Hello there, Beautiful!
You may be wondering what this site is all about. Maybe you wandered over here from a recipe pin on Pinterest. Or maybe you were looking for a solution to a decorating dilemma. In any case, I’m so glad you’re here!
I’m Shannon…total homebody, child of God, momma to three pretty awesome teenagers and very happy wife to Dean.
My favorite thing to do is help women create a lovely home for themselves and their families…on a regular, everyday budget!
Here’s a quick intro to Home Made Lovely!
My Story and How Home Made Lovely was Born
When I was growing up, I wanted to be an architect or a designer. I used to LOVE to visit model homes for inspiration and help my mom decorate. But, when I was in high school, a guidance counselor told me that there were no jobs in that and that I should choose something else. So, I did. I took a wee bit of computer programming and a bunch of art and graphic design in college. After college, I worked as a graphic designer in the corporate world, then in the advertising world. Once we had kids, I didn’t want to be gone all day trying to meet impossible deadlines. So, I tried doing all sorts of crazy things from home like selling toys and tea tree oil products and life insurance.
Then we had a bit of a crisis. Dean had been commuting to work from Barrie to Scarborough for five years and was simply done. We’d burnt out three cars in that time and were hanging onto our finances by a thread.
So, we took a giant leap and bought a very run down, tiny war-era bungalow in Ajax, Ontario. (It was all we could afford after selling our townhouse.) That bungalow needed SO much work. It still blows my mind looking back at the magnitude of that leap. Some family temporarily lent us money for renos and some great friends helped us DIY the kitchen and bathroom on a small budget.
Let me just pause to tell you that those renos were like one of those horrible design shows where you find surprise after surprise behind the wall after you begin demolition. The floors were rotted through due to the bathtub leaking for probably decades. The walls were filled with newspaper as insulation. It was honestly the scariest and most stretching time of our lives.
Then shortly after the kitchen renos were done, the roof leaked because of ice damming. Thankfully, what seemed like a huge step backwards, was actually a blessing in disguise…our insurance company covered the damage. Since we did the work ourselves, we were able to redo the floors, walls and ceiling of the living and dining rooms…which were then instrumental in getting the house featured in magazines and on TV!
It was at that crazy little house that Dean and I really realized how well we could work together…and I realized just how much I still wanted to be an interior designer. So, I became one (I finally did the school work and all). I also became a blogger and writer who just sometimes happens to work with my favorite home brands in the online media world and with some rather lovely clients creating their best homes.
Other things you might not know about me:
- Dean and I got married over two decades ago when we were just 20 and 24. Barely. Such babies. (You can read about how we met here.)
- We have three teenagers. Yes, three. And we homeschool them. Which was not something we planned from the beginning, but rather chose to do as an act of obedience to one of God’s promptings – and you know it’s always best to listen to those! Thirteen years into it, I’m so thankful for that one step we continue to take over and over again each fall. You can read about why we started homeschooling to begin with here.
- Aside from raising three kids, Dean and I have also bought, made-over and sold three homes (not counting all the apartments we lived in before we had kids). We’re living in and working on house number four now (not kid number four though!). We didn’t exactly set out to flip homes. Life just sorta helped us along in that regard. Eventually, we’d actually like to build and flip homes – aside from the one we live in. We’ll see.
I actually started Home Made Lovely several years ago as AKA Design, when we lived in that wee war era bungalow. It was started with the hopes of helping women DIY the home decor they loved, all while keeping in mind their budgets. Over time, Home Made Lovely grew to include all things related to home like simple recipes and cleaning hacks to go along with the DIY projects and decorating ideas.
HML gained media attention with several media features in publications such as Apartment Therapy, Better Homes and Gardens, the Steven & Chris show, Oprah.com and American Farmhouse Style magazine, among others.
What’s Here for YOU!
DIY & Crafts:
Do you like to make stylish crafts for your home? Yeah, us too.
How about making your own jewelry and scarves? We’ve got those too.
Every wanted to make some DIY Furniture or give your furniture a makeover? We’ll show you some projects to try, but they’re easy, promise.
And we have crafts for every season too!
If you’re looking for budget decorating ideas, we got lots.
We also have a whole archive of how to decorate posts, including exactly where to start your decorating.
Oh and you should know how we feel about decorating and design trends. You may be surprised!
Or maybe you just want to browse our house, and shop our style.
We love an organized home. But we also want that organization to be simple. If you feel the same you’ll love our organization posts.
And cleaning is part of homemaking too, right? Oh how we love cleaning hacks that make life easier!
Smart Money & Blogging Advice:
Maybe you want to start a blog of your own so you can help your family budget?
Or maybe you’re just looking for tips to rock your no-spend month?We’ve written two ebooks over the years: Cozy & Beautiful (which is not currently available – stay tuned for that update!) and Bloggers and Brands.
I Believe Home is the Most Important Place on Earth
No matter where I go, or what I write about, Home is IT for me. Home has always been special to me. But over the last few years, I’ve thought even more about how important home is and how good it can make us feel.
I truly believe home is the most important place on earth.
And I promise to help you create that feeling in your home – even if your story looks totally different than mine!