Since going to Paris last year, I am obsessed with the Parisian concept of the capsule wardrobe (read about it here). Parisians believe in buying the best you can afford, but only buying what you need. When I was in Paris I saw very simple (yet very chic) clothing that was well made and fit beautifully. Don’t get me wrong, Parisian women love to dress on trend; however, they are not slaves to trends and would never be caught dead following more than a few trends each season. A Parisian acquaintance of mine revealed that women in Paris view simplicity and minimalism as “tres Chic”. Conversely, Americans believe that luxury is acquiring as much as we possibly can. I admit, I fell prey to this way of thinking as well. My shoes were crammed on my shelves, I could barely fit one more hanger in my closet and I could go at least two months without repeating an outfit. This past year I have done a complete 180. I finally realized that true luxury is in owning a few beautifully crafted items that are current with timeless appeal.
As seen in my post on the home-fashion connection (read here), Parisians feel the same about their homes as they do about fashion. The key is selecting and showcasing pieces in a refined and restrained way . Their minimalist mentality regarding their home results in a home that is equally as chic as their outfits. In a typical Parisian home you will find a few well made pieces of furniture, gorgeous fabrics and a few chic, well placed accessories or art. As with my wardrobe, I have also seen the value of fiercely editing my home.
Below is a REAL Parisian apartment that my husband and I will be renting when we go back to Paris this Summer. Although it is not professionally designed, it illustrates the chic, minimal and well edited design philosophy of Parisians.
So, with this concept in mind why did I title this post “5 Things To Buy In Multiples”? Because, while there is beauty and freedom in a well edited home, there is also a need for functionality. Spending time enjoying the company of our friends and loved ones is the truest extravagance. Therefore, there are things that help one in creating a beautiful environment, thus enhancing those special moments. My short list of items will undoubtedly make life more pleasurable and functional when entertaining those we love.
Here is my list:
- Stools/Ottomans: I love any item that has multiple uses. Stools and ottomans are as beautiful as they are functional. They can be used as seating or a landing place for a cocktail or small plate. They are easy to store away when not in use, or artfully arranged to form a chic conversation area.
Here are a few that I love:
2. Picture frames: Unless it is a showstopping piece, groupings always look better than a singular piece of art. Therefore, using the same (or similar) frames creates a stylish and unified look. Read my post here on how to hang art. The frames below are the ones I use most frequently for my clients. These frames are well priced, have professional quality mattes and are easy to hang.
Here are some of my favorites:
3. Throw pillows: Surprise, surprise 🙂 There is no faster, easier and least expensive way to update one’s home than with throw pillows. The key is variation. Choose at least three pillows of various sizes, textures and patterns for your grouping. This is the perfect time to update your home with fun, bright accent pillows.
Here are some that I am loving right now:
4. Lanterns: Lanterns are such a fun way to make a statement. They can be grouped together to create a dramatic centerpiece or scattered around to create mood lighting. My favorite way to use lanterns is to place them along the edge of either indoor or outdoor stairs to illuminate the stairs in a dramatic fashion.
Here are a few of my favorites:
5. Throw blanket: Throw blankets add a well placed pop of color and pattern. The flat weave throws also make perfect table covers. I love to drape it in the center of the table and let the ends of the table show.
Here are a few gorgeous throws:
I hope this post helps you to reevaluate the way you think about decorating your home. I truly believe that design is an art and one’s home is the canvas. Challenge yourself to start editing out the things in your home that no longer serve you.
As William Morris stated:
Have nothing in your house
that you do not know to be useful,
or believe to be beautiful.