In case you missed it, our full home tour went live yesterday over on Glitter Guide and right here on Dream Green DIY, too. It is so much fun to finally be able to welcome you back inside the house since we moved in last October. I’m sort of a bashful blogger in that I […]


Despite the fact that we moved into our new-to-us house here in Waynesboro, Virginia, just eight short months ago, it’s safe to say that this mid-century A-frame ranch has been stealing hearts and making one bold statement since the day it was finished in 1963. Clocking in at 1,980 square feet, the retro walls have undoubtedly seen their fair share […]

  • June 28, 2016 - 2:42 pm

    Joy - Carrie! It’s so bright, happy, and wonderful! I remember when you closed on the house last year, and now look at it–amazing! Congratulations. I love all the details.ReplyCancel

    • June 29, 2016 - 8:24 am

      Carrie - Awww, thanks, Joy!! That means a lot!ReplyCancel

  • June 28, 2016 - 4:31 pm

    Neelam - You have such a gorgeous home! I absolutely love that you maintained the mid-century feel and curated such a beautiful collection of furnishings and accents. Perfection!

    • June 29, 2016 - 8:24 am

      Carrie - Thanks so much for your sweet words!! I appreciate it! 🙂ReplyCancel

Across the board, my biggest goal when it comes to DIY projects is speed. I am looking to get in and get out with as little time invested, but with a cleverly crafted product or room makeover to show for it. A lot of that comes down to strategy in terms of the methods and […]

  • June 27, 2016 - 3:42 pm

    Megan - This is so cute! I need a million of these in my apartment for more storage! Especially in the bathroom…or maybe for jewelry!ReplyCancel

  • June 27, 2016 - 3:56 pm

    Danielle - That shelf is so cute! I could use one by my front door…with a little dish in it for my hubby’s keys (so I don’t find them all over the place!).ReplyCancel

  • June 28, 2016 - 10:18 am

    Tammy S - I love love love this! These would be perfect for my daughters bedroom! She loves to collect all kinds of things like mini Lego figures, sea shells, penguin figures. This would be great for displaying them. Plus she could even help me make them! Already a fan of WORX on FB.ReplyCancel

  • June 29, 2016 - 7:10 am

    Fran - Okay, I’m in for this giveaway! I’ve never heard of this company but the swivel head for this tool is intriguing. I’ve watched plenty of people switching out drill bits/screwdriver heads and this tool looks great. A box shelf isn’t my style but I can think of plenty of other projects that I’d like to try.ReplyCancel

  • June 29, 2016 - 10:00 am

    Alex M - Love this! I’m buying a house right now and envisioning where I will need a cute storage solution like this. This could be perfect for by the front door. I have a sweetgrass basket that I bought during a vacation to Charleston that my boyfriend and I use for our keys. I would keep that and a succulent there for some greenery!ReplyCancel

  • June 29, 2016 - 10:23 am

    Katharine - We just finished renovating our basement den and the walls are bare. A grouping of box shelves like these — or even in other shapes — might be pretty cool!ReplyCancel

    • June 29, 2016 - 10:27 am

      Katharine - I’ve also thought about doing something similar in our basement bathroom (also newly reno’d). My husband likes to collect little fun gumball machine figurines. Rather than having them lined up across the backsplash or around the sink, it would be awesome to have a box shelf where he could put them, maybe even treating it like a diorama and arranging them in scenes.ReplyCancel

  • June 29, 2016 - 11:14 am

    Lindsay - Shrimp Salad Circus - This looks so good!!! Seems perfect for a catchall by the front door!ReplyCancel

Thank God it’s Friday—am I right?! This week sort of sped by for me, which I’m kind of okay with because it won’t be long now before I’m shutting down my email and tipping back a hearty glass of Sauvignon Blanc. I’m actually headed out for a fun girl’s day with my in-laws tomorrow, and […]


You might not know it, but creating and photographing a simple craft project for this blog takes far longer than just the time it takes to say…knot some rope onto a dowel rod and finish it off with pretty beads. In order to share the best possible photos I can, I need to wait for a day […]

  • June 23, 2016 - 7:35 am

    Julia@Cuckoo4Design - Such great info! And I’m totally relating here. I love styling things which is the reason I went to school for visual merchandising in Germany 😉 It’s what I enjoy the most.ReplyCancel

    • June 23, 2016 - 4:01 pm

      Carrie - Thanks for the comment, Julia! I’m glad you found the info relevant!! It’s what I enjoy the most, too 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 23, 2016 - 4:08 pm

    Marwa | Enthralling Gumption - In my case,it definitely was the best idea of starting with small projects and keeping the styling to a minimum, so I get used to the procedure and find my style and consistency. Now that I am trying to go beyond my comfort zone, I realise that I am very picky and would even cancel the shoot to rethink the whole scenario. And I still have a long way to go.

    Really enjoyed this post, love to see more on the styling because you rock it girl!!

