Values + Home Design Series | Home Tour & Chat with Our Simple Story
Q | Tell us a little about you and your family.
I’m Anna, and I live in Omaha, Nebraska with my husband Brad of seven years, and three little girls. I’ve been a stay at home mom for six years, and am now in my third year of homeschooling. When I’m not tending to my kids, you can probably find me thrifting, rearranging a room in our house, reading with a tea in hand, or discussing a home project with Brad. I’m a firm believer in simplicity, and am always looking for new ways to simplify our home and family life.
Q | What's your design philosophy?
Less is more. We moved into an older (and small) ranch home five years ago, and it was so far off from our taste and family flow. It was dark, heavy, wallpapered, and I can’t even begin to explain how ugly the bathroom and kitchen finishes were! The minute we walked in, though, we knew it was the house for us and immediately started dreaming of how we could fix it up.
For the past five years, my husband and I have been updating our home, room by room. We keep it light, airy, and minimal, so we utilize a lot of natural colors and textures throughout. When it comes to finishes, we always go with classics that will stand the test of time versus something trendy. We’ve filled our home with vintage pieces that have been handed down from family members, as well as hand built furniture and fixtures that Brad has made.
As a homeschool family, my girls and I spend a lot of time together at home. Living in a small space where we also have "school" has it's challenges, but I feel like we've made it a little easier with our design decisions and minimalist ways of thinking.
Q | How would you describe your family's values (or family culture)?
In our home, we value serving the Lord Jesus Christ, and our goal is to create an atmosphere that fosters learning, demonstrates hard work, and encourages thoughtfulness.
Q | What attracted you to minimalism and how has it benefited your family?
I was first attracted to minimalism through my interest in design. I have always loved clean lines and negative space. After integrating this style into our home, I started to think more about our belongings. I began decluttering every nook and cranny of our home, and loved that freeing feeling of having less. Once Brad was on board with this new way of living, our minimalist lifestyle began.
Minimalism has befitted our family in many ways. We aren't weighed down with "things", and we spend less. Ultimately, it gives us an everyday sense of simplicity.
Q | What do you love best about your home and why?
The Lord has provided us with this home, and the opportunities and skills to make it uniquely ours. Doing all the labor ourselves has required a lot of patience and hard work, but at the end of the day, we see His blessings in a place for us to raise our family. I’m so thankful for this little space of ours.
Q | Any home design tips or advice for families new to minimalism?
Work slowly, but intentionally. Don’t get hung up on trying to achieve a certain look or style, minimalism looks different for everyone. Just strive for simplicity. It took me a while to get into this mindset, but you'll find your groove and won't turn back. It's a really good feeling to live with less.