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Category: Minimalism

  1. Home: Why Less Is More *

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    How to live a clutter free life

    Everyone has their own style, but one of the most overlooked ‘playbooks’ when it comes to the home is the minimalist look. It’s easy to get it wrong, first and foremost. Too many people think minimalism is all about empty, boring spaces. But the truth is that it’s about boiling down the home to the sheer needs of it and shrugging off the demands of some of the more arbitrarily cluttered styles. Let’s take a look at what it means to welcome the minimalist appeal into your home.

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    Why you want a minimalist home

    Let’s start with the core of what all the tips below will be about. Why would you want to go for a contemporary, minimalist look to the home in the first place? For one, there’s an airy, sleek stylishness to it that gets many interested from the first glance. Simply put, it looks modern and cool. But there are lifestyle reasons that feed into it as well. For one, minimalist homes are always a lot easier to clean. The use of sleek, smooth surfaces makes them a lot less hassle than things like carpets and rugs. But they also prioritise light and space more than any other style, two key ingredients to creating a home that you’re actually able to relax in.

    Start with a focus

    Every room needs a point to start from. Minimalism in the home doesn’t mean that you have to entirely get rid of things you find aesthetically eye-catching. In fact, it makes better use of them than most homes. If you have a piece of wall art or a piece of furniture you adore, then minimalism works best when you use it as a focal point and work out from it. By arranging your furniture so that sight lines always lead to that focal point, it makes a real impact as opposed to getting lost in the overall noise of a room.

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    Eliminate the bulk

    While it’s okay to have one piece of furniture that proves a contrast, in general, you don’t want big bulky silhouettes taking up more space than they should in a room. Instead of fat chairs with big, crowding arms, go for smaller, subtler shapes that don’t spread out to take up any more space than they need to. You can find contemporary furniture here that shows that you can keep things stylish and comfortable without having to make them garish. All your furniture should have a footprint no bigger than the amount of space they offer. For instance, a coffee table shouldn’t have legs that spread out wider than the usable space that it offers. Every piece of furniture should economically use the space it takes.

    Minimize clutter

    It might be a hard choice for some, but getting rid of unnecessarily cluttering items is an important part of minimalism. If you’ve been a bit rug happy in the past, you might have to get used to cleaner, clearer floors. You might have to resist the urge to put throws and cushions over every seat in the house. And that’s not all. Naturally, we’re not always able to live to the minimalist standards that we might set with our rooms. It’s a good idea to fit any rooms with the minimalist style with an area of temporary storage, such as a simple hamper. That way, even when you’re not in the mood or you don’t have the time for a proper clean, you can keep clutter to a minimum with a temporary solution.

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    Get more floor and wall space

    It’s already been mentioned how almost every piece of furniture you choose should be chosen for the quality that it doesn’t take up any more space than it needs to. But a great minimalist room also makes sure that the wells aren’t too cluttered. Arranging furniture closer to the centre allows for more space around the side. But for other fixtures, you should think about elevating them. For instance, you can get your vertical double radiator here which means you don’t have a clunky radiator extending along the wall. If you can float things like your bookshelves or storage fixtures, then you should do that, too. The room gets to keep its natural shape as best as possible without roadblocks coming in, distorting it and closing bits of the room off.

    Layer the lighting

    Light plays an important part of the minimalist look because it is so crucial to creating a relaxing, clean looking space. With the windows, it’s about using treatments that are as un-invasive as possible. In the winter, those big heavy treatments might be a necessity so that the home doesn’t lose all its heat easily. However, for the rest of the year, consider much subtler options like wooden slat blinds. Accent lighting trends allow you to distribute light and layer it throughout the individual rooms a lot more easily, too. Besides some essential task lighting, this is about making sure that your spaced-out furniture doesn’t cast overbearing amounts of shadow thanks to the placement of one central light.

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    You don’t have to sacrifice colour

    Let’s address the idea that minimalism is all about making the room more boring and draining it out from a room. It’s true that neutral, light and airy colours are some of the most relaxing so they work best with a room that has very little clutter. However, you are free to take colour in whatever direction you wish. So, long as you don’t end up crowding it with a lot of colours that stand out against it, too. You need to decide the colour of a room early, either basing it off a colour you want to see or a piece of furniture that serves as a focal point. Stick to that colour and some very light complementary shades. Don’t go too far with it.

    Find some contrast

    A room without any contrast at all would look plain boring. As we mentioned with the focal point, minimalist rooms actually tend to heighten the impact of a contrast. Having one or two pieces throughout the home that stand out from the unifying style makes them a lot more of a statement. To that end, you shouldn’t feel like you have to always go with the sleek, non-imposing, and neutral side of things. A little mixing-and-matching goes a long way to making your own visible imprint on the minimalist style. For instance, you might like a single antique piece that cuts an imposing silhouette in the hallway.

