Okay, so here’s the thing. I want to bring you guys into our home. I do.
Here’s the deal.
I suffer from this thing called perfectionism. I’ve considered writing a blog post about it, and trust me I realize it’s not attainable, I know. I’m working on it. It’s a struggle and a process to overcome it and I’m working on it little by little.
That being said, our home is not necessarily our priority. I am not the person that moves in a home or apartment and immediately pulls it together to create my “perfect” sanctuary. Do I want to be that person? Absolutely! But there are things I prioritize higher than the aesthetics of my home — kids, healthy meals, being a good wife, etc.
Therefor, two years living into our home and it’s still no where near being finished. Not even close. And I can’t justify sharing it when it’s not ready. I’m not sure it will ever be ready. We want to rip out carpet, change kitchen cabinets, build a serene backyard … there’s so much to be done!
But okay, I write a blog and film videos on my YouTube channel about minimalism. So naturally I get lots of questions regarding my home –>
What does the home of a minimalist with children look like?
First things first, my “minimalism” will look very different than your minimalism. One day I might live in a micro home and spend most of my time traveling the world with one backpack. But one day is not today. Today I have two very beautiful, very active children and a husband who is confined to our hometown as a partner in his family’s business. Therefor, our home is our sanctuary and while I personally have very little belongings, my family members are not necessarily “minimalists” and our home reflects that.
Little steps then, yea?
Enter: our minimal, black and white gallery wall.
When I saw this space originally, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. The space is the first thing you see when you enter the front door. I wanted it to tell a story, to draw eyes and have people ask questions.
Each photo has a story. Well, all but one of them but I’ll get into that.
(P.s. Thank the UNIVERSE, we finally got rid of the book shelf photographed below! The room is now very minimal and relaxing. We also changed the curtains, but that’s neither here nor there.)
It’s funny because I was listening to “The Minimalist” podcast today and they discussed how so many people tell them
I could NEVER be a minimalist! Minimalists don’t have any artwork; no expression!
Minimalism is not about what you don’t have. Rather, what you have. The things you have should bring value to your life. Artwork brings a great deal of value to many minimalists, myself included.
It could be fun to share the significance of each photo so you can get a better idea of who I am. I will link each photo to the website where I purchased it.
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The hands – I purposely ordered this print smaller than the others. These hands represent life. A pulse. I have suffered from anxiety and panic attacks for as long as I can remember. As a small child I was extremely anxious, about everything. This photo reminds me that my anxiety does not control nor define me. At the end of the day I’m still alive, breathing, with a pulse. I chose to keep it small because I choose not to ignore my mental health, but it’s a small fraction of my life that I will not allow to dominate my actions.
Grueling bears – These bears represent my husband and I. My husband and I are complete opposites. Night and day. Black and white. Fire and Ice. But we come together effortlessly. Our relationship makes me believe in soul mates. He’s the ying to my yang. Polar opposites, but we come together as one entity.
The camera – The camera represents my creativity. My love of capturing a moment in time. A person bursting into laughter or a mother crying as she drops her kids off at school for the first time. Photographing a home that tells a story or the adventures of a nomad. It reminds me to see life through a lens . . . to take in every moment and share my journey with the world. And it represents this blog; a stepping stone to a greater purpose.
Bullmastiff – This is pretty self explanatory. My love for my girl runs deep. She came into our lives at a time when I didn’t even know I needed her. My love for the bully breed started with her. Never in my life have I seen a dog so in love with and so attentive to her little humans. A bullmastiff is a breed that represents strength perfectly blended with a gentle demeanor. A balance that I thrive to live daily.
The girl – There are so many things I take from this photo that I cannot even begin to explain in sufficient terms. I see this girl and I am drawn to the beauty and the chaos. My kids and I love music and she represents letting loose and enjoying the sound of the music while not giving a single care about anything else. The bears on her shoulder protect her from the critics of the outside world, allowing her to be wild and free without the judgment of others.
The lips – Honestly, I just find the lips to be interesting. I can’t explain why, but I kept being drawn into the photo as I was shopping for artwork. There’s not much else to say about that . . .
These photos are going to be interpreted in an entirely different way by someone else. That is what makes them so fascinating. This is why I chose to display them in a space where they are seen immediately. I want my home to tell a story.
Hopefully this helps you to understand mine!