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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From Outdated to Beautiful Before: the Dark 1970’s Bedroom For this particular client, she had renovated every space in her home but had the master bathroom and bedroom left to update. You can read all about the master bedroom renovation here that I helped her design. She didn’t love her master bedroom. It felt dark […]

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Client Bedroom After

From Outdated to Beautiful Design Goal: Save the Client $10k This particular client hired me to save her $10k from the original quote she got from her contractor. Does that even make sense to pay a designer to save money? In this case it absolutely does because I ended up helping her save $15,000 from […]

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Client Bath Vanity

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

How to Add Character Do you have an outdated home?  Well if you do, no worries. I did too! Last summer, I wanted to update our 1980’s master bedroom and give it custom updates to add character to the space.  Below, I will outline the various ways we added character specifically in our master bedroom […]

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Neutral master bedroom

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