Hi. I’m The Faux Martha.
But first I’m Melissa. I’m a designer, home cook, baker, dishwasher, wife, mother, friend, cozy minimalist, author, and a believer in the ordinary magic of the everyday.
The Faux Martha is a personal lifestyle blog focused on designing simple solutions to make the everyday doable and beautiful. This space is heavily influenced by cozy minimalism, my child psychologist husband (Kev), my 5-year-old daughter (Hallie), and the city of Minneapolis. You’ll find posts on recipes, our home, minimalism, design and motherhood. Where life stops and dinner starts is a bit blurry.
About the food
These are the recipes that dress our table week in and week out. During the week we make quick minimal dinners, mostly plant-based. But when a craving for hamburgers or chicken fajitas hit, we jump on it. By weekend we bake the slow and classic way. I’m a purist at heart. Butter, cream, milk, eggs, and flour (especially wheat) all have a place in my kitchen. I prefer a handful of tried and true recipes that I can change up from season to season, which is what you’ll find here. Aside from my deep love of food, I love its reminder to stop everything and gather.
About my cookbook
The Minimalist Kitchen: 100 Wholesome Recipes, Essential Tools, and Efficient Techniques published in April 2018 by Oxmoor House. It’s a deep reflection of this space. You can read more about the book in detail here.
About my design philosophy
I prefer simplicity to chaos. For that reason, I lean on minimalism as a tool in my toolbox to make the everyday more doable. It touches everything from the way I design a recipe to the way I decorate my home. It’s no surprise, I love negative and white space—in my images, on my walls, in my calendar, and in my headspace. Where minimalism starts and stops in this space is a bit unpredictable. Let it be.
History of The Faux Martha
A lot of years ago, I went against everything I learned in marketing class and named my blog after an existing brand—Martha Stewart. My grandma called me Martha in high school and college for my many domestic interests. I also watched taped episodes of Martha Stewart while working out. You know, doing what the cool kids were doing. The name seemed fitting, so I bought the URL, and now we’re married for better or worse.
I started this space at the end of 2008 to document life after moving away from my Texas family. It quickly turned into a food blog. I’d spend hours on the weekend in my tiny Chicago kitchen, as the wife of an always studying husband in graduate school, cooking the weekend away, learning to cook. Four years in Chicago, two in New Haven, and now we live indefinitely in Minneapolis, a city I’ve fallen madly in love with. We built a home here, which has also become a large part of this space. You can follow along as we slowly decorate The Fauxhouse, our minimal city farmhouse.
Thank you for your presence here. I hope you come hungry and leave full.
Blogging is my hobby turned job, but still very much a hobby. I love this space. To splice together a living, I partner exclusively with a small handful of brands that we naturally use—the ones in our pantry and around our house. These are brands that feel like a part of our family. If you’d like to work with me, please contact us. You’ll also see some affiliate links within posts and ads around the site. Thank you for supporting the brands that support me, that allow me to do work that I love, that continue to make this website a free resource.