A Sky-High Brooklyn Studio Inspired By Simplicity
Name: Adam LaGreca Location: Clinton Hill, Brooklyn Size: 475 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, renting Adam’s apartment is located in a tall, all-glass high-rise building on a street that runs right through the heart of Brooklyn. His neighborhood is filled with tree-lined streets, long-time residents, college students from Pratt Institute and St. Joseph’s college, young professionals and aspiring every-things.
Feb 19, 2019
A Cozy and Charming San Francisco Studio
Name: Jenee Yuen Location: San Francisco, California Size: 400 square feet (maybe a little larger?) Years Lived In: 8 years, renting One of the fun things about living in an old San Francisco apartment is that sometimes, depending on your particular landlord, you get a little bit of creative control to “adjust” your living space as you see fit. Jenee did just that when she took out the carpet in her living room and refinished the beautiful hardwood floors that were hiding underneath.
Feb 19, 2019
A Calm, Renovated, “Post-IKEA” Portland Home
Name: David and Katy Kippen, and dogs Violet and Wally Location: Laurelhurst — NE Portland, Oregon Size: 650 square feet Years lived in: 12 years, owned When Katy and David bought their 1922 Craftsman bungalow in Portland a dozen years ago, they visualized a place where they could enjoy privacy and calm, despite their home’s very urban location. With time and patience they have created their ideal space: modern, minimal and inspired by “nature, open spaces, and contrast.
Feb 7, 2019
A Beautiful, Minimal, Light-Filled Barcelona Renovation
Name: Tami, Gleb and their two-year-old daughter, Mia Location: Barcelona, Spain Size: 915 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, own Imagine relocating to a new city where the language, culture, and landscape is completely different from your own and with only three suitcases in hand for both you and your partner. This is exactly what Tami and Gleb, a young couple from Moscow, Russia, did just four years ago when they decided to uproot themselves to the sunny city of Barcelona.
Feb 7, 2019
This 280 Square-Foot, All-White Tiny House Is a Minimalist Paradise
We know that clutter causes anxiety, and neither have a place in an ideal getaway. Milan design studio Mandalaki has taken this realization to the extreme with an über-sleek miniature house concept: the monocabin. The first monocabin is located in picturesque Rhodes, Greece, which is home to Mandalaki’s co-founder and designer George Kolliopoulos.
Feb 6, 2019
This Minimal, Modern Home Proves Practical Can Also Be Fun
Name: Raul, Igone, Nora and Naida Location: Sagrada Familia — Barcelona, Spain Size: 1,600 square feet Years lived in: 2 years, owned As their children grew, Raul and Igone started to look for a bigger apartment where their two girls could have more space to run and have fun. House searching was not easy, however, and it took Raul and Igone three years to finally find the place. Though the apartment certainly didn’t look like it does now when they first viewed it.
Feb 5, 2019
A Minimalist Shares One of the First Things That Makes a Room Feel Overwhelming
When designer Erin Roberts and her husband moved into their 440-square foot small rental apartment in San Francisco, the first design task they tackled was figuring out the best way to lay out the space, “making sure we had enough furniture for guests to sit on, round trays for eating dinner on the sofa, and plenty of desk space for both of us to work side by side.
Jan 4, 2019
This Couple Made the Cutest Home in Just 380 Square Feet
Andrea her husband, Brian, live very cleanly and simply in a third floor apartment in Brooklyn.
Nov 29, 2018
8 of the Most Beautiful Minimalist Finds at IKEA
We all love perusing IKEA for the stylish home decor they offer at outlandishly reasonable prices. And the Scandi styles and clean lines mean minimalists are sure to fall for much of what IKEA offers. But honing in on the best items offered by the Swedish retailer can be a bit daunting, so we’ve taken the liberty of highlighting some of our favorite minimalist picks below.
Nov 17, 2018
The Most Stylish Under-$30 Minimalist Decor on Amazon
There’s no shortage of stylish and affordable home decor items to order on Amazon, but with all their awesome offerings, separating the so-so from the great can be tricky. So we searched Amazon high and low and rounded up the sleekest, minimalist housewares we could find for under $30. From storage shelves to toilet paper covers, read ahead for seven minimalist-minded decor items that won’t break the bank.
