OK guys…here it is…my very FIRST blog post!! Since this is my first one, I thought I would tell you a little about all of my “FIRSTS”. I hope you all enjoy…some of these are pretty funny ;))


Well I think I got my interest in the design/construction world VERY honestly! My dad has been in the construction business all of my life…and my first house was a log cabin that HE built!!

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Here is DAD!!! And now for mom…

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This was before they were married…Dad started clearing the land in 1977.

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Construction lasted about a year…Papa Leo, Mema Velma (Dad’s parents), Papa Ed and Mema Lucille (Mom’s parents) and a few friends all pitched in to help with the work!

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Well…the girls brought them food and drinks and gave moral support ;))

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Mom in her new home!!!!!

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Finished product!!! Isn’t it cute?!?!? I still go visit the house when I go see my grandparents. The family who lives there now is very sweet!

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Mom and I in the log cabin.

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My first Christmas. This is John (my dad’s best friend…they played football together in college) and my sister and me on his lap.

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My very first baby doll. I carried her until I was five (and would have for longer if I hadn’t of lost her).

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Me, Bobo and Kristin…in the new house in Raleigh.

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Our first puppy. Her name was lady and she was the cutest Siberian Husky with the bluest eyes!!

So those are just a few of my firsts early on in life!


OK…now here is a funny story. I was four years old…and my mom, sister and my 3 WEEK old little brother all went to the store. Mom got us Flinstone Vitamins!!


I just LOVED these things!! After getting home…and getting our ONE Flinstone Vitamin…I decided that I was still hungry and wanted MORE! SO…I ate 65 out of the bottle of 100. For those wondering…that is all the red and purple ones 😉 They were my favorite! Now what I didn’t know was…these had IRON in them…

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and apparently…this much iron in a four year old is not very good! And landed me a WEEK in the hospital 🙁 That was the VERY LAST time I ever ate a Flinstone Vitamin!!


Now I was born in Elkin, NC and moved to Raleigh, NC when I was 18 months old. We stayed in the Raleigh/Wake Forest area until I was 12 years old. This is when we moved to Fairview, TN…a little town about 45 minutes from Nashville.

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This was a HUGE move for my entire family…we had never been this far from the rest of our family. It took a bit of getting used to…my sister has now moved back to NC…but my parents are still in Fairview and my brother and I are both in Nashville. North Carolina will always be HOME though!


 When I finished getting my degree at MTSU, I took the summer off and then started my first job at a residential interior design firm. I was there for four years before I decided to buy my first home! A cute little condo!! I closed on my condo on December 29, 2009.


I just LOVE it! I think my very favorite thing about this condo is my antlers. They are all Papa Ed’s, Uncle Jeff’s and mine (YES…I am a hunter)! They are my favorite because they mean so much to me…and it only cost me a can of spray paint and wood plaques from Walmart I got for $1.00 each!


I also LOVE Craigslist!!! I mean…I could spend all day looking up anything that could go in a house. Here are some of my great finds for my place…

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This is one of my bedside tables in the master bedroom. $10


This is my hutch in my kitchen…it was free because it was a gift…but I think it was only $70!

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This is my desk…which is probably been my favorite find! It is 72″ long, is made out of old painted barn wood and has a piece of glass that covers the top…best thing…it was only $40!! The glass alone would cost over $100!


So this is my first home! I live here with my roomie…who has been my friend for almost 6 years now…I just LOVEST her!!!



Brian Christopher Ertel. My sister’s little boy…and just the SWEETEST thing you have EVER seen!!!

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He came to visit me at WORK!!


The BABY HAWK!!! This was strickly done a frequent basis per request of Auntie Amy ;))

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The proud Auntie and Uncle Bobo (also known as Andrew…my little brother)!


Of COURSE I had to help with the Nursery!!

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He is now 18 months old…his birthday is Jan. 31st (2 days after mine) and he will be 2 years old…I can’t BELIEVE it!!!

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I just LOVEST him!!! He is my little “booger butt”!!



I hope you all enjoyed!! I know it was a lot of personal…and less design…but I just wanted to give you a little background on ME! I will continue to post as often as possible and promise to get some great design up ASAP!!! It is late so I am off to bed!! Goodnite!


amy d.


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