Minimalism Misunderstood

White walls, white rigid furniture, no accessories...minimalism right? That doesn’t sound appealing or inviting. 

Many think feel that minimalism is all about restrictions, but it is actually about freedom. 

Freedom from our stuff. 

 Sarah Lonsdale's home. Photo by Matthew Williams. via  Remodelista

Sarah Lonsdale's home. Photo by Matthew Williams. via Remodelista

“Minimalism is a tool used to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.” - Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus

Happiness, fulfillment and freedom. Sign me up. Although, it will look differently for everyone. For me, it’s contentment, joy and freedom. 

How does minimalism fit in with the design of your home? Two of my favorite design blogs have posted recently about their take on minimalism. 

 

Remodelista describes the style Warm Minimalism as “design that's uncluttered yet inviting, clean-lined but tactile, and above all livable and life-enhancing”.

 Sarah Lonsdale's home. Photo by Matthew Williams. via  Remodelista

Sarah Lonsdale's home. Photo by Matthew Williams. via Remodelista

Sycamore Street Press’s Eva Jorgensen has had an evolving personal aesthetic that has translated into her family’s (amazing) paper good’s business. She describes it as Minimal Bohemian. 

   Penelope Loorham’s house  for The Design Files.  Photo by  Eve Wilson , via  Sycamore Street Press

 Penelope Loorham’s house for The Design Files.  Photo by Eve Wilson, via Sycamore Street Press

 Courtney Klein's home. Photo by Ann Street Studio via  Sycamore Street Press

Courtney Klein's home. Photo by Ann Street Studio via Sycamore Street Press

 Michelle LeBlanc’s home on  Design*Sponge  via  Sycamore Street Press

Michelle LeBlanc’s home on Design*Sponge via Sycamore Street Press

I’ve been reading (slowly but surely) the book Clutterfree with Kids. I recommend it even if you don’t have kids. 

Are you a minimalist, a maximalist, or somewhere in between? Are you craving freedom from your excess?