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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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

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

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