the maximum minimum

2958bad9457f3017cf294016a28bd9e5

good morning darling friends! i hope your morning is already off to a beautiful, brand new start. it’s pretty quiet around here. the day is still full of potential and nothing has turned it into a good or bad day yet.

tumblr_mde7dsVGTU1rsjsnco1_500

just like the water can be so different, tranquil or violent, maybe it’s our own energy that makes a good or bad day. i’m going to try to harness and direct mine today. yesterday i was kind of clumsy, today i’m determined to be more mindful.

237cc3751c16835000c577c65e966a4b

i’ve been feeling the need to hit the reset button and i thought it would be a good idea to start fresh this week with a post about the simplicity of white.

791b61679eb04dc4bfed973488d77357

it’s official, my building’s been sold so i’m out at the end of august. i’ve been working pretty hard to scale down and just can’t believe how much stuff one person can accumulate. it’s truly staggering. there are papers and tear sheets from before the days of pinterest that are close to a decade old!

b1c58e6f0fc1c7b1e5f3a90e53428070

it got to the point where i had to ask: am i a hoarder?

2da6a774ee2bbc64e5d0c9cd3b518981

i never would have dreamed it. in fact i thought i was a minimilist.

i8183d4acd7434f358a16462e1d79e080

now with the move, i’ve had to really look at where i’m heading and what’s worth schlepping…

Screen shot 2013-07-09 at 5.59.42 PM

my usual reaction would have been to start looking for a new apartment.

310f4ffdbbbe9b28e3221745e3bc2fe8

but i have a friend who always challenges me to look at things in a different way.

33f1b78fc151ef8158af7e2db7fc8e5b

since i’m heading to paris at the end of august and into september, she suggested i just get something when i get back.a7ccfc9ddc6aa09c6d116ebcbf7846d4

interesting concept, but where would i put all my STUFF?

sell it, she said.

and suddenly it was so simple.

dc488e1124b0c12f43232d86ed5f33e8

so basic and yet a new and slightly uncomfortable idea. i sell all day long, but i’ve had a place of my own since i was 18 years old!798ac7ae317d12d7906c03c4036431e9

then again, what was i holding on to?

58717a7794c4cd876f601b4b6eb41cbf

so i took it and ran with it, i’ve been liquidating like a maniac, selling everywhere from craiglist to ebay, realizing that it’s only stuff and i was somehow getting emotionally attached to things that were unimportant.

3cdaaa40b9f8e7c8765ae47c8cc0c167

now i’m honing my collections, books, favorite paintings, linens, trays and special letters. those irreplaceables will always be with me. and now everything is out of the drawers, closets and file folders.

feccb19f19349c77fb34887350ccf494

i know what every scrap of paper is and where to put the very last paperclip. what a relief! it’s still not finished but i’m enjoying the process watching something that was daunting reach the final stages.

63b1271d38972206c17f8e7a95787d79

i’ll continue to refine the stacks of papers but they are now a lot less scary. welcoming almost, cause they’re organized and that’s something i can control in an uncontrollable world.

d62db27d6fce8b228e45cd6fd3e93331

so i guess there’s a little comfort in all this, getting back to basics, simplifying life to the max and clearing the way to be unburdened for adventures to come!

Screen shot 2013-07-09 at 6.02.34 PM

patbates.com

so with that will you join me for a faux house tour of what a white world of infinite potential might look like?

Screen shot 2013-07-09 at 7.10.09 PM

uncluttered

Screen shot 2013-07-09 at 6.11.59 PM

delicious

900241b63d7c0954a9f8bcf37aebc91e

mismatched

4e915d34dd61cb72bc95fa439ecd3631

scented

84d83efdeb8840924b82909b1fa2caa3

airy

e72d5ea8fa8fcd7ed7c0c6e0d5e95c27

comforting

a152293a898fa21b6bee0c2f1fab8c03

organized

e7b7c77b331fc5da029e1cf66d23b7f4

edited

e186c1fc160a1d01bad9aa43d4997077

luxe

b492556c0f571cc7ddb96c4ba621acfe

natural

a6b19399dd656ae0b855cb9fa6a8e1f6

a place to reflect…we really all need the same few things whether in the tropics

f7cf5ef9c1bc61f450d56e64f206dd27

in paris

c4dbb09c1dca12181ef81538b97532de

or the garden

584f954de8d105a341c98e9b98b2494f

simplicity

eee04768518a00dd595decd03819e596

quality

9982084c07beb73959b3a221d1e0f131

softness

Screen shot 2013-07-09 at 5.56.14 PM

and love

sending good vibes your way for a white hot great day!

all images via pinterest.com/parisapartment/white

July 10, 2013. Interiors, Life, Living, White.

