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 style with the least amount of stuff.

Here’s the before of my sofa corner. I created an accidental gallery wall as a result of using lots of tiny art and feeling like it needed more stuff. It never felt right until I added a large piece on each wall (in the top photo). I could never get the pillows right and the rug was all wrong too. But I wasn’t sure how to fix it… Until I became a Cozy Minimalist.

And these two photos of my fireplace area show what happens when I let decorating just happen (top) verses when I approached the room like a Cozy Minimalist (below) and added the right things in the right sizes, in the RIGHT ORDER (this is KEY!). Less stuff, more my style.

For the past three months I’ve been working with a community of women who are now also Cozy Minimalists and they have made huge changes in their home.

Every week we work through a few steps and they apply it to their chosen room (in the right order AMEN) and they make a few changes, often using things they already have, that add up to an entirely fresh, simple yet inviting room that serves their family and represents their unique style.

Look at these transformations, I’m SO impressed!:

Rebekah’s Family Room:

Rebekah says: “This group has helped me to not be paralyzed by my fear of things not being perfect but to enjoy the process of making my home perfect to meet the needs of my family!”

Avery’s Porch:

Avery says “This community has helped me intentionally think through and execute the layers that go into creating a functional, beautiful, and comfortable space for my family.” And y’all, Avery’s porch was recently featured at Emily Henderson’s blog. Way to go Avery!

Fran’s Kitchen:

Fran says, “I love how this community inspires and encourages us to try new things (peel and stick backsplash!) and get projects going.”

Abby’s Dining Room:

Abby says “The CoMi community showed me the importance of investing in larger statement pieces (i.e. my chandelier, art work, and plant) for a cozier more minimal feel.”

Rebeca’s Family Room:

Rebeca says: “All this transformation happened (from) following advice from the nester, I thought I already had the best possible lay out for our studio/sitting room but a miracle happened when I quieted the room.

Jennifer’s Bedroom:

 Jennifer says: “I have learned so many things, but I guess the first big revelation was to empty the room and get the furniture placement right. Maybe obvious to some, but to me this was really valuable and changes the way I see all my rooms now! And I just love seeing everyone else’s progress and ideas!”

Robin’s Living Room:

Robin says:  “So many things have helped me !! “Hang curtains high and wide” made such a difference!!!”

Candace’s Dining Room:

Candace says: ” I have learned how to trust myself and the process of designing my home(IDHTBPTBB: it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful).”

Maybe some of these before photos look familiar to you.

If you are ready to make real changes in your home, if the idea of getting more style while using less stuff sounds magical-then you will absolutely want to join the Cozy Minimalist Community.

We open three times a year to new members and our doors are open until Tuesday night, June 25th. Click here now to find out what in the world I’m talking about, we’d love for you to join us!

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 that I bought at a yard sale nine years ago. You’ve seen this table all over my house and since we moved here, it’s been under the barn porch.

I really wanted an extra surface near our grill to set meat, drinks and appetizers on while we hung out on the house porch, so we moved it over to the house.

Then I went to At Home looking for some amazing lanterns to add some cozy lighting and big style. I found a lot more than lanterns of course…

I couldn’t help myself. This is more like the perfect eight. And I HELD BACK!

I narrowed down my choices, being picky with what comes into our home and wanting lots of style and function with each piece. I looked for:

  1. Large scale items
  2. Neutral colors
  3. Multi-functional pieces (it’s got to earn it’s keep, it can’t just sit there and look pretty, we have to be able to use it)

My trip to At Home was so fun and productive.

I like a little bit rustic and a little bit modern and I’m thrilled with what I found.

I decided to add two black metal chairs from At Home, they’re a traditional style with a modern edge.

And that basket with the fern in it? I bought that last year from, yep, you guessed it, At Home. I did notice that they still carry it if you’re interested.

And of course I found two charming white lanterns.

Y’all At Home is THE place to go for lanterns, they have aisles of them.

I love how versatile lanterns are–they look good in the summer with a backdrop of trees, but they’ll also look good in the fall, at Christmas and in the spring time. Plus, they don’t just look pretty, they add candlelight. And, bonus, you can use them inside or outside.

I also bought a super rustic live edge wood serving tray with rope handles, a quirky faux bois planter, a huge textural beach bag and a boat shaped crackle white vase.

The table looks great all day, every day when it’s styled with those few pieces.

But it really shines when you add life with food and flowers…

This is why I LOVE using neutrals for the base of most of our home. The color comes from the food and drinks and flowers and dish towels or table cloths. And I can change it up depending on the event or season.

If you are in need of a summer surface on your patio, shop your house for any kind of surface and then style it with a few large, neutral multi-functional items and I promise you’ll get a beautiful tables cape that will serve you for years.

thanks to At Home for sponsoring this post

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