Meet Tamara Day
Designer Tamara Day is a purveyor of the glam and cozy. This busy wife and mother of four styles for the spirited home, mixing glam, comfort, and family. Tamara’s sense of style and eye for what works has created an insatiable demand for her interior design expertise, furniture and décor.
Tamara grew up on the Midwestern plains in Salina, Kansas. Her “do-it-yourself” skill set comes from considerable experience in renovating homes. Growing up, she learned how to rehab houses from her dad, Ward Schraeder. After getting married, Tamara and her husband took on old, dilapidated homes that no one wanted and turned them into beautiful spaces.
One home in particular made Tamara the sought after designer and renovator she is today. While rescuing a home from foreclosure and neglect, the economy tanked, forcing Tamara to do a lot of the physical renovation work herself. To stay on budget, she went to estate sales and redesigned furniture to fit her vision for the house. Out of this experience, a new brand was born— Growing Days, Tamara’s interior design, furniture, décor and lifestyle business.
On DIY Network’s Bargain Mansions, Tamara and her crew renovate big, old houses that she finds at bargain prices. While respecting the integrity and history of the homes, she integrates modern design, function and style to the space – perfect for today’s families.
Fans of Tamara’s signature style and the DIY show can buy her specially curated finds for their own homes. Growing Days includes a mobile boutique and an online store – coming in 2017.
Where it all began
A Day Remodel That Turned into a Career
After graduating with a degree in communications at Kansas State, Tamara Day never thought she’d be where she is today, giving old homes new life. Her husband, Bill Day, grew up with parents that owned a lot of rental properties. He bought his first property at 16 and while in college, managed 12 rental properties.
Soon after they were married, Tamara and Bill began buying dilapidated homes to restore and sell. They have re-done everything from great big houses to little Prairie Village homes.
In 2008, they took on their biggest project of all. A 5,000 square foot foreclosed home that required a complete re-haul to make livable. The home was a wreck when Tamara and Bill first bought the house. It was filled with trash and virtually all of the appliances that were left by the previous owner had been destroyed.
Tamara designed every inch of the house herself. But the recession hit that same year and the Days had to quickly learn how to do a lot of things on their own, especially Tamara. So she picked up a hammer and got to work. Whatever could be done, if she could physically do it she was working on it.
Eventually, the project that turned out to be a diamond in the rough got the attention of local magazines. And now, years later, Tamara has made a design career for herself both on and off the screen.
Tamara is starring in her own DIY Network TV show “Bargain Mansions,” which will follow her and her team through the design process of transforming local homes.
“Bargain Mansions” will be filmed in Kansas City as the Days renovate six houses in Kansas City over 12 episodes. Tamara and her team keep to a tight schedule of two houses every two months.
Tamara loves a bountiful home with layers and intentionality. “I like things that have meaning and story behind them,” Tamara said.