A post from The Fauxmartha on minimalism and kids toys

Do you remember when I started a permanent series on Minimalism twelve days after the new year? Well, twelve days after that, I signed a contract to write the cookbook The Minimalist Kitchen, which will be in your hands April 2018. This series (and life) took a major pause as every effort went into creating the book. I wont write a whole lot more on minimalism in the kitchen until after the book comes out, which creates plenty of space to talk about minimalism from a different perspective. Since the beginning of January, I’ve gotten several emails about minimalism and kids with subject lines like—SOS, Help, is it even possible?! Read more

I should know by now that the word never never holds up. After turning in my last paper in college, I swore I’d never write another. In college, I also swore I’d never dabble in web design or take pictures with a heavy camera, especially one set on manual mode. Over lunch with a freelance designer early in my design career, I swore I’d never work for myself because taxes and accounting. And then, as so many of my friends began to publish cookbooks, I swore I’d never write one myself. A couple years into swearing that, I added the caveat, unless one pours out of me. Read more

Minimal Cozy Christmas | @thefauxmartha

After posting the fireplace reveal, I’ve gotten a couple of emails and comments with the same question—how will you decorate for Christmas? With plenty of green garland, vintage red, buffalo print, and not much else. As you well know by now, I’m a minimalist by nature. The best thing about garland and real trees—they disappear (get recycled) after the holidays. This is coming from the girl who toted a fake tree to 3 states purchased from Target at 75% off in college. Every apartment we rented had to have room for that human-sized box. Sorry Kev. Read more

Building a Minimalist Pantry | @thefauxmartha

At my first design job out of school, we had an efficiency box. If a step in the workflow seemed inefficient, you put anonymous feedback in the box—either a problem or a solution. Upwards of 12 people touched a project during its lifetime. To meet deadlines and create great work without mistakes, an efficient workflow was key. It hit me while dialoguing about Minimalism in the Kitchen during the A Couple Cooks podcast—the kitchen pantry should be no different. It should be smart and efficient. It should work for you, not against you. So, I built a minimalist pantry. Read more

When I started registering for Hallie well over a year ago, I was beyond overwhelmed. The big box baby stores nearly swallowed me whole upon entrance. There were far too many options on the shelf, and every store told me I needed 10,000 products that all served a different purpose. Gulp. After seeing moms around town, toting what seemed like a large suitcase + a baby, I believed them. Maybe I wasn’t cut out for this after all. So I went in search (for many, many hours) to find products that served multiple purposes, grew with the baby when possible, were affordable (with a couple splurges here and there), and, dare I say, beautiful. Scrolling down, I still gasp that I call this a minimalist baby registry. No matter the case, they require stuff. I’ve included what we bought (and thought) and what we skipped. Above all, every baby and family is so, so different. Find things that work for your lifestyle. Here’s what worked for us.

Minimalist Baby Registry sleeping items from The Fauxmartha Read more