House School

Bring your visions of home and family to life.

What is House School?

Whether you’re looking for your next home to move into, thinking about purchasing land, on the cusp of a build, planning a renovation, or wanting to dive deep into how the exact house you already have can serve you better, House School is an imperative foundational step to take to make sure that all of your home-based decisions reflect YOU and YOUR family, not just the latest HGTV trends (though beauty is definitely something we talk a lot about!).

House School is a 10-week training program for mindful parents ready to create a beautiful house that will be full of connection, inspiration, and wonder.

How Does house School Work?

Each week, you’ll receive a new video training from Carly, complete with Nailing It Action Sheets and any pertinent Designer Shortcuts and Simple Life Resource Lists. All of this goodness will drop into your exclusive House School membership portal that you can access from anywhere, any time. Carly will be walking you through the whole process live in the House School 2021 Facebook Group, complete with extra trainings and weekly group House Clarity Q&A Sessions. 

Who Teaches House School?

House School is taught by Carly Thornock, the author, speaker, researcher, mess activist, designer, wife, and mom. Carly’s mission is to propel you into a place of collaboration and power with your house-- completely owning your preferences and having the tools to see those dreams come to physical fruition in your home (that means making a house you actually like!).

Speak to me more about this goodness

What if I were to tell you that there is actually a way for you to have a fabulously looking house, AND find that peace, joy, connection, and deep meaning in your daily (dare I say mundane) motherly duties?!?

Don’t kiss me yet, but this goodness is absolutely what is coming your way my friend.

There is a way for you to put aside the panic…

To make your home a safe haven of peace…

To enjoy each day as a powerful creator…


Once upon a time not that long ago, I found myself succumbing to the torture of the perfectionistic ideal – I secretly made my decisions based on how put together we'd look to the neighbors, how much our matching Christmas jammies would ROCK for that photo to post on the Instas, how bedtime would be a magical and seamless endeavor every night, how freaking amazing that fiddle leaf fig would perk up my living room and make my life finally feel “open and airy.”

Chasing this ideal was kind of a joke. Like the kind of joke that made me want to cry.

I thought I wanted that beauty. I thought that was beauty. Matching stuff, crumb-less rugs, perky plants.

And let me tell you, I love a beautiful house. I even love perky plants. But I had the house. I had the custom nursery and the granite counters. And yet we still left messes most of the time as we used our house, like, eating, or you know, brushing our teeth. My toddler still had accidents all down the hall. There were still dishes to be done and there was always laundry to be loaded, changed, folded, and stashed for three weeks before I put it away.

SPOILER: the sparkly daydream alone wasn’t making me happy!!!


Because guess what?! 95% of real life doesn’t look like a Christmas card, my friends, even if 5% does!

And actually, my friends, that’s SUCH. GREAT. NEWS.

But I don’t have to tell you this-- You know it! You’re living a beautiful, messy, AMAZING real life. You KNOW already that anyone pretending to be perfect is posing for a pic.

The trouble is that we almost expect Christmas-Card-Pinterest-Perfect unblemished carpet, matching sock harmony and bliss all the time.

Or at least if we had our shiz together, we could have that….

Ever said that one to yourself? “I know it’s not real life for me but that’s because I’m unorganized/a new mom/have three boys/live and breathe/like to sleep sometimes/whatever real life need disguised as a shame-infused excuse…. But I’ll get it down eventually.”

I’ve literally said that.


No one needs that drama.

What if, instead, we said to ourselves (and really meant it), “My house is just what I need to gather my people, connect with the ones I love, and live my realest, truest, and best life, and I LOVE it here.”

AHHH, what a BREATH!!!!!

Our houses are meant to help us be calm as moms, connect with our kids (even holding their eye contact, or watching them play!), and set helpful examples without feeling crushed by the weight of our mess-cleaning to-do lists…

Dragging kids along…

Usually kicking and screaming...

And so are we.


I refuse to live my life like that, and I invite you to do the same.

I made a promise to myself to use my things to love my people every day, not the other way around. I would never again use my people to love my things.

As I’ve learned to connect more deeply with my 7 year old, 5 year old, and 4 year old, who like to pretend all the things and jump off of furniture, I make continuously better decisions about which furniture helps me show up for THEM.

As I’ve learned that when life happens all over my clean floors (because family life is full of messes both emotional and physical), I am continuously better prepared to keep my cool in the heat of the moment and still really enjoy myself and my kids!

This is what I want to teach YOU!

Inside House School you’ll learn:

  • The magic of the Intentional House Cycle. You’ll know the FOUR (and a half) stages our house progresses through at least daily (and only one is even close to “Christmas-Card-Ready”).
  • How to determine YOUR unique and specific design style, and how to combine design styles with your spouse (Modern meets Glam? No prob.)
  • What “meaning” has to do with creating a room that feels like home (could include whatever ruby red slippers or gems you happen to love).
  • How to assess what functions will make the critical difference in your house, and how to design for them.
  • My top-secret Connection Vignette design process and why NOTHING ELSE on the market even comes close to this level of intentional.
  • What to do if you get caught in the Discomfort Whirlpool of Shame (hint: the answer is not to eat more chocolate).
  • When to launch into self recentering rituals and where to go to reconnect with your truest self when messes and legit crazy hits the fan.
  • How to pick furniture, colors, artwork, and throw pillows that align with your values and elevate your long term mom game (which may or may not come in a popular shade of “greige”, depending on YOU!).

If you’re ready to make your house your favorite tool in helping you live the fun-filled, wonder-inspiring, connection-affording space you’ve always wanted (and make it look beautiful too!! I promise it's not a lost cause!) then House School is for you.

If you're wanting a house that supports your actual, deep, and fundamental values in a way that makes your heart sing, get in here. You're gonna love it!