and I believe your home can be both beautiful & functional.
I know how important crafting a home that not only works for you, but that inspires you is. My family room’s blurred in the background of the photo of my son’s first giggle. My sunroom fills the gaps in the photo of three generations gathered to celebrate a special occasion.
Your home is more than four walls and a roof. It’s more than then the pillows you fluff, the sofa you select or the floors you sweep. Home is where your most intimate experiences reside. It sees first steps turn into first days of schools, and watches the clock tick by day-after-day and year-after-year. Your home sees you live.
Pretty Domesticated started as a desperately needed creative outlet for a newly minted stay-at-home Mom. From blog to brand, and builder’s grade home to dream home, my love of interiors transformed my surroundings. As the founder of Pretty Domesticated, it is my mission to help more people love the place they come home to, whether that be through design tips on the blog or our design services.
At PD, we know home matters. We don’t just aim to create beautiful spaces, but to create homes made for living.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is PD all about?
I started PD at at time in my life when I was in desperate need of a creative outlet. Design brought me beauty in a time of struggle, igniting a passion in me to help more people love their home. PD is all about helping you create a beautiful backdrop to your life! Our style's casual but luxurious. It's a home that feels elevated but never stuffy. We're passionate about homes you can live a messy, beautiful life in. It's called Pretty* Domesticated after all!
Did you study interior design?
I don't have a degree in design (mine is in journalism) but I have studied design. I have spent countless hours absorbing the principals of design. I've listened to podcasts; read books, articles and blogs; and watched the shows of designers I admire. I've spent hours scrolling for inspiration. I've spent years getting my hands dirty and learning from good old fashioned trial and error. Early on I straight up googled design principals. Truth is I'll never be done studying design.
What makes you jump out of bed each day?
Strong coffee, my family and a passion for helping people love their homes! In that exact order.
Can I hire you?
Definitely, maybe. More on that soon.
Do you have photography recommendations for a newbie?
Get a nice camera and a good lens or two. I use a Nikon D5500 with a AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED lens. For interior photography, shoot in natural light with no lights on. Line up your shot so your vertical (and horizontal) lines are nice and straight. A tripod helps, but you can also use the geometry tool in Lightroom to fix small issues. I edit my images manually in Lightroom, but I highly recommend Studio McGee's presets if you're just getting started or need to work fast.
How do you take your coffee?
I have three great loves - My family, design and coffee. Preferably Starbucks coffee. Americano in the winter, cold brew in the summer and when I'm feeling indulgent a Venti Caramel Macchiato. If it's not from Starbucks I'll take it black, please & thank you.