MEET, CONTACT & Carli’s Press & Features

Hi there!  Welcome to Made by Carli, where I share my passion for home decor, DIY, and interior design.  One of my favorite sayings is — “Necessity is the mother of all inventions,” and is definitely the starting point for most of my projects. 

Here you will find projects ranging from small builds to recipes to crafts and room makeovers.  There’s a little something for everyone! Made by Carli started back in 2010 as a way to journal and share my small crafts with my friends and family, and is now my full-time job!

I believe that your home is your refuge-a space that should be calm and welcoming, so I tend to decorate on the neutral side as my desire to switch things up creeps up quite often. I am extremely resourceful, so my favorite thing to do is to challenge myself to re-purpose or recycle things to make them new and useful again. One of my favorite types of challenges to tackle in my home is to find new and unique ways to utilize otherwise useless spaces. Be sure to follow along as we transform this old house into a home.

In the Press/Featured

Semi Stories: An Abandoned Victorian Is Saved With DIY Determination
DREW BARRYMORE SHOW (Video): Drew Challenges Influencers to Remake Simple Dressers into Beautiful Staple Pieces
One Kings Lane: DIY Ingenuity Saved This 1878 Home
Providence Monthly: A 1945 Colonial gets a DIY makeover from its homeowner, blogger Carli Alves
The Grit & Polish: Home Tour // A Renovated 142-Year-Old Victorian With The Best Historic Details
RHODE ISLAND MONTHLY: Witness the Transformation of a Grubby Bathroom Turned Moody Powder Room
Apartment Therapy: How to Transform Basic Bi-Fold Closet Doors to Look Like Custom Cabinetry
Hey Rhody: INFLUENCER: Meet RI’s DIY Rising Star, Carli Alves
Yankee Magazine: How to Love a House | Inside Carli Alves’ Renovated Rhode Island Victorian
Home Depot Blog: Getting Ready for a Fab Fall BBQ with a DIY Platform Deck
New Behind the Scenes with DIY Guru Carli Alves
HEY RHODY: Made by Carli: Practical Advice for Refreshing Your House
Emily Henderson Blog: See Carli Alves’ Dark Living Room Get A BRIGHT Makeover
LuLu & Georgia: Carli Alves' Modern, Welcoming Colonial Home

Contact Carli

Feel free to reach out and connect with me! Whether you have questions, comments, or just want to say hello, I’d love to hear from you.



  1. Anonymous
    March 15, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    What a beautiful family you have!! I love how your home..It shows that you can live fabulously on a budget..Amelia

    • Carli Alves
      January 4, 2018 / 11:22 pm

      Thank you Amelia! I appreciate your comment and I apologize for my delay in response! I must have been missing notifications on these! Thank you so much for your kind words!

  2. Anonymous
    February 11, 2017 / 10:59 pm

    I loved your article on your daughters room makeover when she was away at camp. I loved the room, but I also loved the messy hair don't care hoodie in one of the photos of the closet in her room-by the way, that is a super cool idea and a great life hack!! Part of the time I spent looking at the photo was looking at that hoodie!! It's adorable and I was wondering where it's from! Do you know still? Thank you for your time!

    • Carli Alves
      January 4, 2018 / 11:20 pm

      Sorry I am so late to respond! The hoodie was purchased at Sears 😊

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