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    Keep it minimal

    One of the parts of a minimalist home that many find hard to keep to is the fact it needs to stay minimal. It’s not a style you can just keep adding to when you find new pieces you like. So, it’s good to follow a rule when it comes to making changes to the home. Put simply, this is the “one-in, one-out” rule. Every time you add a new piece to the home, you take something equivalent out. If you’re adding a clock to the wall, you take down a piece of art. If you’re adding a new table, you take out another piece of furniture. Fail to stick to this and your chic, contemporary space becomes a cluttered, confused mess.

    Minimalism isn’t for everyone, of course. Some people need their layers and layers of comfort, meanwhile others just like any opportunity to show off their individualistic take. If you feel like your home is getting too high maintenance, or that you simply can’t find yourself relaxing, then minimalism might be the way to go.



  2. Creating A Calm Home *

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    How to design a less stressful space

    Filling your home with the latest fad and trends, willy nilly can seem like a great idea. But sooner or later the clutter will overtake you, and your perfect pad will become a nightmare. That is why it's important to think carefully about what you have in your space, as well as how to maintain it as well as possible. Read on for some tips on how to do this.

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    The calm mindset

    The idea of having a spacious and calm home is a wonderful one. But it isn't just important what your living space looks like, but also, how you have got it to be in that state. For example, it’s no good if you can't sit down and relax unless your entire home and garden are spotless and totally tidy. This is going to create a lot of stress in your life, and not help you cultivate a calm attitude in your home at all.  

    That is why it is important to have the right mindset when approaching a job like this. Simplicity is important in design and maintenance. So don't over think things, or make them more complicated that they need to be.

    Do one thing at a time and devote yourself to that, rather than trying to get everything done and wearing yourself out. For example, tidy up first and then clean. Don't try and do both things together as you’ll just get stressed and confused.

    The aesthetic

    So when you are trying to create a calm space, there are several elements that you want to bear in mind to get this aesthetic. For example, space is vital so clear counters, shelves and other spaces of all unnecessary clutter. If you haven't used it that day, then it doesn't need to be there. So find a space for it to be put away properly.

    Of course, this doesn't mean that you can’t have some decorative features in a room. But choose them thoughtfully and carefully. Pick things that you love that fit in with your room's decor, and that enhance the look and feel of your space.

    Also consider how much maintenance they will need to stay looking clean and attractive. A simple but striking light fitting or ornament can have more impact that a whole room full of items. While still keeping things looking and feeling calm, as well as being easy for you to maintain.

    Also, consider the color scheme that you use in your house and garden. Calmer space is usually associated with more muted or pastel colors. As well as bringing elements of nature inside.

    The method

    So creating a calm home isn't all about the content of your property, but also about how you look after and maintain it. For example, staying on top of seasonal jobs, like the ones listed here, with a little and often attitude can help you get through them, without them building up.

    The same goes for cleaning and tidying. If you are cleaning as you go, using products like these disposable wipes, then you will never have to psych yourself up to do a massive clean that takes a load of time and energy, because things will never get that bad. That is particularly valuable for maintaining the high use areas, like the bathroom and kitchen. These areas can become dirty and unhygienic if left for too long.

    In terms of tidying it is amazing how much your standard of life can be raised just by putting things away where they belong when you are done using them. It is so simple it's almost ridiculous, but trust me it works both inside the home and in the garden, and can seriously help to contribute to a sense of peace and calm on your property.

    Get a shed or a tool caddy for the garden like these ones, and make sure that you have set places for all of your household items to live inside your home.

    Of course, part of the calm method of maintaining your home means letting go of that sense of perfectionism that you might have. While it’s nice for our homes to look like they could easily be a double page spread in Homes And Gardens Magazines, we have to bear in mind that they are practical spaces in which we live, love, eat and sleep.

    Therefore unless you have someone else coming in and doing your cleaning for you, they aren't going to look perfect all of the time.

    In fact, it's more about accepting that good enough is good enough, and that doing one job towards improving the tidiness or cleanliness of your home and then stopping is OK!



  3. Timeless Style: What Exactly Is 'Slow' Fashion? *

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    Get involved with the latest eco friendly trend 'slow fashion'

    We're all familiar with fast fashion, clothes that are cheaply made, mass produced and probably won't last more than four outings before the seams start to unravel. We're not bothered because the prices are so low we can just buy another dress when the other one gets a rip in it. Fast fashion is also trend based, so the chances are we'll only be wearing that floral jumpsuit a few weeks before something else comes along  and it goes out of fashion. However, whispers amongst the clothes rails speak of something altogether more eco-friendly: The rise of slow fashion.

