Our Background

Hey there! We’re Laura and Josh Sima. We bought our first “fixer upper” in April 2016 and have been renovating it by ourselves ever since. I’m a pediatric ICU nurse with a passion for all things home design and decor. My husband Josh is the manager of an environmental company and loves anything involving construction or the outdoors. 

We were both born and raised in Minnesota and met during college. After four years of dating, we got married in December 2015. In the spring of 2016, we were house hunting and fell in love with a home in a cute neighborhood in St. Paul, MN that needed some major fixing up. We were excited by the idea that we could “make it our own” and eventually make some sweat equity from our hard work. Almost three years later, we’re still working on it, and our knowledge has rapidly expanded.  We continue to learn and gain experience with every project we work on, and we’ve discovered that we have a true passion for home renovating. We foresee ourselves continuing to renovate many homes throughout our lives.

This is us the day we closed on our first home! We were so excited to get started on demo and had NO idea what we were getting ourselves into…

Our Renovation Story

We are doing a full-scale renovation of our 1952 home- essentially every single inch is getting updated, interior and exterior included. What makes us different from others is that we are doing the vast majority (90%+) of the work ourselves. I design the spaces, but I also assist with the labor. Josh is skilled in electrical and plumbing work, carpentry, and is an overall amazing “handyman” and can figure out how to do essentially anything. After the hard labor, I help each room come to life through decor and styling. Together, we make a perfect team and have transformed this home into something even better than we dreamt.

About the Blog

If you’re curious about our name, I wrote a post all about the development of Sima Spaces! 

On the blog, you’ll find our project updates, home renovation tips, DIY projects, decorating and design advice, inspiration for home projects, and our favorite products. I love collaborating with brands when doing projects or decorating to find new products that I love- you can always expect an honest review from me! If you’re a brand and think we’d be a great match, please send me an email. For more info about disclosures and affiliate relationships, click here.

I do my best to keep my content real, relatable, inspirational, and our projects attainable. My goal is to inspire you to find the beauty in your own home- if we can do it, so can you!

Sima Spaces Decorating & Design Services

In early 2019, I will be launching my interior decorating business! I’ll be offering local interior decorating and small design projects as well as e-design. As a designer, I aim to create stylish, yet affordable spaces with a focus on function, comfort, and intentional design. I pride myself on running an organized business with integrity and honesty, passion, and accessibility. Read more about my design philosophy and my services here. If you think you have the perfect project for me, send me an email.

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