I'm Laura Gaskill, a writer, mom, and creative soul living on an island in the San Francisco Bay with my husband, son, and little black cat, less than a mile from the house I grew up in.
I’ve been a page at the public library, an art store clerk, teacher, interior design student, and — for the past eight years — a freelance home and garden writer. I've lived on both coasts, raised a flock of backyard chickens, bought and sold a house, interviewed many designers, and watched every episode of The Great British Baking Show.
I believe that ethics and aesthetics ought to be in harmony, and the path to your fulfilling life can be as minimalist or maximalist as you want it to be. I love the work I do, but I've been craving something more: a little corner of the internet to gather with a creative, kind, and encouraging tribe. Somewhere to uplift, inspire, and teach other women walking the same path.
What You'll Find Here:
✔︎ Compassionate, gentle encouragement, and no judgement, ever.
✔︎ Inspiring blog posts about home, creativity, family, and living a good life.
✔︎ An uplifting weekly podcast with encouragement for your journey.
✔︎ My short and sweet email, called The Simple List, that won't overwhelm your inbox.
✔︎ An instant-access, self-paced online course to help you create more breathing space in your home and schedule.
Most amazing adventure:
I studied wild dolphins in the Bahamas with my mom when I was about 12 years old.
Riskiest thing you've done:
Bungee jumping (and I would never do it again!)
Sipping iced coffee on the deck of a beach house in the Outer Banks, swimming in the ocean, then cooling off in a bookstore.
Introvert, questioner, and enneagram 4
Places you've lived:
Alameda (my hometown ... twice!), San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Providence, Rhode Island.
Coffee or tea:
Fair trade coffee in the morning; white tea with rose or earl grey in the afternoon.
Skill You wish You had:
Most disorganized part of Your home:
Photos! Also, toys.
best book you've read lately:
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Autumn in New England
My online course was featured in Nest, the quarterly print magazine published by Seven Days Vermont (hip hip hooray!). In addition to being a longtime contributing writer for Houzz, my work has been quoted or featured in the Boston Globe, Red Tricycle, the New Haven Register, the Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Working Mother, Forbes, Making it Lovely, Gatherings Magazine, and more.
Want to be pen pals?
Get The Simple List, my mostly-weekly, always encouraging email, and you'll get new podcast episodes and blog posts as soon as they land. It's a short and sweet note that won't overwhelm your inbox.