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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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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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19
Sep 17

You're Not The Only One Thinking It: Hilariously Relatable Tweets About Minimalism

Paring down and living a more minimalist life sounds amazing in theory, but when you’re a “stuff” person—someone who owns a lot of things and tends to form emotional attachments to them—it can be a serious challenge to downsize. Even getting rid of stuff you never use and really don’t need to keep can be a struggle—sometimes you have an attachment because it was a gift or has sentimental meaning, or sometimes you just have guilt because it’s something you spent money on and you feel wasteful not holding on to it. In any case, letting go is difficult, even when you actively want to pare down.

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