11 episodes

empowering everyday women to design spaces they're obsessed with & use power tools — without fear 💪



Tune in for conversations that dive deeper than pin-worthy rooms to tease out the essentials of creating a beautifully lived-in home. Host Cara Newhart will help you find your style, learn to tackle home design without intimidation, and unlock the confidence to transform your home.



House Beautiful's top 14 design podcasts to listen to and Apartment Therapy's 7 Interior Design podcasts you should listen to

MAKE SPACE with Cara Newhart // home design & diy Cara Newhart

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    • 4.8 • 77 Ratings

empowering everyday women to design spaces they're obsessed with & use power tools — without fear 💪



Tune in for conversations that dive deeper than pin-worthy rooms to tease out the essentials of creating a beautifully lived-in home. Host Cara Newhart will help you find your style, learn to tackle home design without intimidation, and unlock the confidence to transform your home.



House Beautiful's top 14 design podcasts to listen to and Apartment Therapy's 7 Interior Design podcasts you should listen to

    Thrifting magic + creating a cohesive home that expresses your style with [Anthony Rodriguez of @136home]

    Thrifting magic + creating a cohesive home that expresses your style with [Anthony Rodriguez of @136home]

    In this episode, Cara sits down with Anthony Rodriquez from 136home to share tips for uncovering your personal style when it comes to your home and how to strategically thrift pieces to curate a home with a cohesive style. We dive deep into strategies for intentionally curating your space over time and how to source the right pieces to make your vision come to life.







    You can download this episode from Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify – or listen to it below!







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    • 56 min
    Furniture Layout & Space Planning Strategies, Plus how to rent on-trend furniture [with Katie Sands of @honestlykate]

    Furniture Layout & Space Planning Strategies, Plus how to rent on-trend furniture [with Katie Sands of @honestlykate]

    In this episode, Cara sits down with Amazon Live Host + Influencer Katie Sands to chat about how fashion influencers her space's style as well as how and why she rents all her furniture. Cara also breaks down furniture planning basics and some pro strategies for space planning that you can use to create a home you're obsessed with.



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    in this episode:

    ✨  The basics of space planning + furniture layout: how to get started intentionally planning your space

    ✨ Design concepts to work with: Balance lines, Bubble Maps, Activity Zones, Axis lines, Focal Points, Fishbowl Concept, Prospect Retreat concept, etc.

    ✨ How to plan for traffic flow in your space and why it's important

    ✨ How to achieve balance in your space and leverage furniture layout and visual weight to achieve a balanced space

    ✨ Identifying and creating focal points in your spaces and how to plan furniture around them

    ✨ How to personalize space planning to tailor your room to fit your preferences



    Renting Furniture + Personal Style with Katie Sands:



    ✨  Why Katie chooses to rent her furniture instead of buying using Feather (http://bit.ly/featherhome)

    ✨  Katie's strategy for going neutral with furniture pieces then accenting with pops of color to keep your space feeling fresh

    ✨  Katie's tips for picking our furniture online for your space

    ✨  How Katie's love for fashion influences her personal style when it comes to her home

    • 51 min
    What's next for Modern Farmhouse style, summer trends & judging the furniture flip challenge [with Senior Editor of BH&G Do It Yourself Magazine, Brian Kramer]

    What's next for Modern Farmhouse style, summer trends & judging the furniture flip challenge [with Senior Editor of BH&G Do It Yourself Magazine, Brian Kramer]

    In this episode, Cara sits down with the Editor of Better Homes & Garden's DO IT YOURSELF Magazine, Brian Kramer. They dive into what's next for Modern Farmhouse Style and some design strategies for keeping it fresh. Brian shares a peak into the summer issue of Do it Yourself magazine and a preview of some of the on-trend projects you'll find inside. They also chat Furniture Flip Challenge and what Brian and his team are looking for when judging pieces + some insider tips for making your pieces stand out.