28 Comments

  1. Jake replied:

    Thank you for this, I really thought I was doing great in the “de-cluttering” department. This post tells me I have a way to go, but I’m getting there.

    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      it’s a work in progress. i think it’s cause i have a set date to meet that got the fire going under me. otherwise it could have been another decade of carrying this stash around.

  2. Peggy Braswell replied:

    edit, edit, edit, it sounds great. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

  3. Terri Wallace replied:

    I enjoyed your post. Can you share some ideas on how you handled the organization of your many “Papers”? I am overwhelmed in this department.

    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      i went through every single thing and it was either something i am currently working on or something to file.
      i took every single paper and dealt with it in real time. soon enough, the stacks were slimmer. now everything is filed (or shredded or tossed) and i have a folder of current goings and tackle something in that batch each day.

  4. Penny replied:

    Beautiful pictures as always.. thank you..

  5. Karena replied:

    Dear Claudia , you are reading my thoughts I have boxes and boxes of “stuff” and my condo is filled to the max with things I love, and I must just let go of some. Do you have a link to your sale?

    xoxo
    Karena
    2013 Artists Series!

    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      hi karena, when i asked my mom how she makes her quilts she said ‘stitch by stitch’. now i apply that mantra to everything i do and this task in particular. every single item can be put someplace and categorized. we know none of it’s doing us any good in boxes, so why are we so attached to keeping it all boxed up? maybe it’s a philosophical question?

  6. Maria replied:

    Love!! Thanks

  7. Nikon replied:

    Incredible photos as always, Claudia. I don’t know how you manage to pick so many beautiful shots & string them together!

  8. zinniabuzz replied:

    What a beautiful post.

  9. Mom replied:

    Beautiful pictures and also the sentiments. I think I’ll clean the attic.

    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      thanks mom. but i can’t imagine you ever cleaning attic out. besides, what would all the grandkids do after dinner if they couldn’t dig around and look at all our old junk? it’s a treasure trove to them…to all of us actually!

  10. JudyinFrance replied:

    Wonderful post. Good luck with your move

  11. MJH Design Arts replied:

    Thank you!! Simplicity, quality, love, friendships. Stuff can hold down the spirit. I’m saving this post; it settled my feathers.
    Have a wonderful weightless week.
    Mary

  12. shari replied:

    good to see this today :-) Summers are tropical in MN (i know – who knew?) and we just finished the garage overhaul/declutter/reorg. Now i have to get to the office and even with 3 days of dedicated paper-wrangling, i know I have three days left of hard work in there. But if I don’t attack it, I won’t have a decluttered office room to start over with :-). I have to think COOL. White. EMPTY!!!

    I always LOVE LOVE LOVE YOUR inspiration and yes I repinned you with credit to your blog – you are my favorite blog mini-vacation :-)

  13. Style Maniac replied:

    I often dream of tipping the house over, dumping out all the contents and starting anew. Friends of ours did this almost literally, selling virtually everything in their Pennsylvania home before a move to Florida. They say the don’t miss a thing.

  14. Ashley Rizzardo replied:

    This was such a lovely post. There is something really calm, clean and tranquil about white. I didn’t used to think so–it always just seemed really cold for me when it came to decor. But done right it can be very nice and welcoming.

  15. Ande replied:

    That was the most beautiful post I’ve read…ever! Thank you so much for the inspiration to clean up and de-clutter my own life. You’ve put together such a peaceful, mindful post… just gorgeous!
    xoxo, ande

  16. Jill replied:

    So refreshing. I’m beginning to do a bit, of sorts. Sending off sofas, lamps, extras to my sons as they begin to make their own homes.

    Thank you once again for being joy in my life.

  17. Rebecca Grace replied:

    The fantasy of an all-white home turns into a nightmare when you realize that, if you lived there, you would be CONSTANTLY cleaning. Every little speck of dust would show, and you’d have to give up red wine. Or else do all your drinking in the shower from now on…

    Liquidating everything is such a freeing concept! Realizing that too much “stuff becomes a burden weighing you down, restricting your options, is just the antithesis of what our consumer culture tells us, ie, that our lives would be perfect if we only bought that house/car/TV/dress/sofa/whatever. You will be able to think more clearly about your needs and wants for your next home when you are temporarily a homeless traveling gypsy!

    Have you thought of, you know, a PARIS apartment? I hear they are the size of a man’s shoe box, but now that you’ve edited your possessions… ;-)

  18. vicki archer replied:

    One word… Exhilarating… :) xv

  19. Cinnamon (@Vluvscinnamon) replied:

    Beautiful pictures! This is my 1st time stopping by your post. I will be back!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback URI

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,483 other followers