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Tonya Lee

Tonya Lee

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Tonya Lee is a freelance writer and designer with more than 15 years experience and specializes in encouraging others to make the most of their homes within a tight budget. Tonya refuses to pay full price for anything, so she can usually be found deep within the clearance section of her local home store, or scouring the web for bargains to use for staging, decorating or organizing a wide variety of indoor and outdoor spaces.


Tonya has worked as publisher, editor, writer and designer, but got her start in college by staging window displays for a small home décor store. She has also worked as a freelance artist and has handpainted tile murals for a number of homes, including Jerry Van Dyke’s residence.


Tonya obtained a bachelor degree in Visual Communications, but most of her education came from marrying an architect who has completely remodeled every single house they have ever owned, and has insisted on doing it all themselves.

By Tonya Lee:

I believe that frugal design should never be a synonym for meager or ineffective design. There is great pleasure in producing the most fabulous space imaginable while spending the least amount of money possible. And true pleasure is being able to enjoy one's home without worrying how one might pay for it.

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