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about me

Hey there!  I'm Carmel (pronounced like the city).  I'm not a design expert or a hardcore do-it-yourselfer.  I'm just a wife and mom who isn't afraid to fly her style freak flag.  I think design should be fun not complicated. And while I know expertise and skill can be useful tools when renovating and designing your home, I don't think fearlessness should be underestimated.  A lot can be accomplished with a can-do attitude, a willingness to learn and a desire to create a house you'll love to call home. 
Home should be your happy place and making it that way shouldn't be stressful.  As much as I think a great renovation project can totally update the look of a space, I love how simple decor changes can totally transform a room.  I live for quick under-an-hour diy projects, bargain hunting and furniture rearranging.  If there's a design rule I follow it's this:  A home should reflect the personality of the people who live under it's roof.

If you've felt stuck or stressed when it comes to decorating your home, you've come to the right place.  I'm not going to "teach you how to decorate".  I'm going to be your cheerleader and help you find your style......your inner decor voice.......your style freak flag.  And I'm going to help you fly that flag as high as possible.  Decorating rules, like all rules, were made to be broken.  Let's start having some design fun!

I started this blog back in 2010 as a way of letting our friends and family know we actually did unpack every single box this time.  After 10 years of moving, 4 houses, and 3 states I was in need of some inspiration in the "make this house beautiful" department.  Writing this blog keeps me inspired, and my hope is that it will inspire you in some small way as well!  

Our Fifth House

Come take a house tour and feel free to hunt around for past projects and organization ideas!  
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Every now and again I share some personal stuff.   These are the posts that mean the most to me:

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