My hobbies don't involve looking for the perfect throw pillow or turning a closet into a mini office. I occasionally decorate furniture with laundry that I don't feel like folding, but that's about it.
So, why a blog on simplicity in home design? Well, my style can be considered very simple, as in kind of non-existent, and I found out recently that that is actually a thing. Minimalist decorating is pretty much what my home would look like if it wasn't cluttered. I am also fond of Danish styles, which pretty much mimic minimalism but with really nice light fixtures.
I've found my biggest requirements for decorating happiness are: as little clutter as possible (laugh now. I have four kids and they basically drop toys from their bodies as they walk around our home), and pieces that mean something to me. Our walls are almost empty right now because I've been repainting several rooms, and I'm not putting anything back on them until I find the perfect pieces. My husband is an artist, and he owes me several canvases right now.
I also like spaces where it's easy to tuck in and hide, with a book of course. Having things on a shelf that we're not using stresses me out (if we aren't using it, why do we have it?), so I started making tables out of keepsake boxes a couple of months ago and accidentally created a cool space in our bedroom where I often retreat. We are now also using the boxes and they are not just sitting in the closet, so double win.
Reading The Nesting Place: It Doesn't Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful by Myquillyn Smith also opened my eyes to tons of possibilities. Granted, my style is nothing like Smith's, but her advice is really solid and simple for those who want to try to create a beautiful space.
I feel like she gave me permission to care a bit more about how I design things. It's creating, and I love creativity in all forms. Though I'm not going over the top in the decorating department, I finally see that creating spaces that work for us isn't a waste of time, which is largely how I viewed it before.
Here is what simple in design looks like for us:
It's amazing what a coat of paint can do for a room.
I am always looking for ways to have less, either by simply not purchasing items or by
clearing out what we're not using.
3. No forcing it.
I could easily take everything I would need to live and move back to the tiny efficiency
apartment I rented in my 20s. D and our kids could not. They are minimalists, sort
of, but not like I am, and that's okay. D collects comics and Alien toys (the proper name is\
apparently action figures, but they are toys). The kids have more of his collector tendencies than I do. This isn't bad, but I have to accept that my way of doing things isn't everyone's way.
4. Find your style.
The best advice I read was to forget mimicking the styles of others or keeping up with trends. Create the space that makes you happy. It's your home. Don't fall for thinking it's only good if someone else is doing it.
|My reading nook in the bedroom, which is sometimes borrowed||by others||.|
|New paint in the kitchen and two pieces of art I love.|
|Wren, Sam, and D owe me three more tree pictures since I'm making them paint me one for each season.|
|Homemade hooks from family members and crosses made by the kids.|
Style and decorating for me means personal items that have stories behind them. I love it if hands I frequently hold have made the designs I see every day. I'm also okay with bare walls until I find what I love.