WHAT WE DO

At The Simple Home, our mission has been shaped by our founding philosophy — to help make senior living communities more beautiful, comfortable, and home-like for the residents who live there. We source home accessories for common areas, model apartments, and memory care activities for senior living companies and their interior designers. See our services to learn more about how we can help you!

MEET OUR TEAM

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Amanda Nowak

Founder & Lead Designer

When Amanda went to college for interior design she imagined she would eventually work as a residential designer. After two summers at an architecture firm where she worked on various healthcare projects (including a senior living campus), she realized her passion was to help make these often cold and sterile spaces beautiful and comfortable for those who used them. After college, she traveled the country working as an interior designer for a large senior living company. When working on renovations, she loved seeing the transformation of the residents when she was able to provide them with appropriate, comfortable furniture in arrangements that inspired interaction and activities (especially life skill stations in memory care communities!)

In 2012, Amanda’s husband’s catering business, Tall Guy and a Grill, started taking off and he needed help-so together they made the decision that she would leave her job. She grew up in a restaurant family and was excited to bring her experience to the table, but knew she would miss working in senior living. By founding The Simple Home she found a way to continue following her passion for senior living, and created solutions for some of the inconveniences she found when working as a designer.

No day is the same for Amanda. She is often away from the office visiting communities or going to trade shows to find new products. When in the office she does what any owner does-a little bit of everything! Even though she travels extensively for The Simple Home, she does love to travel for pleasure. With both her and The Tall Guy running businesses, precious time together is spent trying new restaurants and spending time at home with Murphy (our Director of Culture).

 

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Rachel Saeger

Design & Office Assistant

Rachel joined The Simple Home team in September 2015 and has been functioning as the company’s Design & Office Assistant. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and in the midst of her education stumbled into a caregiver position in a memory care facility. After college, she continued to work in senior living facilities as a caregiver as well as a Life Enrichment Coordinator, doing art related activities with residents. As a part of The Simple Home, she is able to utilize her background in art and design combined with experience in senior care to contribute to the specific nature of the company. Around the office, Rachel attacks a variety of tasks ranging from ordering, receiving, and shipping accessories for facilities, constructing design boards and creating install plans for building renovations, and also aiding in the physical process of the building installation. Outside of work, Rachel loves traveling, thrifting, decorating, designing, cooking, shooting film, and snuggling up with her boyfriend, pup, and turntable at the end of the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Andrew Weins

Operations Manager

Andrew joined The Simple Home team in October 2015 as the Operations Manager.  Since joining The Simple Home, Andrew earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University. Prior to working for The Simple Home, Andrew worked as an operations manger for a Fortune 500 company and an owner of a small business.  In addition to working for The Simple Home, Andrew continues to serve in the United States Army Reserves as an Army Career Counselor, where over a 12-year career he has achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class. As a part of The Simple Home, he is able to utilize his background in operations, logistics, and process development to contribute to the operational development of the company. Around the office, Andrew manages a variety of tasks ranging from ordering, inventory management, accounts payable/receivable, and customer service. Outside of work, Andrew enjoys raising his two-year-old daughter, playing volleyball, and exploring new bars and restaurants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Murphy Nowak

Director of Culture

Murphy has been a part of The Simple Home since the beginning, when the first headquarters was in his house! He hangs around the office part-time, and helps remind the team (by purposeful nose-pokes) that it’s important to laugh and have fun in our day. You will often find him encouraging playtime and walks around the neighborhood. He is also the unofficial security system/doorbell when people visit the office. In his free time, Murphy likes to play fetch, nap in the sun, and follow around his mom waiting for her to drop food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUR CORE VALUES 

1) Make a Difference

We are passionate about making a difference in someone’s life. Creating a lasting impact that transforms the lives of those we touch is what gives us purpose, direction, and fulfillment in our lives.

2) Show Compassion & Kindness

We are inspired by the power of compassion and kindness. It is through our selfless acts that we can change outcomes and make a difference in others’ lives.

3) Focus on Positive Experiences

We are motivated by our ability to create positive experiences. Our dedication to the quality of the services and products we offer is of the highest importance to us.

4) Pursue Progress that Matters

We believe that a constant pursuit of growth and learning is essential towards fulfilling our needs and advancing the company. Improving ourselves and how our business operates will give us the tools needed to make a difference in our world.