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…
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!
Ok, truth be told, I appreciate both. Last year, I read and blogged about The More of Less, a great book by Joshua Becker about the joys of Minimalism. It really inspired me! Recently I watched a great documentary, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, which I highly recommend! It runs just a little over an hour, you can find it on Netflix. As a result of this documentary, I am editing yet again; it must be a Spring thing!
However, anyone who knows me would probably not think “Minimalist”. I always tell my friends minimalism means different things to different people. Some people might think 6 pairs of shoes is excessive, some may think 6 is the bare minimum. It’s all a matter of perspective.
Yet, Maximalism in design is on the rise! Interiors are definitely becoming more layered and colorful. Maximalism’s motto is “more is more”. I am ok with this idea, but just remember there is a big difference between maximalism and clutter! Be careful! A successful Maximalist room is well planned, with special attention to mixing patterns , colors, and styles.
Here are some of my favorite minimalist and maximalist rooms: