About Me

Hi!  I’m Allison and I run this lovely little blog, The Golden Sycamore!  Thanks for taking time to check out my blog and meet me.

I am a wife, mom, lover of all things interior design, Instagram addict, and most importantly a child of God.  I started this blog to share my furniture transformations and home updates.  I mainly use Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint while refinishing furniture and accessories and absolutely love them both!  I am having so much fun learning as I paint each piece.  Every piece teaches me something new.  Sometimes about painting…sometimes about myself!

Allison and family - The Golden Sycamore(photo courtesy of Life on Paper Photography)
My husband, two daughters, and I live in Metro Detroit.  My husband and I have moved a few times since getting married and we really feel like we belong here…for now anyway!  When we moved here two years ago, we bought a 1950s ranch track house that needed some updating.  My husband actually had to convince me to buy it.  I wasn’t too sure about all the updating it needed, but he was certain it was the one.  I finally agreed and am so happy I did.  We’ve been working on it ever since we moved in and we’ve really enjoyed watching the house transform into a home we can call our own.  Check out my home tour to see some befores and afters.
I have always had a love for all things interior design.  I went to community college for interior design for a year, but never finished because I wasn’t sure it was really what I wanted to do at the time.  After that I got into photography and started selling my prints and notecards.  I was into that for awhile, but that kind of fizzled out when I had my daughter.  Then, within the last few years, I really started feeling drawn to painted furniture while surfing Pinterest and other furniture refinishing blogs.  I thought maybe it was something I could do that would be fun and give me a hobby.  Soon I realized that God was using my previous experiences to point me toward that moment in my life the whole time.  I use my interior design knowledge and interest while refinishing pieces and staging photos.  And I use my photography skills when I take pictures of my finished pieces.  I never thought this is where God would lead me in life, but I’m so excited about it and love this crazy ride I’m on!
Why “The Golden Sycamore”, you ask?  Well, it has a bit of sentimental value, actually.  The “golden” comes from the Beatles song “Golden Slumbers”, which I grew up listening to (thanks Dad!) and have loved for years!  “Sycamore” comes from a sycamore tree my grandma had in her yard.  I remember my brother and I raking those huge leaves for her in the fall!  She never had a ton of money, but would always give us some change for helping her out.  My grandma passed away a few years ago and I miss her every day.  Partially naming my blog to remember her seemed fitting to me since she meant so much to me!
Thanks again for stopping by.  Please feel free browse around my blog and be sure to contact me with any questions or comments!
PS – want to know more about me?  Check out these more personal posts for a glimpse inside my world!
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