A MINIMAL MINUTE : FINDING MINIMALISM




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 livingWe 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 


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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.

11 comments :

  1. Love it, shared it, joining it!
    Yay!!

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    1. Cool Nannette ... I knew you could love this :-) xx

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  2. I love this idea Ilaria, and I will try to share some minimal moments :)

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    1. hate de voir tes inspirations Nathalie!!! xx

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  3. Ci vediamo a Dublino Ilaria! Non vedo l'ora di sentire la vostra lezione, sai che ne ho bisogno..!

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    1. oh che meraviglia!!! contentissima che riusciremo a rivederci sotto altri cieli (la prossima volta sarebbe bello sotto un cielo più blu di quello olandese o irlandese ;-) xx

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  4. I try to declutter but...always the same song again and again ;) What is it that there are always so much things even when you just come back from a declutter trip ?! These pics are so inspiring !!

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  5. Che bel post Ila. L'ho letto tutto d'un fiato perchè mi ha coinvolto. Emozionato. Che bell'esperienza stai per affrontare a Dublino, sarebbe bellissimo per me partecipare ma non riesco proprio ad affrontare la mia (seconda) vita da blogger in un contesto europeo. Continua ad essere molto complicato ma ti seguirò sicuramente su IG!
    E poi volevo dirti che anche io sono stata e sono una shopper compulsiva e ora guardo al minimalismo come a qualcosa di più interessante del semplice buttar via cose. Hai proprio ragione, è una questione di lifestyle. Ho qualche scoglio da affrontare con gli uomini di casa ma per ora cerco di elaborare per trovare l'equilibrio giusto! Un grande abbraccio
    Vale

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    1. Grazie mille Vale!!! vuol dire che bisognerà trovare altre occasioni per vederci ... capisco gli impegni, li vivo quotidianamente e il blog ne patisce parecchio (meno posts, attese più lunghe ... but that's life ;-) Un abbraccio e spero a presto xx

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