How to create warmth and hominess without a lot of stuff?
February 19, 2012 5:34 PM Subscribe
How can a minimalist and a less-minimalist set up a homey and comfortable apartment together?
posted by JoannaC to home & garden (11 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Moving in with the boy next week. Yay! It's been a journey and I am thankful to everyone who has talked me through some previous mefi questions. Now that we are taking this next step, I want to set up a homey-feeling, comfortable home for us. He has said he does not care at all about the decorating and it's totally up to me, but since I know he is very minimalist in style and comfort level, I want to make sure I don't over-do it and that I set up a place that works for both of us.
Before he met me, his sole furnishings consisted of a bed, a couch (which we are replacing with a nicer one my sister in law is giving us), a large television with a stand and several video game consoles, and three framed Star Wars posters. MY belongings consist of a fairly substantial collection of hand-me-down IKEA bookcases, two lamps, a table and chairs, two decorative but not as functional living room chairs, a set of coffee tables, a microwave stand and numerous hand-me-down framed art.
When pushed on where to put things and what we still need or don't need, his statements have been as follows:
1) Overall, he would be happy with a living room consisting of a couch, the television and nothing else. But since he recognizes that 'decorating' matters more to me than him, he will 'accept' whatever I do and that he really doesn't care about it
2) He does think the quantity of framed art needs to be reduced. To him, the height of what he doesn't want would be my mother's place, which has a table in it that was purchased solely to house picture frames and which serves no functional purpose other than this.
3) He believes that carpets and throw pillows and other such decorative but non-functional items just collect dust and irritate his allergies. He will accept one throw rug in the living room if I feel I must, but he doesn't want a lot of other 'stuff' around.
So, any advice for putting a place together that is sufficiently homey to me but suitably minimalist to him? I do have a carpet I want to put by the couches for now, and he shrugged when I told him. But there has to be some colour and warmth in there somehow, doesn't there? How can I create that without just putting *stuff* in there?