    in this episode:

    ✨ Brian's story & talent for balancing a hands-on approach and design inspiration when it comes to sharing stories and projects as an editor

    ✨ a sneak peak into the two new issues coming out April 30th — Farmhouse Do It Yourself and the Summer issue of Do It Yourself

    ✨ modern farmhouse style — uncovering the essence of the style and what's next for farmhouse

    ✨ design strategies for how to keep farmhouse feeling fresh through incorporating texture + Brian's color recommendations to explore

    ✨  Summer project trends and a first look at what you can find in the Do It Yourself Summer issue

    ✨ the increasingly important role magazines play in curating an experience of inspiration in a world full of inspo images

    ✨  Brian's role as the judge of the Furniture Flip Challenge: what he and his team look for when choosing pieces

    ✨ The importance of storytelling, showcasing your process, and taking design risks with your furniture flip pieces

    ✨ Some insider tips for making your furniture pieces stick out to the judges for the challenge



    Connect with Cara

    instagram — https://instagram.com/neverskipbrunch

    blog — https://neverskipbrunch.com



    Connect with DO IT YOURSELF

    instagram — https://instagram.com/doityourselfmagazine

    grab the upcoming issues — https://magazine.store/do-it-yourself

    • 52 min
    Furniture Flip Challenge + diy flipping tips [with Jessie & Cara @letsdiybig]

    Furniture Flip Challenge + diy flipping tips [with Jessie & Cara @letsdiybig]

    In this episode, Cara sits down with her diy bestie + Furniture Flip Challenge co-host, Jessie Ecker. They share some of their best tips for flipping furniture, strategies for infusing personality into your project and trying new diy techniques. They also chat about how to leverage DMs on social media to get expert advice from brands and some ways to avoid catching your project on fire.



    in this episode:

    ✨ strategies for sanding vs using a chemical stripper on your furniture piece

    ✨ painting furniture flips: milk paint vs latex vs spray paint

    ✨ tricks for super smooth paint finishes: paint sprayer, flotrol additive, etc.

    ✨ how to finish pieces: finishing oil vs wax vs furniture butter

    ✨ designing a furniture piece and customizing it to fit your style - no matter what others think

    ✨ Furniture Flip Challenge details + how to flip pieces with Jessie & Cara

    ✨ things that can catch on fire: oily rags, epoxy that is poured to thick, etc



    Connect with Cara

    instagram — https://instagram.com/neverskipbrunch

    blog — https://neverskipbrunch.com



    Connect with Jessie

    instagram — https://instagram.com/eyeinthedetail

    website — https://eyeinthedetail.com

    • 47 min
    Trying out trends, current design strategies for the everyday girl + new diy video series [with HUNKER editor-in-Chief Eve Epstein]

    Trying out trends, current design strategies for the everyday girl + new diy video series [with HUNKER editor-in-Chief Eve Epstein]

    In this episode, Cara sits down with the Editor-in-Chief behind the top home & design site, Hunker — Eve Epstein. They dive into the nuances of 2021 design trends and how to adopt them in your spaces, design strategies for the everyday girl, how wellness and coziness are driving diy space design, and a little bit about Hunker's new diy video series launching this spring.



    in this episode:

    ✨ 2021 design trends + diving deeper into how to adopt them in your spaces

    ✨ wellness & how we're redefining our spaces to support it after this time at home

    ✨ a strategic approach to at-home fitness spaces + need for multifunctional elements

    ✨ design strategies for the everyday girl through a home media editors lens

    ✨ why photos truly don't tell the whole story of a room

    ✨ how considering sight lines can help rework what you already have to revamp your space 

    ✨ designing from your own perspective vs through a camera lens

    ✨ comfy as a trend and why its here for the long haul

    ✨ the art of hands-on creativity and how to enjoy the process



    Connect with Cara

    instagram — https://instagram.com/neverskipbrunch

    blog — https://neverskipbrunch.com



    Connect with Hunker

    instagram — https://instagram.com/hunkerhome

    website — https://hunker.com

    • 49 min
    Picking paint colors + understanding undertones [with international color expert Maria Killam]

