Simplicity Isn't a Four Letter Word

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Swedish Simplicity | House of Valentina

Hoarders around the world shudder in fear, but it's not just the tv show worthy that hate simplicity.

I know.  You can count.  Clearly Simplicity has 11 letters.  Ahem.  10, I mean.

But you would think the cringes it induces would make it unutterable.  I hear it often with clients.  One suggests it, the other plays along a bit, and then there are buckets of tears somewhere in the horizon.

Ok, so maybe it's not always that bad.

But simplifying is one of the things that tends to sound better in principle than actual practice.  If you have hoarding tendencies, you've probably already broken out in hives.

So if Simplicity isn't a four letter word, why does it feel like it?

  1. Some people live by a more is more philosophy.
  2. Getting rid of stuff takes time.
  3. Indecisive? The seemingly endless procession of decisions can be pretty overwhelming.
  4. We live in fear that we will forget something if we don't have a visual reminder.

The great news is that on the other side of simplicity exists a world that is uncluttered, meaningful, and cleverly compelling.  Simplicity doesn't have to mean living without.  You can own things and still live a simplified life.  Thank goodness!

A visit to the home of Swedish stylist, Jasmina Bylund, is a perfect example of how a little can go a long way. The thoughtful placement of items, especially plants that bring life and bold art that bring a powerful statement, make for a very compelling and amazingly simplified home.

Swedish Simplicity | House of Valentina

Swedish Simplicity | House of Valentina

Swedish Simplicity | House of Valentina

Swedish Simplicity | House of Valentina

Swedish Simplicity | House of Valentina

Swedish Simplicity | House of Valentina

Swedish Simplicity | House of Valentina

Swedish Simplicity | House of Valentina

Swedish Simplicity | House of Valentina

Swedish Simplicity | House of Valentina

Swedish Simplicity | House of Valentina

Swedish Simplicity | House of Valentina

Swedish Simplicity | House of Valentina

What did you think of Jasmina's home?  So beautiful, right?  Here are a few of my favorite tips I'm learning:

The perfect pot can make a simple plant a piece of art.

A simple set of bud vases with a few springs makes a beautiful table setting.

Bold artwork is a worthy investment. 

Reading the right books will inspire great spaces!

Lots of great baskets means that you can hide your hoarding tendencies.  WHEW!