my idea of minimal living

my idea of minimal living on Geoffrey & Grace

We all get that minimal means less, but is it that simple when it comes to minimal living? I like things. I like finding bits & pieces at antique markets. I like to have items in our home that are purely decorative. You wouldn’t think that these three things go hand-in-hand with minimalism, but why not? Is there room for both?

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slow living love: moments captured

photo by Louise @loopygibbens for slow living love on Geoffrey & Grace
photo courtesy of Louise @loopygibbens

Wow! What a great month for the slow living project. Since it was February, we decided to focus on ‘love’. A little four lettered word that holds so much meaning, and can impact your life in the most profound and magical way.

Folks have been sharing their ‘slow living love’ moments throughout the whole of the month, and the gallery is full of beautiful and inspirational photographs that encapsulate ‘love’ in all its forms. Do pop over to the gallery to have a look at all the photos that have been shared with #slowliving_love.

Here are my favourites…

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monthly voice: February

Monthly voice: February

February always seems full to the brim. For such a short month, it has a lot going on. With Bailey’s birthday, Valentines day, then my birthday, February can soon disappear under a mound of cards and discarded wrapping paper.

Along with the celebrations, here’s what filled the month of February in our house and where I found some inspiration throughout the last four weeks.

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beautiful decay - the art of restoration

If you read ‘house restoration – kitchen inspiration’, you will know that we are beginning to restore our Victorian family home.

We are learning that there is a bit of an art to restoration; knowing what to leave untouched, and what to update and renew, is a balance that you want to spend some time getting right.

One of the best things about restoring this house of ours, is the beautiful decay we get to uncover. To lift up ancient carpet, and reveal old wooden boards, to peel off wall paper, with the anticipation of what may be underneath…

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love, a poem, and other stuff

love, a poem and other stuff on the Geoffrey & Grace blog

Last week was half term here in England. It was also my Birthday and to help me celebrate we had some family come to stay. The house was very full as my sister and brother-in-law have a nearly two year old, and a four month old. The hallway was filled with the happy sounds of little feet and giggles, plus I got some birthday ‘baby cuddles’.

Hannah, from Seeds and Stitches has invited me to share some thoughts about ‘love’, so tomorrow I will be over on her lovely little corner of the internet taking about ‘love… and learning to love yourself‘. I do hope you will hop over for a read. I will give you a gentle social network prod tomorrow as a reminder.

Since my thoughts have been focused on ‘love’ for most of the month, after all it is February, I’ve been writing the aforementioned guest post, plus it’s the theme for our slow living project, I thought it was a good time to share something a little different here on the Geoffrey & Grace blog – a poem.

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