At Home with Almost Makes Perfect
We’ve long been fans of Molly Madfis and her lifestyle site, Almost Makes Perfect. Molly has knack for all things home. She’s master of the minimalist but cozy look, an avid DIY-er, and an effortless hostess. Plus, we always love the candid moments she shares on Instagram featuring her adorable son, Arlo. We chatted with Molly about her signature aesthetic, her tips for remodels, and how she balances motherhood and work.
Tell us about Almost Makes Perfect and how you got started?
I started my blog about 7 years ago (whoa) when I was only working part-time and needed something to do with the rest of my time for a creative outlet. At the time I was really into crafting and making things around the house, but I wasn’t exactly great at it -- so the name “almost makes perfect” is about just getting your 10,000 hours in, doing the best you can and being happy with it. Or like, as happy as you can be!
Tell us a little about where you live! What do you love most about your home?
I live in Burbank, California -- we tried to stay in the city but ultimately were priced out while house hunting, so we came to the valley where we could afford a house. It’s not really my favorite neighborhood but I have my favorite spots and some things I like. One of those things is our house itself! We wanted to find a place that had high ceilings, an open floor plan, a decent sized backyard and an additional space for working (which I never even use now oops).
Your home is beautifully curated and designed in your signature aesthetic - what are your tips for keeping a cohesive look throughout your home?
Honestly, I find it to be super easy if you stick to a neutral color palette when I go a little crazier with the choices I always end up regretting them. Beige on beige on white on beige isn’t boring, it’s cozy!!! I think wood can be mismatched as long as they’re all warm in tone. You can’t pile on too much texture. Every room looks better with a Moroccan rug! My biggest tip is to make mood boards. It helps so much to put together all the pieces you’re thinking of, when you can see them together you can truly see what works together and what doesn’t.
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You remodeled your home. What is one thing you wish you would have known before you started the remodeling process?
We’ve remodeled room by room, but I wish I had considered the overall elements prior to moving in! I thought I was ok with the floors but in retrospect, I do wish I had changed them out (as well as the baseboards) and now that we’re settled, it’ll probably never happen. If you can afford to make those changes before you move in, it’ll be worth it because otherwise, you’ll just fixate on them forever. Or is that just me?!
How do you balance motherhood and running your website full time?
As hard as I try to avoid it, I always feel like work takes a backseat. Most weeks, I only have my nanny 2 days which goes by way too fast. When Arlo starts going to school I think I’ll be able to actually balance the two better, but I think it’s just a matter of doing the best you can with everything and trying to feel ok about it. If I can manage to get some emails done, have a fun day with Arlo and even cook dinner then I feel on top of the world.
Your home has a relaxed, effortless style to it. What would you say is your design style?
Maybe like California minimal bohemian. I sometimes worry when I’m decorating that things will look “decorated”, which I do when I’m getting dressed too -- I guess I have a fear of things looking actually finished or polished or grownup or something! Says a lot about my personality.
What does a day in the life look like for you?
On days when I don’t have our nanny, I’ll be home with Arlo. I try to go out and do an activity every day with him like going to the playground or a museum or breakfast with my mom and do some work when he’s sleeping as well as probably tidy up a corner of my house to snap an Instagram. I try to cook dinner on the nights I’m not feeling too lazy, I have about 3 go-to recipes haha! Too many nights of the week, we’ll watch Mamma Mia 2 so now I have the entire movie memorized. We usually eat dinner once he goes to bed, then we watch TV in bed every night.
What’s next for you and Almost Makes Perfect?
I’m always trying to come up with new products, ventures, etc -- and it’s just a matter of finding the time to actually execute them. I designed a baby on board car magnet that I’m now trying to sell to stores, and my husband and I are thinking we might start painting raw canvases like the ones I made for my home. We also have a dream of making a children's book. And someday I’d love to do my own book for decorating, hosting and living simply, or whatever it is we do!
Describe your style in 3 words.
Neutral, Simple, Cozy
Where are you dying to travel to?
Tokyo because I could eat sushi all day every day. And Greece, because we went before we had instagram hahah -- my son is obsessed with watching Mamma Mia 2 and it would make for the perfect trip lol.
What would your last meal be?
Sushi at Katsuya Studio City in LA. We go for most date nights and I’ll never get sick of it.
Favorite account to follow on Instagram?Thimble & Cloth for her beautiful home, life, parenting
Mason St Peter for so much design inspo
Elsie Larson for NOVA
Ideal way to spend a free 30 minutes?
I love baking with Arlo! We haven’t tried anything too exotic, just usually cakes, brownies and chocolate chip cookies but he loves to stand with me and try to do everything himself. It’s very very fun.