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Old 12-10-2012, 09:50 PM   #1
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"I love living and minimalism is for people who don't know how to live."

Found this article on Apartment Therapy looking for inspirational pictures of minimalist homes and just wondered what other mama's thought about it. Seems kind of silly to me. I also thought most of the rooms in the pictures were pretty ugly, but that's just me.

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Old 12-10-2012, 10:08 PM   #2
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I didn't really like any of the rooms either. Just not my style.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:16 PM   #3
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Re: "I love living and minimalism is for people who don't know how to live."

no i dont like them eather. who elese wanted to step into those rooms & start purging them? or was that just me?
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:35 PM   #4
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Re: "I love living and minimalism is for people who don't know how to live."

I dont think the quote paints an accurate picture of minimalist. For me minimalisim is removing all the possessions/obligations you dont want in your life. What you are left with is the stuff that makes your life worth living.

The lack of material possessions does not equate to a disenchantment with life. Members of pre-industrialized societies would have had minimal possessions that doesnt take away from the richness of their culture, art, music, hobbies etc. One can love life just as much by getting out and enjoying nature, hiking, swimming etc as someone who spends most of their time shopping/decorating.

I love the bookshelves with colorful books in the picture. I use to dream of a library in my home. These days I fail to see any value in hanging onto books that wont ever get opened again but that doesnt negate my love of reading. I can immerse myself into a novel and when I am done pass it on so someone else can do the same. Sure my bookshelves may look minimal but it is likely I got as much enjoyment out of literature as someone with beautifully arranged shelves.

I really do love the color in the pictures. I use to try to minimize/decorate at the same time but I ended up with half finished/half decorated rooms that just looked a mess. My home looks a little too plain for me. I dont want more stuff but I wouldnt mind some more color. When I get down to the number of possessions I want to keep I will selectively add color.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:52 PM   #5
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I don't care for any of the rooms either, there's too much going on. All I kept thinking while looking at those pictures is "There's no possible way this person has children". Those rooms would look awful if there was a little person constantly messing with stuff .
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Re: "I love living and minimalism is for people who don't know how to live."

Minimalism to me is not having the piles of junk that I'd have to move in order to take pics for a magazine It's not so much about the decor as much as the storage of stuff some of which may be disguised as decor. A library, sure, but when books are stacked in front of each other and lay on top of others shoved in every crevice, that's too much. My house needs more decor and less 'stuff'.
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I just didn't like the color clashes. Why all does all the stuff have to not match? How does having lots of clashing patterns and designs make you a "Maximalist"? Heck I was a maximalist when I was younger.... I was poor and bought lots of junk that didn't match at thrift stores.... then I got a roommate. Our livingroom was so "maximalist"!
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Ew. I'm all for color and texture, but those are icky...
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My grandfather had a hideous orange couch like that. Lol. And there is no way those people have kids - there's soft **** as the focal point on the wall! Ick.
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Lol... Okay. The minimalism/maximalism referred to here has nothing to do with possessions. It is strictly design... which is all it ever was before it was coined as a term to describe a lifestyle. I love the design and the colors and everything. If you look at the rooms, there really isn't a lot of stuff. There are pictures on the walls, books to decorate, and flowers. Other than that, it is just rugs, furniture and pillows with lots of color. Max color and pattern and line= max crazy looking spaces. It looks cozy to me (for someone else's house.) I would get bored with it fast- which is the main reason I stick to a neutral background and bright "accessories". even though, let's be honest. I am a true minimalist in form and function and I don't have a lot of accessories.

I do love that orange couch though. We found one at World Market just like it and it took everything in me to not walk away with it. I just can't give up my black leather 12 year old couch that sees me through kid messes like such a champ.
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