I own a building company along with my husband, Shannon, called EquityQuest Homes. I enjoy designing floor plans and helping customers in the selections for their homes. I also started my own company called Renewed Spaces. I do Redesign and Staging focusing on saving my customers money by using much of what they already own and repurposing and repositioning to make it work for them.
I’m the happy “Grammy” of the three cutest children on this planet. Yes, that’s right I’m their Grandma so I don’t even have to apologize for my vanity. My two daughters made me a Grammy and I love them for many reasons but mostly for that! Of course all of this wouldn’t be possible without my partner in life, my husband Shannon.
Life is a crazy thing. A few years back, our building business was booming and we were living in our huge custom built home, designed by yours truly. Then the economy turned sour and of course so did the housing market. My husband being the genius that he is managed to maintain our business but in the process, we lost our home, sold much of what we had, went through personal bankruptcy, downsized our office twice (now we’re working out of our home) and went back to being renters from some friends who moved to Missouri after we built their home. Needless to say, it’s been quite humbling and difficult but at the same time it has forced me to be even more frugal and creative to make ends meet. I have to admit, it has been freeing in ways to rid ourselves of much of what we owned (maybe what owned us) and live more simply. I mentioned becoming renters. That has actually been one of the hardest things on me personally. Not because I think that I deserve in any way to be a homeowner, etc. Simply because by renting, I can’t just decide one day that I want to take down the cabinet doors and paint the cabinets! This is torture for a woman who lives to do, re-do and do again. Fortunately, since the owners of our home are personal friends, they have been wonderful to allow me to paint and redo a lot of things. I believe that one day I’ll own a home again, but in the meantime, I’m going to be grateful for the opportunity that I have to call this house my home and live in this moment.