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Monday, March 8, 2021

If you are a follower of my blog you probably know that I have never been a fan of minimalism in home decor. 

I am not saying that it can't be beautiful, but it just doesn't work for me. 

I love being surrounded by the things that I love, and as it turns out, because of covid, maximalism in small spaces has become a "thing".

It seems that I am not the only person who wants their small space, or any size space to be cozier. 

We are spending much more time in our homes, and we are living through a time when we need to feel comforted. 

Being surrounded by the things we love can bring us that sense of comfort. I know it does for me. 

So I am here to say that I think you should bring out those things you have hidden away in your drawers and closets. 

Bring out the things from your childhood that make you smile. 

Bring out your collections that you spent years gathering. You gathered them because they make you happy.

Maximalism doesn't have to be limited to one style of decor. For me, it means a cozy English country cottage vibe mixed with a farmhouse feel. 

For you, it may be something completely different. Maybe you like an eclectic look or boho decorating. Maybe you love shabby chic. 

Decorators have been making a lot of money telling you that you need to clear out your spaces. 

I'm not a professional decorator, but as a former counselor and as someone who has always enjoyed decorating my own space, I am saying that you should follow your heart when decorating your small space. 

Do what brings you joy.

Now that I am fully vaccinated I plan to start thrifting again next week wearing my two masks. 

It's been a year since I have been to a thrift store or to an auction. I can't wait to get back out and find fun new vintage and antique items. 

Stay tuned.


  1. You have a lovely cozy little apartment that would make anyone proud. I'm so glad you're fully vaccinated and can now go out to the thrift shops again. I'm sure the first time you walk into one will feel like true freedom. Something that we all began to take for granted and now will cherish.

  2. So happy you have all your vaccine doses done. Yay! Small miracles to help us all get back to some kind of normal again. I think the best decor is when you surround yourself with things you love no matter if is is a lot or little just things to make you feel cozy and content. That is the best decor trend in my book. Have a great new week ahead. xoxo Kris

  3. I know we will all feel better after we get both vaccines! I googled to find out when it will be most effective. I am SO ready to get out to some of the shops too. I love seeing your beautiful things in your home!

  4. I don't follow decorating trends and have always just decorated with what I love and what feels right to me. I love all different kinds of styles and decor; I'm not tied down to any particular genre.

    I have been out and about thrifting and vintage shopping, as long as the stores were open and following protocol, and I wore my mask, social distanced and used hand sanitizer before and after, I felt safe.

    Can't wait to see your collections and how you've incorporated them into your home.

  5. I agree with you wholeheartedly! My home is stuffed with "things" that I love.. that are mostly sentimental for me and bring good memories to mind. Or just things I love and collect! sometimes I would like a little less "stuff" but when I think about letting something go, or doing that decluttering thing, it makes me sad.. so why do it? I like my home very cozy. I have never really "decorated" just to be decorating... it has all come together through the years of a mish mash of this and that, that we happened to find at a thrift store, was given to us, or we bought out of need. I don't think I have one thing in my home that was bought "new"!! It's a gathering of types and styles that make my home comfy and cozy. That's what I love and so I will continue with it! Have a good week... Marilyn

  6. Hi, I saw your blog post on Susan, Writing from the Heart’s sidebar, in a few weeks, I will be moving into a little house and will love this new series of yours. Have a great day and I look forward to following you.

  7. I always enjoy seeing your posts on your apartment and how you decorate with the things you've collected over the years.
    I look forward to this new series.

    I will be getting my second shot in a couple of weeks and a few weeks after that I am also headed to a couple thrift stores. High on my list of things I have missed is thrift store shopping.


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