best seat in the house

Kathy, the Mama Bliss Coach and Simplicity Parenting Group Leader over Bliss Beyond Naptime asked us to share the spaces in our homes that provide us with the most peace and harmony throughout the day. Here’s our picks:


I really believe that my home can be a sanctuary and safe haven for my family. It’s a place where I don’t want to find a lot of clutter, chaos or confusion because there’s enough of that in the outside world! I love this front room in our house, it’s the place the baby and I will go to in the early morning of the hours while the rest of the house is sleeping. We snuggle and even watch the sunrise on particularly early days. It’s a quiet, book-filled room that doesn’t see a lot of action but because of that it’s a tidy space where I can read to my children without being distracted by the mess of the rest of the house. I feel focused and at peace in this room, I know my family does too.

Jenna | Small Fry


It seems my bedroom room more than any other is the most calming and peaceful room in the house. The color scheme is whites and grays with a few black accents here and there. We have black-out shades; best nap room in the house! And we keep it nice and cool, with fluffy feathery pillows and blankets. It seems every morning we all end up piled in the bed for a little while before the chaos of the day begins.Emily | Small Fry


It’s funny because these photos were taken at my mom’s house, but I would pick the same area I feel is the most harmonious at both her home and mine. The dining area, is a place I gather with my family and snack and talk and connect. It’s a place where we can all gather and enjoy each other over food, games, or even paying bills. It’s just where we’re most often together, so of course it’s where I’m happiest.

Nicole | Small Fry

For those who are interested: Kathy’s new workshop series kicks off soon which features courses on environment, rhythm, scheduling and filtering which are all aspects of her favorite read “Simplicity Parenting.” Visit her blog to win a copy!

But before you go, we’d love to know what rooms in your homes bring you the most peace and harmony! Did they just naturally become that way, or was there a conscious effort to enhance those feelings?

Photos by Lindsey Orton. She also took our bio photos last year, too!

Our photoshoot wardrobes were kindly donated by Kingdom and State. Find Jenna’s dress here, Emily’s skirt and top, and Nicole’s dress here.

For those who asked, here’s what the boys are wearing:

On Quinn: Gap shirt / J.Crew Shorts / Clarks Desert Boot 

On Jude: Gingham tee J.Crew / Target shorts / Freshly Picked moccasins

On Hayes: Cotton On raglan / thrifted cut-offs / Natives shoes via Mini Mioche

On Cal: Wishing Elephant Initial Cardigan / Similar Plaid button-up / Old Navy jeggings / Freshly Picked moccasins

On Dash: Gap jeans + shirt

On Sunny: Land of Looms romper.


  • Esmerleda
    September 12, 2013 at 9:35 am

    You are so blessed love with Jesus and father Holy I want good man buy me big house wood floor and soft bed it make my heart so happy blessings love esmerelda

  • Aslyn
    September 12, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I love all the photos and there is some good advice on how to create a calm, happy home these ladies give!

  • Melissa
    September 12, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Well now I want to see the rest of your homes. LOVE your style ladies and the post.

  • Ashlee
    September 12, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Where are your kids clothes from?

    • Small Fry
      September 12, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      We updated the post with all the links! xo Emily

      • Ashlee
        September 17, 2013 at 8:48 am

        Thank you for posting the clothing links! Your boys always look so adorable!!

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