From the archives.... still represents the simplicity at home that I strive for. Am participating in the #theminsgame - a game whereby you donate/give away/toss/recycle a number of items depending on what day of the month it is. 21 items left my home yesterday. Will be aiming for 22 today...just to have a more minimal, calming apartment to live in.
Was happy to see Joshua and Ryan (The Minimalists) in Milwaukee again as they promote their book Everything That Remains. The last event they had in Milwaukee was in December, 2011, and the group included eight of us plus Joshua, Ryan, and their friend Joel Runyon. A mere three years later, the event at Boswell Books included hundreds of attendees gathered to hear Josh and Ryan’s story and listen to a reading from the book.The Minimalists are quite entertaining, at ease with themselves and others, and are quite open and vulnerable in their writing.
This past year, I’ve been learning that people matter more than things. It’s that statement that has gotten me out of my comfort zone and out in the community to meet friends, attend parties when I really want to be at home, and to stay longer at events with friends so that our conversations have more time to go deeper as we become more vulnerable with our words and emotions. (For instance, as I think back to the last time Josh and Ryan were in town, I chose to leave after the meet up instead of going with the group to a bar just around the corner. Most others went, but I was concerned about getting home so late on a weeknight, so I declined and went home. If I could make the same decision again, I'd choose quality time with the group because people matter more than a time on a clock. The group was gathered for just that night, while there existed many more nights in which to get more sleep.)
Some of the memorable quotes from the evening were, “Love people, use things. The opposite never works.” and “It’s not a how to book, it’s a why to book.”
I highly recommend attending any event at which The Minimalists speak. Plus they are generous with the hugs, reminding us “They’re transferable.”
Speaking of their events, The Minimalists will be in Madison, Wisconsin, tonight, and I will be attending with my aunt and a friend. I’ve no doubt they will find The Minimalists as entertaining, thoughtful, and helpful as I have.
My friend Gina and I love to compare notes on letting go of the extra in our lives and often compare notes and share blogs we love about a more minimalist lifestyle, like Becoming Minimalist or playing The Mins Game.
Gina started a new blog recently, and you're invited to check it out. Her focus is on living more lightly in all areas of life.
Here's what she shared of mine:
Yes, that is all the makeup I currently own and wear. My old eyeshadow got used up so I just bought this baby for $3 at the grocery store. When I get ready at the gym, I'm surrounded by women with elaborate makeup and hair routines. After getting dressed, I slip into a space between people at the mirror, apply the makeup you see above in about 90 seconds. I then step under the hand dryer placed high on the wall and use it as my hairdryer for 2.5 rounds of drying time, and I'm done. I put on a signature ring or bracelet and am out the door with my little gym bag
Lest you be even a smidgen impressed, know that this little area of my life is pretty minimalist, but my apartment and car are not. I will be joining Gina in letting go of items in my life that I don't love or need.
I adore this white, airy home! My favorite is the office as I've always wanted a cabinet like that one... from IKEA perhaps?
Am about to spending this snowy day indoors - decluttering and cleaning. What will you be doing this weekend?
I'm a huge fan of Orla Kiely! (She just teamed up with Target again and is offering accessories for iPhones and iPads. Super cute.)
Here are photos of her new home and her previous home.
I love this camper decorated so cutely (and not just because its name is Sunny!).
Look how adorable it is!
According to Sarah (blog Attic Lace), "After our very first trip with 'Sunny' I was in love. It had become so cozy and sweet inside, and it is so wonderful to have our very own little home when we go places over night. I often joke that if we had to live in here for a bit, I wouldn't bat an eye...even our pups love snuggling down inside."
I adore the "sneak peek" series at Design*Sponge... and as an apartment dweller, I perked up when I saw this "best of studio apartments" post! I'm in a one bedroom apartment at the moment but would love to someday downsize to a studio apartment! These photos will go directly to my inspiration file!
The links below each photo are to the full apartment tour post.
These are some of my favorite wallpaper/decals from Mr. Perswall Sweden. Just look at that lace dress!
Now I have discovered the "categories" page and simply cannot pick a favorite!
[update: I have no affiliation with Mr. Perswall nor did I hear from them. I found them because of their beautiful images on their site! I need to save my pennies to buy the door decal - below - from them!]
All images via Mr Perswall Sweden
According to miluccia, this home is "an apartment with retro colored accents. A nice mix of vintage furniture and objects associated with more contemporary pieces.
You know a flat has appeal when the architect himself moves in! What a pretty color combination of orange, gray and blue-gray!
Anna describes the flat as a "unique place has a kind of discrete industrial elegance about it". I agree completely.
Am charmed by the Jen's blog little birdie. Here's how Jen describes it:
It's about simple living - we're a family of three and we like growing our own food, vegetarian cooking, baking, camping, folk music, nature, Scandi interiors, colourful spaces and vintage style.
This blog was born as an orderly place to keep the home photos I found that were not all "matchy matchy" (as I call it), formally decorated homes. I was born in the States but have a feeling Europe could just as easily have been my birthplace given my fondness for non-American homes and styles.
This Parisian home of Madeleine Ably is an excellent example. I am fond of the mix of colors used as well as the vibe the home gives off that a family lives there. Well done.