2.22.2012

Awesomely Simple

I've read this Charles Mingus quote (spotted via Aubrey Road) no less that ten times in the past week... It's just wise and right on. (Mingus is also a rather kickin' bass player, but that's another post for another day.) In fact, I love it so much that I made my hubby read it too, and he said something equally wise and right on:

"When you make something complex awesomely simple, it's not just creativity, it's elegance."

Good, yes?

I think this idea of elegance, of awesome simplicity is exactly the ingredient that makes a perfectly constructed minimal room feel cozy as opposed to cold. Admittedly, I tend to skew a little minimal in my aesthetic sensibilities, but I think this awesome simplicity (if applied correctly) can also make a wildly layered, maxed-out space read modern and open rather than like a scene from hoarders.

Awesome simplicity -- it's the panacea, the magic bullet, the holy grail. Some proof...


(via remodelista)


(via apartment therapy)


(not sure of source...anyone?)


(via notes on design)


(via frankly esoteric)

9 comments:

amber {daisy chain} said...

love the simplicity vibe...make me breathe better!

ale norris said...

the room in that first picture is perfect! i love it.

www.24thru30.blogspot.com

Jen C said...

Woman, you just rocked my world.

elisa said...

wow. love the quote, love your husbands quote. and love the rooms. it's all right on.

Hilary Inspired said...

LOVE this sentiment!! One to live by and learn from for many years to come.

kelly christine said...

i have a really hard time keeping things simple.. (my clothes, my house, etc) i tend to get bored easily but then things quickly end up clutter-y. you have mastered this, i think! xo

kelly-christine.com

modernhaus said...

Your husband's reply made me think of the seemingly oxymoronic term "elegant math", referring to the solution that is simplest, cleanest, most unfettered. I love that idea...

Joslyn said...

modernhaus -- that's exactly what he was thinking I think when he said it. ;-)

Jess said...

I love this quote -- it can be applied to editing and writing, too. In fact, I find it very inspiring on that front.