Friday, September 14, 2018

Fall cozifying with a minimalistic mindset

 Normally, about this time of the year, I'm bringing in pumpkins and branches and going a little crazy with the whole fall décor thing. This year is different because I've been working so hard on getting our home "just so" with less, (or at least my brand of less, since that amount is deeply personal & unique to each of us) that I found myself loving it the way it is, and not feeling like disturbing the balance.

I wanted to do a different type of home fall tour and I hope you enjoy... The more fall clutter I see on social media, the less I want to invite that same clutter in my own home, so mine is more about the feel and coziness.  (I call it Fallitizing or Cozyifying.) (Feel free to adopt my made up words.)  I may at some point bring home a pumpkin, but I kind of need to think it through first, because I have no idea where I would even put it at this point. I have no desire to just purchase for the sake of purchasing because it's what I've always done. Which brings us to the becoming minimalist mindset... This is a big change in my thinking so I'm celebrating it.  I think about things BEFORE any purchases are ever made, whereas before I would often just see, grab and buy.  Now, I need to visualize it in my home first, see how it makes it better, (does it?) and then I still think about it, not getting it about eighty percent of the time!  (My budget is much happier these days... which brought me to today's post.) 

 (This is how the room looked before all of the changes I'm sharing today.)

Because I'm not even remotely casually spending (not that I ever went buck wild with spending, just so you know) I have forced myself to think differently when I do spend, if that makes sense.  My past self would never have considered spending a little more to get what I actually wanted, as I was content spending less to get something "close" or a "knock off" and then I noticed that because I spent less in the first place, and didn't think it through, planning and plotting to save up etc... I could more easily replace, toss, discard... and it created a weird cycle that cost me more in the long run.  

I am sharing two sweet examples today, and bear with me for all the wordy explanations but I do think it's important to share, as many of you are following along and working to become minimalists in your own spaces and minds.  We used to have a thrifted chair in our office. (Top photo) I painted it, recovered it, added casters and it was fine.  Not horribly comfortable as an office chair, but fine. When my husband closed up his old office, several good pieces I had purchased came back home to me.  Some went, some stayed.  Four linen covered dining chairs stayed and one of them functions as an office chair when not needed at the dining table. (Our dining table has six chairs at a time, one resides in the master closet, and the other is in the office, so if need be, we still have eight dining chairs to arrange.) I couldn't part with this thrifted chair so it got moved into the bedroom and I removed the casters on the bottom.  But the cushion needed recovering, and the paint needed retouching. I really wanted to add masculine elements because the chair felt a bit "too sweet"  and feminine with all the curves, white and soft colored upholstery. (I do try to keep a neutral balance of feminine and masculine in our bedroom.) I pulled out the deep gray chalk paint that we used to stencil our laundry room floor (here) (best choice ever btw.) and it was instant love.  As I shopped for fabric to recover the pillow and seat cushion, I used a coupon but purchased exactly what I really wanted.  A textured gray wool that wasn't inexpensive.  I figured it would wear like I wanted, and be more timeless.  I was right.  However, then it came to me, that the chair might be better suited in our living room as it really went better in there now, with the changes.  So I swapped places with the big upholstered armchair and had a moment of heart pitter patters.  (Please note, this room functions like a dream, but it doesn't photograph like I ever want it to.  The floating chair never looks right in the photos but it does in person.)
 (Little side note... I scored this wood planter at Goodwill for six dollars and it inspired a gathering of simple, yet favorite treasures on my "mantle" shelf here.  As I rethink what I'm keeping, I find myself feeling quite a bit more sentimental about that which stays... as though all the excess kept me from truly appreciating that which has meaning?  I'm  not sure... but maybe.) 

 Example number two is blankets.  I needed to replace a beloved furry throw that we used nightly but was coming apart and couldn't be washed any longer, along with a ratty knit one that had been washed one too many times.  I had seen a sale at West Elm (one of my favorite stores) and decided just to look and see, even though I had never purchased anything there.  I immediately found two throw blankets that were just what I wanted with soft and chunky textures, so I worked out the splurge, something I would seriously never done before. (With the sale, they weren't much more than I would probably have spent before, but the quality was miles beyond what I would typically have gotten, so I'm figuring they will last.)  I could not be more thrilled with these choices.  (This chunky soft gray one... oh my!  I'd take this over a bunch of pumpkins any day. Haha!)

 And that brings me to today's wrap up.  No, I haven't added a ton of true fall décor yet... and actually I might not, who knows.  Instead, I've got yummy candles and tealights sprinkled here and there that I light nightly.  I've got the perfect mix of pillows on the sofa (I actually only have these pillows now... all others have been consigned.) along with those soft throws. (One old one that I kept in the mix with the two new ones is velvet... oh my!) I have added lots of pretty texture in each room, while keeping colors muted.  When I walk into our open concept space, I think I can feel my heart beating slower.  My steps calm.  Fall cozifying at it's finest, inviting me to slow, savor and enjoy.  

Keep in mind, that minimalism can be about having next to nothing... and for some people that is what it means to them.  For others, it's more about having less, better quality, and only what is used and enjoyed regularly.  I'd say I fall more into that category. How about you? What does minimalism in your space look like? 

(Up next, I'll be sharing my birthday and how I practice capacity in my home, while adding in party elements!) 


  1. You need at least one orange pumpkin in there :)

  2. I agree. All the Fall "explosions" in social media are making me a little agitated this year and I'm a girl who lives for Fall. Looks lovely, inviting and most of all Home.

  3. My current path, and one I hope to travel on for the rest of my life, is have less but better quality. I love your simplified home. It is calm and beautiful. I currently have one big, round orange pumpkin on my patio table. But, that's mainly for the sweet little boys that live next door who can look out their upstairs bedroom windows and hopefully, enjoy. I may get a couple for inside, but I haven't decided either.

  4. Your home is perfection!! :) But it is welcoming, cozy and homey! Such a soft place to land. ;)

  5. Looks lovely. I agree with unknown a pop of orange would be perfect. Love how you're not afraid to tackle projects like painting the kitchenaid and recovering cushions. Thanks for the motivation and inspiration.
    Happy Fall!

  6. I love everything about this. I especially love the chair in your bedroom. It looks so cozy.