Those perfectly styled before-and-after shots are gorgeous, but they don’t offer the tips and tricks you need to get your hands dirty with your own renovations. Making Pretty Spaces was created to give you a front-row seat to the nitty-gritty details of Design & DIY. I’ll teach you how to actually do it yourself, or how to communicate with the right experts to get the job done well.
It was far from perfect, but I was so proud of the work I did with my own two hands.
You might know me as your daily dose of design and DIY inspiration, but I’ve worn a lot of hats over the course of my life: Air Force Officer, real estate agent, CrossFit box owner, green juice aficionado, wife, and mom. But long before Making Pretty Spaces was born, renovation and design were my passions. I’ve always loved transforming the places I’ve called home, designing spaces in a way that’s functional and beautiful—because who says you can’t have both?
Every time I start to design a room, I think, "How do I want this space to function?" Who will spend time here and how will it bring our family joy? If you can answer those questions, you can always find a starting place.
It's hard to put into words the highs and lows of these 4 years.
I majored in Business, but I look back and realize my time here was about so much more than academics. I learned discipline, humility, leadership & defeat - but most importantly that I could accomplish really hard things if I was willing and eager to try.
I spent time as a casual LT in an F-15 squadron, got my private pilot's license, and had the time of my life.
Found my love for fitness: trained for my first marathon and started bodybuilding.
Deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan & Qatar.
Solidified my love for our country and my appreciation for the freedoms we have.
Transitioned to a career in Fitness & Personal Training.
Trained clients for FREE every day at the Chicago Avenue park until I had enough clients that said they would join a gym if I opened it. So I did. Atlas CrossFit was the first CrossFit gym in downtown Chicago in 2009.
My love for fitness grew and my passion for
community and teaching was born.
We met through mutual classmates from school and you can say the rest is history.
Married on the 1 year anniversary of our first date.
Had babies... 4 in 6 years! Dubbed the A-Team...
Alice, AJ, Abi June & Atticus.
Every path I've chosen has started from a place of unknown - but a passion to learn. I'm proud of the decisions I've made, not only because of the know-how and confidence I gained along the way, but because I get to share all I've learned with you.
Moved to 30A in Florida and I started a Juice Bar!
Chris accepted a position as a strength coach for the Green Bay Packers in 2013 and we started our journey as an NFL family.
In this space, I'm able to share my experiences, teach what I love... and most importantly bring together a group of like-minded home enthusiasts - all wanting to challenge themselves to try something hard.
I created Making Pretty Spaces because I believe women should be able to create homes we love. After all, these are the spaces in which we raise our families, host our friends, and spend the majority of our lives. I also believe we can create beautiful spaces with our own two hands. My advice? Don’t be afraid to just start. It's not about building the perfect room—it’s about creating a space you’re passionate about that brings you and your family comfort and joy.