What’s Bugging You This Weekend?

QUICK WAYS TO GET YOUR OUTDOOR AREAS READY TO ROLL!

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We are all hoping that the worst of the nasty weather is over.  Mother Nature has poked her head out a few days with a smile on her face.  We’ve had enough warm, sunny days to notice one thing….our patios are yucky!  May is always a big month for occasions.  Graduations, Mother’s Day and birthdays galore.  Lot’s of guys can’t wait to get out the pressure washers to blow away the winter and set up the most important thing.  The grill.

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Living Large in Under 2000′

ANOTHER LOOK AT WHAT A MINIMALISM DECOR LOOKS LIKE

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Are We Ready To Be Minimalists?

THE BEST 5 WAYS TO APPROACH LESS IS MORE DECOR

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We’ve all had several years of being heavily introduced to the concept of minimalism.  It’s hard to troll the internet, read a magazine, or even watch some of the HGTV shows without hearing the word tossed around.  As always, when a new idea comes up, there are people who have written “how to” books on the subject. Nearly everyone thinks they “need this” in their lives now.  But what exactly is it…and can we really do it?

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The White Elephant in the Room

HOW TO SIMPLIFY IN WAYS THAT WORK FOR “YOU”!

WHEN ENOUGH IS THE GOAL.

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Spark joy, Spread Joy, Live in a Refrigerator?

There…we’ve said it!

Perhaps these are extreme examples but probably not too far off from what comes to mind as the word minimalism is being overused in the design world today.  Lately, it seems the theory is an all or nothing approach.  To be fair to the authors of all the “less is more” approaches available…we agree with many of the points you make and do implement these into our designs.  Clients hire us to help them achieve a more simple, yet impactful decor that reflects what is important to them.  We love seeing the changes in their life when some of the  “keeper of the stuff” burden is lifted.  However, too many times, the dictate to get rid of everything that does not follow a certain rule is in itself causing strife

THE WHITE ELEPHANT DEFINITION BY WIKIPEDIA

A possession that is useless or troublesome, especially one that is expensive to maintain or difficult to dispose of.

So instead of minimalism we’d like to introduce the word enough.  We like it so much more.  It is not defined by a number.  It is flexible, open to interpretation and can change with each situation.  It’s a one size fits all kind of word.  “Enough” will work with all the tidy little rules of living with less, downsizing, de-cluttering, capsule wardrobes and reigning in our carbon footprint.   Following this theory of management might just spark a little joy as you get to add something back in….self compassion.

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This week we will look at how both of us interpret minimalism in our own homes.  You might just be surprised. Until then….

Have a Motivational Monday!

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Ready for a little help with motivation to decide what is enough for you? 

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It Takes a Village

What If…..Sunday

SPRING FEVER -TIME TO BUY A NEW CAR OR A NEW HOUSE

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My husband pretty much is the same no matter what the season.  He is always the optimist, the life of the party, the glue that holds friends and family together.  Spring time is not that much different…EXCEPT for cars and houses.  His eternal search for the next chapter in our lives kicks into higher gear (another pun intended).

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Practice Makes Perfect

KITCHENS AND THE ART OF COOKERY

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The definition of cookery is the practice or skill of preparing and cooking food. It’s a British word and one I thought meant the actual place of the events.  Something that could be used as a sub for our word kitchen.  However, it’s a verb not a noun. Cookery certainly sounds more continental than cooking, and conjures up visions of  kitchens a tad more unconventional than ones in the U.S.  Wouldn’t you love to practice cookery in any of these simply savvy kitchens?

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One In One Out

A SIMPLE HABIT TO MAINTAIN THE LIFE YOU HAVE CREATED

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You didn’t save the ferns from last summer…did you?  Probably not.  If you did how many times did you sweep up those miserable tiny leaves?  To me, there are two perfect days in a Boston Fern’s life.  The day we proudly admire the porch ready for summer and the day we get to toss them in the trash!  It’s a love/hate relationship but one with a lesson.   It’s the One In One Out theory in reverse.

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The Norman Rockwell’s of Today

New Life For An Architectural Gem

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About a decade ago, the term Boutique Hotel began to surface in the travel world.  These hotels often were smaller, and a bit more minimalistic than the major chains.  They all had a unique personality.  Most had a bar with select food options, and of course coffee.  Early on, as we stayed at the various hotels, I tried very hard to relay to others what we liked about them.  What was the draw?  I really couldn’t pinpoint any one thing they all had in common except they have a “feeling” that is comforting in a haunting kind of way.

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Go Ahead and Keep Digging a Bigger Hole

HOW TO PREVENT BUYERS REMORSE WHEN PURCHASING FURNISHINGS

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Did you buy that “cheaper” sofa, that just isn’t right or is falling apart?  The one you are now trying to “fix” with throw pillows.  The one that requires you to have the condescending warranty guy on speed dial to keep patching it back together?  Sorry to be so harsh…but we have to get your attention.  We hate to see this happen and it does, over and over again.

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Been Under Pressure Lately?

DO YOU NEED A MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY?

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We’ve prevailed and the major holiday is in the books!  The preparation, the event, the clean up…it’s exhilarating and exhausting.  Everyone is ready for some well deserved “me time”.  All we need now is permission, or the motivation, to allow ourselves to take it.

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