I want to kick off this glorious, autumn-in-LA morning with a tour of my home. We’ve lived in Los Angeles for ten months and have slowly added things back into our life based on our needs and our values.
We are a far cry from where we were in Indianapolis a year ago, drowning in stuff we didn’t need and didn’t love.
But first, I want to share my best tip for avoiding new purchases for your home.
How to not buy new home decor
I often catch myself saying things like “what if we got just one more chair…” but I know that’s not something that will truly bring me happiness. I’m guessing that you’ve said something like that too.
The other day, I actually considered getting a bar cart for a random corner of the apartment. Sure, it sounds cool, but it’s one more thing to wipe rabbit hair off of. And I doubt that prominently displaying our liquor will help with us in our efforts to trim back on the booze.
So what do I do when I’m sick of the way things are and want to add in a new piece? Hint: it’s not new throw pillows.
I rearrange the furniture.
When the room no longer feels “right” to me, I move things around. I have relocated our furniture no less than five times in ten months. This last switch actually has hit the right chord for me and made me never want to move out of this apartment. I love this space more than ever, all thanks to some heavy lifting.
So there you have it: to change the entire look and feel of a room without spending a dime, rearrange the furniture.
Our minimalist apartment tour
Remember how I said minimalism can be colorful? My minimalism is definitely not for the monochromatic crowd, so prepare yourself accordingly.
First, the main space where we eat, work and relax:
We’ve covered the whole space in giant rugs so that our rabbits can frolic freely, which I love because it brings so much color to the room.
Next, the bedroom and bathroom:
Again, colorful and bright – I can’t get over how many windows are in this place. What sold me on our apartment in Indianapolis was that it had three windows, compared to most other places having only two. This apartment has five huge windows that keeps things so cheerful that I can’t help but smile.
And finally, our kitchen:
To finish this post off, I want to share a couple spaces that make our apartment really ours. Especially since it’s basically an IKEA showroom.
As silly as they look, these odds and ends are meaningful to us:
I just wanted to show that you can dedicate space in your home to collections of things that truly bring you joy. Minimalism isn’t about getting rid of meaningful collections – it’s about getting rid of meaningless excess.
And of course, I want to wrap this up by saying this: these photos were taken when our apartment was freshly cleaned. I cropped out the dirty laundry and kept the rabbits’ litterboxes out of sight. I tend to compare my reality with what I see on blogs, so just know this: six out of seven days a week, my apartment is not nearly this clean.
I love all the colors in my home. What part of your home do you love the most?