LA Flickr Pool, we thought it perfectly illustrated the advice given to our friend: keep the larger surrounding elements free from clutter so you can create a focal point for the things you most love...give them some breathing room.
A work in progress: books, artwork, records, art supplies, paper...our friend is slowly editing it all down and it's already starting to come altogether. Initially, when we first advised that our friend edit down some of his possessions, we could sense a bit of hesitation. Letting go that first time can be hard for someone used to holding onto everything. But then we noted certain spaces had already been curated or organized with a thoughtful eye devoid of clutter. In those specific spaces, there was already a naturally eye-pleasing organization because he had unconsciously decided those areas were his favourite and therefore removed the clutter to respect what he wanted highlighted. It was communicating the idea for application throughout his whole apartment which would most benefit with his battle of the bulge. The light in his head went on when he began to understand the importance of editing down his possessions so he could highlight the most important things he had in his home: his collection of artwork and his vintage furniture (there are several pieces in his collection we truly covet). He's still in the process of editing and organizing, but we're confident with this newfound understanding his new space will be different from his last because of just the simple understanding of breathing room. We can't wait to see how it looks 1-2 months from now once he's settled in. * On a related note, the photos up top were shared by wood & wool stool at our Flickr Pool. Some of you might remember she happens to make beautiful knit adorned stools, and now we know she has an impressive shoes collection (we're most fond with the blue ones). (Image: Flickr member wood & wool stool via the Apartment Therapy LA Flickr Pool)