I moved around so many times when I lived in New York that it was hard for me to stomach having a futon, chair, and table in my first apartment in Brooklyn. I was so used to having only two large bags of possessions with me. I lived with friends, stayed in a woman’s hostel, and also with family. When it was time to move to the next place, I’d put together my few things and lug them to my next temporary home.
Now having been in Los Angeles for some time now, I’ve only had two apartments and have accumulated quite a few more possessions than two bags alone could fill, not to mention my hubby’s things. I don’t think we will be moving any time soon, yet I have been clearing out as much as I can since this past December as if we were. I am grateful for minimalist thinking, as it had opened and lightened up the energy in our home. It has also allowed me to really enjoy the beautiful details of the unique decor that we do have.
Here are two African masks that were gifts to my husband before we met. They are the first thing that you see when entering our apartment.
I love this plant because it looks so wild to me and still grows strong even when I forget to water it. The vase is from our wedding table decor.
Just another view of our living room. 🙂
I finally picked out which artwork to display in my work area. They make me smile every time. The artist is David Patterson from Atlanta. I saw his work in Little Five Points when visiting my brother. The picture on the right stayed in my memory for over a year and I finally purchased it on my next visit.
This is my dresser that I adore. It adds so much personality.
This corner table was too beautiful to leave in the store when I saw it. This is just one more thing to add luxury to our bedroom. The basket is our linen closet since we do not have one.
The bamboo mat on one of the “night stands” in the bedroom create texture and contrast to a simple wooden box. The lamp is one of my favorites.
When you clear away all the clutter, serenity and beauty are all you have left. How you choose to create it is all up to you. See how my minimalist home has evolved here!
(Images by Dawn Michelle)