Nov 1, 2018
Soapwalla Founder’s Calming Brooklyn Apartment
Name: Rachel Winard, and Stacey Flannery and their cat Location: Carroll Gardens — Brooklyn, NY Size: 500 square feet Years lived in: 5 years, owned When Rachel and her partner Stacey bought their Brooklyn apartment five years ago, they put in lots of work to create a clean and comfortable space that supports a healthy lifestyle.
Oct 23, 2018
An Interior Designer’s Minimal Home Is an Oasis in a Busy City
Name: Blanca (Toco) Goñi, Fernando Oliver, little Clara, and dog Tigro Location: Palermo — Buenos Aires, Argentina Size: 1,077 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, owned A neutral color palette, natural materials, and white furniture are the trademarks of Toco Goñi, an Argentinian interior designer who’s worked for over seven years, mostly designing custom furniture for her clients.
Oct 19, 2018
A Sleek and Small Minimal Modern Montreal Apartment
Name: Edmund Lam Location: Montreal, Canada Size: 850 square feet Years lived in: 3 months, owned Edmund Lam, creative director of fashion retailer Frank and Oak, lived in a mid-century house for five years in Montreal-West. Missing city life, he moved back into a smaller apartment a few months ago in Le Plateau Mont-Royal.
Oct 5, 2018
A 198-Square-Foot Airstream Is a Minimal, Black and White Tiny Home for Four
Name: Colleen Cashio, husband, two sons, and fur baby Location: Drasco, Arkansas Size: 198 square feet Years lived in: 4 months, owned Our Airstream was a labor of love and a full renovation that took two years to finish. It is a 1972 31 footer. We dreamed of having a vintage Airstream for a few years and finally pulled the trigger on one. My husband did all the work. The shell was taken off the frame so framework/welding could be done.
Oct 1, 2018
This Teeny 250-Square-Foot L.A. Studio Feels So Much Larger
With a gorgeous outdoor space to lounge in, this rental apartment is much more than a studio, even though the rent is the price of a studio.
Sep 12, 2018
A Small Sacramento Studio Has an Enviably Organized Closet
Name: Kachet Jackson-Henderson Location: Sacramento, California Size: 450 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, renting As a creative consultant, the writer at The Kachet Life, and the founder of The Blog Bloc, Kachet Jackson-Henderson needs a home where she can live, unwind, and work in. Though only 450 square feet, this Sacramento studio apartment is just the space.
Sep 11, 2018
The Afro Minimalist’s Small Apartment Is a Peaceful & Practical Oasis
This author's style is best described as "minimalist chic influenced by the beauty and diversity of the African diaspora."
Sep 10, 2018
A Small Home Gets a Design Refresh After a Breakup
Following the end of a romantic relationship, Farah decided to remain in the 400-square-foot space she had shared with her partner. But doing so required a re-design.
Sep 3, 2018
A 400-Square-Foot Studio Makes Plywood Look Magical
Name: Becky Elfes-Terjung and Cliff Lance Location: Piedmont Avenue — Oakland, California Size: 400 square feet Years lived in: 6 years; rented When Becky took on a job as a display artist at Anthropologie, she would constantly bring home leftover scraps from work. This is where her love of plywood grew, as it provided her with a blank canvas that allowed her to be as creative as possible.
Aug 27, 2018
A Smart Use of Small Space in Austin
Name: Max and Tamera Walters Location: Austin, Texas Size: 843 square feet Years lived in: 7 months, renting Tamera and her family live in South Austin with their daughter (with a second child on the way!). South Austin, an expanding part of the city, has become increasingly expensive, so Tamera and her family chose to live in a complex where they would have security, convenience to work, and be within their budget. The apartment is a two-bedroom, one-bathroom on the ground floor.
Aug 24, 2018
Questions We All Ask: Is There a Difference Between Modern, Minimalist, and Contemporary Design?
You don’t have to be a design aficionado to know clean, sleek furniture and design are all the rage these days. But discerning whether a piece is minimalist, modern, or contemporary? Now, that’s another story. Chances are you’ve been using minimalist, modern, and contemporary interchangeably for years, without thinking twice about whether or not they’re the same. It’s okay, you’re not alone.
