Monday, 19 August 2013
Minimalist Monday: This Simple House
This is the one bedroom gîte that we rented for our holiday in France. I thought I'd show it to you as it ticks many minimalist boxes.
The steep, exposed beams gave the bedroom lots of character even though it was very simply furnished. There was an open plan kitchen/dining/living space (and downstairs loo) with stairs to the airy bedroom and generous bathroom (with washing machine). The kitchen was well equipped and there was a small balcony with table and chairs if we wanted outside space. White walls made the house feel light and airy and unified the decor.
This home had just a few books and no TV. It was a wonderful base to switch off from the hubbub of everyday life and adopt a slow pace for a week or so. We enjoyed the deepest sleep we've had in ages, great views over the village and sun streaming in through the skylights.
Admittedly this was a child/teen-free home and so we didn't live with any of the background noise or debris that teenagers can create. This certainly helped us to relax and recharge, however, I think that the simplicity of the space also aided this.
Staying here made me think that living in a pared down home is good for the soul and it makes me more resolute to not overfill my house and to keep things simple. Simplicity can feel like a luxury.
You can see and read more about the gîte here.