My friend Gina and I sometimes wish our homes looked something like creative store displays or showrooms that we've seen. My list of retail-room-inspiration with an industrial chic edge would include these locations. Photographer Paulina Arcklin took beautiful photos that captured this Amsterdam store called Good Genes and this Garage Bar in Sweden. If the designers of Good Genes and the Garage Bar would design my home, I'd be thrilled! Pretty sure neither designer does house calls to the States, but one can dream!
About the Parisian home of Florence: "From her top floor, typical Parisian apartment situated at the foot of Montmartre, she can nearly touch the clouds. Because what she loves is when the sunlight breaks through the walls and explodes in your face to magnify the white. Florence loves this immaculate white and she has it everywhere, from the old ceramics in her kitchen, to the linen sheets in her bedroom and the teepee she has built in her lounge for her children. She cares for her interior with a passion and it makes you want to do likewise."
A "newly decorated apartment proves that style doesn't have to come at a price. Sure it's small, but creative touches — like using wooden shipping pallets as a bed frame — will easily inspire your own affordable updates."
I'm a fan of the brick wall, all the light, and the color choices!
See the full tour here.
Bea Johnson of Zero Waste Home lives a lifestyle based on experiences not belongings. She states, "Since embarking on the Zero Waste lifestyle, our lives have changed for the better: We feel happier and lead more meaningful lives, based on experiences instead of stuff. My goal is to share its incredible health, financial and time saving benefits!" Bea's blog is informative and her book an excellent read.
Reading Bea's book had me looking for reusable products here in the Midwest and was delighted to find an online shop of products created in a nearby town in a cute studio!
"An eco-conscious and budget savvy mother of four, Meg was concerned about the amount of consumables purchased and waste generated by her six member household. To cut down on expenses and waste, the first switch was to cloth diapers. Their family realized how easy the switch to cloth really was, and began the process of going waste-free in all areas of their home."
I'll be perusing her shop for some reusable non-paper towels.Sorry Costco, won't be buying those in bulk at your store anymore!
*Disclaimer:This is not a sponsored post. I'm writing about Meg's store because the products look amazing and are super cute. I haven't received anything to write this post except warm fuzzies for being kinder to the environment! And a gold star. Can't have enough of those.
Maybe you don't care about your possessions sparking joy and you think thanking them for a hard day's work is silly. Maybe your left-brained self would rather focus on the bottom line. Well guess what? Your clutter is costing you money and I can tell you exactly how much. Do this simple equation.
Do the math! Space is a limited resource, just like money. Now that you know what each square foot of space is costing you in actual cash, you might be feeling much more motivated to stop wasting it storing stuff you don't need.
Marie sparked this concept in my mind when in her book, The Life-Changing Magical of Tidying Up, she repeatedly mentioned "spending" your storage space. And careful spending of every resource will always mean a well managed home.
I'm in the middle of using the Konmari method to clear extra belongings out of my home with the goal of always having a well managed home.
The pretty, light filled apartment of Rikke-Louise. Had to share with you after I saved almost every photo into an inspiration folder for my home! Rikke-Louise describes her home this way:
"Life at home is ... loving, welcoming and warm."
"I love to be creative. Our walls are full of illustrations and are brightly colored fabrics everywhere in our homes."
Apartment Therapy's Small Cool contest is happening again. I adore this 742 s.f. home by Catherine in Paris for its colors, its layout, and the feel she's given it.
I also love, love, love this kitchen of Orsi's - also in an entry in the contest.
Gea Kleene is a fellow member of the facebook group Konmari Adventures, and she gave me permission to share her photo with you. She organized her shawls in a box by color so she can see at a glance what she owns. The result is beautiful! If you click her name above, it'll take you to her personal Konmari adventure page! It's in Dutch but that's why I use Google Translate.
Photo by Gea Kleene.
This Paris blogger has a clean, tidy apartment with only the essentials and items she loves. Paris To Go is a new favorite blog of mine. Enjoy!
Ellen Claesson, blogger, just bought her first apartment. Super cute.
PS: Please pardon the dust on the blog this week. Am trying a few different layouts to maximize the photos. Things will settle down soon and all will be well. Thank you for your patience with this process! ~ S.
The home of Caroline Orrvik in Örebro in Sweden via Turbulences Deco
"Caroline loves antiquing and fulfills his house small still lifes composed, among other findings, gleaned from flea markets and bought in Swedish stores objects: baskets, animal skin, vases ..."
My wardrobe is pretty minimalist. I rely on black, white, and gray with tees and scarves providing colorful accents. I just purchased some gorgeous tees for fall in black, white, and grey and am pretty giddy about them.
I've also been contemplating cutting my long hair to shoulder length or a shorter bob. Thus it was with joy I stumbled on this blog of Maiju Saw of Finland. Her hair and wardrobe are what I aspire to.