    Picking paint colors + understanding undertones [with international color expert Maria Killam]

    In this episode, Cara has a conversation with internationally sought-after color expert Maria Killam to uncover pro strategies for picking paint colors for your spaces and dive deep into understanding undertones. Maria has been featured places like HGTV, the Washington Post, House Beautiful, and many, many more. If you go into your local Benjamin Moore paint store, you'll probably see a dedicated binder filled with Maria's color picks to guide you.

    This conversation will help you learn why you're probably picking paint colors all wrong, the biggest way to get color right, how to use color to stay on-trend while creating a timeless space, and the go-to inspo piece you need to guide your room design.



    in this episode:

    ✨ why you're picking paint colors completely wrong

    ✨ what you need to understand about undertones

    ✨ the BIGGEST way to get color right + building color palettes like a pro

    ✨ the go-to design element you need to guide your room design

    ✨ color trends and how to create a timeless space

    ✨ how to rock the current black & white trend in a timeless way that will last

    ✨ when paint colors can create magic and when they're not a magic bullet

    ✨ how to freshen up your space with the right paint color

    ✨ what "bossy elements" are and how they determine what colors you should choose



    connect with cara

    instagram: https://instagram.com/neverskipbrunch

    blog: https://neverskipbrunch.com

    . . . .

    TODAYS GUEST: MARIA KILLAM

    Maria Killam is an internationally known colour expert, design blogger, decorator, stylist, and best-selling author. With over three decades of experience in the industry, Maria’s brand is built on the solid foundation of classic and timeless design principles and her unparalleled expertise in colour.

    Maria is a unique voice in the design world and her groundbreaking System for Specifying Colour: Understanding Undertones™ offers an effective and practical approach to choosing colour that has been studied and put into practice by thousands of design professionals and enthusiasts around the world.

    Her popular blog, Colour Me Happy, is among the top ten most successful and longest-running interior design blogs. It is packed with sound advice delivered in Maria’s relatable and no-nonsense writing style. Her words inspire and resonate with hundreds of thousands of loyal readers. Ultimately, every design decision is a colour decision so Maria’s mission is no less than changing the way the world sees and interacts with colour.



    connect with maria:

    instagram: https://instagram.com/mariakillam

    blog: https://mariakillam.com/blog/

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

doc always learning ,

Pandemic must!

Listening to Cara's podcast has made pandemic projects more doable this past year. We all have it in us - just gotta do it!

Homebodyandmind ,

Authentic, accessible - listen and create your dream home

Cara is a force of nature. For real. This podcast is like finding a new bestie who is warm, empathetic and wise - and a design guru who breaks down and shared her vast pool of wisdom in a way that cuts through the overwhelm and self-doubt and gets to the heart of what great design is: a way of creating an environment that serves, reflects and uplifts you and your family. I listen to one of Cara's podcast and the ideas and solutions to problems start flowing. Today I listened to a couple of her podcasts about making rooms serve your needs and I looked around the room I was sitting in and a) realized I could hide the ugly wifi router in a cute basket I had elsewhere under some throw pillows and blankets, then we could use the pillow and blankets on the sofa as needed. b) I could declutter a little ottoman of old toys that my kids no longer used and fill it with their distance learning phonics/sight word books and games that I use with them on that couch. All those materials were piling up on the floor around d the sofa and really messing with my head. Yay!
I am so grateful to you, Cara, for all the hard work you put into this and all of your wonderful guests too.

hayumbone ,

Fun Listen!

I discovered this podcast on House Beautiful’s list of podcasts about design that are not to be missed. Cara is warm, engaging and imbues her listeners with the confidence to tackle home projects. Really enjoying this!

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