Minimalism + Poetry

"Minimalism isn't emptiness for the sake of emptiness, but rather making room to move freely, think clearly, and open ourselves to the beauty and wonder of life."  Francine Jay

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Minimalist design might be my favorite design style these days.  As I get older (and after cleaning out my husband's and my parents' houses), the idea of "less is more" appeals to me in a way it never did before.    Minimalism isn't about depravation, it's about intentionality - a "less clutter, more poetry" approach to design.  The essential stays - a place to sit and relax while at the same time serving as a comfortable and inviting environment for conversation.

I can't go all in for complete, stark minimalism because houses should look like somebody actually lives there.  I prefer "luxe minimalism".   Homes need accessories.  The accessories represent the soul of a room (i.e. the poetry) - organic/natural touches like a plant or two (don't overdo it here), wood forms, minerals, or a vase of flowers along with personal accessories that tell your story.  These can be a few photos (not too many - just enough to show that this is a real family's home), art that complements but doesn't dominate and items that represent your history.  If you have a collection you want to display, display it.  However, be honest with yourself that it truly is a collection and not clutter.  Clutter is the antithesis of minimalist design, but it's not wrong to represent your life and interests with things you've collected - just edit heavily.  Or be creative in the way it's displayed.  African mud cloths and South American frazadas look amazing as upholstery or pillow covers.  They tell a story while serving a function.

Embracing a minimalist design aesthetic may not come easily for everyone. But letting go of extraneous stuff and keeping only what truly makes you feel good in your space will bring a calm and serene tone to your home.  And who doesn't need calm and serene?

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(All photos via Pinterest)

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