I love how the word simplicity rolls off the tongue. It is such an unassuming word with such a depth of significance. I’ve found myself moving towards simplicity in decorating and other aspects of my life. Decorating with simplicity doesn’t mean living a spartan life. Simplicity to me means living with what you love. Creating beauty at home is the ultimate luxury. Simple cut flowers from our tiny garden, a lit candle, a favorite record playing…these are the things that make me happy.
I’ve been a collector of stuff for a long time. I collected photographs, notes, books, furniture and almost anything else that I found sentimental or beautiful. In the last few years I felt a tug to let go. I have emptied drawers, closets (we don’t have a lot of closets) and the basement. I mercilessly threw out or donated anything that I didn’t use, wouldn’t use or wasn’t beautiful.
Everything now has a place. Our drawers are generally half filled. Jai + Kiran get Ikea boxes in which to store their paintings/drawings and notes and we label them with a date range. Really nice art gets framed and goes up on the wall. Similarly, I enlarge photographs that we like, frame them and add them to the wall. I display the photographs and art work in ad hoc arrangements. I especially like hanging things low to the ground so that Kiran+ Jai can enjoy them.
This is a photograph of Jai’s room. He picked which pictures we hung over his bed.
This is our living room wall. One day I would like to buy a white wall hung T.V. For now I try to hide the T.V. in the surrounding pictures.
On a recent trip to Greece Kiran + Jai collected rocks, pebbles and large pieces of bark from olive trees. Instead of just storing these I made rock mobiles and hung them around the house. Displaying treasures allows us to appreciate them everyday.
A clutter free home allows us to enjoy our time at home. Before we head out in the morning, however constrained we are for time, I tidy up the living room and dining room. I fluff the pillows, put stray objects away and clear the dining room of breakfast dishes. This ensures that when I walk in from work I can relax and enjoy my time with kids. When I put my key in the door I am always filled with joy and anticipation to be home.