down and I’ll let you know […]

Jun

17

Building a Home

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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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