Amy Nolfo & Brad Bingley, Ottawa Lake, MI, US

Heres an idea... Go to college. In fact dont just go to college, go to college, then keep going to college and get an MBA. Buy some fabulous grey suits. Work for corporate America or better yet, go live in Switzerland and work for an international corporation for a few years then come back to the states and work for corporate America in your fabulous grey suit. Dread every minute of it. Loathe waking up each morning. All you really want to do is fix things. Build things. Build things out of wood and metal. Build with your hands just like you did as early as the age of 5 in your Fathers' workshop. From an early age you had a hammer or saw in hand, helping to build everything from a cottage porch to a bucolic farmhouse to an ocean going sailboat. You long to share the ideal of being an entrepreneur and making it under your own steam with your 3 beloved children. But making a living, doing what you love is just a dream for now. So you keep slaving away for corporate America and the grey suit world.

Meanwhile... 5 hours a way, a crazy girl Mr. "Here's an idea" (whom you just met above) knew back in college has been building an interior design & antiques/vintage home furnishings business for the last 20 years. She has been in love with the creative process all her life, the Daughter of an artist, you could say the creativity is in her blood. Her first collection consisted of a cigar box her Uncle gave her when she was 5 years old which she promptly filled with small, rusty tractor parts from her Fathers' shop. She now sells antiques & vintage furnishings as well as original assemblage art pieces she creates in her home studio. She too had once sold her soul to corporate America, but she had finally escaped. In the midst of it all she found time to write a childrens' book and adopt two, bouncing baby boys. She was running her business full time but wanting to take a fresh approach. Looking for a partner with the skills to build the designs in her heart and in her head. Furnishings built from salvage. She had a dream of a business centered around re-purposing, re-cycling & re-designing pieces and parts of the past into functional, beautiful furnishings for her Patrons' homes. She couldnt do it alone.

Youre not going to believe this BUT... Mr."Here's an idea" and Ms. "Meanwhile 5 hours away" reconnected in 2008 after 20 years apart through a group of college friends who were chatting on Facebook. They both happened to be at a turning point in their lives. He wanted to leave corporate America behind and build with his hands. She wanted to bring a new purpose to her business. Next thing you know these two, crazy, college friends... Now in their 40s, joined forces, got married, moved to the country and together with their 5 Hobbits (aka - children) are co-creating the world they once only dreamt of. A world where junk is transformed & given new life. From roadside finds to salvaged lumber, thrift store treasures, barn sale antiques, pieces and parts... they are all welcomed in their world.

Now that you have the short version of this adventure please allow us to introduce ourselves... We are the Husband & Wife team of Bradley Bingley & Amy Nolfo. Brads Business, The Tao of Restoration specializes in custom, built from salvage home furnishings and retail displays. Amys business specializes in vintage and antique furnishings for cottage, home & garden, her handmade assemblage art pieces as well as showcasing Brads handmade from vintage salvage furniture. Together we design, build and create pieces with a past. Corporate America is now a distant memory. We are on the frontlines of the handmade revolution happening here in America and we are humbled to have our work be a part of this growing movement. The truth is we love what we do and we are passionate about our work. You can catch us live and in person at many shows around the Midwest and beginning Summer 2014 you can visit our barn gallery & workshop here in Michigan. To keep up with our travels, discuss custom projects, see current inventory, show schedules & barn events please visit our websites...

Brad - Thetaoofrestoration.com
Amy - Butterbeansantiques.com

We are honored and humbled by the opportunity to be Contributors to the JunkMarket Style community. A place where creative, like minded individuals share ideas, projects, trends, style & design. We look forward to sharing with you!

Brad & Amy

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