You sell clothes. So is this blog about fashion?
Yes, I do sell clothes, but no, this blog isn’t really about fashion. I sometimes talk about my clothing line, and I am many times wearing my clothing in my photos, (because it’s the clothing that I live in day in and day out) but mostly it’s a space for me to share all of the things that align with my passion for simple living.>
You’re all about simplicity? But are you a minimalist?
I don’t consider myself a minimalist. That word can be interpreted in many ways, however in my view it is synonymous with a certain level of austerity that is pretty much polar opposite of my taste and how I live. I love color, and whimsy-and I don’t aim for perfection. Minimalism feels like it would be exhausting to try to maintain, simply because I think it requires a lot of constant curating. With four kids, minimalism isn’t really possible for me. So I don’t aspire to it. I do however, believe in having an edited amount of material possessions. And in case you’re wondering, I can pretty much fit all of my clothes in two drawers
In your blog you talk a lot about living in a small space. Can you tell us more about the space you live in?
My husband and I, and our four children live in an 800 square foot apartment in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago. I occupy 250 square feet of the apartment for my business office and design studio. So I guess that means we really only live in 550 square feet of the apartment. I’m not sure if this makes us tiny-housers… Maybe? It wasn’t really an intentional decision from the start to live in a tiny space. We bought our apartment several years ago, and four kids later, we simply never left. At this point we have grown accustomed to living in tight quarters and my kids don’t know anything different. We’ve had to think outside of the box and be pretty creative with how we use the space. But all in all we’re happy in our tiny space-it keeps our tribe tight. And truth be told, outside of the USA, most people in the world live in small spaces. So I guess that makes us more typical than not. Disclaimer, we live on the first floor of a row house so as far as city-dwelling goes, we are fortunate enough to have a small front patio as well as a modest backyard. There’s no question that the outdoor space makes the whole “tiny living” thing more do-able within an urban setting.
Can you introduce us to your family?
Do you only wear Bohemian Folk clothing?
Yes, and no. Sometimes my whole outfit is Bohemian Folk, but other times I use the pieces as base layers that I combine with other things. But truth be told, I pretty much live in this stuff so I’m usually wearing at least 1-2 Bohemian Folk pieces in any given outfit. However, I also love to wear things that I find at thrift stores, rummage sales, as well as other one of- a-kind pieces that I knit and sew myself. And of course, just like any other girl, I couldn’t live without a trusty pair of jeans. Hope that answers the question!
What does simple living mean to you?
There are lots of people who dream of a simpler life. But the truth is, simple is not a destination, it’s a practice. It involves making space in your head and heart for exactly what you need in order to move towards the core of who you really are. And while there are no hard and fast rules for practicing simplicity, I truly believe that it’s about removing all the layers of rubble from your life, and creating time and space for what really matters.
I see you with your kids a lot in your photos. Do you homeschool them?
No. I did for a while in the early days of raising kids, but I discovered that they needed more than I personally felt I could give them within the walls of our home. As a family we have dabbled in a range of different educational philosophies, ranging from un-schooling, to Waldorf to Montessori. They currently attend public school. Aside from their formal education, I consider simplicity parenting to be the driving force in how we strive to raise them. I try as best as I can to keep simple routines, reduce the material clutter in our home environment, limit their extra-curricular activities, as well as reduce the influence of technology in their lives so that there’s more room for connection and creativity. So the long and short of it is, whenever they’re not at school, I like to have my chickens close to the coop and that’s why they’re in so many of my photos.