Owner & Founder
Amanda Burgess-Proctor is owner and founder of Dee Dee's. She has a life-long love of antiques and vintage furniture courtesy of her mother Dee, the shop's namesake. She enjoys refinishing pieces, but especially loves meeting and talking to people and researching the history of each piece. She lives in Royal Oak with her husband and three teenage daughters. When she's not treasure-hunting, Amanda is a criminologist and professor at Oakland University. She enjoys running, live music, and crime policy almost as much as she loves antiques.
Liz Tillander began reimagining furniture in 2016 after taking a chalk paint class to learn how to transform her pickled oak cabinets. That project stirred a long-forgotten passion that began when she was a child, tinkering in her papa’s workshop, immersed in the scents of sawdust, varnish, and the wood-burning stove. Liz loves breathing new life into long-neglected pieces, restoring the piece to its original beauty or using paints and finishes to modernize and enhance its natural beauty. Through the process of restoration, Liz listens for the “soul” of the furniture, crafting a name and short story about each piece. Raised in Royal Oak, Liz now lives in Clarkston with her husband, twin children, two dogs, five goldfish, and a leopard gecko. Liz is a licensed social worker by day, serving as the deputy director of the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice at the School of Social Work at Wayne State University.
Debi Weathers, owner of Vintage Accents, specializes in restoring the beauty of the past and adding character to any style. Debi has always had a passion for decorating and has been restoring unique vintage treasures since 2008. After a career in the auto industry, she most recently sold her items in a specialty children's boutique in downtown Birmingham. Debi feels that there is nothing more exciting than transforming an old, tired piece of furniture into a one-of-a-kind treasure that will bring a lifetime of new memories. She helps her clients appreciate that reviving pieces they already own adds a special beauty to their home. She currently lives in Farmington Hills and is excited to bring her talents to the Dee Dee's team.
Marilynn Peterson is owner of Maribel Designs (and Amanda's mother-in-law). She has been sewing since she was 10 years old. Her love for sewing came from observing and assisting her mother, Maribel, who sewed anything her family needed. Marilynn’s childhood projects were simple and later evolved into sewing most of her clothes throughout her middle and high school years, and even took on sewing all of her bridesmaids' dresses made of velvet and lace! Life got busy for Marilynn once she had a family and worked outside the home. In retirement, Marilynn once again found time for her sewing passion and hasn’t stopped! She loves creating unique throw pillows from vintage and vintage-inspired fabric for Dee Dee’s, and hopes her handmade pillows will find a place in your home!
Ms. Pâté is Amanda's beloved porch goose. Always carefully attired in festive fashions that change with the seasons, the weather, and major holidays, she resides on the front porch of Amanda's home in Royal Oak. Follow her on Instagram here.