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
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?
(All photos via Pinterest)