I’ve been spending much of my time getting my house in order… literally.
Ridding my humble abode of clutter — whether it be via donating clothes to Good Will, selling items on EBAY, or listing vintage items on Etsy — has truly been helpful for me in terms of gaining a better sense of inner peace.
It’s a win-win.
While organizing, selling, and purging, I’ve also been reading Edith Wharton’s first published book, The Decoration of Houses.
Although the book primarily deals with the history of interior design, it has some timeless truths on simplifying. One could certainly say that she was ahead of her time in the minimalist design movement.
Here are some of her thoughts on interior design:
- One of the first obligations of art is to make all useful things beautiful: were this neglected principle applied to the manufacture of household accessories, the modern room would have no need of knick-knacks.
- A well-designed bookcase with glass doors is a valuable factor in the training of children. It teaches a respect for books by showing that they are thought worthy of care…
- When a room is to be furnished and decorated at the smallest possible cost, it must be remembered that the comfort of its occupants depends more on the nature of the furniture than the wall-decorations or carpet.
Yes, to all of the above!
The book is a bit outdated (with references to ballrooms, boudoirs, and drawing rooms), but for me…it’s the perfect read during this particular phase of my life.