    P.s. Sorry for the long commentReplyCancel

    • June 23, 2016 - 4:44 pm

      Carrie - I agree that it’s best to start small…I’m embarrassed to look back on the styled photos I used to take, but it just goes to show that practice helps so much. I still feel like I have a lot to learn, but tweaking things as I go seems to be best. And don’t apologize!! I enjoy your comments 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 28, 2016 - 3:28 am

    Sarah - I love this post, Carrie! I’d love to see some shots of how exactly you’re setting up your reflector/diffuser/whiteboard because I struggle so hard with lighting for my shots. I’m also still not sure what camera settings would help me with this and what actually constitutes “good sunlight” because I feel like I never know. Phew!! What a list!ReplyCancel

    • June 28, 2016 - 8:53 am

      Carrie - Thanks!! And sure thing! If you’re looking to up your photography game, I would highly recommend checking out the photography ebook from Place of My Taste. It probably has all of the info you need to kick your photos up a notch!ReplyCancel

By the time September rolls around, it will be exactly two years since I started working for myself as a freelance writer, editor, and content creator. I don’t mind admitting (too much) that I started out with a terrible system and schedule. I used to wake up whenever I felt like it and often didn’t shower at all, […]

  • June 22, 2016 - 11:08 am

    Amy | Delineate Your Dwelling - Your office makes me so happy! What a great creative space.ReplyCancel

    • June 22, 2016 - 11:41 am

      Carrie - Thank you, thank you!!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 22, 2016 - 1:43 pm

    marwa - Ahmm, I am still on the phase working from day to night in my pj’s. I wouldn’t mind some tips from your side. Coming to your workspace,I love your furniture the shelfing unit everything looks great and well-placed. That eyelash planter has my heartReplyCancel

    • June 22, 2016 - 6:08 pm

      Carrie - Thanks for the sweet words on my space, Marwa!! If you’re looking for some productivity tips, I shared a bunch in these two past posts on Glitter Guide here and here. Let me know if you have other questions!ReplyCancel

      • June 23, 2016 - 6:11 pm

        Marwa | Enthralling Gumption - I read both the articles and I think having a proper schedule is what I seriously need work right away and I got to check Trello as well.Thanks a lot for sharing:)ReplyCancel

        • June 24, 2016 - 7:51 am

          Carrie - I’m so glad to hear that the info was helpful!! I love Trello! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 23, 2016 - 12:59 pm

    Karla @Small Town Rambler - Carrie, this is a fabulous space! I love everything from the rug to the felt ball garland…and the furniture pieces of course! I must be the only one who hasn’t picked up that pretty turquoise cart yet.ReplyCancel

    • June 23, 2016 - 4:02 pm

      Carrie - Thanks a bunch, Karla!! I think you would love filling the cart with pretty goodies in your home 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 27, 2016 - 10:04 am

    Kim | Yellow Brick Home - So cheery! Girl, 3 years later, and I’m still working on my home office. I think by the end of this year, it’ll be good enough to call done(ish)! Also, I spy pet paintings!ReplyCancel

    • June 27, 2016 - 1:31 pm

      Carrie - Thanks, Kim!! Too cute…I know you’ll get there soon and that it will be perfect! And those paintings are some of our most prized possessions 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 28, 2016 - 11:42 am

    Haeley @ Design Improvised - This turned out so beautiful and bright – Love all the soft pops of color! Great job!ReplyCancel

    • June 29, 2016 - 8:25 am

      Carrie - Thanks, Haeley! I’m so glad you love it!ReplyCancel

  • June 29, 2016 - 10:40 am

    Lindsay - Shrimp Salad Circus - Everything is so beautiful, Carrie — incredible!ReplyCancel

    • June 29, 2016 - 10:40 am

      Carrie - Thanks, Lindsay!!!ReplyCancel

It’s no secret that I’m a certified hoarder of art. I’ve mentioned on many-an-occassion that I have framed prints and paintings piled up under all of the beds and in almost all of the closets in our house. Sure, this system poses a problem when it comes to storage, but I love that I can switch […]

  • June 22, 2016 - 8:19 am

    Amy - Cool project, Carrie! I didn’t know engineer prints could be in color! Adding this to my project list. Also, amazing styling. Love the bookshelf and everything else. Well done. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • June 22, 2016 - 8:59 am

      Carrie - Thank you, Amy!! I didn’t know either! The site warned that quality wasn’t going to be very good in color, but I think the resolution of the image turned out beautifully—especially for a $4 print 🙂 So glad you like how it came together!ReplyCancel

With today serving as the official kick off to summer, I’m starting to think ahead to all of my favorite seasonal activities: trips to the theme park, lake and poolside lounging, reading on park benches, and (my personal favorite) eating outside at our go-to downtown restaurants. Another favorite part of summer is the Fourth of July. I love […]

  • June 21, 2016 - 9:25 pm

    Cyd - This is SUCH a clever idea! LOVE it!ReplyCancel

    • June 22, 2016 - 8:58 am

      Carrie - Awww, thanks, Cyd! So glad you like how it turned out 🙂ReplyCancel

What do you have planned for Father’s Day this weekend?! I hope you have lots of fun celebratory schemes up your sleeves. I am actually headed home this weekend to celebrate a dear friend of mine who’s having her first baby, and I was also planning to make the most of my trip home by […]


In case you didn’t know, in addition to my gig here as director, general schlepper, photographer, writer, and social media gal for Dream Green DIY, I’m also the Features Editor for Glitter Guide, and over the weekend our team celebrated the site’s fifth birthday with a fun Snapchat takeover. Each of us took three hours out of our […]

  • June 17, 2016 - 12:47 pm

    laurel - I am obsessed with this clock. So, so, so good. Awesome find!ReplyCancel

    • June 17, 2016 - 12:48 pm

      Carrie - Thanks, Laurel!! So glad you like it 🙂ReplyCancel