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    What Is It? 

    Today, we're all so busy living our lives, rushing around to meetings and constantly on our phones posting pictures of the awesome time we're having to Facebook that we're forgetting to enjoy the experience. Much like the Norwegians invented 'slow TV,' something that is gradually catching on in other countries up and coming designer, Anne Bernecker, is hoping to show the fashion industry that it's ok to slow couture down a little. She believes we need to hold on to items, reusing them until they fall apart instead of throwing beautiful clothes away in a rush to buy newer, trendier items. The clothes are aimed at everyone, yet those who are particularly concerned about the environment will be pleased with the concept of slow couture.

    Where Can I Find Them?

    While the collection is very much a concept idea, there will, however, be a full selection available. Including stunning vintage denim dresses that are customised by hand with sequins, beads, feathers, applique and even dip-dye techniques to help them  stand out from every other brand.

    The idea is that wearers will think before they buy, holding onto unique, special garments that'll turn the concept of what's classed as a trend on its head. The designer also hopes that her collection will get people thinking about what's in their wardrobes that could be customised, re-infusing new life into clothes that we no longer wear and updating items that the fashion industry has deemed as 'out' rather than 'in.'

    Humans also tend to attach emotions to physical objects so by embracing the slow way now, i.e., wearing a particular jacket, or skirt could, in future, become a treasured garment full of happy memories.

    Why Should I Buy A Piece?

    Tipped to be the next big thing, slow fashion is sure to have a significant impact on our relationship with clothes but it'll also have us redefining what matters to us. Fashion is as much about the materials, and fabrics that the clothes themselves are made from and the people creating them as it is about looking good on a night out. The industry has a responsibility to us as consumers and those who work in her factories to make sure we aren't over producing garments.

    By breaking the chains that keep us slaves to the style section you could also find yourself a lot happier. After all, if everyone's wearing the same jacket, skirt or dress for longer than a couple of weeks, there's much less pressure to debut a brand new outfit every single time you step out the front door.

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  4. Why Every Woman Should Create A Capsule Wardrobe

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    A capsule wardrobe is something every woman should have, but only a few end up creating. Most don’t realise what an impact having one of these beauties would do for their lives! If you’re curious to know why you should have one, and get a few tips for creating one, read on…

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    Save So Much Time Getting Dressed

    How long does it take you to get dressed at the moment? Imagine cutting that in half, maybe even less than! As your capsule wardrobe will be so versatile, you’ll barely spend any time getting dressed. No need to mull it over for as long as you do now. You’ll be raring to go and looking fabulous in no time.

    Never Say ‘I Have Nothing To Wear’ Ever Again

    The dreaded phrase. You’ll never utter those words ever again with a capsule wardrobe! You’ll have plenty of things to wear. All of your clothes will be interchangeable, and you’ll be able to create a variety of outfits suitable for all occasions and temperatures. Sounds magical doesn’t it?

    Love Every Outfit You Put On

    You’ll love every outfit you put on. One of the main things to do with your capsule wardrobe is to ensure you only ever buy things that you love. This means you’ll love everything you put on, and won’t end up buying things for the sake of it.

    Save Money

    You’ll save so much money when you put together your capsule wardrobe. As you have something for every occasion and so many different combinations to try, you won’t feel the need to go out and buy something new every time an event pops up. Using things like Debenhams discount codes can help you save even more.

    Have A Higher Quality Of Clothing

    Another key point of a capsule wardrobe is to ensure you’re buying a higher quality of clothing. Throw away fashion doesn’t really have a place in your capsule wardrobe, unless you can tell that it’s high quality and will last.



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    Define Your Style And What Suits You

    Appreciating other styles is fine, but know what you consider to be ‘you’ and what not to be you. Define your style by making a moodboard of other styles and working out what shows up a lot. This can take some trial and error. Of course you can experiment too, but you want to fill your capsule wardrobe with clothes you love and feel comfortable in.

    Stick To A Certain Colour Palette

    By sticking to a colour palette of only a handful of colours, you’ll be able to mix and match more items rather than struggling to put things together. You could even make a certain colour or scheme your trademark!

    Make Sure You Have Everything You Need

    There are lists online that will advise you on everything you need. This might include two pairs of jeans, 3 shirts, 2 nice shirts, etc. It all depends on you, but make sure you take your time with it!
    Enjoy creating your capsule wardrobe and watch it change your life!


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