Affordable frames with a minimal design.


Our DIY photo ledge wall is hands down one of my favorite DIY projects to date. It’s the most sentimental spot in our home, as some of our cherished and favorite memories are displayed there. This corner of our home is actually where I get the most questions in regards to the collection of frames I used.

Today I want to share where I purchased those frames so that you can create the same look in your own home! The best part? They’re all super affordable, and most can be partnered with a coupon saving you even more money!

For reference here’s a photo of our photo ledge. I’ve sourced the ones I remembered down below, and shared similar options in their place.

Hello, World!

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How to create a minimal, everyday dining room table.


Whether your home is an open floor plan layout like ours, or you have a formal dining room, minimal design can be applied to either situation. Creating minimal spaces will offer your room dimension with the help of color schemes and textures.

We just recently purchased this beautiful dining room table with these benches. They both add the perfect tone in our dining room, especially mixed with our diy modern fireplace transformation. We tied it all in with this gorgeous rug.

The only thing missing now is the everyday decor the top of the table. Right now it’s perfect as it is, but like I mentioned before I really want to add depth and dimension so make it look more ‘lived’ in and less unfinished. I touched base on this Instagram post in regards to minimalism and it not having to look ‘boring’ by showcasing a color block wall I did in our family room!

Today I want to share products I have my eye on when it comes to my everyday dining room design board. These are products I’m personally piecing together to put the finishing touches on our dining room.

This is the table we purchased. Here’s what it currently looks like in our dining room.

Here is an inspiration photo behind my dining room design board.

I was extremely drawn to the simplicity of the table and the one vase/bowl. I want to implement the same feel and aesthetic with our own dining room.

Here are the products I have in mind to create a minimal, everyday dining room table look.

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Are those not FREAKING gorgeous. I’m excited to see how they all come together on our table. And because I am a visual person, I’m thinking about doing a mock up of what they would all look like together! Is that something you guys would be interested in?

Hopefully this post on creating a minimal, everyday dining room table was helpful and motivating for your own space. You don’t have to have a full flown tablescape, sometimes it just takes a few beautiful products to pull the look together.

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Our top cozy and relaxing home product picks


We’re all about that comfy homebody life, and we’re assuming you are too since you’re reading this! There’s nothing better than snuggling on the couch underneath a cozy blanket bingeing on your favorite Netflix series, am I right? Today we’re sharing a few of our top picks for cozy home products!

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How to plan a minimal and budget friendly vow renewal bridal look


Ten years. Sometimes I can’t even believe ten years has gone by as quickly as it has, but it’s here. Here we are. Let’s do this!

Today I wanted to share the breakdown of how I developed my vow renewal look by taking bits and pieces of my inspiration and incorporating it into what it is now. This is a super cost effective solution if you want to stick to a budget, as well as stepping outside the norm.

I opted to create a personalized look of my own when I just couldn’t commit to a larger price tag purchase for this specific event. Yes I wanted all the beautiful pieces, but I had to be practical at the same time, and I think this look knocked all my dreams out of the park.

Here are two inspiration photos that started this creative process.

Both photos sourced from Pinterest.

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Holding onto keepsakes, letting the clutter go.


HOLD ONTO KEEPSAKES, WHILE LETTING GO OF CLUTTER.

I’ve had so many people reach out when it comes to holding onto sentimental items in your home. I totally get it, and I think it’s a natural instinct to want to hold onto something that holds emotional value. For me personally, I own about a handful of items that I have never even thought twice about when it comes to purging them.

For example, as silly as it sounds I still own a Disneyworld shirt that I got when our family went together in 1996. Yes it still fits me, yes I still wear it to bed, yes I wore it when we took our children, and YES I’ll most likely pass it down to my daughter. Some would argue to let go of a shirt, but for me it’s a connection to such a beautiful stage of life, and spending quality time with my family. It was such a big deal to vacation and I cherish that souvenir.

HOWEVER, I will argue back that said shirt doesn’t take up any space, and if we’re going to be 2019 about it I can also add that said shirt can be rolled and tucked away into it’s own little corner of joy. I literally just laughed out loud typing that, but the damn shirt brings me joy people!

So if you’re like me and own one-five items as a keepsake rock on, if you’re someone who struggles with narrowing down that souvenir collection, or here and there items, this post will help offer you some insight on how to move forward with holding onto keepsakes, but letting go of the clutter.

1.TAKE PHOTOS.

It’s that simple. Take photos of everything you hold onto that has sentimental value and document it. Open up online storage, like the cloud for example or a service like Dropbox. For me this step comes in handy with my children’s artwork. There’s just no possible way to save every single cotton ball creation my children bring home. On top of that the storage containers start to add up, and before you know it you need a storage unit for artwork alone.

I started taking photos of all of my children’s artwork throughout the year, and store it in an art folder on my Dropbox. I plan on going back through and making books of their artwork, but might wait until they’re a little older.

By taking photos of your sentimental items, you allow yourself to still go back and reminisce, without the physical mess.

2. WRITE ABOUT IT.

This step is kind of a branch off of the first step, however think about how many times you actually write something down? We often times don’t because we have the physical item there with us so therefore the word documentation isn’t needed. I also realize it’s not necessarily a great idea to start a collection of notebooks and journals, because that’s just the start of a never ending collection. Look into the digital world to relieve you of the pages. There are so many free options out there when it comes to blogging on an online journal. Write about your vacations, special celebrations like birthdays, I mean I could easily start a blog off of the crazy things my children say.

