Category Archives: Home Decor

The Minimalism Game

the minimalism game

I think I’m the last lifestyle blogger on earth who is yet to KonMari their life. It’s not that I don’t want to, it’s just that I don’t want to, yet.

Just like I swore I’d turn to Vegetarianism when I finished Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals, but still haven’t finished those last few chapters three years on.

I’m sure at some point this year I’ll buy The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying and revolutionise my life, but until then I’ve found another bandwagon to jump on.

How to play the Minimalism Game

Hannah from Hannah in the House is one of my favourite bloggers. Her love of all things
Scandinavian and minimalist really appeals to me even if my own home looks more like an eclectic mad house. So when I read about The Minimalism Game on her blog I thought it was a concept worth exploring.

The Minimalism Game is great for people like me as a) gamification b) accountability (#MinsGame) and c) it’s a gradual process.

The idea is simple: get rid of one thing in your home on the first day, two things on the second, three on the third and so forth.

Although I’ll be playing the Minimalism Game to get rid of stuff at home I love Hannah’s idea of also using it to tidy up an inbox and unsubscribe from spam. But one thing at a time, yeah?

My first Christmas tree

Growing up we never celebrated Christmas or had a Christmas tree. Then one day I grew up, went off to University and discovered a brilliant holiday!

I took that enthusiasm home and slowly but surely we started to celebrate Christmas. One year my parents surprised us with stockings. Another year we hung fairy lights. But we never had a Christmas tree.

Then this year, once I grew up a little more and moved into my own home, I decided it was time to get my first Christmas tree. I’ve literally been counting down the days since we moved in.

Our living room is decorated in cool blue and grey tones so we chose cool white LED lights over warmer gold ones. Alex topped the tree with a Santa hat he got at a Christmas party and then I got to work with the baubles…

image

The first bauble I bought was a miniature version of the iconic red telephone box. Dusted with snow it just screamed traditional English Christmas.

image

Whilst visiting all seven Christmas markets in Cologne I spent an insane amount of time browsing the bauble stalls. There were thousands of options but I was especially drawn to the delicate glass baubles. I bought a couple of a few different varieties and they catch the light beautifully.

image

This glass icicle was another Cologne Christmas market find. I bought several of these to dangle off the end of branches.

image

Growing up my grandparents had the most wonderful Westie dog that I loved, so I couldn’t resist this adorable bauble when I spotted him in Marks and Spencer back in November.

So there we have it – my first Christmas tree! I have to admit that decorating a tree is a lot harder than I imagined. It’s really tough to get the spacing right with the baubles for starters, so if you have any tips about how to decorate a Christmas tree be sure to let me know!