Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Clean, simple lines, & lack of ornamentation put to practical use. If what we use everyday is also beautiful our homes are simply decorated already with what we use. The lines of the Celtic wine jug are clean & unornamented but there is a dash of whimsy in the handle & spout. Shaker furniture is notorious for its simplicity & beauty.
Most monasteries practise some sort of aesthetic austereism ~ but they are rarely ugly. Now I understand money usually determines what we can afford to buy but I rarely simply buy the cheapest thing going because how something looks is important to me. Even our kettle! I know. Strange woman that I am.
We have wooden walls & huge windows throughout the house & this makes decorating easy ~ & simple is plain. Just about anything looks good so whether I throw a patchwork spread over a bed or a bright monotone comforter it's going to look good. This is helpful as I tend to like quirky things & quirky rarely suits your usual type of house. I don't do many nick~knacks because I don't have time to look after them & I am aiming for a streamlined, clean, uncluttered feel ~ even Japanesey because the Japanese also understand the art of the understated.
Being able to let go, to not *need* is important to me. It is important because there is nothing in this world I can take with me into the next. It is important because it frees up our limited resources for other things. It is important because we can be content with what we have ~ & grateful for it! It is important because it declutters the soul. It is important because it leaves room for the things that truly matter.