DESIGNER AT HEART
Welcome, friends! My name is Ally Kepler. I'm mother to Marin, wife to JD, and a mortgage lender in Plymouth, Michigan. I'm totally obsessed with all things home (and wine 😉). I love interior design, especially the thrill of a good before and after reveal. JD and I purchased our first home in October of 2014. The home was built in 1979, and provided us lots of opportunity to play off of it's vintage charm, while adding in our own unique style through renovations and decor. We've recently purchased a new home, and we are so excited to begin remodeling and truly make the space our own. Follow along with me as we begin our journey with house #2!
BIG DREAMS & THINGS
I have always loved home design, interior decorating, and real estate. My family moved a couple times as child, and one of my favorite memories is moving to a neighborhood that was still under construction and taking walks with my parents to see the new homes being built. We would walk in the unfinished homes and I would imagine living there. I'd pretend the giant master bedroom would be mine (obviously necessary for the middle school-aged daughter), I would pick apart the layout and design choices (as if I knew better than the builders), and I'd imagine where the giant sectional and huge boxy TV (and, of course, karaoke stage) would go. (It was the late 90’s after all.) It was silly and fun, and probably illegal, but a very fond memory of mine.
PROJECTS & PASSION
This site is meant to put all my passions and inspiration in one place. After remodeling our first home, I wanted to showcase that anyone can do it. My goal is to document the process of buying, decorating, and enjoying our second home, and to inspire you to dream big when it comes to creating your dream home.
As my career has grown over the past year, I have made significant changes to my approach. I am focusing on building a network and community. I really enjoy getting to know my business partners and clients on a better level. I am hoping to use this site as a resource for them to offer my insight and knowledge for all things home.
THE DAY JOB
I am a mortgage loan officer licensed since 2010. It has been a great career and despite not being what I ever thought I would “grow up” to do, I have found that not only am I good at my job, I truly enjoy it. I believe being first introduced to the real estate industry from the financing side gives me a unique perspective when it comes to home buying, selling and renovating. I love working with all buyers, especially first time buyers and people downsizing or looking to improve their lifestyle (like me!)