A MINIMAL MINUTE : FINDING MINIMALISM


Can you imagine, for a moment, to live with less? To slow down and have more time to enjoy doing what you truly love? It sounds tough. Difficult to find the right moment to start and the right way to do it ...


This is a very special post since it introduces a collaboration which is pretty precious to me. It all started in Munich where I met Tiffany Grant-Riley, a talented English Interior Stylist I admired online but never met in person. It was the launch of the interior book we both contributed to. We had the chance to talk and discover our common interest in minimalism and slow living. We both ran workshops on the topic, and felt suddenly ready to bring this adventure to a different level. And together. A joint collaboration to bring ideas, hints, inspirations to make this soothing lifestyle an achievable experience. And we'll bring our experience and motivation up to Dublin and The Hive Conference next April to talk about it.


We all read about people decluttering, getting rid of everything or living with almost nothing, but this is not something everyone can afford. We have a Western way of life, we live in a society that inspires us purchases several times a day and most of the times creating needs we don't have. Learning to understand our needs, learning to get rid of what clutters our lives is the first step. But what's next? How to really get to that slow living experience everyone seems to aim?


It took me several years to realize that the decluttering need I regularly had was a symptom of something deeper. I furbished the summer house of our nanny with all the things I gave her! I was a compulsive buyer, I had several crushes a week. But suddenly this "moving in / sorting out" started being a problem. It took time and energy to do it and I wanted to enjoy my time doing something else. The turning point was our move to Southern France and the wish to change the way I lived. I went through all the books, blogs and magazines on the matter,  and I found out I wasn't lonely. In the end, I found my own way to go through the process and it was more in line with my lifestyle than anything else I could read about.


Being minimal isn't just about decluttering interiors, it is about joining a slower rhythm of life more in line with our true needs. If you have the chance, come to Dublin for our talk and until then follow our Minimal Minute on Instagram and feel free to join.

Instagram Hashtag #AMINIMALMINUTE‘A Minimal Minute’ is about sharing honest moments of minimalism in our every day lives and we’d really like to extend this series out to you. If you’re on Instagram and you find a moment at home or out and about during your day and you find a quiet, minimal space, piece of design or a moment, tag it with #aminimalminute and we’ll share our favourites on our blogs and pick the most inspiring to feature during our talk at The Hive. Find us: @ILARIAFATONE@CURATEDISPLAY

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PS Je demande pardon à mes lecteurs francophones pour ne pas avoir fait de texte en français pour cet article.   Compte tenu de la nature de la collaboration et de la destination du colloque que nous allons donner à Dublin, j'ai opté pour un texte uniquement anglais. Je reviendrai aux textes en français dès le prochain post, je vous le promets.



MON PRIX JURY DECOUVERTE M&O ➤ LA PETITE PAPETERIE FRANÇAISE

Membre du jury, voici mon coup de coeur. Temoin de ma passion pour la papeterie.
De retour de Maison et Objet, les yeux encore remplis de très jolies choses. Pendant la journée de vendredi j'étais membre du Jury pour les Prix Découverte avec plusieurs autres bloggeurs français. Chacun de nous avait un secteur attribué et j'ai eu la chance d'avoir le Hall 6, secteur "Beloved - place aux coups de coeur".
Découvrir en incognito les personnalités des designers derrière chaque marque qui frappait mon attention, discuter de la provenance des produits, de leur fabrication, de la philosophie derrière le design ... passionnant, mais difficile de faire le choix!
Après une longue bataille parmi les différents "moi", chacun orienté vers une marque différente (mais avec toujours le même fil rouge de la production locale, les matériaux naturels, le design épuré ... on ne se refait pas ;-), j'ai pris mon courage à deux mains et j'ai choisi une marque que je connaissais déjà, mais qui m'a ébloui par la beauté de son stand. La Petite Papeterie Française. 
J'ai adoré le stand vert forêt, la qualité des produits, la fabrication locale et française, les projets derrière la marque et surtout le concept du #slowoffice ... un concept qui n'est certainement pas nouveau chez moi, mais qui a fait balancé mon choix.
J'adore la papeterie et j'aime ce retour au papier, au crayon, cette envie de quitter le clavier pour écrire ses mots moins rapidement et pour toujours. Je n'écris qu'avec des crayons et j'achète plus de cahiers que je n'utilise ... autant vous dire que le choix de ce stand était prédéstiné ♡







TRADITION AND DESIGN IN AN ICONIC STORE IN FLORENCE


Un magasin d'articles ménagers historique dans le centre ville de Florence se transforme en un magnifique concept store. 

An iconic housewares' shop in downtown Florence turned into a magnificent concept store. 

