Like many families, mine has a tradition of going to see at least one movie on Christmas day.  This year our first pick was Sherlock Holmes, when it was nearly sold out so we settled for “Up in the Air”.  It is a story of a business traveler who uses his constant travel as a way to isolate himself from friends and family and to minimize his material goods.  They show his life very hollow, and while I don’t agree with minimizing interpersonal connections, I think most people could do with a lot less stuff.  One of the most intriguing scenes in the movie for me was the scene where George Clooney goes “home”, a sterile studio apartment where he keeps his 3 or 4 dress shirts, approximately 10 t-shirts and thats about it.  This goes completely against my nature, but got me thinking about minimalism.  Could you live in these minimalist spaces?


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The Sanctuary Home blog was created in May 2009 to augment my interior design business, Jamie Foley Interiors. Below is the design philosophy that guides my business and this blog. A beautiful house isn’t a home unless it speaks to its occupants and fits their lifestyle in appropriate and unique ways. I believe that design can be approached in two ways. The first is from the gut, what feels right. The second is from a logical methodical perspective. I design using the second approach. I feel that having a reason why a piece is selected, having similar elements in the room or throughout the home makes it feel unified even if the similarities are not obvious to the casual observer. It makes a home feel special and contemplative. Building the interior of a home is a process. I create a plan for investment pieces that will last a lifetime, filling in with less expensive, less important pieces that can be replaced when they wear out or look dated with additional investment pieces or of the moment trendy items that update the home. Using vintage or antique pieces with new grounds a home. If everything in a home is new, it feels like a model home, it has no soul. If you use all old pieces, if feels like you live in a garage sale. The beauty is in the mix. Creating timeless interiors involves using pieces from all design styles. It gives the home a layered look and allows a home to look as if the pieces have been acquired over time. Using furniture from all one style or period makes a home look fussy and intimidating. I look forward to working with clients with all budgets and design aesthetics to create a home that special to their family. I encourage clients to express their individuality throughout the entire design process, this ensures your home fits your needs and will delight you every time you walk through the door.
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2 Responses to Minimalism

  1. Raina says:

    Almost. I would have to throw in a couple of tchotchkes.

  2. Lesley says:

    I TRY, but it’s a little hard with a toddler. When we sold our place in SF and we “staged” it with only half of our stuff. Those 3 months of minimal living were actually much easier to clean and much more relaxing. Hoping we can do that in our house when we finally get back into it! Then we hope to be mid-mod minimalists. :>

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