Here’s what I want for you…

I want your home to be your favorite place.

A place where you can enjoy your life with family and friends.

A place that reflects who you are.

A place that works for everyone. Adults and kiddos alike. And has room for messes and real life.

And I want to guide you through the steps to create that place even if you don’t know where to start. Even if you aren’t necessarily crafty. Even if home decor doesn’t come so naturally to you.

I want to inspire you and guide you to decorate your home in a way that it can actually be lived in- not just looked at.

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about page intro photo

Hi! I’m Corey.

Super excited to have you here! {insert virtual high-five}

I love everything home. Yes I love a beautiful homes, but more importantly I love a home that isn’t so fussy that real life can’t happen.

So I created this place to share what I love. To help you get unstuck when it comes to creating a home that you love, and to encourage you to keep on keepin’ on, and take one decision at a time. 

It isn’t an overnight thing, but it can happen.

I’m constantly finding inspiration all around me and I love to channel that inspiration and  create beautiful and useful things for my home.  But more than that, I really enjoy empowering YOU to make your own design decisions.

I’ve always loved home decor. I also love teaching. So when I decided to stop teaching and stay home when I became a mom, I decided to marry my two loves and this blog was born.

We are so bombarded with images of beautiful spaces that seem so far from our reality. My job is to take those dreams of how you want your home to be and feel and make them a reality. Let’s start doing!

My hope is that the ideas you find here will inspire you to create a home you love and teach you some simple design concepts to squash your self doubt.


laughing like a dork

I’m pretty sure we should be friends…

I’m not very fancy. Or serious.

I love a good laugh. (Even if it means getting caught with my mouth wide open like this.)

I have a bit of a potty mouth (although I’m pretty good about turning it off in front of little ears.)

I’m horrible at math. But I’m darn good at avoiding it.

I taught high school for 8 years. Spanish to English speakers and English to non-native English speakers.  I loved it. And was darn good at it.

I have 2 kiddos. My little lady is 7 and the little mister is 4.  

I ask a ton of questions, sometimes they dare to be the ones no one else is asking. What can I say, I’m not a huge fan of surface level conversation.

My favorite people to be around (besides my little family) are my parents. They taught me everything I know about going after what I want, are my biggest supporters, and best friends.

I’ve got big dreams for this blog and I can’t wait for you to be right by my side as I make it happen!


So come on in…

Join our community of over 24,582 homies and learn how to decorate with confidence through simple decorating tips and guidelines that eliminate overwhelm and second guessing  and get you to loving your home.

To start, when you join our community, I’ll send you my FREE Project Planning Workbook + my best decorating tips.

You’ll learn…

  • a new approach for decorating your home

  • how to create boundaries for your decor (which will eliminate overwhelm and confusion)

  • + so much more

I don’t like junk piling up in my inbox either, so I promise not to send you junk or share your info. with anyone else.


modern coastal bathroom remodel by TinySidekick.com

She took this modern traditional family room from basic to fun and comfortable with just a few smart updates

 

Living room with bold pattern- before and after.

FYI: You’ll see TinySidekick.com around here a lot. That used to be the name of my blog.


28 thoughts on “About

  1. Peggy says:

    Hi Corey,
    I just got my first email and am excited to start the first lesson. I found you thought HGTV outdoor privacy solutions. I love your patio curtains. I notice in your subscription choices you mention invoices and other notifications. What do you sell? Or do courses past the first one charge a.fee?

  2. Rhonda says:

    Hi,
    I am a 67 year old grandmother and I am just beginning to sew! My mother sewed all my growing up days and tried to get me interested; but, I felt life just got too much in the way. I am now retired and am ready to start a new adventure as being a “maker” of many things. I am beginning to think I have a new addiction–fabrics and what to make with them!

    1. Corey Willis says:

      I can relate, Rhonda – I’m a fabric addict, too! Best wishes on your new adventure!

  3. GINA says:

    Hi Corey!
    Came across you on Pinterest while looking for ideas for making a headboard for my daughters bedroom. I’ve been looking for a while but so many ideas I’ve come across appeared complicated but I found your instructions … I said I can do this! While it’s absolutely beautiful and high end looking your easy to follow instructions are exactly what I’ve been looking for! I look forward to starting this head board project and to seeing your other wonderful ideas. Thank you for sharing and will post pictures when I get it completed!!

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Welcome to the Hey There Home family, Gina! I’m excited about your project and can’t wait to see pics!

  4. Kathy says:

    Hi Corey,

    I am new to your website and have just taken a peek at it. Looking forward to exploring everything you have on your site. It looks amazing! I would like to know what fabric websites you love. I sew and love fabric also and would love to know the best sites to connect with.

    Thanks,
    Kathy

  5. Anne Marie Kleis says:

    Hola Corey,

    I am a wedding planner in Puerto Rico.. I can a plan and decorate a wedding ceremony and reception in minutes but for my home , I am very confused..
    I will like to do minor renovations beacause of my budget .. I just started with the color palatte and must say that it does work!!
    Should I takle each room one and a time?
    Thanks!!
    Anne Marie Kleis

    1. Hi Anne Marie! I definitely think that taking it one room at a time is the way to go. Get one room the way you like it and it will teach you a lot about what to do in the next room. Happy to have you here and glad you are finding the info helpful!