Aug 21, 2018
A Beauty Blogger’s Simply Serene LA Apartment
Name: Andreea Cristina, husband Bryan Gaul, and two cats and one dog Location: Los Angeles, California Size: 850 square feet Years Lived In: 6 months, renting As a beauty blogger with over a million Instagram followers, Andreea Cristina of Simply Andreea rarely stays in one place for very long. Having both sponsorships that take her around the world and a professional soccer player for a husband means a lot of traveling and not a lot of time spent at home.
Aug 20, 2018
This Dutch Home Will Make You Love Mint Green and Aubergine
Name: Winkie Visser and my husband Edgar Location: Eindhoven, the Netherlands Size: 1,184 square feet Years lived in: 15 years, owned Edgar’s grandpa had worked at Dutch technology company Philips for 43 years when he finally retired. It felt like a whimsical coincidence for him to be living in one of the so-called “Austrian (Philips) houses” some time later. These houses were bought by Philips back in the 1950s to accommodate their employees in an era of housing shortage.
Aug 10, 2018
A Food Blogger’s Ontario Home is Minimal, Monochromatic, and Marvelous
Name: Marcella, Justin, and their dogs Buddy Holly and Pete Location: Fonthill — Ontario, Canada Size: 1,700 square feet Years lived in: 2 years, owned Just two years ago Marce of Hey Modest Marce decided to leave her hectic job in the Toronto financial district and uproot her life to live a slower pace. She and boyfriend Justin found a 1920s traditional craftsman home in Fonthill, a small town in the heart of Ontario’s wine country.
Jul 26, 2018
An Artist Created a High-Contrast 450-Square-Foot Phoenix Condo
Name: Kendra Vicken, my dog, Jane, and my hedgehog, Penny Location: Phoenix, Arizona Size: 490 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years, owned My home is a 490-square-foot condo in downtown Phoenix. It’s my first (and only) purchased home and I love it to pieces. The location is ideal, it holds all the necessities and it feels like an oasis amidst the hustle and bustle. Inside its four walls lives my dog Jane, my hedgehog Penny, and myself! This is my favorite view of my home.
Jul 21, 2018
A Brooklyn Townhouse Is Organized and Incredibly Cute
Name: Sunny Shokrae, Ryan Eugene Kelley and Leo Arya Kelley Location: Bedford-Stuyvesant — Brooklyn, NY Size: 1,183 square feet Years lived in: Less than 1 year, owned Sunny and her husband Ryan became homeowners just shy of a year ago. The longtime Williamsburg, Brooklyn, residents needed a change in anticipation of birth of their son Leo. And moving a few miles south to Bedford Stuyvesant offered the growing family more space and freedom in how they style their home.
Jul 6, 2018
Here’s How Maximalists Can Fake Their Way to Minimalism
Simple silhouettes, neutral color palettes, sparse layouts. Let’s face it: Minimalism gets a much (muuuuch) better rap than maximalism. While the former is associated with being organized and chic, maximalism often falls into eclectic or hoarder territory. But what’s a person to do when they love prints, colors, and oodles of stuff? Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Below, six easy ways maximalists can fake their way to minimalism.
Jun 19, 2018
A Greyhound Bus Was Turned into a Minimal, Modern Tiny House on Wheels
"I realized that the time and emotional energy devoted to physical things could be better spent elsewhere. This was the spark that led me to my tiny home lifestyle."
Jun 12, 2018
A Minimal, Tailored Home
Cindy is a jewelry designer and fiber artist and shares this bright North Hollywood home with her husband Matt.
May 21, 2018
A First-Time Homeowner Aims for “Minimalist Hygge”
Name: Lauren White Location: Sacramento, California Size: 1,100 square feet Years lived in: 4 months, owned This is the first home I’ve ever owned. I’m single, and have a full-time job as well as owning my own photography business, so when looking for a home to purchase, I wanted something that was new and wouldn’t require any flipping or renovation. I found this new development with the perfect 1,100 square foot condo for me!
May 19, 2018
A Remodeled Miami Townhouse Now Has a Modern “Loft” Look
Name: Niraya and Humberto Location: Miami, Florida Size: 943 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, owned We are an architect (Niraya) and a civil engineer (Humberto) and yes, we discuss design a lot. And ever since we lived in Brooklyn, we’ve always dreamed of owning a loft. Living in Miami we knew this was not possible, especially if we wanted to stay in our neighborhood of Coconut Grove. So we looked and looked for a townhouse that we could convert into a “loft.
