Something I’ve been fascinated with for a while now – capsule wardrobes and living with less! It’s been bit of a personal struggle (being a stylist & fashion blogger with a love for shopping) and it’s perhaps one for that #yearoffear list!
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As I mentioned in my #yearoffear post, we let a lot of stuff go with our big move – it was a wonderful, light feeling. When we got to Dublin however, opening our boxes a few months later, I was rather surprised at some of the things that I had kept (because there are always “what-if”s). I was not as ruthless as I’d thought I’d been. Again, with our apartment being small, we let go of more stuff!
I’m now wanting to take it to the next level! WHY?
- My head feels clearer
- It helps with decision fatigue ( Like when your cupboard is bursting but you’ve got nothing to wear – now, everything just works together making life easier)
- I feel liberated – I own stuff, stuff doesn’t own me!
As I said, it’s a constant personal goal and not always easy. I’ve opened my shoe cupboard a few times already to edit and simply closed it again! That’s my next goal!
Want to learn more about living with less, living with intention and “letting go!”? Check out Courtney Carvers Blog, Be More With Less & her insightful post, 10 Books That Changed Me!
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TIP: Turn all your coat hangers facing the same direction. Every Time you wear something, put the coat hanger back facing the opposite direction. Soon you’ll begin to see what never gets worn.
There’s a lot to be said for small spaces. Besides some easy interior design ideas I’m about to share, you can really focus and hone in on your own, unique, style and create something straight out of your favourite decor-mag (or blog 🙂 )
1.) Keep things simple! Go for a neutral colour palette – here white is your best friend and here’s where less is more. The advantage of less-is-more living is you’ll feel lighter too!
2.) Create interest through one or two strong design features (especially if renovating or building) – like a textured (raw brick/ wallpaper / tiled / painted) wall or structural features like built in nooks or central courtyard. The staircase above for example almost makes this apartment – although it’s a small space, it draws the eye up, creating the illusion of more space. (And look at that practical use of space under the stars!)
3.) Play with your space and use furniture that maximizes your environment – i.e. a round table may work in a corner rather than a long dining table, taking up half the room. Also, does your furniture compliment the style / character you’re trying to create. When items work together visually, it will naturally give the sense of more space.
4.) Great storage is key! From rails hanging with stylish capsule wardrobes to clever shelving – good storage goes a long way and can look super trendy too! Never take for granted the space under beds/chairs/coffee tables – boxes and baskets can hide away eye-sore-items! (For me it’s remotes and cables!)
5.) Select a handful of bold, eye catching, character pieces – something that tells a story / makes your space interesting. Use small to your advantage – you don’t need to furnish a villa, so select one or two really special pieces that will bring you enjoyment and make your space feel alive!
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Find more awesome design ideas, suppliers and inspiration with homify.com – I’m definately book marking this one!
Next we will stay at this little surf shack near Ericeira in Portugal – so a little road trip along the coast from out previous spot! By now you can tell this is bit of a surf trip! xx
So excited! We’ve just booked a trip to Portugal! in October. We’ll be spending a few days at this gorgeous airbnb spot! Love its rustic, minimal, designer charm!
Apologies for keeping you in suspense!
AND the winner IS . . . . . .Noëlle Steegs! Congrats! Love to see you in your new Sitting Pretty dress of your choice! 🙂 Send me a pic! xx