interior design is tricky business. home decor magazines show pristine rooms, and if you are trying to sell your apartment, stagers advise you to take just about all of your possessions out, to make the space "feel like a hotel" so that prospective buyers can "imagine themselves living there" - i like a vacation as much as the next person, but i have yet been to a hotel that i could imagine living in. maybe if someone hauled all of my favorite belongings over, i could sort of picture it, but impersonal art and identity-less furniture does not, for me, smack of home. (i have a "think" desktop sign that i bought at a thrift store years ago, totally oblivious, at the time, of the ibm heritage. how could a place be home without such brilliant prompting on display?)
i never revere the monk-like homes featured in magazines, with all evidence of human habitants (with hobbies, senses of humor, friends) eliminated. sterile cleanliness holds no appeal for me where rooms are concerned, yet i always admire those who dress the most simply, with an ultra minimalist aesthetic. but i rarely opt for this myself.
i only have about 6 or 7 superfluous objects that i really like to have out, as far as decor goes, so i'm hardly a clutter bug. (don't get me wrong, i'm definitely a slob and laundry more often than not goes from floor to washer, and skips the hamper altogether. but i'm not big on tsochkes at all.) my approach to clothing is not dissimilar. i might start out with a spare enough look, but i won't feel quite right without some extra personal touch. sometimes i am frustrated with myself for undermining my intention to streamline my look. today, for example, in all navy (top and pants), i did not feel myself until i added red patent leather shoes (or, in my 2-broken-toes-case, shoe).
i have a book that i picked up at a japanese bookshop a year or 2 ago, petits appartements à paris (little apartments in paris). as the title directly puts it, the book features small apartments (studios and one bedrooms) and how the dwellers live in them surrounded by their stuff. it demonstrates how more can be more (less is more in terms of the restraint required, but more is more difficult, i think, if the aim is to have more stuff, but to live with it and arrange it with charm).
the bottom picture, the page with the clothing hanging above the bed - that's my favorite. if it were up to me, i think i would try that.
what kind of interiors do you like?
does that correspond with your personal style?