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So who is The Refurbished Home?

I have been running this blog for nearly a year now, so it is well past time for me to properly introduce myself.






Patrick and Amanda




Hi, I am Amanda, and I am approximately one half of the team behind The Refurbished Home. Let’s see, what can I tell you about myself… I am married to Patrick, and we have an amazing little five year old.  I graduated from Michigan State with a degree that could not possibly be more unrelated to what I am doing these days.


I like long walks on the beach.  No really, that wasn’t a joke.  We live in Michigan, in a small town on the shores of Lake Michigan.  In the winter we are graced with the most incredible natural ice formations and in the summer the beach scene rivals that of California. It is a beautiful place to live.



The whole familyMy family is the most important thing in the world to me, and I don’t just mean my husband and son, I mean my whole family. Seriously, my Mom is my best friend.  Is that weird?







Amanda with



I am a pretty creative person, and whether it’s building or refinishing a piece of furniture, creating a piece of jewelry, getting crafty with my son, or just trying a new recipe, I am constantly working on some sort of project.  

While I have this tendency towards the creative, I never would have imagined myself as any sort of “writer”.  Even when we started this website, I didn’t really think it was going to turn into a blog. (Seriously, this website has changed gears so many times, just ask my web designer.  He has the patience of a saint!) But when I got started sharing some of my favorite projects, I discovered that I really enjoy it, and while I may not be a fantastic writer, I don’t seem to be able to make myself shut up. :-)




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Moving on… Patrick is a full time builder, and if I am going to describe myself as a creative person then I have to say that he is a visionary.  Okay, that may be overstating it :-) but he is far more artistic and imaginative than I could ever hope to be, and what’s more, he has the skill to make it happen.  Whenever I have an idea that’s a little too big for me, he is the one that tells me how to do it… or does it for me… or explains that if I do that I will knock down the house.  You know, that sort of thing. His role in The Refurbished Home takes place almost entirely behind the scenes, and yet the company has been built around him.  Without him, I am just a girl with paint in her hair.




The Refurbished Home is a place where you could find us sharing last night’s dinner recipe, major home renovation projects, and everything in between.  So join us as we share a little creativity every day.


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