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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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.

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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 19K 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 guide, “How To Design A Room You Love” which will walk you through some simple steps toward creating a space you love.

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.

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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 around here sometimes. That used to be the name of my blog.

81 thoughts on “About

  1. Jan Allison says:

    Hi Corey. I am currently decorating my bedroom and I’m keen to go for a scandi theme, white walls etc. Problem is I have a french style bedside cabinet, dressing table and headboard. How can I make this work? Would love your feedback.

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hey Jan, Everything doesn’t have to match! I’ve got easy tips for mixing different decorating styles to create a cohesive look that works; check out my post here.

  2. Rishika says:

    Hi Corey, I am busy working mom of 2 year old. I like my flat to have some character and I feel i lack the skills of decorating my small flat. I have bought furniture in hurry before and now stuck with it. I want to make my flat look more welcoming a full of colour at the same time not having to get rid of all the furniture I have. I want to learn how to make use of space better. I am struggling with “Where do I begin and how”. I recently came across your blog on Pinterest and loved your home tour. Hoping to get some help/tips from here.

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Thank you so much for letting me know about yourself, Rishika! I’m so glad you’re here and that you’ve found some inspiration. I’m always an email away if you ever have a question!

  3. Leigh says:

    Hi Corey!

    I met you the other day at the grocery store and just now looked at your site. Did the “tour of your home” and I absolutely LOVE the before and after pictures of your home. They are so inspiring! I’m looking forward to going through your site in more detail later!

    Thanks so much for inviting me here!

    ~ Leigh

    1. Hey Leigh! Thanks so much for stopping by. Let me know if you have any questions as you browse around and get inspired. Hopefully I’ll be in your checkout lane again soon!

  4. Laurie DesAutels says:

    Hi Corey,
    I absolutely love your approach to choosing colors, saving space, decor inspirations. Do you do 1:1 consultant work via phone/photos/email?

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hi Laurie – good news! I’m going to be opening enrollment for my signature course Style Your Way Home on Sept. 4th, and this time around it’s going to include group coaching calls and checkpoints where students can submit “homework” that I’ll review and give feedback on. Enrollment will open on Sept. 4th so keep your eyes peeled for the announcement!

  5. Shawn Warr says:

    I would love to be apart of your group. I’m a single mother of 3. I rescue animals, wildlife to domestic. Needless to say my life can be a bit hectic at times. I have always been interested in various arts forms.

    1. Corey Willis says:

      I’m happy to welcome you to the Hey There Home family, Shawn! You can follow this link to a short free video training that will help you get that “pulled together” look in your home!

  6. Linda says:

    I am decorating to top of a large bookcase on a 23′ high wall. Can I mix a cathedral-style wood and metal “window” with modern looking vases in three different colors?

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hey Linda, Since I can’t see your home in person, I can’t offer specific advice. Defining your home decor style will narrow your choices and make the process less overwhelming. This post I wrote will make your decorating choices much easier. Best wishes!”

  7. Priya says:

    Hi Corey

    I am going to move into a Tuscan themed apartment complex however the open plan kitchen and living area has been renovated as well as the tiling such that it is quite modern. How would you recommend I decorate the rest of space? Should I follow a more modern design throughout the inside? I will also have a balcony on the top outside – should that follow the Tuscan theme?

    Looking forward to your advice.


    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hey Priya, great question! I’d start by defining your own decorating style and building on that. You can find great resources about that on my page of decorating tips (be sure to watch the video)! Sounds exciting, good luck with your move!

  8. Sue says:

    Almost ready to move in the house we had built. I liked the greys you showed. Now how to decorate lol

  9. Linda says:

    Hi Corey
    Were building a home and I am having trouble picking a shutter color to go with my roof shingles. If I send a pic can you help me please.
    Thank you

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hi Linda! I can’t give specific color recommendations since I can’t see your shutters and roof shingles in person (even a photo may not reflect its true color). Your house color also matters in the selection. I recommend a Google or Pinterest search on best roof and shutter color combinations. This site also has ideas that may help you.

  10. Janet says:

    Hi Corey
    I’m building a house as we speak. Im to the point of where I have to pick paint colors. So overwhelmed with the thought of a whole house paint color choices. I really want a greige color with some feature walls. I actually found you on pinterest. Thank goodness because I love your colors. Just makes sense on how you explained it. Thanks for your post!

    1. Corey Willis says:

      You’re so welcome, Janet. Glad you found inspiration here and love having you as part of the Hey There Home family!

  11. Regina says:

    Hi Corey,

    I just discovered you on Pinterest and I’m glad I stopped by. I’m at the point of selecting a color palette for my home and I must say I’m a little nervous as always. In the past I’ve spent a small fortune on sample paint just to find out neither will work. I like color and like to play with it but I don’t go over the top with it. I’m excited to explore and hope I can learn to trust my color choices.



      hey, Corey Willis I’m happy i found you on your blog i need help also i have a few guestions also, i have a 14 wide room by 40 length open room in which is my living dining , and kitchen area open i have rustic furniture within solid brown leather that is , i want light co;ors i need your help what colors to use to bring in light in this area i like white antique tones with a touch of traditional country my kitchen is painted white cabinets with black stainless steal appliances i have a small island also, please help i could not find an area to ask questions but here… Thanks if you can give assistance

  12. Katie E says:

    I like your peek-a-boo storage bag. great for many things, not just small toys. Especially for a quilter/crafter.

  13. Mandy says:

    Love learning new diys. Can’t wait to see some of yours.

  14. Derek says:

    I need help knowing if my furniture goes well together. Could I send a picture for you to look at and get some feedback?

  15. Jayne McLeod says:

    I am very happy to have found YOU and that you are willing to share so many wonderful ideas … with me !
    Enjoy your day … Jayne

  16. Jill says:

    So happy to have found this site!

