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Anthony Kawalski
@babyclam, methinks thee protest too much...

Bespoke, simple, iconic items need not cost the Earth...

Minimalism can most certainly be achieved on a budget and decluttering is a cost free step in that direction.
   
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babyclam

Sorry these look sparse rather than minimalist. There's a compensating luxury in true minimalist style which offsets the sparseness with a sort of richness.

   
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babyclam

There is a confusion set up in this article between minimalism with a small m, and Minimalism the established movement in design.

The minimalism described here is essentially chucking out your clutter and hiding the rest in cupboards, (and maybe restricting your colour palette). There is a fashionable austerity without the visual harmony necessary to carry it off.

Regarding design practicality: for one example, look at the picture in the article above, captioned "Work on your storage again". There is a gap above each basket which invites dust, causing extra housework that would be unnecessary with well designed storage. A well designed Minimalist home would be practical, comfortable and visually harmonious, if maybe a little inflexible.

It would be worth anybody’s while who's interested, to look up Minimalism the movement in arts including design and architecture. It would inform your aims and make for a more practical and more visually harmonious result.

   

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