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Hi friends!

My name is Amanda and I am a fearless, self-taught, DIY mama. I love teaching people how to transform their homes on a budget. I live in Michigan with my husband TJ and our son, AJ!

TJ and I met while we were both in college. I was a dancer for the Detroit Pistons and he was on the acrobatic dunk team, The Flight Crew. What an experience! We have so many great memories from those days and made some life long friends.

How did Come Stay Awhile come about?

I started on Instagram in January 2019 and my hope was to create a place where people could come to be inspired and gain confidence to tackle their own DIY projects. For a long time, I found myself so focused on what was next instead of what was right now… one day when we start a family, when we buy a house, when we have more money… but I was totally missing what God had right in front of me during those moments of “waiting”. We aren’t promised tomorrow so I would hate for us to miss what could have been while we wait for what may not be. I love to teach people how to unlock the potential of their CURRENT home with a few budget-friendly DIYs.

Social media has become a place where everyone puts their highlight reel and I always want Come Stay Awhile to be a place where people can come for the real. The real side of projects, the real side of motherhood, the real side of life. Not just the highlight reel. I love showing my community that not every DIY is easy and there are always bumps along the way (just like in life) but if we persevere, we will learn and gain so much from the experience!

I can’t thank you enough for following along and being a part of this very unique community.


  • Jessica

    Yayyy!!! So excited for you!!! ? You have done so well and I know you will keep inspiring us! xo

    • Amanda

      Thank you SO much! I couldn’t do it without you all!

  • Lindsay (lindsdepp on insta;)

    Hey Amanda! Congrats on your blog site! I love it! ??

    • Amanda

      Thank you so much!!

  • Jennifer

    Love this story and you’re right…happiness is a journey, not a destination! You are amazing and soooo talented!

    • Amanda

      Thank you so much Jennifer!!!

  • Heather

    You are an inspiration!!!!! Your little tips and tricks are outstanding. Limiting your time for a project is helpful from creating burnout! I lobe creating but this tip is a game changer! Thank you!!

    • Amanda

      Thank you so much for following along!

  • Phyllis

    How do you print out directions from your page? I want to make the DIY sideboard — but printing is not an option on the site. Thanks much!

    • Amanda

      Hey! You should be able to right click and print!

  • Devon

    Your promoted reel led me to your page! You spoke about buying a fixer-upper house and then in 2020 your restoration was postponed,
    so you decided to start it yourself. You seemed so likable! I can’t wait to see what you’ve done in your home.

    Some of your posts are by Schuyler Barnes. Who is that?

    • Amanda

      Thank you! Most of the fun happens on Instagram @comestayawhile. Schuyler is my assistant 🙂 she helps me keep up with all my admin stuff!

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