minimalism no more

WARNING: The following post could be upsetting to individuals who adhere to a minimalistic lifestyle; it could be disturbing to people who prefer their living spaces to be clean and uncluttered; and it could potentially unhinge those who seek solace and serenity in their homes.

ANOTHER WARNING: The following post could be dangerous to all the individuals in our lives who chuckled when they saw the wide open spaces in our home and assured us it would never stay that way once we procreated – because the delighted cackle that would follow the words “I told you so” would be so forceful and filled with so much self satisfaction it could sprain their necks/jaws/ribs.

A FINAL WARNING: The following before and after photos may indeed be disconcerting to experience in this virtual forum, but to those of you who dare to actually cross this threshold in person, I urge you to proceed with the utmost caution and with a great deal of attention to what toy/gadget/desperate attempt to distract/or actual tiny child might be underfoot.

Needless to say, after all that prefacing…we used to be minimalists (or we aspired anyway)…and well, we aren’t anymore. I present the evidence:

ONE PART OF OUR LIVING ROOM, BEFORE:

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THAT SAME PART OF OUR LIVING ROOM, AFTER:

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ANOTHER PART OF OUR LIVING ROOM, BEFORE:

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FROM A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT ANGLE, AFTER:

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REMEMBER THE RELATIVELY SLEEK LINES OF OUR DINING ROOM/BOOK NOOK?

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NOT ANYMORE:

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BACK THEN, I’D NEVER LET ANYTHING GET IN BETWEEN ME AND MY BOOKS:

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NOW, WELL, IT’S A WHOLE OTHER SITUATION:

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OF COURSE, ALONG WITH ALL THE CHAOS COMES THIS:

ian 4.5 months

SO WE ARE HARDLY COMPLAINING…

I assume most homes take a hit when the kid moves in? And do I presume correctly that it only gets crazier from here?

42 replies

  1. Haha! Well, we were by no means minimalists, but our house has gotten even worse since Little Dude appeared! It’s crazy how such a tiny human can take up so much space isn’t it! But it’s all worth it! Your kiddo is adorable!

  2. A LOT more crazier than that…just wait till they start walking and pulling stuff down and you have legos and toys EVERYWHERE…lol…. what a cute baby!!! (and house!)

    • thanks! yeah, I suppose we have a lot of changes coming…can’t even wrap my head around safety proofing this place (bye bye plants), but I suppose I better start!

  3. We used to have cocktail glasses on a low shelf on the kitchen bar. Now its overflowing with toys. Our apartment looks like a preschool. I was raised with a Shaker aesthetic and Aram is a collector. With kids, the collector side always wins. But I like the look of your place and the baby is adorable!

    • ha ha! thanks Sara! yeah, I’m just looking around at this place and all the stuff that we are going to have to move out of his reach…I like the cocktail glasses to toys transition – nice and symbolic on a few different levels…:)

  4. I love the last line. πŸ™‚ Yes, exponentially worse once they are old enough to spread their things around on their own, build forts, read to their stuffed animals, work on art projects… We’ve learned to embrace it. A large green dragon and all of his little green dragon friends are often grouped nicely and propped up in an orderly fashion in the corner of the couch. Who needs throw pillows when you have fun dragons. πŸ™‚

  5. I love how beautiful your home was before your baby but it is so much more beautiful now. Your wee man brings the home into the house. Enjoy every moment.

  6. Is that cluttered? You’ve seen the mayhem that is my house. πŸ˜‰ And yeah, as you know, gets crazier. Sort of. You won’t need the swing, play gym and jumparoo later on so that’ll add some space. Maybe it’ll be even more minimalist because you’ll just keep moving everything out of there. Love the cute pics of you and Ian.

    • ha ha! yup, I am envisioning a completely cleared out space…after hanging with my various one year old buddies πŸ™‚ do you think we should pad the walls? πŸ™‚

  7. Jocelyn, as always you give me a chuckle. And your post came at such a great moment. I was having a rare NON EMOTIONAL day thinking about my eldest leaving for college and how wonderful it will be for her to take her mess with her (no doubt her roommate will ask her to leave before the first month is over). And while she has lost much of that cuteness Ian has, I have a feeling that is how I will see her at that first Parents’ visit. Can’t wait to see your posts during his toddler years! He’ll give you so much material!

    • I know it will come sooner than I think but I can’t even begin to imagine Ian going to college!

      Sadly, if your daughter’s dorm room is anything like mine was freshman year, she won’t be able to take too much of her mess with her!

  8. Funny and so true! And yes, it only gets worse (they grow opinions at about 5yrs old)…but you do figure it out a little more. -Tabitha (mommy to 3, age 10 to 18mths)

  9. great before and after shots…you’ve really captured the shift in styles (minimalism to arrooooesque (one of little dudes favorite words…at least the arrroooo part))

  10. Omgosh I feel you so much. If I have to pick up one more random spatula or loose toy off the floor, I may actually lose my mind. Our home used to be so tranquil. Then the baby started rolling, then crawling, then WALKING. Good times.

    PS Your home really is extremely lovely, baby bric-a-brac and all.

    • ha ha! Thank you! Yup, he just started with the rolling…let the games begin! Excellent use of the term bric-a-brac – I don’t think I’ve ever typed that before… πŸ™‚

    • ooh, good to know – I always liked the Container Store – but now I will go ahead and love it… πŸ™‚

      the funny thing is that WE have created this whole mess – he hasn’t even taken an active role in it yet…yikes!

  11. adorable for so many reasons. and your home still looks as charming as ever! in fact, i’d love to go shopping in it πŸ˜‰ xo

    • Thanks so much – we are trying to hold this place together to some extent – word has it that it’s only going to get more challenging…And yeah, I think you and I could do pretty well in a housey swap πŸ™‚

  12. πŸ™‚ your home was beautiful before the baby and is even more beautiful because of your little one but I get you, I used to love how our house was always clean even with 2 dogs and now my son is almost 2 years old and all our spaces are a mess! πŸ™‚ love your living room!

    • Thank you! I guess like this whole experience, it takes some getting used to πŸ™‚ I suppose if you can no longer organize your house, you just gotta organize your priorities…

  13. You are funny! I moved to our new house six months ago,eagerly wanting to decorate it, until the reality hit – with a baby (now one year old) the only style we can adopt is minimalistic. No knick-knack whatsoever, no indoor plants that I really fancy having… the only warmth I can find in the room is my son. πŸ˜€

  14. Ah yes, I remember it well . . . yes, it does get worse once they start crawling around and getting into stuff and requiring more constant attention, but the good news is that it *eventually* gets better once they’re a bit older and can occupy themselves while you clean, or even help you tidy up!

    I have a series of photos from a certain time period that seem to almost always feature a pile of laundry on a chair in the background πŸ™‚

    • I like this “help you tidy up” concept…is this related to “help you mow the lawn” and “help you rake the leaves” and “help you shovel the driveway” by any chance? Okay, now I’m just sounding like a jerk… πŸ™‚

  15. Hi Jocelyn! πŸ™‚

    (Sorry, fell off the face of the earth for a bit).. HE IS THE CUUUUUUUUUUTEST THING EVER!!! And you look beautiful and happy. I’ve missed your blog and am going to do some catching up on your posts right now! πŸ™‚

    Also, as always, I love your house.

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