You may be wondering what this site is all about. Maybe you wandered here from a recipe pin on Pinterest. Or maybe you were looking for a solution to a decorating dilemma. In any case, we are glad you’re here! We are husband and wife team, Dean and Shannon Acheson. If you’re new, Shannon is currently blonde and Dean is, well, decidedly not. We founded Home Made Lovely (originally as AKA Design) in 2010 as a way to chronicle the renovations we were doing on our home at the time, a run-down, war-era bungalow. Since then, we’ve renovated another house and moved again. Funny how, three teenagers will make you outgrow a house in a hurry!
Over the years, we’ve shared hundreds of posts. Mostly they’ve been about DIY projects, stylish crafts for your home, and simple-to-make recipes. But we’ve also written about our homeschooling journey and blogging as a business too. As Home Made Lovely has grown, we’ve added a few talented creators to our team. So, you’ll see other authors here too once in a while, as well as the occasional glimpse of helpers who work behind the scenes. It’s our genuine hearts desire to give you amazing ideas and plenty of encouragement to inspire you to do your own thing.
But Home Made Lovely isn’t just about making things pretty for the sake of showing off, or “hey, look how nice our house is.”
We genuinely believe that home is the most important place on earth. It’s where you and your family grow and stretch and learn. It’s where you try and you fail…and you feel safe enough to try again. It’s where you laugh and you cry and you share and you love. It’s where there’s grace and hope and peace and power and forgiveness. The home you create is for your family, but it’s also for others you invite inside.
Home Made Lovely is about hospitality, but not just dinner parties or entertaining. It’s about big events and small celebrations and random everyday things. It’s about beautiful spaces and lovely, lived in rooms. It’s about your home’s purpose.
Home Made Lovely is about creating a beautiful home and a lovely life!
If you are new here, or newer, here are some can’t miss posts, as well as a few personal notes.
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:
And a few personal things about Dean and Shannon and our family:
We’ve been married for over 20 years
We homeschool our three kids. We always have. Here’s why and how we made the decision to begin with.
And if you want to read more about Dean, Shannon, or the Home Made Lovely team just click the photos below! We hope you’ll stick around (click around), make some crafts and sip your favorite drink with us!
Shannon & Dean
(Family Photos by Michael Baxter.)