“Success isn’t about what you accomplish in your life;
it’s about what you inspire others to do.”

Illustration of Caryn

Hi! I’m Caryn, the spirited human being behind Calliope Design.

I’m an American artist and designer from the Midwest. It’s considered to be the heart of the United States. People are warm and friendly here. I’m a cat mom. Wanderlust is my middle name. My morning Kundalini yoga practice anchors me. And it’s a guarantee, no matter where I go, you’ll also find me hitting a hiking trail.

Creativity in one form or another is in my DNA. While I’m aware of design trends, I don’t necessarily subscribe to them 100% of the time.  I’m intuitive by nature. Down-to-earth. An artist at heart. I’ve always worked for myself. Having the freedom to reinvent myself and try new things from time to time is important to me.

Establishing Calliope Design is where I started my creative business journey. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of Chicago’s leading advertising agencies. Collaborating with soulful business owners shaping their brand identities. Designing custom mosaic art installations for homeowners who wanted something different than a painting sprinkled in between client projects. And now I’m bringing artful wall décor collections forth that inspires modern joyful living.

When I’m not at work making beautiful things, you’ll find me enjoying the great outdoors, traveling, exploring life’s mysteries, spending time with friends or just relaxing.

Modern. Minimal. Eclectic.

Fun Facts

Joseph Campbell once said,
“Follow Your Bliss!”


How do you say Calliope?
Calliope sounds like
[kuh] + [ly] + [uh] + [pee].

What in the heck does it mean?
Calliope, translates to “beautiful-voiced”.

In Greek mythology, Calliope is the wisest and eldest of the Nine Muses. She resides over epic poetry, and eloquence. It is said Calliope was Homer’s muse inspiring the poems, “Iliad” and “Odyssey”.


Who doesn’t love to eat good healthy food?

I absolutely love avocados! They’re jam-packed with nutrients and are so versatile – you can add them to any meal. Or just enjoy them on their own. They are the perfect food!

Avocado toast is here to stay!


Who doesn’t love starting their day feeling refreshed and energized?

For me, my morning yoga and meditation practice has been a game changer.

Back in 2015, I decided to delve deeper and enroll myself in a Level One Kundalini Yoga teacher training! I’m so glad I did it. It was truly life changing and opened a whole new world of possibilities for me.