The {Cozy} Minimal List: Weekend Links #91

Y’all. 2 weeks, $1000 an amazing kitchen makeover // Chris Loves Julia

I’m obsessed with this cozy collected house. // Cocollected

Pretty kitchen and all I could think about was adding a towel bar to the end of my island like this one // Kate Lester Interiors

A great example of adding low commitment color with candles, flowers and books // Sean Pritchard

Souper Creamy Lemon Butter Cheesy Zucchini Orzo // Half Baked Harvest

How to Never Feel Behind at Home // my latest post here on the blog

How to Never Feel Behind at Home

After almost two months away, I finally logged onto Instagram this past week and BAM! –everyone is doing amazing things in their homes!  

Of course, I follow all sorts of home accounts, friends, heroes and DIY mavens and I couldn’t believe how much progress people made in their home while I was vacuuming cat hair out my junk drawer and throwing away holey underwear this summer.

I am so SO happy for them and inspired by all the progress, truly, but by no fault of anyone but myself, I can easily slip into the mode of feeling like I must be the slowest person ever when it comes to finishing our house.  

It’s been six years, why can’t we finish up this fixer upper already?! 

Then I ran across this Instagram post by my dear friend Ruth. 

Ruth was writing about her own fixer upper and she says:

“…the SECRET to dreams coming true 

is to want everything you CAN do, 

when you CAN’T do everything you want to.”


–Ruth Chou Simons

Time, money, inspiration, skill and the freedom to make changes all affect what we can do in our homes on any given day, week month or year.

But no matter what our circumstances are, there are always tiny things we CAN do. 

For me, one way of doing what I COULD DO this summer looked like taking three carloads of stuff to the goodwill and painting the ends of my kitchen island to cover up the dirt.  

What does it look like for you today?

PS, one way I remind myself of how far we’ve come is to look at before photos. Next week, I’ll share some before and current photos of our fixer upper over the past six years.

Stuff Manager to Cozy Minimalist: Before and After

Maybe you’ve seen or noticed the transformation in my home over the years. I’ve learned how to transition from being a Stuff Manager, to a Chief Home Curator who is super picky about what comes into my home. When it comes to decorating, I’m a Cozy Minimalist which means I want the most amount of […]

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A Summer Table

‘Tis the season to do everything outside and I couldn’t be happier! I recently partnered with At Home for a “Perfect One” challenge. The idea was to start with something you already had and then add in a few finds from At Home to complete the look. Yes, please. I started with this farmhouse table […]

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Three Mantras

I’ve never been one to put a bunch of random inspirational quotes all over my office, locker or dorm, no matter the decade. I’m a minimalist with a side of cozy, (or coziest with a side of minimal depending on the day) so anything I have up on my walls has to earn its keep. […]

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The {Cozy} Minimal List

I’m loving the balance happening in this photo: the masculine/feminine, the round/straight/organic shapes, the serious/playful, the lights/contrasts plus, there are a pair of swings over there on the right. Here’s how to make your own indoor swings from Simply Suzys ‘Tis the season for a hat wall. I’m updating my hat wall (I just use […]

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