Getting Back to Basics: Simplicity in Inspiration, Fashion, & Furnishings

Getting Back to Basics: Simplicity in Inspiration, Fashion, & Furnishings

Carolyn Purnell
Nov 3, 2014
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It's been a stressful fall, so I want to take a moment to celebrate simplicity. In this post, you'll find some words of wisdom from our mindful living pieces, some simple (but lovely) interiors, and some home and clothing pieces that get back to the basics.

(pictured above:Courtney & Michael's Scandinavian Comfort)

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Diana & Dominic's art-Filled Victorian

Doing less is an art. It's a delicate dance between your commitments and your sanity. And consider this: most of the time the feeling of "should" is coming from your own brain. —From The Beautiful Art of Doing Less
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Cuyana Tall Leather Tote in Caramel

Many of us feel guilty for taking time out for ourselves, when so many other things call for our attention. But taking good care of your self re-energizes you for all of the other work that you have to do at home (caring for friends and family, household chores, and creating a home that serves you best). –From Your Weekly Retreat: How to Relax and Eliminate Stress at Home
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Debbie & Devin's Modern Slow Living

Dedicating spaces to different activities makes home life healthier...That's because these spaces were made for these things. These spaces are, along with the activities they are built for, like two gears that come together to form a well-working machine. – From The Power of a Quiet Space for a Crazy Family
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Favor Jewelry Thread Ring

A part of feeling out of whack is not feeling connected to nature and the changing of the seasons. By making sure all your windows are in working order and throwing them open when the weather's nice, you connect your home to its place on earth. – From Seven Simple Ways to Improve the Time You Spend at Home
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Bonnie & Russell's Scandi-Style Victorian

Spend a few minutes each day connecting with something greater than yourself. Whatever your spiritual beliefs — or non-beliefs — may be, studies show that connecting to a high power is correlated with happiness. Just stepping back to realize that we are part of an enormous universe can put some perspective on your annoyance with the those-are-definitely-not-mine-and-they-are-abso-fricking-lutely-repulsive socks under the coffee table. – From 10 Simple Things to Make You Happier at Home
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Everlane's Cashmere Crew

You could just throw a tea bag into an old mug and get on with your day, or you could pick out a cute tea cup and saucer and make a cup of your favorite tea from that tin you save for guests. Whatever would be a treat for you — crafting a great cup of coffee or allowing enough time to read a newspaper — make the time to invest in it. – From 5 Small Daily Practices that Add Up to a More Satisfying Home Life
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David's Sentimental Gentleman's Loft

Writing letters, I realized, is really different from any other way we have of communicating. It's a little bit like telling a story, another lost art. When you write a letter, you are framing and re-telling your own stories to your correspondent and to yourself, much as you would in a conversation, but in a slow and considered way. It's the slowness, I think, that makes it beautiful - you have time to step away from things, to shape your memories, to find meaning where there was none before. – From On the Joys of Slow Correspondence, or: Why You Should Still Write Letters
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The Perrie Boot by Madewell

In terms of interior design, back to basics is about making smart choices and changes around the home. Rearranging your bedroom for optimum rest, brushing up on color theory or evaluating the lighting in your kitchen. In terms of your life, it's anything that makes things simpler, from getting out your bike (I'm a recent convert; when I think of the time I used to waste inefficiently walking!) to perfecting one classic, crowd-pleasing party recipe. —From Back to Basics: What Does It Mean to You?
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