Hi everyone- I’m Patti! I created Renovating Mapleson Manor originally to document our home renovations. Since then, it has become a spot where I share my DIY projects or client spaces.
So, how did this all begin??? Well, my love of DIY and design started when I lived in a tiny apartment in Chicago and would obsessively watch episodes of Rehab Addict. I desperately wanted a home of my own to renovate, and I finally got the opportunity when my husband and I moved to Ferndale, Michigan and bought a house with good bones and granny decor. In that house, we renovated a kitchen, a full bath, and completed many DIY projects. The Ferndale house was where I got hooked on blogging about our experience. It was a ton of fun learning how to take pictures and blog about the many mishaps of home renovations!
Recently, we moved to Grand Rapids, MI and bought a true fixer upper. Our home was used as a rental for many years, and it showed. We have slowly rehabbed it back to life and made our home cozy, comfortable, and welcoming.
Although my degrees are in business and education, my formal design training is YouTube, HGTV, and my husband. I believe most projects can be completed by the homeowner if you do enough research, have the right tools, and ask the right questions.
When I’m not busy renovating or blogging, you can find me with my nose stuck in a book, grading papers for my middle school students (I’m a teacher by day!), or looking at cute pictures of hedgehogs on instagram! (Seriously, if you haven’t seen @hedgehog_azuki on instagram, you are missing out!