Hi. I’m The Faux Martha.


But first I’m Melissa. You can call me Mel or The Faux as my husband, Kev, now so affectionately calls me. I’m a designer, home cook, baker, dishwasher, wife, mother, and cozy minimalist. I believe in the ordinary magic of the everyday.

The Faux Martha is a personal blog, written exclusively by me, Melissa, and influenced heavily 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 the stories they tell and their reminder to stop everything and gather.

About my cookbookThe 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 great detail here.

About my design philosophy—I prefer simplicity to chaos. For that reason, I lean on minimalism to make the everyday more doable. Control what you can, so that you can handle the rest. I love negative and white space—in my images, on my walls, and in my calendar. Where minimalism starts and stops is a bit unpredictable. Whether I’m designing a recipe or a room, I wont stop until the form meets the function. To have one without the other feels unfinished.

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.


What kind of camera do you shoot with?
I shoot with a Canon Rebel T1i body and a Tamron 28-75 mm f/2.8 lens Canon 6D and a Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens and a Canon 35mm f/2 lens. I’m self taught and still learning as I go. I shoot on a white Ikea desktop. For my fauxtography tips, head over here or here.

Do you take on sponsored posts and giveaways?
Yes. But only if it’s natural fit. Please contact us for rates.


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. You’ll also see some affiliate links within posts. Thank you for supporting the brands that support me.

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