May 16, 2018
A Minimalist LA Home Is Inspired by Earth, Rocks & the Cosmos
Name: Kristine Claghorn and Mark Harrison and SETI the cat (stands for “Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence”, of course) Location: Silver Lake — Los Angeles, California Size: 900 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, renting Kristine and Mark knew they were meant to be together when they both bonded over their separate rock collections. She’s a creative producer and artist, he’s a documentary editor, and their cat, SETI, is an expert at being adorable.
May 10, 2018
A Minimal, Monochromatic Cottage on the Oregon Coast
Name: Taylor Abbott, husband, and two crazy pups. Location: Neskowin, Oregon Size: 846 square feet Years lived in: 6 months, owned My husband Keaten and I have always dreamt of buying a beach house on the Oregon coast. When the opportunity came, we jumped on it and bought a small, very outdated cottage built in the ’60s with a ton of potential. The cottage is only a few steps to the beach, which is our dream.
May 8, 2018
A Former Commercial Building Turned Minimal Modern Home
Name: Hilary Padget and Anthony Harrington Location: The Heights — Jersey City, New Jersey Size: 1050 square feet interior (plus 230 square foot garage) Years lived in: 2 years, owned This isn’t the first time Hilary and Anthony’s home has appeared on Apartment Therapy. Way back in 2008, they were the winners of our fourth Small Cool Contest, with this 460 square foot Brooklyn studio featuring a very stylish and smart lofted bed.
May 6, 2018
A CEO’s Small Studio Apartment Oozes San Francisco Charm
She lives in a dreamy, minimal studio apartment in the heart of downtown SF.
Apr 24, 2018
How to Maximize the Cabinet Space Under Your Kitchen Sink
In every home I’ve ever lived in, the cabinets under my kitchen sink have devolved into terrifying, damp caves of old cleaning supplies, trash bags, and other objects I’m not sure where else to store. Often, there comes a point I simply don’t want to open the doors and see what’s waiting for me inside. This reticence can have far-reaching effects.
Apr 3, 2018
A 300-Square-Foot Minimal, Monochrome Loft Is Little but Lovely
Name: Francisco Arrechea Martinez Location: Mar del Plata, Argentina Size: 291 square feet Years lived in: 2 years, owned This loft, located in the city of Mar del Plata on the Argentine coast, is owned by Francisco Arrechea Martínez, a young fashion stylist. The architecture and interior design are by Paola and Natalia Benedetti. It is located on the top floor of a very old tower, reached by a three-floor walk-up.
Apr 2, 2018
Modern & Minimal in Milwaukee
Name: Andrew and Kiel Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Size: 1,400 square feet Years lived in: 2.5 years, owned. We moved to Milwaukee almost three years ago from San Francisco, as part of a challenge to ourselves to try a new adventure. Wisconsin is a slower pace of life than in California, and we’ve found it to be a great place to not only own our first home but to also enjoy being within it.
Feb 5, 2018
Minimal Rooms So Stunning You’ll Want to Get Rid of Nearly All Your Stuff in 2018
While maximalist, Bohemian, “Jungalow-inspired” spaces were all the rage in 2017, there was another design style that gained in popularity: minimalism. It’s certainly not a new idea, but it does seem to be popping up more and more as people strive for calm, relaxing spaces in an increasingly hectic world. This year, we toured a number a stunning spaces that don’t have a whole lot of “stuff”, but certainly have a ton of style.
Dec 28, 2017
These Are The 6 Types of Minimalists. Which One Are You?
Minimalism, in modern culture, is a word infused with so much meaning that it doesn’t seem to mean anything any more. “Minimalism” is thrown around carelessly, and often offered (in the case of a book or an article, including many you might see on this site) without enough context to understand if we’re all on the same page. And often, we aren’t. It turns out there are many different ways to practice the same underlying, abstract foundation.
Oct 11, 2017
The Minimalists Are on a National Tour To Help You Purge Your Stuff
The Minimalists didn’t invent decluttering, but they sure are spreading the message. The popular duo are currently on a nationwide tour to help people purge themselves of stuff and the emotional baggage that goes along with it. Today, The Cut has an in depth feature on the Ohio bloggers, as well as the stories of people whom they have helped.
