Hey there-- I’m Carly!
I help homeschooling mamas make quality, love-infused house decisions.
I love houses and I love families, and I believe from my usually bare toes to my once-weekly-washed curls that the place where they intersect is pure magic (home and family, not toes and hair, that's just weird).
I’ve taught at the university level, I’ve spoken around the nation at conferences, I’ve designed multi million dollar projects, and I’ve been featured across the globe in written publications, but my favorite thing is teaching moms who are DOING and LOVING right at home, right now.
While I earned my Master’s in Marriage, Family, and Human Development, I was hit over the head with the realization that home was actually most beautiful when considered as a support to the families that actually live REAL life in them. My research dives into how a house’s architecture and design (as well as how we THINK about those things) affect positive family relationships.
When not going on rock/bug collection walks or experimenting with yogurt batches, I can be found binge reading Brené Brown's volumes with lots of blankets, practicing handstands with my kiddos (I’m determined), watching Psych with my husband, and restarting my DuoLingo Spanish streak. There is never a dull moment around the Thornock home, and for that reason we’ve intentionally selected dull corners on all our furniture.
We live full time in our travel trailer as we build our off-grid homestead in the west desert of Utah.
I love getting to know people and talking about cool housey family designey stuff. Come on in!!
Your home is meant to be your biggest asset in creating memories and connecting with those you love. It’s a crazy world out there, and the home needs to be somewhere where you can consistently feel peace and love!
At Intentional House, we want every mama to know that their houses themselves, and everything they put in them, can help them in the lifelong process of becoming and loving.
Just like you wouldn’t purchase a car without spending time and effort training to be able to USE it (not to mention a trip to the DMV…. that’s true motivation), it’s so important that you get the training to learn to USE your house (potentially the biggest purchase of your life) to reflect and support your most important mission (for us, that means living according to our essential values and prioritizing relationships).
We train families to understand the golden connections between home and family that, when applied, will make chores, transitions, furniture puchases, organization, and even parenting so much easier. We do this through our program, the Home Love Lab, and through one-on-one coaching services.
We know it’s entirely possible to design beautiful spaces that inspire wholehearted living and foster family connections that DON’T make you crazy.