Women in Business Wednesday: Amanda McKey Designs

Welcome Women in Business Wednesday! This week, we’re introducing one of our own …  Amanda Orr!

Amanda is our Design Associate and Store Manager at Whitetail Farm. Extremely talented, articulate, and creative she spends her time at Whitetail sharing her business and design skills with our team and clients. From greeting customers and managing/merchandising the store, to creating design boards and sketching custom art for our marketing materials, this multi-talented lady amazes us all.

Seriously --- who does this much (and, who does it all well)?

When she’s not working at Whitetail, Amanda spends more time creating for her own business, Amanda McKey Designs. Custom wedding and event invitations, bespoke stationery and ready-made art prints are just some of the items that she offers. Her custom art and business branding offer each client something thoughtful and artistic. She brings life to each piece that she makes giving clients unique, customized pieces. ⠀⠀Her love of art and design might have come from her grandma (aka-Moom), who was also known for her immersion in the design industry. Seeing these women together is special, especially knowing that the incredible talent has been passed on from generations!

Amanda is the real deal - she’s a young, but has an old soul and we are super grateful to have her presence among us at Whitetail.

Check out her website (amandamckey.com) and instagram @amandamykeydesigns to see her beautiful portfolio and unlimited talent!!!


Job Title:

Owner, Amanda McKey Designs | Design Associate & Store Manager, Whitetail Farm


Name a trend that will never go out of style:

Fireplaces. We light a fire almost nightly. Also, vintage rugs.

Name a trend you hope never comes back:

Cherry wood.

Design advice to live by:

My favorite design quote is by Bunny Williams: “If you love something it will work. That’s the only rule.” It reminds me of my aunt, Peanut. Her home is a treasure chest of found, beloved objects; bird’s eggs she came across in the woods, kid art, totem poles, vintage photos. Most people would never put these pieces together, but it SO works. It’s one of my favorite spaces of all time. My favorite thing is to walk into someone’s house and feel how much they love it.

What's on your coffee table?

Always books. One sip over my wine limit and I’m on Amazon ordering a one of the 50 that sit in my cart. Some of my all-time faves: Surf Shack, My Last Supper and Living with Pattern.


Most beloved item in your closet:

The leather jacket I stole from my mom years ago (landed my my fiancé) and my grandpa’s oversized fisherman sweater.

Ideal vacation:

Harbor Springs with my family. My parents have a place up there. It’s my favorite spot on earth and they’re my favorite peeps on earth.

Describe your favorite pair of shoes:

Leopard loafers and my Frye boots. I’ve re-soled them 3 times.

Who do you love to follow on Instagram:

@jooleeloren, @newenglandloom, @the_shoopkeepers, @amberinteriors, @studiomcgee, @what_my_daughter_wore, @maggiecoledraws,


What's on your saved ticket right now:

XL Marble and wood cheese board, LapCo sheet masks, anything rattan/cane.

Being a part of the Whitetail team:

Makes me feel like the luckiest girl in the world. Who loves their job this much?


Go-to drink order:

Pinot Noir or Dirty Martini with Bleu Cheese Olives

Best restaurant in Ann Arbor (or the area):

Knight’s on Dexter.

Favorite way to spend a day off:

With my fiancé, James, and our dog.

If you could have brunch with anyone who would it be?

My little sis.

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