    We are moving from San Diego to Sacramento next month. Our current home is very contemporary and our new home is very traditional. OMG how am I going to blend the two (current home is gray and new home is brown, we don’t like brown). When I say brown….everything is a different shade of brown with stained reddish maple cabinets and granite counters. We need to grey it up while still keeping it warm and cozy. We will be selling most of our furniture here and just brining along our art work. Help!!!!!

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hi Jill,
      Adding in grey with a slight brown undertone will be a great way to make it more contemporary and still go with the brown cabinets but downplay them a ton. Best wishes for a successful move!

  17. Stacy Wright says:

    I stumbled upon your site after seeing a pin on Pinterest and I am so happy I did!!!

    Your Declutter Checklist is the absolute best list I’ve seen on the subject. Not only does it give me a starting point but also it gave me a useable checklist I can use even after I finish organizing my home.

    I was even more excited when I started looking at your site and all the great decorating ideas.

    I can’t wait to see more!!!

    Thanks for sharing!!!


    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hey Stacy, thanks a million! Just emailed you about the new declutter challenge too. Hope you can join in on the fun!

  18. Jennifer Jackson says:

    Could really use some inspiration for redecorating my house.

  19. Lisa Marie Fischer says:

    I would love to learn more and get your guide book but there is no link to click. Does that mean you are out?
    Thank you

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hey Lisa, just go to the box above that says “Want to Decorate With Confidence?” and click on “GET YOUR WORKBOOK + FREE DECORATING TIPS”. I’m so glad you’re here!

  20. Kathy Boniecki says:

    My boyfriend is looking to buy a house for the first time in the coming months so any info and help is appreciated. This isn’t the first thing to think of but it’s important to find your style so I’m looking forward to checking out this planner. Thanks!

    1. Corey Willis says:

      You’re so welcome Kathy. Welcome to the Hey There Home family!

  21. Sylvia Acevedo Arroyo says:

    Quiero aprender cómo poner mi casa linda y cómoda somos Dos y pequeña gracias por los consejo

  22. Theresa Dillaha says:

    I would like to join your website and get your decorating ideas book. Thank you

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hey Theresa, just go to the box above that says “Want to Decorate With Confidence?” and click on “GET YOUR WORKBOOK + FREE DECORATING TIPS”. I’m so glad you’re here!

    2. Courtney Harris says:

      Love your phenomenal ideas!!!!

  23. Susan says:

    Where do you sign up at? There isn’t anything to click on.

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hey Susan, just go to the box above that says “Want to Decorate With Confidence?” and click on “GET YOUR WORKBOOK + FREE DECORATING TIPS”. I’m so glad you’re here!

  24. I just moved into my father’s house after he passed away. My sister and I are going to remodel the kitchen and bathroom
    I don’t have a clue how to do it but so excited to get started.

  25. Bertha Marisela Garcia says:

    I would love to sample this I need

  26. Good morning, Corey,
    I’ve been on your early bird list for the course, Style Your Way Home. I was expecting the email yesterday afternoon. Nothing arrived. I woke up this morning and remembering, dashed to your site, but every link I click on says page not available. Did I miss out? I don’t even know the cost, but I did want the opportunity. Any help would’ve appreciated.

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Never fear, Ermina, cuz we sent you another email in case the first one went astray! Check your inbox and let me know if you still don’t see it!

  27. Marie Wells says:

    Hi Corey, I have tried several times to retrieve the “Welcome to Hey There, Home! Here’s where to start”
    I have been trying for a few weeks, but after trying again tonight, I realize I need your help…..
    I love your website, and enjoy all my emails…..
    Thank you for your help,

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hey Marie, I resent you the welcome email in case you still can’t retrieve it. Glad to have you as part of the HTH family!

  28. Marian Monk says:

    Hi Corey,

    I just read some of your tips on Pinterest about mixing design styles and it helped me think, “Yes! Maybe it is possible to use some of what I have in new and different ways!” I am moving from my very traditional house (and furnishings) of 20+ years to a new down-sized home that has a more open, non-traditional feel. I have been struggling with being able to “see” my traditional furniture looking like it “fits” in the new house. Your tips may have kept my traditional furniture off the curb and saved me a ton of money. My husband will thank you! I signed up for the free workbook and am looking forward to learning more.


  29. Carol says:

    How do I join?

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hey Carol, just go to the box above that says “Want to Decorate With Confidence?” and click on “GET YOUR WORKBOOK + FREE DECORATING TIPS”. I’m so glad you’re here!

    2. Gaylene Bogart says:

      This looks like just what I need!!

  30. Danielle Demars says:

    Hi Corey,

    Woman of 60 years old, very discourage about my decor. Seems I rarely do the good decision regarding colors etc.
    I’m stocked with a floor I bought king of greige but a bit of violet (i think) in it and I struggle to match color for walls, doors et .
    I will try to read everything you say in your blog. I am french speaking but will be able to follow I gess.
    Anyway, I’m looking forward to learn from you and make a nice, comfortable and not too expensive decor.

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hey Danielle, I’m so glad you’re here and that you’ve found inspiration! Picking color can be really hard. I’ve definitely made my share of color mistakes but I’ve learned a ton through some trial and error and now I have a system that works. I hope my posts about colors and style will help you!

  31. 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?

  32. Rhonda says:

    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!

  33. 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!

  34. 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.


  35. 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?
    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!

  36. 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 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!

  37. 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.

  38. 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

  39. 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!

  40. 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!

  41. Claudia Cann says:

    thanks for the workbook

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

  42. Levieta Haulk says:

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

  43. 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

  44. 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.

  45. 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!

  46. 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!


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

  47. 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.


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