Understanding Minimalism

When I think of minimalism I have always thought of the luxe museum houses plastered in glossy design magazines. I think of straights lines, monochrome and slightly masculine persuasions and order.

I love the aesthetic of a clean and stylish all black outfit, a la the beautiful Jeanne Damas…

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Or the zen vibes of this organised dream wardrobe (that couldn’t look more contrasting to my current dumping ground of a built in) …

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Or the beautifully balanced aesthetics of my favourite Australian born brand Aesop…

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Last year I went travelling around the world for a few months and to save cash and time, I made the very conscious decision to only take carry on luggage. I thought it’d be impossible, but in fact, it was very possible. The more I travelled the less stuff I wanted. It’d just slow me down.

It ignited a spark… could I become a minimalist?
I never thought so, due to my love of all thing maximalist and unkept: Colours, crushed velvet, baroque patterns, glam rock, 60 and 70’s vintage clothes and bohemian deco (and I tend to like my music this way too). This seems to be something I can’t repress, nor do I want to.

One thing I’ve come across that changed my perspective is the beloved maximalist William Morris, with such a simple and effective mantra that can be applied to minimalism.

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Lately my understanding of minimalism has changed and just in time to tackle the suffocation I was feeling being in my tiny bedroom brimming with stuff. I’m a sucker for buying stuff and I want to curb this habit.

Minimalism is not necessarily about changing your style, but about refining it. What are the essentials to you? And what can you live without?

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(Images via Pinterest)

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