  6. Hi Corey,

    I have enjoyed looking at your blog! I am in the process of tweaking mine lately, so I appreciate all of the blog resources available. My site is rughdesign.com if you would like to check it out! Hope you have a great week!

    1. Love it Laura! I get people asking me about color all of the time so it is fun to see someone focusing on it!

  7. Tracey says:

    Hi Corey
    LOVE your blog and pins and everything!
    Looking for your ideas/thoughts in general on window shades.
    Same shades in the whole house? Best styles that work overall if so. Or each room done separately?
    Slider door best options?

    I like casual traditional distressed style overall and neutral color schemes with color pops. White painted pieces and black as well.

    Thanks for the input!

    1. Hi Tracey. That is a great question. I don’t think you have to have the same window treatments throughout your entire house. I even change it up within a room. For example some panels with some roman shades or valences on smaller/ more narrow windows. I definitely think functionality is key and for me some windows don’t ever need to actually be covered so on those valences seem to add to them but don’t have to function. Then there are rooms that need privacy or major sun blockage at certain times of day so those need more. I think that as long as you tie the colors together in a room and then repeat either the style or color in the other rooms you will have a pulled together look and not have it be to matchy-matchy.

  8. Hi Corey,
    I was hoping you have a ideal for a wedding archway/pergola. My niece is getting married in October in boulder co. She is looking for some help with t h e decorating of the archway they will be married under. The wedding place will provide a large flower arrangement to place in the center of it . Just not sure what to have cascade down from it along the sides . Thank you
    Deborah

  9. Gina says:

    Hi Corey!
    We met briefly in the San Diego airport (I’m the Web Developer person) as you were on your way to a conference. Excellent site you have here and I’m looking forward to digging in deeper to use some of your ideas in my own home. Good to meet you, if only briefly.

    1. Hi Gina! It was so nice to meet you (always nice to have a friendly convo just before a flight since I’m the most nervous flyer ever!) Hope you had a good flight and I’m happy to see you here in my little space on the web!

  10. Lorraine says:

    I just saw your DIY outdoor curtains and curtain rod, and I’m really psyched to try it! We are in the midst of a patio renovation having ripped out a wooden deck, put in a concrete stamped floor, and about to get a metal roof put over top. We get the afternoon sun strong on this patio so I need curtains to give a bit of sun blocking. I’m going to give your curtains a try! Thanks for the inspiration and directions.

    1. You are so welcome Lorraine! Definitely send pics when you are done!

    2. You are so welcome Lorraine!

  11. Claudia Cann says:

    thanks for the workbook

    1. You are so welcome Claudia! Excited to have you here!

  12. Levieta Haulk says:

    Hi Cory! I cannot wait to read the workbook! Thank you

  13. Hi Corey,

    Found you on Pinterest – seems to be the going trend here – I browsed around your site, read some posts and thought hell yeah, sign me up. I’m all the way in Melbourne Australia but have lived in the US and my daughter was born in Hawaii. I create art – the kind you frame and hang- and recently started redecorating when we put our house on the market and I’m about to chalk paint a chest of drawers. I read your about page and laughed – seems I have a twin out there… At the moment I’m making the most of the time I have left with my daughter who was diagnosed with brain cancer a year ago today so we’re going to get crafty together. Thank you for your insights and for making me smile. Cheers, Liz

  14. Denise says:

    I found you on Pinterest and I am so glad I did. I have a new house and have spent hours trying to chose a paint color. Good thing the renovation contractor is not ready to paint.

    Your article on How to Choose the Perfect Greige Paint was just what I needed. I need feel empowered to make the right choice for my home. I wanted a greige with warm tones and now that I can read the color cards, I can narrow the options considerably.

    Thanks for your insight.

  15. Hi,
    I found you on Pinterest. I love your honesty about who you are and I like you and your site! I’m excited to explore and try your ideas. Thanks for the insight on mixing patterns! That’s been challenging and you made it understandable. Tweet!

    1. Hi Robin! I’m so glad you found your way here! Let me know if you have any questions as you browse around!

  16. Hello,

    I discovered you on Pinterest and I’m glad I stopped by. I’m a big fan of blues and grays so needless to say I love your design aesthetic. Thanks for sharing your talent!

    Robin

    1. I’m so glad to have you here too Robin! Can’t go wrong with blues and greys!

  17. Liliane Mills says:

    hello Corey

    I just started quilting and I have no problem with the sewing or the patterns but fabric matching threw me for a loop. I thought I was destined to do only monochromatic quilts until I came across your tutorial on colour/fabric matching. What a huge help for me! Thank you so much.

    I was able to bring some samples in my secret board to see what they would look like and was quite satisfied with my choices. Now I just need to figure out how to move those samples around in the board.

    Again, thank you Corey and keep up the good work.

    Liliane

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