Oct 10, 2017
You’re Not The Only One Thinking It: Hilariously Relatable Tweets About Minimalism
Paring down and living a more minimalist life sounds amazing in theory, but when you’re a “stuff” person—someone who owns a lot of things and tends to form emotional attachments to them—it can be a serious challenge to downsize.
Sep 18, 2017
The 10/10 Decluttering Exercise Will Make You Rethink Your Attachment to Stuff
Some people just aren’t “stuff” people—they’re born minimalists who just don’t acquire much and seemingly don’t get attached to their things. But there are plenty of us who are stuff people. It can be because we assign emotional value to things that makes them hard to let go of. For others, it may be that we just don’t like parting with things we’ve spent money on.
Aug 21, 2017
These Memorable Mantras Will Help You Declutter and Guide Your Quest for Less
The most powerful tool in your decluttering arsenal? It’s your mind. Truly, when you seem to have a problem with “too much,” the biggest obstacle in the way of getting rid of needless things is your own brain. It’s there in the background insisting, maybe, that you’ll wear that ill-fitting dress some day again, or that this old broken lamp is the last thing that connects you to the memory of your grandparents’ condo.
Aug 3, 2017
The Decluttered Life: Having Less Stuff Gives You More Time
In an effort to streamline their lives, many people seem to be turning a reactionary ship from a habit of consumption to a fascination with minimalism. But the fact that minimalism even exists as a movement bespeaks of our luxury to choose to own less. Not that the ramifications of such a choice aren’t beneficial. Far from it.
Jun 6, 2017
The Wannabe Minimalist’s Guide to a Decluttered Bedroom
Nothing kills a peaceful, restful mood like a clutter-y mess. Too often the bedroom is the first dumping ground and the last place we set in order because it’s the room that’s least frequented by others. But it’s time to take our bedrooms back, to turn them into the sanctuaries they should be and keep them that way.
Jun 6, 2017
The Quote That Finally Changed My Mind on Minimalism
I’ve always had sort of a personal gripe with the minimalist movement. It’s a complicated cluster of feelings, but I can boil down my difficulty with minimalism into three words: I like stuff. I like having just the right glass for every drink (some of them thrifted and handed down through generations). I like collecting trinkets that remind me of people I’ve known, places I’ve been and things I’ve done.
Jun 1, 2017
A Wellness Blogger’s Clean & Minimal Los Angeles Studio
Name: Lee Tilghman Location: Koreatown, Los Angeles Years lived in: 8 months, renting When Lee Tilghman moved from New York City to Los Angeles a little over two years ago, she initially rented another apartment. But the building this Koreatown apartment is located in had great bones, Art Deco details, “amazing light and was central to everything I wanted to get to in LA,” says Lee. So she made the move to where she lives now!
May 19, 2017
Use “The Minimalists’” 90/90 Rule to Help You Declutter
No matter how much you want to live more simply, it can be hard to part with your things. First of all, if you have a lot of stuff, where do you even begin? And what if you need these things again for some unforeseen hypothetical situation in the future? Will you be kicking yourself for throwing them out now? One simple system might help you sort it out: the 90/90 rule from Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, the duo behind The Minimalists.
May 4, 2017
Gorgeous Homes That Are Short on Stuff But Big on Style
The term “minimal” has been used a lot in recent years. It seems many have been looking to simplify their lives and their homes, perhaps to create a calm sanctuary in the face of a complex world. “Less is more,” is how the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe famously described his style. Buckminster Fuller tried “doing more with less.
May 2, 2017
Marie Kondo, Take the Wheel: I’m Trying to Part with Sentimental Clutter and it’s HARD!
I have some things that have been sitting in drawers and closets for years and—while I don’t need or use these things—I am pained to part with them. Some are inherited, some were formerly important, some never made sense, and a lot are scraps: of papers, events, good days, and really amazing trips. They’re little material bits of my life that sit in drawers or the back of closets. And I’ve never figured out how to part with them.
Apr 3, 2017
Want to Live More Minimally? Overcome These Obstacles to Live Simply
Living a more minimal life isn't easy in a world with so many things. Particularly if you love design. And you know, things.
