About Simple Living


cornsilk doll is a lifestyle blog, created by me – Amber – as both a digital journal of my journey toward a more thoughtful, sustainable, and simple lifestyle as well as a build-it-yourself guide to doing the same.  From wall hangings to a smattering of chemical-free paints, from sustainable, hard-working furniture to farmer’s market flowers on display, cornsilk doll is an all-in-one for my experiences in simplifying, modifying, energizing and impassioning my life in a tiny apartment.  Simple living, in it’s most basic form, enables me to live a life less ruled by possessions because I merely live with less stuff.  Thus, cornsilk doll discusses the self-discovered as well as the researched pros and cons of decisions on what to toss, what to keep, and what to bring into your home while practicing a more thoughtful lifestyle.  It also discusses the day-to-day goings on of my journey toward a simple, purposeful home.  I like to believe that one person’s passion is another person’s inspiration, and as Ken Kesey so wisely put it; “You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case”.  By posting something new that I’ve learned or experienced during my journey toward a fuller life led with less, my intent is that – every two days – I will gain a new understanding about my own simple lifestyle that I can use to guide, inspire, and share with you.  I hope you find here the inspiration you seek.IMG_6144.jpg


As a child, teenager and young adult, I lived with stuff.  Stuff hung from the walls and ceilings, heaped up in piles on the floors and pushed into closets and cabinets, stuff that I didn’t need, didn’t use and didn’t love.  Stuff isn’t beautiful.  Stuff is suffocating, especially when living in a tiny urban apartment.  As a bibliophile and student of English, I spend a great deal of time reading – a form of pleasurable escapism from the stuff piled up around me – and have been deeply influenced by the written word.  JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis being at the top of my most beloved authors list, I took into account those works and people who influenced them, one of the notable connections being William Morris, author of The Well at the World’s End, among other titles.  Morris has a notable quotation that has greatly inspired me on my journey toward dispersing the hoards of stuff and keeping what I find to be both hardworking and beautiful, creating a more purposeful, simple life.

If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.

It seemed impossible at first, to sort through the relics of the past and decide which were worthy to inhabit my space with me and which were to be discarded.  But once the process began, the anxiety I felt by being suffocated by possessions began to dissipate.

Now, I’m a free woman, unchained from the stuff that had tied me down for so many years.  I am free, happy, thoughtful and surrounded by beautiful and hardworking objects.  I am a writer, do-it-yourselfer, photographer, workaholic, crazy cat-mom, and happy resident of my tiny apartment, lovingly dubbed Sunrise Spot. 56104_10151301108680820_957093164_o.jpg