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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What is the Found Cottage Mercantile? The Found Cottage Mercantile is an annual event held at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds featuring vendors from all around the United States. This happens to be just a half mile from my house which is incredibly convenient for me. I ended up meeting a fellow home DIY influencer, Maria, […]

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Found Cottage Mercantile Market 2023

How do you save money decorating for spring?   Budget friendly tip #1: Bring in a few new elements each season and use what you have from past years. This year, I received 3 spring prints from paperhouseprintshop I chose neutral and minimalist spring designs and sprinkled them throughout my home.  I love this company […]

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easter decor

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