Mar 17, 2017
Here’s Why This Minimalist Closet Is On Display at the Met
Minimalism has been trending lately, but it’s hardly anything new. Case in point: Sara Berman’s closet, currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which has been recreated at the museum by her daughter and grandson.
Mar 12, 2017
Real People Reveal How They Started Living More Minimally
As I look around my apartment, full to the brim with colors, patterns, knick-knacks and throw pillows, the thought occurs to me that I don’t even know where to start living a more minimal lifestyle. Give away everything I own? Before I do something drastic, I’m going to listen to these people whose homes are beautiful and simple. They’ve shared how they started their journey of living minimally. Robyn shares a Toronto home with her partner Sam and their two dogs Carl and Prune.
Mar 9, 2017
5 Things I’m Saying “No” to This Holiday Season
Let’s be real: The holiday season is stressful. While a part of me gets super excited for all the delicious feasts, the festive decorations, the gifts, and the magic that fills the air, another part of me feels overwhelmed. This holiday season, I’m committed to letting go of certain things and taking the pressure off myself so that I can go back to just enjoying the holidays like when I was a kid. Here, five things I’m saying no to this holiday season.
Dec 14, 2016
How a Minimalist & a Maximalist Share Space & Deal with Stuff & Style
Sharing a space is difficult in any circumstance. But when you and your partner are on opposite ends of the “stuff spectrum” — when one person is minimally minded and one person loves an eclectic look, combining stuff in a small space is a challenge.
Dec 6, 2016
Simplicity Meets Parenthood in an Urban-Country UK Bungalow
Name: Ben and Viv Yapp, and their two little sons Covey and Arlo Location: Bristol, UK Size: 1,450 square feet Years lived in: Owned 1.5 years Having been in London for over 10 years, my husband and I finally decided to leave our little flat and moved to the countryside in Bristol.
Aug 17, 2016
Balancing Stuff and Space: 12 Inspiring “Minimal Plus” Rooms
Total minimalism can be hard to achieve for many of us who have a love of art, accessories, furniture and stuff. But often, many of us crave the peacefulness that homes described as “minimal” can offer. I think there’s a type of room design that still exudes calm while celebrating some stuff. I call it: “minimal plus.
Mar 23, 2016
Kristina & Jason’s Gorgeous, Graphic Australian Home
Name: Kristina Sostarko and Jason Odd, Kibi the dog, and Denni the rabbit Location: Victoria, Australia Size: 72.51 square meters (780 square feet) Years lived in: 5 years; Owned I have been a longtime fan of the colorful, graphic prints and artwork created by Kristina Sostarko and Jason Odd, the duo behind inaluxe. The couple originally met at art school in the ’90s and then both worked in the music industry in Melbourne.
Mar 1, 2016
Cate St Hill’s Serene & Bright Bloomsbury Apartment
Name: Cate and Olivier Location: Bloomsbury —London, UK Size: 725 square feet Years lived in: 8 years; Owned Design writer Cate St Hill’s blog and Instagram feed are filled with beautiful images of effortlessly stylish, minimal-yet-cozy interiors (as well as London recommendations, travel features, and lifestyle pieces).
Jan 11, 2016
Kory & Lindsey’s Simple Haven
Name: Kory DeClark and Lindsey Cordova Location: New Haven, Connecticut Size: 900 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Rented When Kory and Lindsey moved to New Haven from Los Angeles, they had a tight budget and only a few items with which to furnish their new apartment. Even with those constraints, they were able to create a refreshing, inviting space. Their home is simple and spartan, but there is always an abundance of good company and delicious food.
Oct 15, 2015
Jen’s Haven In The Heart Of Nolita
Name: Jen Patryn Location: Nolita; New York City Size: 2,000 square feet Years lived in: 6 years; Rented When she’s not working on fashion shoots, creating visual stories, and advising major labels, Jen Patryn, a New York-based fashion editor, is traveling the world and wandering the mountains of Central America.
