If one word could sum up the last few years – that word would be OVERWHELM.
DECLUTTER AND SIMPLIFY YOUR HOME
I don’t have the courage to face my inbox before I am 2 strong espressos down. Our inboxes are filled daily with online courses, ways of making money, ads, and letters announcing the fortunes we’ve received from mysterious family members. Likewise, magazines, neighborhood rags, special offers, broadsheets, and estate agent pamphlets overstuff our mailboxes. This threatens to drown us in a sea of useless information.
Piles of things lie around our homes, that are never looked at. Our cupboards are filled with clothing that we may wear one day in the future. All the while our living spaces are getting smaller and smaller as the cost of living in big cities rises.
I’ve just finished Ellen DeGeneres‘ hilarious book entitled “Seriously, I’m kidding“. She describes the various items that her mother packed up to move with her in 2010. The items include things like VHS tapes (some unopened) of various ab exercise programs, a set of cookie cutters from the late 1950s and other items that had me crying with laughter, because of the hilarity of it and because I have many of those items too.
The madness must end!!
A SPARTAN EXISTENCE?
Is the opposite of this a Spartan existence? Should we be striving for that or can we settle on simplicity? The idea that everything in your space is purposely chosen to be there – is certainly having its day. We have practitioners like Marie Kondo to thank for that. Living purposefully, mindfully and how it flows over into the choices we make within our most private spaces is so on point now.
SOME SIMPLE TRICKS FROM HOMEOWNERS TO CREATE STYLISH SIMPLICITY IN YOUR HOME
The great joy of my job is seeing the cool spots that people call home but even better, meeting the awesome people who have breathed life into these homes.
For example, the talented Beate who calls LIVING BEAUTIFULLY home. Beate is an interior designer.
Her home and others that follow practice some of the rules of Simplicity, Style, and Order. They are:
Living Beautifully: The Practice Of Subtraction
“the practice of subtraction” – Using three components in a space instead of Ten. This requires that any of those three items are far more consequential in impact than any of the ten.
Country Life: How To Create Balance and Order Through Texture and Repetition
Simplicity doesn’t have to mean spartan spaces. What it does require is balance and a sense of order whether that is through repetition, duplication, and proportion as Country Life.
This most gorgeous of homes use a limited colour palette of natural hues but is big on texture and repetition.
Inside Out: The Effective Use of Repetition of Colour and Pattern
In a completely different home INSIDE OUT– the same rules are applied. Repetition of colour and pattern is used to achieve extraordinary effect, for instance. In addition, Charcoal greys adorn walls, light fittings, carpets, and kitchen granite are used. Furthermore, the steel frame theme is carried through every room tying it all together.
Silver Villa: The Perfect use of Oversized Light Fittings and Wooden Elements
Silver Villa – Designed by Greg Truen of SAOTA. Firstly, he uses oversized light fittings to manipulate scale and proportion. Secondly, he uses the repetition of wooden elements to tie the different seating, and the room as a whole together.
Enigma Mansion: Harmony Of Design Through Texture and Pattern
Enigma Mansion uses texture and pattern to create an overall harmony of design. Check out the silk wallcoverings and the opulent velvet upholstery.
To sum up, simplicity, as it relates to interiors, requires that you practise:
- Subtraction – each element is carefully “curated”. NO Arbitrary clutter allowed.
- Repetition – repeating elements of colour, or texture, material, pattern, or shape to create a cohesive whole. (Not all these elements!!!)
- Proportion – playing with oversized pieces in small spaces or vice versa to manipulate scale and proportion.
It’s so inspiring and intriguing to see how our homeowners express their individuality in their homes. Moreover, we love to share the beautiful ways that they live with you. I would love to hear what you think.