It’s A Small World After All

 

 

Small Spaces with Dual Purpose
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We hunt for hours on the internet to find just the right place to sneak away and hide for a few days.  An abode that romances us to be someone else, to recharge and dream.  Places that allow us to live a little more simply yet in style.  A few have enough courage to be a little less like the norm and live like this every day.  They have mastered the art of minimalism without even trying!

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Ok Monday…Let’s Do This!

 

ONE FREE THING EVERYONE CAN DO TO UPDATE THEIR KITCHEN

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Designers are just like everyone else.  We sneak in some weekend internet time to save photos of all kinds of inspiration for our homes.  We are trained, and have years of experience, that help us see things others might miss.  In our minds, there is always a “what if” churning.  Some concepts take time and money.  All good.  Plan the work and work the plan.  But what can we do now?  Personally,  I’ve found that small accomplishments in our home keep me motivated.  Something that can be done quickly, like “right now”!  Basically for sweat labor  free and make me feel like I have made a positive difference in our life.   Tall order…easy fix!

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Are We Ready To Be Minimalists?

OUR 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 surf 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?  “Is it new and are we really ready to embrace it?”

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(5) Reasons It Can Be Better To Rent Than Buy A Home

WHEN DOWNSIZING MIGHT NOT BE NECESSARY

A day does not go by where the term “downsizing” is not heard in our industry.    Even if someone is not looking to move from a larger abode to a smaller one in the near future, many are tossing around the idea.  What is refreshing to us is that it’s not just us “older baby boomers” pondering living larger in smaller homes but also some pretty savvy younger groups.

Here’s a novel idea…what if we never “upsized” and therefore didn’t need to “downsize”?  We know just a group who has this figured out.  We are always excited to be asked to help them develop a plan to make their homes the perfect LBD for them!

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Living Large in Under 1000′

ANOTHER LOOK AT WHAT MINIMALISM DECOR LOOKS LIKE

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Converted warehouses and commercial buildings are another type of building where a minimal decor works very well.  These structures are loaded with architectural details and have an abundance of light from oversize windows. The developers of these conversions do all they can to preserve as many of the original finishes as possible.  What is appealing to so many, however, can be daunting when thinking about creating a comfortable lifestyle….even for the most seasoned minimalist.  Designers, like me, love the possibilities!

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Living Large in Under 2000′

ANOTHER LOOK AT WHAT A MINIMALISM DECOR LOOKS LIKE

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Continuing with another example of how minimalism in decor looks and functions, is a 1751′ condo that started out as a basic builder grade, new build.  Not unlike other areas in the country, communities are emerging everywhere that offer limited floorpans and selections.  If you view the concept of having “less” as minimalism,  these homes qualify because they  really have “nothing” in terms of architectural features.  Wasn’t that one of our must haves for making minimalism work?  Yes it was.

 

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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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To many of you in the under 50 group, you probably don’t even know what an Airstream is.  To those of us over 50, we remember this was the dream of most of our Dad’s.  If he could have pulled his Airstream with a beautiful Buick all the better.  Reality was more like a Starcraft pulled by a pick up but that would not make a good post so we will stay with the silver bullet above.

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Living in a Big Old Box

5 THINGS TO CONSIDER IN WAREHOUSE LOFT LIVING

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Living in a converted warehouse loft apartment is a dream for a lot of us.  For many it becomes a reality.  There is an excitement about living in a historic space that has been “saved” and repurposed.  Exposed brick, still with markings of where old machinery might have been placed; concrete floors with cracks, chips and holes from years of feet working on them; huge windows and shiny new exposed HVAC; all these elements are so appealing they suck us right into a lease or a purchase at “Hello”.

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