Photo by Wes and Stacey Battoclette

Hi! I’m Amanda, and though I’d much rather we sit on the back porch together and chat over coffee to get to know each other better, this will have to do for now.

As you may be able to tell, I am interested in a wide variety of things and dabble in many different creative outlets. I am first and foremost a wife and mother and love spending my day creating a unique and imaginative world to share with my family. I believe that creativity is akin to optimism and I love looking for something where others see nothing; this is what fuels my passion for creating trash-to-treasure projects, which I write about on my blog, A Lovely Place to Land. The blog is really a continuation of the journey to find my story that I began with Kentucky A to Z except I’ve turned my focus on my “landing place” rather than the road. It is where I document my day to day experiences of trying to create a home that will inspire and give my family and myself the courage to go out into the world and create something beautiful.

I am the author of Kentucky A to Z: A Bluegrass Travel Memoir and co-author of Sacred Places of Kentucky, which features the photography of Wes and Stacey Battoclette and captures beautifully several breathtaking places of worship across the Commonwealth.

When I am not writing or playing peek-a-boo, you can find me up-to-my-elbows in a bucket of paint or perusing the aisles of a local thrift store. I revel in a good do-it-yourself project. My home decor and furniture renovations have been been featured on HGTV.COM, many home decor blogs and in Kentucky Monthly magazine.

I live in Lexington, KY. with my husband, Travis, daughter, Ada, and dog, Scout. I will fiercely defend that Kentucky is Southern because I believe being Southern is a condition of the heart rather than a destination of the body. I will always swear by Aqua Net, talk to strangers and “put on my lips” before I leave the house. I believe with my whole heart that everyone has a story and that, in the wisdom of To Kill a Mockingbird, you will get along a lot better with all sorts of folks if you can learn to walk in their skin.