Radical Downsizing

A little over a year ago, my husband and I were living in a 1000-square-foot, 3-bedroom house with a 2-car garage and postage stamp backyard.

Now we’re living in a 390-square-foot, 1-bedroom apartment.

I have to admit: I loved the idea of such a radical downsizing, but wasn’t quite sure how it’d work out in practice. But [...]

My Tiny Apartment Tour: Minimalist Bedroom

After last week’s post (400 Square Feet is the New Black), I received quite a number of emails and comments requesting more photos of our tiny apartment.

Today, I thought I’d give you a sneak peak into the bedroom. I feel a little shy inviting thousands of people into this space, but what the heck – [...]

Housing Crisis

Given the title, you might expect today’s post to examine falling real estate values or the number of homeowners defaulting on their mortgages. But no – rather than discussing such heavy-hitting issues, I’m simply writing about the fact that my husband and I have to vacate our flat in four days and have no place [...]

Minimalist Home: Naked Windows

(Photo: *clairity*)

When it comes to home décor, there are few things I love more than naked windows. In my book, they’re right up there with empty walls.

Of course, I recognize that window treatments can be quite practical—and in many cases, quite necessary! We live in the city, in view of our [...]

The Minimalist Linen Closet

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ve probably noticed that my subject matter drifts from the profound to the mundane, from the philosophical to the practical. In exploring (and celebrating) a minimalist lifestyle, some days I feel like pondering the meaning of life, and others just pondering how many shoes I own.

Today, I’ll [...]

Minimalist Home: White Walls

It may come as no surprise that I *love* white walls (and white floors…and white textiles…and white décor…).

So I was happy to see this Apartment Therapy feature on white bedrooms. How gorgeous! I think the monochromatic color scheme gives the spaces a serene, minimalist look, even when they have a little more “stuff” in them.

They’re [...]

Minimalist Confession: I’m an Empty Space Junkie

(Photo: Stewart)

This week the New York Post ran an article about a couple that lives in the city’s smallest apartment. Their “microstudio” measures a wee 175 square feet—only 10 feet wide, and just under 15 feet long. The kitchen is equipped with a mini-fridge and hot plate, but the couple never cooks; they [...]

Inspiration: Minimalist NYC Apartment

(Photo: Apartment
Therapy)

Victor and Soeun V.’s New York City 518 sq. ft. studio apartment was a winner in Apartment Therapy’s “smallest coolest apartments 2007″ contest.

It’s a wonderful example of how minimalist living can make even the smallest spaces seem open, airy, and serene.

I love studying such photos to see what design and decluttering principles [...]