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Join the Slow-Living movement by slowing down and embracing simplicity.
For the first time, we started to understand not only how profoundly at risk our planet is but also how careless everyday decisions are making matters worse for our world and the world we’ll leave behind for our future generations.
We spent innumerable hours and untold resources decorating a house with the unnecessary. Much of what we own has served no real purpose, except to fill large rooms. We had placed too much importance on “stuff”; we are abandoning authenticity for immediacy.
Learning to let go of our desires for more, more, more and instead creating a space in which to cultivate serenity is the first step toward a slow-living home. Slow living means to take the time to find beauty in what seems ordinary, and to turn the ordinary in something beautiful. Moving toward simplicity would provide us with fuller and more meaningful life.
Let your slow-living life begin.
1. Simplifying – a conscious stripping away of all that is inessential
Simplicity is not about sacrifice; it is about a commitment of doing more with less. The objects with which we decorate our homes provide a delightful means of expressing our individuality, they are versatile and portable. Simplicity influences design by creating spaces that enclose only the necessary and desirable aspects of our lives.
Take a good look around your house. Chances are, you’ll discover an awful lot of visual noise. By removing the stuff that clutters our homes and minds we will simplify our daily experience, leaving room for more meaningful experiences. The principle of simplicity can be applied to any interior to create an atmosphere of peace in which the mind and body can rest.
In practice, this involves the avoidance of overly elaborate decoration and the removal of all unnecessary possessions so that only objects and furnishings of true function, beauty, or personal value remain. Possessions are pared down, and pared down again, until only those that are necessary for their utility or beauty are left. What to keep? Items that you both admire and love to use.
Corte Campanile –Lago Welcome Maglie
2. Conscious Consumerism
Every design, decorating and purchasing decision we make impacts directly on our local and global environment. With every purchase, the entire life cycle of a product should be evaluated, including recyclability.
Slow living isn’t having a lot of things – it is valuing quality over quantity. Buy less, but buy the best you can afford. The quality we are talking about is organic, renewable, recyclable, healthy, and beautiful. If you are going to select new pieces, make sure to buy the best, most durable furniture you can given your budget.
Before you run out and buy anything new, consider using what you already have. When we clutter up our homes with an excess of possessions and overly elaborate decoration, we create interiors that, far from being peaceful, inhibit free movement and distract the mind. Juxtaposing the old and the new brings a home into the present moment, providing a link between the accumulated wisdom of the past and the innovation of today.
An essential part of this look is that it is a look for life. It is about finding a piece you love.
Even if your accommodation is temporary, there are some items, such as a well-designed chair and lighting, that will always repay their investment of productivity and comfort. Buy fewer accessories and buy local.
Corte Campanile –Lago Welcome Maglie
3. Connecting with nature
Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful – William Morris
Our modern lives are very different from our roots. Over the last 2 centuries, urbanisation and industrialisation have made nature a stranger. Inadequate lighting, toxic materials, stagnant air and synthetic furnishings are harmful to our health. Connecting with nature in our homes has become more important than ever because in so many aspects of our lives we are truly disconnected from it. Natural materials like wood, clay, cotton and stones carefully crafted by artisans are the simplest way to integrate nature into your home.
Slow living furniture may be unrefined and rustic, often antique, but they are finely, solidly made with natural materials. They may be so simple that at first you barely notice them, but handcrafted items possess a kind of timeless appeal, for they have an individuality that outlasts the fluctuating tides of fashion. A wooden chair’s patina becomes smoother and its colour richer over the years. Your home will be unique and soulful, as oppose to safe and chic in beige shades.
Ferm Living – Collection 2021
4. Designing spaces that encourage calm and contemplation
When we talk about feeling at home, we mean more than just our physical surroundings. We are referring to a state of tranquillity in which we are free from worrying thoughts. Of course our state of being is influenced by our surroundings. We are continuously bombarded with sensory stimulation, causing our minds to become anxious and agitated, affecting our emotions, and making it more difficult for us to find quiet in ourselves.
Our tendency is to view the home as an object totally separate from ourselves, failing to consider the impact of our surroundings at all levels of consciousness. It is crucial to promote harmony between the body and the environment so that the home feels like an extension of the body. Harmonious living environments are those that fulfil our needs and desires.
To assure well being and happiness in modern life, it is imperative to create homes that are in tune with our sense, needs and desires; that offer respite from chaos and confusion of the outside world. Any task approached in a calm, organised manner is a task half conquered. You will perform more efficiently and take infinity pleasure in what you do if you have a well-ordered, comfortable, and visually appealing place in which to live.
To transform our homes into more calming environments, the first step is to strike a balance between clear space and objects or decoration. For this balance to be achieved, all that is unnecessary in terms of decor and material possessions must be stripped away.