SUSTAINABILITY: MINIMALIST LIVING
With a new season comes a fresh start, so if you're like us here at TLSE and constantly looking for ways to live more sustainably, we've got just the thing for you. Do you find yourself constantly 'cleaning-out' your home every time you find an excuse to, and no matter how much you throw away, each season is the still the same?
Well, what if we told you there was a way that you could live that would reduce the need (and more importantly the amount) to clean out? Minimalism. If you've heard of it, you might be under the misconception that it entails living on a mattress on the floor, and not much else - but bare with us.
Minimalism (which began as an art genre in the 1960s) has re-emerged as a lifestyle aesthetic, which celebrates minimalist living as something that positively impacts the planet. With mass consumption responsible for up to 60% of global greenhouse gas emissions, changing the cycle of excessive waste production has never been more important.
But! Before you feel prompted to clear out your existing decor and replace with more minimal decor - stop and consider that this will have the opposite effect. Instead, try re-using your existing decor and furnishings, look to invest in pieces that will last for years to come, and work on being mindful when making new purchase decisions. We've found a few brands that nail this, and are definitely worth checking out for some inspiration.
Hand made in Melbourne, L&M Home has been a long-time favourite of ours here at TLSE, and for good reason. If you were looking for sleek, considered pieces made with care, this is the spot for you.
With simple yet chic designs, L&M Home's pieces are often styled in a minimalist style - so it's the perfect place to find inspiration when moving around your decor. With something as simple as placement changing the entire feel of a space, L&M Home is a great reference point when it comes to finding ideas about styling your space to live more minimally.
Image: Abbie Melle
Based in Dubbo, Saddler & Co is a workshop-style custom saddle and repairs store, which features a unique collection of leather goods based on timeless designs and craftsmanship. Minimalist style doesn't have to be cool colours and hard materials! If you're looking for a way to style rustic and homey furniture in a slightly more considered and sophisticated way, Saddler & Co is definitely worth checking out.
The team behind Zakkia identify their mission as aiming to make the world a more beautiful place through good design... and they definitely do so. Working with family owned and run studios in Vietnam, handmade quality and ethical practices and design are the foundations of this design. Inspired by natural materials and clean shapes, each object and item from Zakkia is definitely built to last.
So, when it comes to living minimally - don't forget that the sustainable minimalist aesthetic is a style of living that values using what you already own and investing well.
WORDS | Brittany Ross
IMAGERY | Supplied