Can you imagine, for a moment, to live with less? To slow down and have more time to enjoy doing what you truly love? It sounds tough. Difficult to find the right moment to start and the right way to do it ...
This is a very special post since it introduces a collaboration which is pretty precious to me. It all started in Munich where I met Tiffany Grant-Riley, a talented English Interior Stylist I admired online but never met in person. It was the launch of the interior book we both contributed to. We had the chance to talk and discover our common interest in minimalism and slow living. We both ran workshops on the topic, and felt suddenly ready to bring this adventure to a different level. And together. A joint collaboration to bring ideas, hints, inspirations to make this soothing lifestyle an achievable experience. And we'll bring our experience and motivation up to Dublin and The Hive Conference next April to talk about it.
We all read about people decluttering, getting rid of everything or living with almost nothing, but this is not something everyone can afford. We have a Western way of life, we live in a society that inspires us purchases several times a day and most of the times creating needs we don't have. Learning to understand our needs, learning to get rid of what clutters our lives is the first step. But what's next? How to really get to that slow living experience everyone seems to aim?
It took me several years to realize that the decluttering need I regularly had was a symptom of something deeper. I furbished the summer house of our nanny with all the things I gave her! I was a compulsive buyer, I had several crushes a week. But suddenly this "moving in / sorting out" started being a problem. It took time and energy to do it and I wanted to enjoy my time doing something else. The turning point was our move to Southern France and the wish to change the way I lived. I went through all the books, blogs and magazines on the matter, and I found out I wasn't lonely. In the end, I found my own way to go through the process and it was more in line with my lifestyle than anything else I could read about.
Being minimal isn't just about decluttering interiors, it is about joining a slower rhythm of life more in line with our true needs. If you have the chance, come to Dublin for our talk and until then follow our Minimal Minute on Instagram and feel free to join.
Instagram Hashtag #aminimalminute : ‘A Minimal Minute’ is about sharing honest moments of minimalism in our every day lives and we’d really like to extend this series out to you. If you’re on Instagram and you find a moment at home or out and about during your day and you find a quiet, minimal space, piece of design or a moment, tag it with #aminimalminute and we’ll share our favourites on our blogs and pick the most inspiring to feature during our talk at The Hive. Find us: @un23ilaria & @curatedisplay
PS Je demande pardon à mes lecteurs francophones pour ne pas avoir fait de texte en français pour cet article. Compte tenu de la nature de la collaboration et de la destination du colloque que nous allons donner à Dublin, j'ai opté pour un texte uniquement anglais. Je reviendrai aux textes en français dès le prochain post, je vous le promets.