Oct 14, 2015
Amy & Peter’s Minimalist Home with Latin American Roots
Name: Peter & Amy Dorrien Traisci, sons Luca (4) and Theodore (2), and cat, Bigote (Spanish for “mustache”) Location: Newport, Rhode Island Size: 5 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms Years lived in: 2 years; Rented I often dream of living in a clutter-free, minimalist-style house, but one that still feels warm, inviting, and playful. It’s no wonder, then, that I fell hard for the Newport, Rhode Island abode that Amy and Peter call home.
Oct 2, 2015
Erin & John Paul’s Stylish Studio
Name: Erin Lyons and John Paul Doguin Location: Georgetown; Washington, DC Size: 525 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; Rented Meet Erin and John Paul. Erin’s a writer and JP works on a design team at a federal agency. I shot their studio one week before they moved into a larger one-bedroom apartment downstairs; I had seen their place for the first time a few days earlier and insisted we do a House Tour before they packed up! I’ll tell you why.
Sep 26, 2015
Shelly & Curt’s Modern Tastes Meet Family Practicality
Name: Shelly Klein, Curt Wozniak, twins Marty and Nora, dog Sugar and cat Ben Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan Size: 3,000 square feet Years lived in: 11 years; owned I arrive at Shelly and Curt’s house on a Sunday morning. Shelly greets me at the door and explains that Curt took the kids out for breakfast. She tours me through the house and I feel a calm, quiet easiness in each room. Perhaps it’s the white paint, white furniture and abundant natural light.
Sep 16, 2015
Rachael & Joe’s Sleepy Minimalism with Monumental Views
Name: Joe & Rachael Ringenberg, daughters Lux & Joan Location: Beacon Hill; Boston, MA Size: 950 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Rented Rachael, of Erstwhile Dear, and Joe Ringenberg, a product designer for Wistia, live in this intimate Beacon Hill apartment with their daughters, Lux and Joan. The couple has honed in on a sleepy-minimalist scheme that reflects the abundance of natural light, transforming the attic space into an airy, lived-in nest.
Sep 15, 2015
An Eclectic, Happy Apartment in Paris
Siire and Jean Francois have lived and travelled all over the world, and they recently settled down to raise their young sonin a Haussman-style building in Paris.
Aug 2, 2015
Libby & Tim’s Natural & Glamorous Parisian Flat
Name: Libby Gravatt and Tim Caws Location: 4th arrondissement (Le Marais); Paris, France Size: 60 square m (645 square feet) plus 14 square m terrace (150 square feet) Years lived in: 6 months This mid-sized apartment merges Old World French and modern aesthetics perfectly. It’s hard not to fall in love with this space, with its big French windows, marble fireplaces, and hard woods.
Jul 27, 2015
Flirting with Minimalism or Downsizing? These TED Talks May Just Talk You Into It
It remains to be seen whether downsizing and minimalism are going to be a cultural shift or just a cultural fad, but these ideas are certainly in the air and on a lot of minds. If you’re feeling a tug toward simplicity and paring down, here are some excellent TED Talks to watch on these topics from people who are already “walking the walk.” With one exception, these TED Talks come from Tedx events – TED-sanctioned but independently run events.
Jul 4, 2015
A Mid-Mod Bungalow in North Carolina
Name: James and Shanna Location: Durham, NC Size: 1,100 square feet Years lived in: Renting less than one year James is a production manager for Merge Records (you may know some of their artists – She & Him, Arcade Fire and Caribou, to name a few) and Cleveland Browns enthusiast. Shanna is the Director of Marketing for InMotionNow, a work management solutions company for creatives.
Jun 23, 2015
How Living in a Tiny Apartment Made Me Happier and Saner
In Houston I had a house that was almost 1,000 square feet, with two patios and a balcony off the bedroom and a washer and dryer and more closets than I knew what to do with. And then I sold it, and got rid of almost everything I owned, and moved into a 260 square foot apartment in Manhattan, the smallest place I’ve ever lived since I lived in a college dorm. And you know what? I’m a lot happier.
Apr 14, 2015
How This Year Finally Made Me a Minimalist
All of my adult life I’ve been waging a sort of small-scale war: a war against The Encroachment of the Stuff. I think, though, that when I look back on the history of this conflict I will see 2014 as the year that marked the turning of the tide. 2014 is the year that finally made me a minimalist. In 2014 I lived in four different places: one in Paris, two in Houston, and one in New York.
Jan 15, 2015