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Jan 19

A Pro Organizer's Exceptionally Serene, Minimal Rowhouse — House Tour

Name: Kristen Ziegler
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Size: 1,020 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years, owned

Editor’s note: This is a house tour greatest hit that we first published last year. Even if minimalism isn’t your jam, there are still lots of smart and stylish organizing ideas to glean from her home. And, Kristen has recently let us know she’s made some updates, so take skim through her home today and get ready for an update later this spring.

Kristen is the founder and owner of Minima—a company that helps others declutter and organize their space (or spaces!), and she works with both residential and commercial clients (think Need Supply Co., Ledbury, Quirk, and Epiphany). Her dedication to minimalism as a philosophy and not just a style isn’t everybody’s cup of tea but that’s okay; she doesn’t expect her clients to live as simply as she does. Kristen just genuinely loves to help others lighten their load. And perhaps most impressively, she actually walks the walk of a simple and organized minimalist…there are no embarrassing hidden junk drawers or overflowing closets in this home (believe me, I looked). And while Kristen’s home style may be too sparse for some, her home is filled with inspiring ideas on how to get just a little bit more organized.

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Jan 19

A Small and Minimal Apartment in San Francisco — House Tour

Name: Erin Roberts and husband Neeraj
Location: San Francisco, California
Size: 440 square feet
Years Lived In: 2 years, rental

My husband and I spent two years lovingly collecting heirlooms and designer pieces that make us happy—from pieces that were long sought after to ones that were serendipitously found shopping during our travels. With the small square footage, taking a minimalist design approach works well both for our aesthetic and our space requirements, where clutter is often revisited and let go and each new piece brings life and love to our tiny abode. Inspired by Australian and Japanese design with a little California desert mixed in, we went for a natural, relaxing, minimalist aesthetic with low profiles and warm desert colors. Many pieces featured are favorites from local stores like Field Theory, Super Simple, Stuff Vintage, and Black & Gold, as well as artwork from up-and-coming artists all over the world.

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22
Aug 18

Questions We All Ask: Is There a Difference Between Modern, Minimalist, and Contemporary Design?

You don’t have to be a design aficionado to know clean, sleek furniture and design are all the rage these days. But discerning whether a piece is minimalist, modern, or contemporary? Now, that’s another story.

Chances are you’ve been using minimalist, modern, and contemporary interchangeably for years, without thinking twice about whether or not they’re the same. It’s okay, you’re not alone.

“It’s pretty easy to understand why people would have trouble differentiating these styles,” says Kita Marie Williams, interior designer and CEO of KMW Interiors. “All three styles use cleaner lines and simpler forms than traditional furnishings and decor. All three are much less ornate and use more purely geometric lines.”

Sure, the three styles may look the same, but there are small, historical differences between them. So we asked Williams to break it down for us, and here’s what she had to say:

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22
Jul 18

An Artist Created a High-Contrast 450-Square-Foot Phoenix Condo — House Call

Name: Kendra Vicken, my dog, Jane, and my hedgehog, Penny
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Size: 490 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years, owned

My home is a 490-square-foot condo in downtown Phoenix. It’s my first (and only) purchased home and I love it to pieces. The location is ideal, it holds all the necessities and it feels like an oasis amidst the hustle and bustle. Inside its four walls lives my dog Jane, my hedgehog Penny, and myself!

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13
Jun 18

This Minimal Greyhound Bus-Turned-Tiny-Home Is Lovely — House Tour

Name: Jessie Lipskin
Location: Asbury Park, New Jersey
Size: 400 square feet
Years lived in: 6 months, owned

I grew up in Manhattan, so smaller square footage and limited space have never been an issue for me. I’ve always been very organized and love the idea of holding onto only what you really need. For me, that mainly includes things that hold sentimental value, particularly items that were handed down to me from my family.

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20
May 18

A First-Time Homeowner Aims for "Minimalist Hygge" — House Call

Name: Lauren White
Location: Sacramento, California
Size: 1,100 square feet
Years lived in: 4 months, owned

This is the first home I’ve ever owned. I’m single, and have a full-time job as well as owning my own photography business, so when looking for a home to purchase, I wanted something that was new and wouldn’t require any flipping or renovation. I found this new development with the perfect 1,100 square foot condo for me!

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20
May 18

The Quote That Finally Changed My Mind on Minimalism

I’ve always had sort of a personal gripe with the minimalist movement. It’s a complicated cluster of feelings, but I can boil down my difficulty with minimalism into three words: I like stuff.

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May 18

A Remodeled Miami Townhouse Now Has a Modern "Loft" Look — House Tour

Name: Niraya and Humberto
Location: Miami, Florida
Size: 943 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, owned

We are an architect (Niraya) and a civil engineer (Humberto) and yes, we discuss design a lot. And ever since we lived in Brooklyn, we’ve always dreamed of owning a loft. Living in Miami we knew this was not possible, especially if we wanted to stay in our neighborhood of Coconut Grove. So we looked and looked for a townhouse that we could convert into a “loft.” Luck would have it that we found this place that was the manager’s quarters of the Marriott Hotel in the ’70s and ’80s. It took us 21 months of nonstop DIYs and living in a construction site (with an open scaffold in the middle of the entryway for four months!), but now we love every corner of our home.

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07
May 18

A Former Commercial Building Turned Minimal Modern Home — House Tour

Name: Hilary Padget and Anthony Harrington
Location: The Heights — Jersey City, New Jersey
Size: 1050 square feet interior (plus 230 square foot garage)
Years lived in: 2 years, owned

This isn’t the first time Hilary and Anthony’s home has appeared on Apartment Therapy. Way back in 2008, they were the winners of our fourth Small Cool Contest, with this 460 square foot Brooklyn studio featuring a very stylish and smart lofted bed. It’s ten years later, and they’ve moved into a bigger home, this time in Jersey City. The couple, who have since welcomed a daughter, have turned a modestly sized, one-story building into a beautiful, modern family home.

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11
Mar 18

6 Streaming Documentaries Sure to Fuel Your Minimalist Fire

In an increasingly overwhelming world, minimalism is having a moment. It seems very appealing (and doable!) to take control of your life one possession at a time. You can purge what you don’t need, get educated and intentional about what you do need, and forget the rest.

If you constantly feel like you’re too busy, too tired, or too broke, minimalism says that a life with less stuff promises more. More time, more contentment, more money, and perhaps most appealing of all, more happiness. So whether you’ve already Kondo-ed your whole home, are looking for inspiration to do so, or have no idea what I’m talking about, here are 6 documentaries to fuel your minimalist fire this weekend.

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