Hello, Beautiful. Welcome to AKA Design! I'm Shannon Acheson and I'm so happy that you're here.
About The Blog
Back in 2010 my husband, Dean, and I were renovating a tiny 70 year old war-era bungalow that our family had bought after moving back to the city the year before. While gathering ideas for the renos, I had stumbled upon several DIY and design blogs like Young House Love and others that had already been around for a couple of years. Given that our little bungalow had us in almost-constant project mode and that I was also looking for a new business I could do from home while continuing to homeschool our three kids, starting a DIY and design blog seemed like the perfect fit …and AKA Design was born.
The DIY projects and makeovers on AKA Design is the result of team work that has come from years of Dean and I both figuring out how we work best with each other. I typically come up with the ideas and general design, Dean builds them and then I do the finishing work (like painting and styling).
As for the food, blogging, money, homekeeping and life posts, those have pretty much come from just living life, running a business, homeschooling and feeding a family of five for umpteen years. It's so much more fun when you and I can share it all together!
Dean has always worked with his hands. He is a perfectionist. He expects wood and other materials in projects to be as precise as sheet metal (which is his day job). Bless his heart. It makes him really good at what he does though. He has also been known to make a success out of more than one of my ‘no, I meant let’s do it right now’ ideas. Despite how busy our life is, he loves working on our house projects. He is an incredible husband and superman Dad. He builds all the things and uses all the power tools around here. Partly because I'm terrified of power tools, but mostly because he's way better at building and measurements than I am.
Dean also has a day job (at the same company he's worked at for 25+ years) that he goes to for 40+ hours a week, plus a commute. He kinds rocks my world!
I have always loved designing and decorating. Always. I remember helping my mom put up wallpaper and rearrange the furniture while my dad was at work. But that doesn't mean I always knew how to decorate. Quite the opposite actually. I remember how I felt in our first house. I was ecstatic. After all our newlywed and college apartments, we finally had a house. But I was stumped. I had no idea where to start decorating. For real. NO IDEA! I decided to study photos of homes that I loved. I visited model homes, scoured design and decorating magazines and poured over catalogs. Until, I finally – finally – figured out how to put everything together to make our whole house cozy and beautiful, step-by-step, one room at a time. A few years ago I finally completed an interior design program and became an Interior Designer too, but that was just the icing on the cake of what I'd already learned on my own. Really I did it just so I could be sure that I had all the info – so that when I turned around to teach YOU, I wouldn't be missing anything or leading you astray!
I also cook the bulk of the meals in our house, run the blog, homeschool the kids and mostly manage the budget. Thus the range of topics here!
About Our House
We've lived in about eleven homes in twenty plus years of marriage. Many were rentals in apartments, condos or apartments in houses. We've also owned four houses (not all at once!) since starting AKA Design.
The style you see now in our house tours, is not what it always was. Over time our style has grown and developed (as style tends to do).
Enough about us.
What's here for YOU?
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If you're new to decorating, or you've tried decorating before and feel like you just haven't gotten the hang of it, I want to empower you to discover your personal decorating style so that you know exactly where to start and then learn how to confidently decorate your own home because I know you can do it.
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“I love your easy process to determine my style. I've also learned that my style has changed over the years and seasons of my life and that decorating properly/successfully is NOT as complicated as it once seemed!!!”
– Sheryl R.
STEP THREE: Make your home your own with simple DIY projects you can create on a budget
If you're into doing projects for your house, because they're either cheaper than store-bought or you just love to create, we've got a resource library full of projects we've made that you can recreate for YOUR house too! Everything from embroidery hoop orbs to DIY blanket ladders and more.
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Again, Dean and I are so happy you're here!
You can reach me any time at Shannon@AKADesign.ca.
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