It’s been a month now since I started #thesimpleeveryday hashtag on Instagram, I’ve loved seeing you share your everyday calm, minimal moments, so I thought I’d do a little round-up of my favourite images that have been shared so far.
As a reminder, #thesimpleeveryday is all about seeking a moment of calm in the mundane of the everyday – to take a moment out of our busy schedules to simply slow down and appreciate the little things. It’s finding a way to uplift our daily lives, whether it’s focusing more intently on everyday rituals, savouring a little quiet time to ourselves in a busy day, or simply being more aware of the spaces we’re inhabiting.
Really, it’s about simply celebrating the everyday but also to trying to find simplicity every day. I’ve certainly found it’s helped me focus everyday, to clear some of the clutter in my brain and be more conscious of what I buy, where I go and what I do. For example, it’s trying not to flick through my phone when I’m having a cup of coffee but actually enjoy the taste of it, or walking down the street and actually looking up at the buildings around me instead of being in a daze as I mentally prepare endless to-do lists in my head.
It’s also about reevaluating the things we really need in life and embracing a slightly more pared-back lifestyle, and as with a lot of my thoughts, that often means interiors! I’m not about to go all Marie Kondo on you, but as I design my own house and think about how I want to decorate it, I’m starting to think about living with less, but also living with things that are simply designed and can stand the test of time – think soft, natural textures that are tactile to touch, cleverly designed, well crafted furniture that has nothing superfluous added onto it and calming colours that don’t clash or shout with each other. I always liked this quote from William Morris: ‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.‘
So, there’s over 200 images in #thesimpleeveryday feed now, including these beauties that caught my eye…
Do go check out all these Instagram accounts if you have a moment, they really are very lovely and some of my absolute all-time faves for calm, minimal inspiration.
Will you be joining in with #thesimpleeveryday? If you find a moment of simplicity and a sense of calm in the everyday, simply upload an image onto Instagram and tag it with #thesimpleeveryday hashtag. It could be a warming cup of coffee you like to savour in the morning, the autumnal sunshine streaming in in the afternoon and brightening your day, or a minimal scene at home that’s giving you a sense of calm in an otherwise hectic day. I’ll be sharing my favourites once again on the blog next month and can’t wait to see what inspires you.
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