Less is Not a Bore

"Less is a bore."  This was the reaction of Robert Venturi to modern architecture and design in 1966.  He was responding, of course, to Mies van der Rohe's famous dictum "Less is more," and went on to design buildings that are irregular, eclectic, and likened to pop art.

And that's fine.  A minimalist mindset can accommodate many styles and tastes.

But less isn't boring.  Less is peaceful.  It can reflect contentment with what you have.  And it can certainly be pretty. 

Far from being soulless and cold, less can expose what you treasure and what you're really all about.

Instead of letting your favorite things be buried in clutter and junk, less lets you intentionally choose what makes your heart sing, and then make it a feature.

Owning less doesn't mean you have to do away with photos of your loved ones, vases of fresh flowers, or treasured books.  It doesn't mean you can't keep (and use) pretty china, inherited furniture, travel finds, or meaningful art.

Can you be a minimalist and dive into Cottagecore, Grannychic, and Grandmillenial style?  Of course!

So if you love chintz throw pillows, English blue and white ironstone (I have a small collection), flowered wallpaper (try some of the new peel-and-stick), and old brass candlesticks, your minimalist home can certainly accommodate them.  What you will want to remove is the stuff that has no meaning, the stuff that simply gathers dust, and the stuff you're always moving out of the way just so you can sit down or put your feet up.

As we move deeper into this cozy season, never think that your minimalist home can't be the most comfortable and supportive place for you and your family.  At its heart, the new trend of Cottagecore is about reconnecting with family, friends, and old-fashioned skills – pastimes like knitting, gardening, and bread-making that have been sidelined by hyper-busyness and way too much online time.  People are finding that creating a welcoming home atmosphere and learning to make things with their own hands is super satisfying.

So bake something while listening to the radio and wearing a pretty apron.  Cut some late flowers from your garden and display them in a lovely vase, or fill a bowl with fall apples or mini pumpkins.  Curl up with a cup of tea and a good book (I am currently loving Anthony Doerr's newest, Cloud Cuckoo Land*).  Try your hand at knitting, crochet, embroidery, or even watercolors.  Iron some shirts or some table linens.  Pull on a simple cardigan and take a walk, paying attention to birds, squirrels, trees, and the sky.  Simmer a big pot of soup made from home-grown (or at least locally-grown) vegetables.  Hand write a letter.

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In spite of what some websites will tell you, you don't need to "shop the latest home d├ęcor trend."  Cottagecore is right at your fingertips – the things you love most, that make you feel creative and comfortable.

But all the magic I've ever known,
I had to make myself.

Shel Silverstein


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