Simplicity: A State of Mind to Living Green

February 23, 2010 at 11:51 am Leave a comment

I spend a fair amount of time with my head in design. From interior decoration, to architecture, to unique every-day fashion, I’m all about aesthetics, beauty, and the discovery of ones’ style. How does this fit with staying green? In every way. For me, being eco-friendliness sits naturally with my preferred taste. It’s less about forced eco-actions than it is about a change of mentality. I want to show you a series of blogs that feature the style of simplicity.

Exhibit A: Inside the House

Desire to Inspire – modern, futuristic, rustic, open
Katy Elliot – livable, historic, New England
Inside Urban Green – green walls

These interiors have one thing in common that gives them their appeal: simplicity. Obviously, this level of simplicity is often not achievable when you have kids or in the midst of your daily chaos — however, the concept still stands. In my own life, I’ve developed an extremely disciplined exercise of subtracting “stuff” that just sits in boxes or shelves, useless, to a point where every single thing in my house has an active role. If there are voids to fill, do it like the Toronto Parish and grow plants!

Exhibit B: Passion for Fashion

Fabulously Green – one dress, 365 ways
University of Illinois Extension – uncluttering guide
The Satorialist – on the street fashion, simple, real

While our second link isn’t exactly fashion, it goes along the same philosophy: unclutter your space and your closet, and you’ll feel brand new. For me, fashion isn’t about accumulating pieces, it’s about putting together a coherent, unique outfit with what you have. It’s about knowing your style and believing that you have better taste than most celebrities. Most of my clothes, I’d say 95%, are free hand-me-downs from friends or used clothes from thrift stores. I love the things I end up purchasing, and commit to keep it from gathering dust. When it does, I always know what to do. Simplify!

I’ve really come to love simplicity, and try my best to live the kind of lifestyle that also happens to be ‘green’. I’m no minimalist and could definitely work on my own carbon footprint, that’s for sure — I love food, fashion, art, architecture, new thoughts, travel, adventures, and I couldn’t imagine life without these riches… but in the end, it’s about consuming less while appreciating more.

I could go on, but I should probably do some work…

– Isabella

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