About Catherine

First of all, thanks so much for stopping by! I’m so glad you’ve come to Concrete and Lace, and I hope you enjoy your time here in my little corner of the interwebs. This isn’t my full-time job, just a side hustle/something fun to do in my spare time with my husband. I’m actually a full-time high school choir and piano teacher at a local high school here in Austin, TX. But, I’ll share a little bit about me since that’s why you clicked on this page, right?

I’ve always loved design, especially interior decorating, and grew up bugging my sister with talks of what our dream houses would be. I wanted to be an architect for years, but math is not my strong suit. It was better tha I decided to take my life in another direction. Pinterest and I are best friends and I spend WAY too much time scrolling through the home section, I adore reading home design blogs, and when I have access to cable (we don’t have it, yay cord cutting!) I binge watch anything DIY Network or HGTV.

I’m married to a hunk of a guy, Aaron, and we’ve been together for a really long time. Like…we were high school sweethearts and are still together this many years later. He’s the love of my life and I’m so glad we found each other so early in life. We recently had a gorgeous little girl, Emma, who is the light of our lives.

We moved to Austin, Texas the day after we graduated college in 2014. It was a hard decision to make a move so far away from what we’ve always known as home (Louisville, KY) and away from our families, but graduating in a recession will make you do some crazy things. We loaded up what we could in Aaron’s CR-V, drove from Kentucky to Texas with no jobs, no safety net, and no idea what we were going to do. We had done a lot of research on what cities would likely give us the best chances of success for finding jobs in our fields, and Austin, TX was it. It was here or California, and I wanted to own a home someday, so Texas it was. Thank goodness my wonderful aunt took us in and helped us get on our feet.

We bought our first and current home in March of 2016, and have been slowly updating it ever since then. I love to write about our home renovation, share our successes and struggles, and connect with other people out there who love doing the same thing. Our house had some quirks when we bought it, and it’s been so fun to see it transform. Gold trim everywhere guys. Seriously. Metallic gold. And our half bath downstairs was drywall mud over wallpaper over drywall, all covered in metallic gold paint. Interesting to say the least!

My newest venture into the home design world is helping others find their home’s potential. If you are interested in hiring me to take a look at your room and offer some solutions, shoot me an email! I’d love to help out and feature your space on the blog.

Are you a reader with questions?

I’m always happy to answer any questions that you have, whether it’s where we got something, how we did something or something else, ask away! Lots of questions are answered in the post content though, so if you’re in a hurry, try using the search bar that’s in the sidebar! If you’ve tried searching and still need some answers, shoot us an email and I’ll be happy to respond as soon as I can!

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Are you looking to work with me?

I love working with great companies and introducing our readers to wonderful brands that fit inside our blog’s theme. A couple of things just to be aware of:

  • I’m mostly a mom and DIY/Home Design blog, and my content tends to stick to that theme.
  • I’m honest with my readers and followers about if something is sponsored. I follow FTC guidelines and work to give full disclosure at all times about where a post is coming from. I won’t promote anything that I wouldn’t buy with my own money. Though I’ll always give favorable reviews, I’m going to be honest if there was something I wasn’t 100% in love with.

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