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I love it, but I can’t do it – Minimalism

I am not a minimalist, nor can I ever be. The sad thing is…I love the sense of serenity, clarity and simplicity that minimalism conjures.

Even if I tried I do not think I could execute the ‘minimalist’ look – I just have too many….things. I love collecting and displaying objects from my past, from my travels, from my own creations.

To me, minimalist can be equated to sheer discipline. One must exercise self-control and resist the urge to ‘decorate’.

I also think there is a fine line between looking bare and actually being intentionally minimalist- I still think one must create a sense of ‘character’ or style the room.

In my latest Apply Product Knowledge, I carried out some research on Japanese style. Underpinning Japanese design is raw minimalism.

The Japanese have gotten this minimalistic living down to an art form. With the congestion of the urban area’s plots to build a home are getting smaller and smaller. They even have a name for it: kyosho jutaku (狭小住宅). I

These homes being so small don’t let you live a cluttered life. Anything out of place will become an obstruction somehow. I definitely would struggle with that…

Here is my attempt of a Japanese & Danish MInimalistic fusion…its not that great!

Through research, I also starting questioning why does minimalism always equal all white?

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Neon pink & white = amazing.

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I like the way minimalism seeks to bring out the core of our interiors, enhancing their functionality while minimizing the unnecessary details and flourishes.

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‘Yo…’ Mamma….loving the gigantic text.

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Example of how minimalist doesn’t need to be pure white – like the tones of blue that have been integrated here.

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Hmmm…yes, clean lines, decluttered space and…..just SO much…. white.

I love looking at these images – but know deep down I could never execute it. It is just not ‘me’.

Ok, I’m off – going to eat dessert in my seemingly ‘cluttered’ living room.

Tantilising Textiles.

People have a direct physical relationship with soft furnishings and are constantly in contact with them: sitting on a chair, relaxing on a sofa, nestling among cushions, or drawing back curtains.

A secret (not anymore) love of mine – is getting into a bed with freshly washed pyjamas and freshly washes sheets. I just love that feeling!

I’ve just started my new module on Applying Soft Furnishings – I am already hooked. Choosing fabrics for soft furnishings is challenging – it is important that the fabric responds to, accommodates and reflects different uses and moods.

The colour, pattern, texture and overall feel of each item contributes to our comfort and pleasure. An inappropriate choice can detract from the comforting sense of being at home in our surroundings.

Fabrics provide a feeling of warmth and offer an endless variety of texture, pattern, colour and reflectivity. They can be used to reflect a sense of self and add character to an impersonal hard-edged world.

I have learnt that there are many different types of weaves…plain, twill, jacquard…

There is something about the ‘weave’ that resonates within me – the order, the pattern, the way the texture of some textiles evoke a reflex reaction – from visual to tacile….without thinking you just yearn to ‘touch it’…

Here are some ways the ‘weave’ can come to life…

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That’s enough from me, better get back to my assignment….