3. SHARE THE ITEM.

Right now I currently have over 25 bins of my great grandmothers fabric. A few of those still remain in our basement, and the remainder are not residing in our garage. They storage boxes take us so much space, and I’ve struggled with trying to sell them because deep down I’m like, “You can’t just let this go, these remnants are from a woman who made her own clothes and quilts. However, I realized pretty quickly that sewing just isn’t in my genes, and while I can appreciate the art of creating with fabric, it personally just isn’t for me.

So instead of holding onto boxes and boxes of antique fabric, I’ve been on the hunt to find an avid sewing who enjoys quilting in their past time. This will assist me in freeing up some much needed space, and will give someone else the ability to create something beautiful. It’s a win-win.

I’ve mentioned a few of the next things in my previous posts revolved around minimalism, but wanted to reiterate a few key points that are important to remember when you’re struggling with your journey to minimalism and letting things go.

  • Do you use it on a daily basis? I’ve mentioned in this post, that I only display with importance. If it gets used on a daily basis it stays, if I only use it once a month it’s going to find a new home.

  • Is it something that your family/children will benefit from? It may not be specific to a Disneyland shirt, but is it something that you can confidently say your children will love and appreciate when they’re older? If so hold onto it.

  • If your house was burning down, would it be one of the first things you think of after your family and children, or pets were safe? If so, then it’s important, if not there’s no need to have it in your home.

I hope these tips on how to hold onto keepsakes, without holding onto the clutter was helpful. We all have things we’re attached to, the solution and struggle lies behind what form we’re going to cherish those memories in. This post offers your memories and sentimental attachments in the form of photographs, words, and passing it down to your children/family members.

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HOLD ONTO KEEPSAKES, SAY GOODBYE TO CLUTTER.

How to become a successful minimalist using these daily habits


Daily habits of a successful minimalist.

You can do these simple tasks every single day to ensure an overall sense of peace in your mind and body. Becoming a successful minimalist doesn’t require much, just dedication of daily habits and standing by them. Here are a few ways you can be a successful minimalist on a daily basis.

  1. Clean and clear surfaces every morning. For me personally, this is me waking up, unloading the dishwasher from the previous night, loading any dishes (if any) that need to go in. Once this is done all of my counters are wiped down, and nothing goes on them that doesn’t belong. This habit takes less than five minutes out of my morning.

  2. Stay thankful and grounded. Successful minimalists don’t have to sit around and compare their lives and things they own to others, whether personally or online via Instagram/Pinterest. If you’re content with the items you have displayed in your home, nothing else matters.

  3. Patience is key to spending. Give yourself time to ponder on a purchase. This can be difficult for me personally, because I am so instant gratification. However, if you find something you like, give it a few weeks. If you forget about it, odds are you didn’t need it anyways.

  4. Time well spent. Only devote your time and energy into things that bring your passion and joy. There’s no point in dabbling in something that doesn’t add positive value to your life. For me, I love creating and thinking outside the box. I could do that for hours. One thing I don’t enjoy is baking. I wouldn’t devote hours of my day trying to bake a new recipe.

  5. Tidy as you go. Just like the habit listed above for my morning kitchen routine, I do the same thing with all other habits like cooking dinner. Why wait until you’re done eating to clean up. I clean up as I go, so when we’re finished eating a meal we can sit down and relax. Done with a pot? Wash it while something is in the oven.

  6. Spend less time on the gram. This wraps up several of these habits into one. However, the endless rabbit hole of scrolling isn’t a productive habit, so it’s time to break that. Create a time limit for yourself when it comes to social media and be purposeful and mindful when you’re on it. You’re guaranteed success with less distraction.

Our favorite scandinavian pieces for your home


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Jump start your life as a minimalist


Minimalism seems to be all the rage right now, however it has been around for decades. If you’ve never practiced minimalism, than you could very well have a skewed view of what a minimal lifestyle looks like. We’re here to share that minimalism looks different for everybody. Don’t assume the picture in your head of an empty house is an accurate depiction of what minimalism is. In fact, a minimal lifestyle will leave you feeling anything but empty.

Today we wanted to start with how you can jump start your life as a minimalist. By going through these simple steps, you’ll be able to have a clear vision and be able to attack your goals head on. Minimalism can seem intimidating, especially if you have a tendency to hold onto inanimate objects, whether that’s due to emotional attachment or fear of getting rid of something and needing it again for example, So let’s see how we can put the simple motto of, “identify the essentials, get rid of the rest!” into action.

Here are simple steps you can take to move forward to a freeing, minimalist lifestyle!

  • What is your goal? Why would you want to start a minimal lifestyle? Is it because you are a parent and are completely overwhelmed by how much your house has changed with parenthood? This was a huge factor for us, and a huge reason behind our journey to minimalism. Do you want to obtain fewer toys? Break a collection habit? Put an end to shopping addiction (ahem, read: consumerism). At the end of the day we just craved more connection and spending more time with our kids.

  • Make a list + decide what you want to keep. This is the easiest, but most time consuming, part of the process in our opinion. This step is all about a scale of importance. Our rule of thumb is, “does it get used on a daily/weekly basis?” If not it’s got to go. There’s no reason to be holding onto things that are just essentially being ‘stored’. Our homes aren’t a storage unit.

  • Stop shopping. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. Stop shopping. Make it a goal that every single time you enter a store it’s to purchase essentials only. Only bring things into your home that have purpose and provide for you (food).

  • Experiences over possessions. This step will make an instant HUGE impact on your life. Besides the research completed to back this up, you will LIVE life, and not COLLECT life.

  • Create a capsule wardrobe. Your closet and mind will thank you for this step. Imagine eliminating 50% of your laundry and gaining that back in TIME. You can read more about how to create a capsule wardrobe here.

  • COMMIT. It’s as simple as that. Commit to these changes and you will feel free, successful, and have a clear mind.

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