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Volume 32 Number 1

SIMPLE LIVING

Meaningful and minimal. A single framed photo of your great grandparents, a carefully arranged vignette of souvenirs. One or two meaningful items make more of an impact than a cluster of store-bought doo-dads, which can look like clutter. Add warmth with basic materials. Think natural when it comes to your finishes such as solid wood and rough stone. Keep your paint colours simple – white, beige, grey. You can always add a pop of colour with a throw pillow or a vase. You don’t need as much storage as you think. Although it’s usually at the top of a homeowner’s wish list, more storage tends to lead to more stuff. Instead of adding in more closets and shelves, embrace the space you have and get rid of the things that don’t fit.

Thanks to technology, we are constantly bombarded with messages telling us what we should have and how we should live. Simplifying the home can help take the pressure off and give us some perspective on what’s truly important. Here are five tips on how to make your house a haven for simple living: Everything in your house should be useful or beautiful. This often said phrase is as simple as the idea behind it. If you don’t regularly use it or truly love it – get rid of it. Quality over quantity. Saving money is great, but saving money at the expense of an item’s quality isn’t. Try and find a happy medium by watching for sales or for well-priced and well-made furniture and accessories.

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