Home Tour: Amy Howard’s Stunning New House in Memphis

by Dagmar Bleasdale on November 19, 2015

Amy Howard home tour

Amy Howard — who rescues furniture and restores them with her own line of paints, stains, and waxes — was sweet enough to invited a selected group of 14 DIY bloggers for dinner at her new home in Memphis, TN, a few weeks ago.

Amy Howard bloggers

Amy has made DIY projects her career: she finds, restores, and builds luxury home furnishings, and offers makers her artisan-quality paint products and training.

Do you love to paint furniture? Amy’s products take furniture painting to a whole new level. Her finishes, the waxes, stains, Dust of Ages, etc., set her apart.

She has worked for Hillary Clinton, who happens to live just a few towns over near us in Westchester, NY. Her paint is now available in ACE Hardware stores nationwide.

Amy Howard logo

I already blogged about Amy’s inspiring book. I learned a lot about her from reading it, and I couldn’t wait to meet her in person.

Here now is the whole house tour!

My flight to Memphis was delayed and I almost missed the tour. I’m so glad I made it — I had been so looking forward to seeing her house.

003bWhen we arrived, Amy and her husband Gene greeted us with open arms, and this stunning arrangement was the first thing we saw.

I still can’t believe that they moved in only four weeks before we arrived. My home didn’t look like this after four weeks.

Notice the white floors throughout the house!

Amy Howard home tour

Past the lovely foyer, you see this powder room. Amy finds many of her home decor at estate sales and thrift stores, and that is where she found this mirror — for only $30. She painted it with her lacquer paint.

009aThe next room is this sitting room.

011aHere is Amy with Serena, who writes the blog Thrift Diving. Amy from One Artsy Mama is taking the picture. I was so impressed with the group of bloggers Amy invited — I was in amazing company.

032aOne of Amy’s three dogs, who kept us company all evening. They are the sweetest things!

063aThe next room is the kitchen. Those shutters to the left are actually sliding doors for the pantry now — what a practical idea!

Here is Sarah, from Sincerely Sara D, taking it all in. Like all of the ladies — and Frank, who writes the blog Glued-N-Screwed — she was such a doll.

027aThe dining room is to the right of the kitchen, past those fabulous shutters.

Here you can see (from the left) Anita who writes Cedar Hill Farmhouse, Amie from Meme Hill Studio, Shanna from Restoration Redoux, and Yvonne from Stonegable.

012aI mean, can you believe this who’s who of bloggers I was able to spend time with?

There was catered food, and these lovely, vintage glasses I was admiring and drinking my white wine-orange juice from. Amy told me she found these at an estate sale for not much money.

013aHere we are, in front of the shutter doors. The pictures are a bit fuzzy because of the lighting in the house.

036aWe all had so much fun chatting, getting to know each other, and touring the house that I didn’t eat much. Here are Anita, Wendi from H2O Bungalow, and Jenny, who writes Evolution of Style.

028aIsn’t this chandelier amazing? I had just read about it on Amy’s Facebook page, how her husband had gotten it for a great price recently. And notice the mismatched chairs!

029aI loved how much art Amy has hung on her walls all over the house. I want to get more bold about doing that in our Blue Cottage.

I’m planning a wall full of mirrors in our staircase, and a wall of pictures and vintage items in my office.

019aAmy bleached this furniture piece. She has a thing for vintage silver, just like me. Mine is never this shiny, though :)

059aThis is Darleen, from Darling Darleen.


061aThe kitchen opens up to this living room.


020aThe focal point of the room is this impressive fireplace — Amy just blogged about how she achieved this mirror wall with her products. Here is the tutorial for the antiqued mirror wall.

023a022bAmy also showed us her bedroom and the upstairs of her home. This is fabric on the walls in her bedroom.

006b055bThis is her son’s room — in a dark gray!

Amy Howard HomeThis is the en suite bathroom — I love the shiplap-looking wall with the farm light fixture! It’s such a fun mix of elegant and farmhouse decor.


This is her granddaughters’ room. This wallpaper is a bit too bold for me, but it works, doesn’t it? I absolutely love those sweet headboards. Amy rescued them from being thrown away!

049aThis is the en suite of the girly room. Amy created the decorative glass with her products. We learned how easy it is to transform glass during the workshop the next day.

050a052b053bI hope you enjoyed the tour of Amy Howard’s home! I’ll blog about the day-long workshop soon, where we learned to use her paint.

I can’t wait to show you how easy it is to completely transform something with her products!

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

heather December 7, 2015 at 9:54 PM

I’m SO glad you posted this! What an amazing, unique, gorgeous home! Thanks for sharing it with us! I’ll be featuring it this week at Think & Make Thursday :)


Dagmar Bleasdale December 8, 2015 at 12:07 AM

Hi Heather, wow, thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the tour!


Catherine December 1, 2015 at 10:13 PM

Thank you for this lovely tour, Dagmar! Amy’s home is just lovely…and she moved in four weeks before this event? Wow! Looks like a fun time was had by all at the party. You must have loved being there!
Catherine (latest follower of your blogging adventures!) :)


Dagmar Bleasdale December 2, 2015 at 1:33 AM

Dear Catherine, thank you so much for coming by and leaving your lovely comment!


Eilis November 30, 2015 at 8:12 PM

What a wonderful opportunity! Her new home is just beautiful (of course).


Debrashoppeno5 November 30, 2015 at 2:41 PM

Wow you were so fortunate to be able to see the house in person. There are a ton of wonderful decorating ideas.


Irene November 29, 2015 at 8:47 PM

Thanks so much for sharing Amy’s beautiful home! I have been lucky enough to be able to visit one of her previous homes. She has such a gift for decorating!


Cheryl November 26, 2015 at 1:44 PM

Wow, how lucky and fun!! I could never have white floors, mine would probably look muddy brown, lol. So fun!! Thanks for sharing!


Nancy November 25, 2015 at 11:27 AM

Her home is amazing! What an exciting event you went to…..
I would be interested to see how she uses her liming wax….I’ve tried it a bit, but am at a loss…it is hard in the can…I thought it would be softer…
Have a terrific Thanksgiving.


Dagmar Bleasdale November 25, 2015 at 9:44 PM

Hi Nancy, when we used the liming wax, we used a plastic knife to “butter” the wood and then wiped off the excess. I will be writing a post in the next few days about all we learned in her painting class – look out for that for more info! If you have questions, I would reach out to her team — they are so helpful!


Shelley @ Calypso in the Country November 23, 2015 at 1:44 PM

What a stunning home and what fun to spend time with all those bloggers! Thanks for sharing!


amy @ one artsy mama November 21, 2015 at 8:47 PM

Loving all your gorgeous photos. Amy’s house is so amazing, and it was a real privilege to tour it with you! <3


Dagmar Bleasdale November 23, 2015 at 1:13 AM

Same here, Amy!


Serena @ Thrift Diving November 19, 2015 at 8:29 AM

Dagmar, it was so nice seeing you at Amy’s workshop! You really captured the beauty of her house. It was amazing. And so cleeeeeaaaan. LOL. Coming from a messy house of 3 boys…well…I notice “clean.” :)

Hope to see you again soon!



Dagmar Bleasdale November 19, 2015 at 2:20 PM

Hi Serena, so great seeing you there as well — will you be at Haven again next year?


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