Minnesota Lifestyle, Motherhood, Decor, and Travel Blog by Kelly Zugay

Since 2013, I've captured, documented, and shared everyday inspiration — from everyday lifestyle and home decor to travel and Minnesota must-dos.

Here, my sincere hope is to create a welcoming space to equip and empower you to experience joy, peace of mind, and purpose — in work, in life, and everywhere in between... to come away feeling inspired and excited to try a new recipe, tackle a home decor project, plan a trip, or simply enjoy the small, meaningful moments that make life worth enjoying and celebrating.

Beyond my work, you can find me on my Peloton (#KellyPlusPelly), decorating our new home (@ourheartmadehome), and dancing in the kitchen with my husband, Ben. Connect with me on Instagram, and stay tuned via my monthly newsletter!

About Kelly Zugay

Small Business Owner, Podcast Host, and Content Creator

The holiday season is just around the corner, so I've rounded up a few of my favorite products!

Shop My Favorites

Picking up a bouquet of flowers from Whole Foods gives me a special feeling.

Fresh Flowers

I love cooking — it's so relaxing — and trying new plant-based vegan recipes is my favorite.

Vegan Recipes

Whether we take a fun day trip locally or travel abroad, I really value traveling.


We built a new home in 2021 and have been slowly decorating ever since!


Favorite Things

A few of my current

When did you start blogging?

I created my blog in December 2013, when my husband Ben and I relocated from southeastern Wisconsin to western Wisconsin. Following our move, I wanted to create a place where I could share about our lives and travels with family and friends. Since then, I have shared inspiration in lifestyle, decor, and more!

Is blogging your career?

No; by day, I am founder of Summer + Oak, co-founder of With Grace and Gold® and host of Brand It, Build It Podcast. Beyond my work, I truly love photography and writing — documenting our everyday lives, our favorite plant-based vegan recipes, home building and decor, Minnesota must-dos, and travel.

Where do you live?

Currently, my husband and I live just outside of Saint Paul, Minnesota. We built a new home, and we are currently working on decorating. Details about our progress can be found here — with the latest updates available on Instagram @ourheartmadehome.

What are vegan recipes?

Occasionally, I share plant-based vegan recipes, which means (1) Each recipe uses primarily whole foods, and (2) No animal products are used in any of the recipes. For a variety of reasons, I've been a plant-based vegan for 5+ years — and I couldn't be happier!

What is your background?

I have a Bachelor of Science in Business and a Master of Arts in Teaching. I began my career in higher education. Since 2013, I have become founder of Summer + Oak, co-founder of With Grace and Gold® and host of Brand It, Build It Podcast.

What about partnerships?

I am excited and honored to partner with brands and businesses through sponsored content creation — blog posts and social media posts. To partner with me, please visit my Contact page and share your vision for our partnership or collaboration!

Frequently Asked Questions

In summer 2021, we relocated from Wisconsin to Minnesota. Our new build, just outside of Saint Paul, Minnesota, is both bright and cozy. Follow along with our home decor journey below or via @ourheartmadehome and #ourheartmadehome.

Our Heartmade Home

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Through weekly, educational, actionable podcast episodes, the Brand It, Build It Podcast equips you to boost your brand awareness and build a successful business.

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Honored as Showit Designer of the Year, With Grace and Gold® has proudly served thousands of small businesses worldwide through award-winning, elevated brand and web design.

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