The Beginning


  As a child I would spend hours rearranging my mom’s home and  decorating it with whatever was available. Looking back it is so easy to see that my surroundings have always affected my feelings and mood.  I like to make things pretty! I like to give new life to old items! Truth is, I’m thrilled to find a great piece at a great price.

I’ve had several careers in my life, but they have all revolved around some type of creativity. I was a cosmetologist in central Kansas for 28 years and loved every minute of it.  There was for me, satisfaction of a job well done and more importantly helping others to feel good about themselves.  All the while I was doing this, I painted, papered, and decorated not only our home but those of friends and family. 

About 12 years ago my husband and I moved to southwestern Kansas in the heart of the high plains.  I continued to decorated and remodel our home and helped others along the way.  About a year ago, there was a change taking place in my life, I was working part time and continued to ask,”What am I suppose to do with my life, God”?  While driving down the street one day, the answer was very loud and clear, “Do the furniture”!  And as usual, my response was something like,”How do I market anything living in sw Kansas?” The answer I recieved was very loud and clear, “You need a product before you need a marketing plan!”  So, I began that day to purchasing and refresh furniture and home decor. After so many years of wondering, it was suddenly so clear, I LOVED what I WAS DOING.

All of this was happening in the spring of 2011.  I kept thinking about what a transformation accured on the prairie when it rained.  Parched brown grass would suddenly green up and thousands of beautiful vibrant wild flowers would appear. The prairie was clean, fresh and alive. That is how I viewed what I was doing to furniture and home decor!  I was refreshing it, bringing it back to life, and repurposing it.  And that is how “Prairie Rain Designs”, was born.