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

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?