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, I’m so glad you’re here! I’m Shannon, a total homebody, child of God, momma to three pretty awesome teenagers and very happy wife to Dean. My favorite thing to do is help other women create authentic, lovely homes for themselves and their people too!
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. 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 crazy deadlines. So, I became an interior designer (did the boring school work and all), blogger and writer who just sometimes happens to work with brands in the online media world and with some rather lovely clients in their homes.
I married my soulmate, Dean, 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. 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 (back then it was called AKA Design) 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 also 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.
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:
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!