After 7 years of teaching, I became a stay-at-home mom (now 15 years ago) which meant learning how to live on one income (sometimes as low as $30k a year).  Although this was challenging, it taught me how to create beauty in my home by thrifting, shopping deals and renovating our home, with the help of my handy husband. I love intentional design with neutrals (function and beauty on a budget is my jam) and love helping others create a cozy home on a budget too.  

 Grab a paintbrush with me and let's do this!     

I'm Amy.  Wife.  Mom of 4.  Former high school teacher.  Avid Thrifter and DIYer 

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For Elementary Age Girls My eight year old daughter loves to entertain and plan parties, just like me. She loves people and having friends over and is so much fun to plan parties with as she loves thoughtful details. So we decided to invite six of her friends and their moms to host a Valentines […]

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Valentines Day party markers

I’ve Always Been a Saver Ever since I was little, I saved my money. I had a piggy bank that I would keep all my money in and I hardly spent it. This habit really came in handy when I got married and my husband worked for Young Life and made $12,000 a year, while […]

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Daily Dupe Sconces

The Popular Black Arched Media Cabinet Have you seen a cabinet like this before on social media? These are very popular because they are versatile and affordable. They look high end but you can find similar cabinets for under $200. I actually bought two of these cabinets on sale Target for $150 each. You can […]

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Media Console Table bedroom

The 1980’s Original Bathroom Do you remember when we renovated our kids’ bathroom in the spring of 2020?  Yes, we tackled a home project during a lockdown which provided all sorts of interesting challenges to say the least.  I had just started Instagram and was excited to highlight this project online. Above is a listing […]

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Kids bath makeover

2023 Recap: Theme Word “TRY” Last year in 2023, my word for the year was “TRY”. Every year, I always spend the first week or two in January processing the year that just ended and praying about a word or theme for the upcoming year. I wasn’t quite sure what the word “TRY” would entail […]

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Amy on RV couch

My Favorite Place: A Large Window Do you send Christmas cards every holiday season? As someone who only checked Facebook once a year (if that), my one point of connection to see friends who lived far away was through their Christmas card each holiday season. I am someone who is intentional in my friendships and […]

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Christmas card

How to Make Home Cozy for the Holidays I love decorating my home for the holidays but it goes beyond decorating for me. It means opening up my home for others to enjoy for a cup of coffee or a Christmas caroling gathering. I truly believe our homes don’t need to be perfect. They need […]

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Christmas decor family room

Goal: Create a Spa-like Bathroom for under $10k When do you know it’s time to gut and renovate your master bathroom? For us, it was the paint chipping on the vanity from when I painted it 10 years prior. We moved into our home in November, 2006 and we spent a month painting EVERY surface, […]

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Master bath reveal vanity 2

How Gift Guides Simplify Christmas Shopping One of the things I always try to finish before Thanksgiving are Christmas list ideas for our entire family.  You know how it is; both sets of grandparents need Christmas suggestions early so they can shop for all their grandkids.  It’s a giant puzzle trying to figure out which […]

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Christmas Guide Gifts 2023

How to Make Your Own Textured Metallic Bulb Ornaments These bulb ornaments by Crate and Barrel are absolutely gorgeous. However, they are way out of my price range. They cost $40 for 6 bulb ornaments and you can find them here. I had seen a few Instagram accounts copy these ornaments and had this DIY […]

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DIY Christmas Ornaments in bowl 2

Functional, beautiful DIY design on a budget. Interested in a design consultation?