When my husband and I moved into our 1906 craftsman two and a half years ago we kind of gave ourselves "permission" to start from scratch when it came to decorating the place. We hadn't bought anything new in ten years and I vividly remember both of us thinking- as the movers began wheeling our worn and tired possessions into the house- "We don't want any of this stuff!" Truthfully, it wasn't all bad. We incorporated a few of our favorite furniture pieces from our previous home, but we needed to choose a dining set and living room furniture to better fit our new space. Our taste in furniture has always leaned toward modern design and it made sense to us to juxtapose clean lines in the furniture with the ornate, mahogany stained molding found throughout the home.
That being said, my husband is a modernism purist and I am a bohemian at heart. He would have stopped with those large, modern pieces because in his world clean form and tangible function trump anything of the decorative nature. He is so lucky to have me in his life. Through the years I have and continue to sneak artwork, ceramics, pillows, quilts my mom has made, lighting, art and design books, rugs, and (most importantly) houseplants into our dwelling.. I am not a hoarder, far from it. I love negative space in my floral design and in my home. I am an essentialist! I learned about this philosophy for living over the summer when I picked up Kinfolk's "Essential" issue , volume sixteen. In an article titled "The Essential Non-Essentials," Margaret Everton writes,
Since moving to this beautiful, old house in Seattle, I have become enraptured with houseplants. Between my plants and my vintage pieces I have found the essential layers I need in the home to feel happy and inspired.
So, my collection of houseplants and air plants continues to slowly grow. Houseplants become even more essential to my life during the winter months when the days are short and the garden is dormant. They are also inspiring my floral design- cutting the foliage and adding a bit of this or that to an arrangement or using live plants, cut blooms, and other botanical elements to create an arrangement.