This month we at Re-Nest are focusing on the Slow Home. The Slow Home isn't concerned with trendy accessories or high style; it's not defined by its style, size, age, type, or cost. Rather, the Slow Home is designed to efficiently and thoughtfully support your life. As Alberta architect John Brown said, "It doesn't have to be fancy. It doesn't have to be expensive. It just has to be easy to live in." And the great thing about that is that everyone can work towards having a slower home, whether you're a renter in a tiny studio apartment or the owner of a historic 4-bedroom home. We'll be exploring Slow Home principles throughout the month of August, but to start, we give you a Slow Home Manifesto, along with a few of our best posts on how you can start implementing those principles into your home.
Like the Slow Food movement, which exists in opposition to "fast food" in its celebration of local food traditions and culture, the Slow Home is one that takes a calm, carefully considered, and intuitive approach to home design and living. As we've mentioned before, we're inspired by Slow Home Studio's 12-Step Slow Home Philosophy, which ties in very closely to our ideas about heirloom design, mindful living, and slow purchasing. Apartment Therapy's 8-Step Home Cure is also closely tied into the idea that your home should be a well-organized, beautiful place that suits your lifestyle and budget. Therefore, with all those thoughts in mind:
A Slow Home Is...
1. A thoughtfully-designed place that feels good to be in and makes life easier.
2. Sized appropriately for its residents.
- How To Live in a Small Space: The Best Tips from Readers!
- Living Small: It's Not Just About Having Less Stuff
- Interview: Dana Miller from House*Tweaking on Downsizing
- 5 Ways to Live Small in Big Spaces
- When Your Sofa Has To Go Through the Window (And Other Small Space Conundrums)
- The Secrets Behind Great Small Spaces
- Making the Most of the Home You Have
3. Reduces unnecessary or wasteful energy or water usage.
- Space Saver: USB Wall Socket
- Home Energy Savers: 10 Sources
- How To Install a Programmable Thermostat
- The Importance of Air Sealing
- How To Insulate Outlets and Switches
- 9 Visual Feedback Energy Management Products
4. Reduces greenhouse gas and unhealthy household chemical emissions.
- How To Seriously Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
- 10 Highly Toxic Old Household Products
- Our Best Posts on Household Chemicals and Indoor Air Quality
5. Benefits the planet without sacrificing quality of life.
- Why Sustainability Is Boring and Merely 'Consuming Less' Misses the Point
- On Judging Expensive Products and People Who Buy Them
- Re-Nest On... Expensive Green Furniture and Angry People
6. Supports life in a community.
- 5 Tips for Starting a Neighborhood Tool Share Program
- The A-Z Guide to Sharing, Swapping, or Selling Practically Anything
- On the Move: Choosing a New Neighborhood
- New and Improved: Street Smart Walk Score
- Going Car-Free? Where to Buy a Cargo-Bike in the US... or How To DIY One
- Re-Nest On... Living, Eating, and Buying Local
7. Has a strong connection to the outdoors.
- The Small, Cool Outdoors Contest 2011
- 25 Gardening and Outdoors Posts You Might Have Missed
- 20 Inspiring Outdoor Spaces From Our Green Tours
- Double Your Space: Indoor-Outdoor Homes
8. Makes every effort to support daylighting and natural heating and cooling methods.
- Would You Switch Bedrooms Seasonally?
- Take a Step Back: Room Ratings
- Interview with a Passive House Consultant
- Design with the Sun: Passive Solar Building
9. Establishes a functional entry space, or landing strip.
- A Guide to Slow Home Principles: The Entryway and Landing Strip
- The Home Cure: The Landing Strip
- The 20/20 Home Cure: Establish a Landing Strip - Day 8!
- The Green Cure: Creating a Filter At Your Front Door
- Green Clean Makeover: The Entryway
10. Focuses on efficient furniture layout that is multi-functional and breathable.
11. Emphasizes sufficient, well-organized storage in all rooms.
- 15 Fantastic Organized Spaces
- 11 Hideaway Storage Ideas for Small Spaces
- Small Space Storage Inspiration: Curtained Closets
- Small Space Storage Inspiration: Floor to Ceiling Books
- Over the Sink Accessories: Maximize Your Space
- Under the Sink Organization: Maximize Your Storage!
- Organization Tip: How To Fold a Fitted Sheet
- Interview: NYC Professional Organizer Amelia Meena
12. Accessorized personally, thoughtfully, and with an eye towards healthy, lasting design.
- The 'Living With Less' Project
- Live With What You Love: Rethinking Sustainability
- Re-Nest On... Saving for Handcrafted Furniture
- Against Throwawayism
- Useful, Beautiful, Everyday Objects: 10 Sources
(Image: Adrienne Breaux | Apartment Therapy)