Every Corner Tells A Story: Living Big In Small Spaces

Photo Credit: @ellajardim

Photo Credit: @ellajardim

A harmoniously busy space is sign of a creative mind.

Last year I wrote a post about maximalism in decor and why I personally love the more is more is more concept when it comes to liveable space. What I might have failed to mention is that as rental prices increase in hot cities like Toronto, living with an array of your possessions in relatively small spaces sometimes has less to do with choice and more to do with what’s affordable. It’s quickly becoming the norm for many of us.

If you’re just starting out in your career, you might wonder if owning a house is ever going to be feasible or even a smart decision? Meanwhile, many of the boomers seem to also be downsizing into smaller spaces. The common factor is that so many people these days across different age brackets are living big in terms of possessions whilst living small in terms of square footage.

You can either opt for fewer possessions or turn your gazillion items into a sort of curated and comfy art exhibition to keep your guests and even pets entertained.

Not everyone will approve of abundance is small living quarters. My mother would say something like “a cluttered space is a sign of a cluttered mind” but I’d probably retort “a harmoniously busy place is a sign of a creative mind.” There is a difference between pure chaos and organised chaos, after all.

I adore the feeling of having a person step into my wee apartment and start looking around at a mix of mementos and living things like plants. If you let things grow wild they begin to take on a personality of their own. City living has its challenges when it comes to connecting with nature, so I’ve tried to introduce things like driftwood onto tables, more natural lighting and animal prints.

Books like The New Bohemians Handbook by Justina Blakeney have helped me think of my space as vignettes or small scenes that I can style. I truly believe that your home, no matter how small, should be filled with hints of the characters that live in it. If you have a painter’s easel or a hat collection or a telescope, why not display these things?

I want to hear from you, now. How are you styling your space in 2019?

xo JSL