What’s the old joke, “Denial, it’s not just a river in Egypt.”? Ha ha ha, right? I had one of these moments when I realized I have been living in denial regarding my minalmalist quest. I was feeling overwhelmed with all of the springtime maintance of my home, and decided it was time to put my minimalistic goals into action. It was time to downsize yet again! I came up with a list that looked something like this:
#1. Essential sprucing up details to make 1865 City House market ready for a quick sale. A couple intense weekends, an it could be done!
#2. Loft type rentals close by. Many great options. Some so appealing!
#3. Essentials to keep. This is where it got real. Choosing just a dozen or less furniture pieces, yikes!
Artwork, even harder, and the China, if you follow me you know I have this China obsession:
So end of story, it’s not happening at this minute in time. I have often blogged “it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for an interior designer to become a minimalist”, so very, very true. And of course “minimalism is a different thing to different people; it’s all a matter of perspective.” Even truer.
So I will continue to edit my “stuff” and I will complete my sprucing up list, at a more leisurely pace however. And by the way, I just picked up this beautiful china set from a friend…
That’s all for now, Happy June!
It’s been building for some time now. Everywhere you look there are succulents on display. Just yesterday I noticed a beautiful display at the hardware store and came home to find a furniture catalog in the mail – just about every display photo featured succulents! These lovely plants may just be taking over, we need to excercise caution! Just kidding, but you could use them everywhere as they are quite beautiful. Succulents are easy to care for and mix well with all decors.
House to Home
If your not sure what succulents are here is a brief description:
Succulent plants, such as Aloe, store water in their fleshy leaves. In botany, succulent plants, also known as succulents or sometimes fat plants, are plants that have some parts that are more than normally thickened and fleshy, usually to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions.
Succulent plant – Wikipedia
I love to use them as a centerpiece:
As unexpected display in a dark corner:
Or just about anywhere:
Or all alone:
If you are missing out on this great trend, don’t worry, you can pick up some of these beauties anywhere, even the hardware store!
Where you spend your time each day and night should be a place you love spending time in. But so often people will wait until they own a home to decorate. So here are some five easy ways to give your rental a great look without upsetting your land lord:
- With the help of a YouTube video it’s pretty easy to switch out your overhead lighting. This can make a huge difference! When it’s time to move just reinstall the old lighting fixtures and take the new fixtures with you.
The Possibilities are Endless
2. Although painting the walls is often prohibited, many companies make removable wallpaper. Just adding it to one accent wall can make a big difference.
3. Purchase furniture that is versatile. A chest, console, armoire, or bookcase can be used in an entryway, a bedroom, or even a dining room.
4. Renters are often afraid of putting too many holes in the walls to hang art. Although a little wall spackle and touch up paint can correct this problem, large scale art and mirrors can just lean against the wall – a great solution!
5. Lastly, window treatments. My favorite inexpensive window treatments are rings with clips. This makes any fabric (a table cloth, twin sheet, canvas drop cloth) a window treatment. Just keep it neutral, prints can look too distracting from the outside.
Rings and Clips
Hopefully these tips will make your rental a place you can truly call home!
Ok, so you know your style, (you are Minimalist or Maximalist) this is half the work. Next, how to decide what to add? First start with your emotional response. Your initial feeling, the gut check reaction; the “I will know it when I see it” feeling. This is where interior design and psychology come together so beautifully. Whether it’s a chair, or a painting, if it makes you feel happy, go for it! The objects you interact with every day should be pleasing; not only visually, but from a tactical perspective as well.
Always be aware of these everyday interactions. How does the softness of a throw blanket feel? What about the weight of the silverware your using? Why not surround yourself with everyday items that celebrate the everyday common rituals! A great coffee cup, soft napkins, a spring flower in the perfect ceramic vase. You get the idea. Nothing dramatic but these types of everyday interactions are important. These little decisions can add to small everyday pleasures.
So when it’s time to make purchases, keep in mind functional aspects of course, but don’t rush; make sure your purchases are appealing to your senses as well. Go for the “good stuff” and enjoy!
I was not able to post last week and I hope some of you noticed! “1865 City House” blog just celebrated a 2 year anniversary! It’s a wonderful creative outlet for me and I always enjoy hearing your comments! As a result of changing the format a couple times I have lost some of my favorite followers and posts. The likes of “Black is My Happy Color” and “Does this Sofa Make Me look Fat” are lost forever! I hope my followers are not lost as well. If you like the blog, please hit the “Follow” button and receive it in your inbox. If you already follow, please share it with a friend. Thank you! Have a great day!