Coco Chanel said it best: ”Elegance is Refusal”

Refusal to let your home and brain be overtaken by STUFF!

Ahhh, who can resist a festive door wreath (for every occasion!), holiday hand towels and adorable serving platters designed just to hold bagels, birthday cake or beets?

Elegance is refusal…HUH?

We need the gadgets and gizmos; specialty omelette pans, quick-drying hair towels, lotion warmers and personal smoothie machines.

(What DID people do before turkey lifters came out?)

We buy in bulk, have overflowing closets and basements…and, according to the National Association of Home Builders, the average home size in the United States has increased 800 square feet…from 1,400 square feet in 1970, to 2,200 square feet today.

Take a breather…


Confession time

Yes, we’ll admit it, we love stuff too! (and shopping, bargains, novelties…and feeling secure in case it snowed for three months!)

We just think that most of us could use slightly less of the good stuff.

It’s a hard proposition in today’s world, but worth it in terms of your sanity. It is harder to resist the latest/greatest/ or cutest…but try. Walk away, or put it on hold. Chances are you won’t go back for it.

Remind me why?


  • Because stuff clutters up your home and look messy and unkempt.
  • Because clutter is a negative draw on your emotions, it’s tiring after a while!
  • There’s more to clean,
  • …and more to store
  • More to move, rearrange and keep track of.
  • It usually doesn’t support your design concept…it weakens it.

    Coco Chanel said it best: ”Elegance is Refusal”

Embrace the white space!

Embrace your empty corners!

Take a look…

at this perfectly nice kitchen. Notice how a nice idea…

“Let’s add some plants, honey!”

turned into a little too much? Your eye tends to dart around, there is no focus. They took a good idea and just went one step too far.

It’s so easy to fall into this trap. Everyone does it, us included.

Just remember to edit often, donate what you’re not using, and decorate with a light touch. You can always add more if necessary!

Once you get into these habits your home, closets, basement and storage rooms will be start to become showplaces. Your life will be easier because you’re not managing so much stuff.

You will be free to spend your energy and time on things of real valueand you’ll have much more money too!