photos: taschen london style & taschen new york styleIn my head I live a minimal lifestyle. Just a few simple furnishings, only what I need. No clutter. Everything is well organized, but it's not difficult since there isn't much.
Now, for reality. I live amongst organized clutter at best. The challenge I face when trying to create the simple, clean, non stuff lifestyle is that I love stuff. I get excited around flea markets. Even if I don't buy anything, looking at all that is available gives me a thrill. There are memories in the stuff I have. Each piece is almost like it's own time capsule of a specific period in my life.
The things we own, the way we display them, the collections we decide to show are a part of who we are and have a very specific story to tell. Beautiful rooms are more than just architectural details, well designed furniture, great color choices and perfect flow. A room's character, personality are in the details of our stuff.
What you feel is the most mundane of an item you've had forever can be a work of art. It's all in the way it's displayed. A basic white bookcase filled with inexpensive garage sale finds (white pottery) becomes a study in placement and style. The ordinary is instantly extraordinary just by changing the way everything is perceived. Even a pile of collected books turn into something special when you take into account how you arrange them, what colors you place with or around them and how you use them. The less than obvious pile can instantly turn into the perfect place to perch your Sunday coffee...next to your favorite chair.
Honor the stuff you love.