in defense of simplicity.
by Chelsea Jackson comment


simple modern living room decor. / sfgirlbybay

While over-styled, trend-driven spaces have become de rigueur lately, there is something to be said for simple surroundings — for clearing the visual field and letting a space breathe. With minimal clutter and a restrained hand, these rooms can pack a punch in the most subtle of ways.

Call me crazy but I’ve been feeling the need to really scale things back lately. My eye has been drawn to simplicity and the trendy, maximalist rooms that once caught my eye are no longer doing it for me. Give me white walls, wood tones, and a little bit of outdoors brought in and I am one happy camper.

What about you? Are you in favor of simple or are you a maximalist at heart?!

xx, chelsea

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• photography credits in order of appearance: krone kern; Jovian Lim for design anthology mag; madison holmlund; our studio; svf store; douglas and becinredningshjalpen; courtney adamo; chloe wen; illoura the label; Samuel Nolan for in bed store; Mija Kinning; kristine lo; danielle valentine; Ana Laframboise for in bed store.


7 responses to “in defense of simplicity.”

  1. I agree, I’m bored of styling. I want to see lived in homes with a few papers lying around etc. I still think these images are very heavily styled, even if minimal. Let’s go back to the home blog posts of 2008!

  2. I’m with you, the older I get the more negative space I need to help me feel calm and settled. Too much clutter makes me uneasy. I am still not a minimalist: I have too mnay hobbies for that, but i keep it organized and/or hidden visually.

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