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Balancing my inner minimalist and maximalist

Balancing my inner minimalist and maximalist

In a nutshell, minimalism to me means not having clutter and needless things in the home and ensuring what you do have sparks joy

Husband likes minimal techno and is a vinyl maximalist, children are playmobil maximalists and I’m minimalist in my approach, but the actual state of my dining room suggests otherwise. It’s the losing combination of too much stuff, lack of time and not enough storage for all the piles of paper, artwork, rouge Lego bits and pieces.

I’ve promised to treat myself to the Aureate Light Gold Chest (pictured above) once the kids’ toy Ikea kitchen plus all its toy food and crockery have sold and some space is freed up. The 5 drawers are just the right amount of storage for filing paper and arts and crafts equipment plus it looks stunning with the brass inlay detail. It’s a winner!

I love bright colours and a house with personality but have been unsure of how to style my home, rather than just buying what furniture is practical and bunging it all together. I’ve been in my 1930’s terrace for just over two years now and I try to create a vibrant living space, which is compatible with family life.

I’d not heard of maximalism until I spent time on Instagram looking for house interior inspiration. layered.home, alexcrabtreepr and daniellellp to name a few adopt maximalism as a home decor philosophy and it’s very refreshing to see beautiful homes decorated and styled to the hilt.

Maximalism has certainly given me food for thought for when I refresh my bedroom later this spring – furniture with flair, lots of bold colour on the walls and bags of fun from the soft furnishings and ornaments. The room has lots of light and panoramic view of Cissbury Ring, so I have a grand canvas to start on. I can’t wait to get started on the maximalist mood board.


Photo credit: layered.home