Uyen & Her Home
For Uyen Carlson, a mom of two, blogger and owner of the children’s brand Crew & Lu, busy is an understatement. However, she has managed to create a successful brand and blog, keep her family loved and happy, and style her gorgeous Arizona home. She relied on Pinterest for much of her design and style inspiration, and after months of renovations, her beautiful, bright and Bohemian-inspired abode is what dreams are made of. With its clean lines and modern farmhouse accents, the home is not only visually appealing, but also comfortable and cozy. Check out the full home tour below and see for yourself the many family-friendly details, and also get the scoop on some future plans for Uyen and her family (spoiler: It includes a garden and possibly adding more animals to the family in addition to the one dog, two goats and chickens that already reside there!).
You might be the busiest woman ever! You’re a mama of two, a blogger and you also own your own children’s brand, Crew & Lu. With all of that going on, can you give us some insight as to what a typical day looks like for you?
Our days are non-stop. It starts off with us waking up around 6:30 a.m., getting the kids ready for school and being out the door around 8:05 a.m. Ella only goes half-day so thank goodness for my parents; they pick her up and watch her while I am at my studio. At my studio, we have design meetings, team meetings, package products, ship products and sew samples. I jam that all in before 2:30 p.m. to be able to pick up the kids. It’s important for me to be able to do some daily duties with the kids, and picking Crew up from school is one of them. I also believe in family dinners, and honestly, I actually enjoy cooking so it isn’t that bad. It’s a time for us to catch up and work on our communication. I don’t believe in the word ‘balance,’ but I do strive to find contentment with what I am able to do that day. Bath time for the kids happens after dinner and then bed time. We are all juggling in different ways. All I can say is that we all deserve a pat on the back, right?
What was the inspiration behind launching your own children’s clothing line?
I started my brand when my son was 7 months old. I was searching for trendier boys clothing and decided to try to sew some leggings for him. It’s so funny because from the beginning I was self-taught, I even YouTubed how to thread a bobbin. Being persistent, I started designing patterns and perfecting my style for separates. My friends ended up purchasing items from me and that helped launched my company. I am so thankful for a circle of family of friends who helped build a base for my business. Encouragement is the best form of support.
We’re a big fan of mom-owned kid brands. What are some other baby and kids brands you’re loving right now?
I love supporting fellow mom-owned kids brands as well. It’s is so powerful to uplift and support one another especially when they have awesome products. I love so many, but here are some of my favorite shops: Ultra Violet Kids, Shop Plain Jane, Rylee + Cru, Raine + Skye, Wunderkin Co.—I can list so many more.
How would you describe your own personal style? Has it evolved since becoming a mama?
My personal style can be described as considered, comfortable and classic, with a splash of trendy. It has definitely evolved when I became a mama. I used to follow the trends, but now I try to choose wisely with classic pieces and accent with fun. I need my wardrobe to be versatile to be able to keep up with my kids.
We love that your blog acts as a fun peek into your life as a creative living in Arizona. Where are your favorite spots to venture out in your town?
We live in Gilbert and we love all the new restaurants and events happening in our town. November is the start of perfect weather in Arizona, so we love doing anything outside. We have great parks, hiking trails and great new budding businesses that are family-friendly. The kids are also loving the Phoenix zoo.
Talk to us about your gorgeous house! What were some of your goals and inspirations when designing your home?
My husband and I wanted to move onto land. We were searching for a long time and found this gem. It needed a lot of work, but we knew this property was a perfect vision for our mini modern farm. I was on Pinterest for months and found so much inspiration. I searched for clean lines and modern farmhouse looks. It took a few months to renovate the kitchen and bathrooms when we first purchased our home; we are so happy we completed those projects at the beginning. My goal in the long run is to have a home that is visually beautiful, but also comfortable to live in. We are always working on one thing or another. I also wanted to have animals badly. So far, we have our family dog, two goats and chickens. My next goal is to start a garden and maybe add another pup or two. Lexi Grace Designs also helped place furniture in our home and really helped complete our vision.
We’re obsessed with the wallpaper in your bedroom. Any advice for homeowners looking to use a big statement piece in their décor?
I’m pretty obsessed with the wallpaper, too! I wanted our master bedroom to become a retreat for my husband and I. I pushed for something romantic and wanted to create a space that felt cozy and polished.
The love in between the walls of this home, the struggle, tears, laughter and joy represents ‘this is us.’ Experiencing this journey through life can definitely be a roller coaster, but all we need is us.
What one item in your home puts a ‘flash of delight’ in your life, and why?
I really love our ‘this is us’ neon sign from Brite Lite Tribe that’s in our master bedroom. I know many must think it represents the television show and in a way yes, it’s what it stems from. But the meaning behind the three words is so important to me. The love in between the walls of this home, the struggle, tears, laughter and joy represents ‘this is us.’ Experiencing this journey through life can definitely be a roller coaster, but all we need is us.
Let’s chat about beauty. How long do you typically spend on your beauty routine/getting ready in the morning?
I’m not going to lie. Mom life takes over sometimes and I end up wearing yoga clothes and a top knot. But recently, I have made it a point to take care of myself. I would say it takes me 20 minutes to get ready in the morning. That’s with dry shampoo in my hair. If it’s full on shower, hair and makeup—a good hour.
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