Un fleuriste, un restaurant gastronomique, un bistrot, une salle de concert et, pour garder un lien avec la tradition et son origine, un magasin d'accessoires pour la maison. J'aime les murs décrépis et les vieilles briques apparentes qui font un pont entre le lieu historique et le nouveau concept, le mobilier design et la profusion de plantes et fleurs. Une bonne excuse pour organiser un week-end à Florence pour découvrir ce bijou ♡

A florist, a gourmet restaurant, a bar, a concert hall and, to keep a link with its past, a design accessories' shop. I like the link between the original place, with the decaying walls and the old bricks, and the new concept, with the design furniture and the profusion of plants and flowers. A good excuse to schedule a weekend in Florence to discover this place ♡

la menagère, firenze

MY INSPIRATIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR

#brightness

#decluttering
#family
#fashion
#friends
#outdoors
#greenery
#healthyfood
#metime
#minimalism

#slowliving
#yoga

I don't like new year's resolutions. When we look back, at the end of the year, we hardly followed any of them. But this year, thanks to the Design Time monthly meeting, I chose a  different exercise. 
This is not about "what can I do to live better this year" but rather "how my 2016 will look like". These are the colours and material I want with me for the next 12 months. This is the air I want to breath for the next 365 days. This are the keywords for my 2016 (in an alphabetical order, so I don't have to decide which one comes first ;-) 
It will be a year full of hard work, changes (we are moving in a few months), travels for work and for fun, meetings with people I've followed and admired for ages, exciting collaborations. I want a shelter where to rest, recover and enjoy moments with the people I love ♡

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Design Time is a monthly column of a small group of Italian bloggers to exchange ideas and inspirations around the same theme. Every month a new theme, every month new inspirations. Welcome!

Design Time è una rubrica mensile di un piccolo gruppo di bloggers italiane che si sono date appuntamento per scambiare idee e ispirazioni intorno allo stesso tema. Ogni mese un tema nuovo, ogni mese nuove ispirazioni. Benvenuti! 
arscity  interiorbreak  italianbark  mommodesign  unduetreilaria


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A MINIMAL INTERIOR


Une nouvelle année qui démarre, et qui démarre fort. Des nouveautés s'annonçaient depuis quelques semaines, des collaborations qui se construisent et un agenda déjà bien rempli avant même les coups de minuit du réveillon. La reprise de janvier est pour moi toujours très difficile. Certains disent que c'est l'euphorie des fêtes qui nous laisse cette petite mélancolie, mais pour moi c'est surtout un énorme besoin de dormir qui m'envahit ... on parle d'hibernation pour les animaux, pourquoi serions-nous différents? Ceci dit, impossible de s'arrêter. Le projet de renovation de notre futur appartement vit ses derniers jours sur le papier avant de prendre son envol et devenir poussière, gravats, suspense et beauté (enfin) ... les derniers détails, les plus difficiles, se décident maintenant. Et la recherche d'inspiration me mène toujours vers ces mêmes intérieurs, minimalistes et épurés. Besoin de calme, d'apaisement, de vide autour de moi. En attendant de le mettre en pratique, voici un intérieur comme je les aime (et qui me rappelle énormément la maison où on a passé les jours de Noël). Un mélange de style contemporain et de meubles de famille qui rend l'ambiance particulièrement chaleureuse. J'ai beaucoup écrit aujourd'hui, beaucoup plus que d'habitude. J'espère vous me pardonnerez, mais mes passages par ici se font tellement rares, que je prends du plaisir quand j'y suis. Belle journée à vous et à très vite ♡ Et une très belle et douce année à vous!

A brand new year getting off a good start. Promising collaborations have been coming up in the last few weeks and the agenda was already busy before the strokes of midnight on New Years' Eve. The resumption in January is always very difficult for me. Some people say it is the euphoria of the holidays leaving us this small melancholy, but, as far as I'm concerned, it is mainly a urge to sleep all the time. Some animals go on hibernation during the winter, why would we be different? Having said that, no rest for the time being. The project of renovation of our future apartment lives its last days on the paper before taking off and becoming dust, rubbles, suspense and beauty at last! We are deciding the last, most difficult, details right now. And the search for inspiration always leads me towards the same minimalist and uncluttered interiors. Need for peace, for reassurance, for space around me. While waiting to put it into practice, here is an interior I love (and which enormously reminds me of the house we rented for Christmas time). A mixture of contemporary style and old family piece of furniture which makes the atmosphere even more inviting. Oops I wrote a lot, and way more than usual. I hope you'll forgive me, but I'm around here so little these days that I take some pleasure when I am. Have a lovely day and see you soon ♡ And all our best wishes for a sparkling new year!





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