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Minimalism in the Home: 5 Pictures from Around the House

Minimalism in the Home: 5 Pictures from Around the House

Minimalism is not so much design as it is principle, or philosophy. Have what you use and need, and free yourself and your home from extraneous pieces. The space can be energizing and uplifting. Here are five rooms where minimalism is embraced and practiced.

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The Modern Chromatic Room

This sleek, modern room is done in a monochromatic palette. The table and desk almost seem to be floating, thanks to their open, airy design, and the couch is made to match. Superfluous furniture and decor are absent; the unusual sconce doubles as art in the space, and a single book and retro phone provide the rest.


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Welcoming Bedroom

Minimalism doesn’t mean stark or empty. This welcoming bedroom is everything you need, and nothing you don’t. The bed isn’t buried in pillows but still looks like luxury. White furniture with clean lines and a stylish lamp don’t compete with the cool colors of the painting. Comfort, but not clutter, and plenty of space to enjoy some refreshments.


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Living Room as a Work of Art

This living room is almost a work of art in and of itself. Furniture in monochrome with plenty of natural color in the floor and greenery, it boasts plenty of space between pieces and a pleasing symmetry.


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Space in the Kitchen

Minimalism in this kitchen looks like plenty of space between work zones and flush-mounted ovens and cooktop. Fixtures at the sink are clean and sleek, and unnecessary knobs and handles are absent from the cabinetry. Food and flowers brighten the space.


minimalist bathroom

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Minimalist Bathroom

Clear glass on the shower and a wall-mounted vanity keep an open, airy feel in this bathroom. Fixtures, both chrome and porcelain, are simple and unadorned, with some natural greenery for a splash of color.

What does minimalism look like in your home?


5 Innovative Uses of Stools

5 Innovative Uses of Stools

Bar and counter stools can be a stylish and functional way to add seating to a kitchen island or peninsula, but they can have a role elsewhere in the home as well. Be inspired by these five creative uses of stools.
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Using a Stool as a Plantstand

A stool is the perfect unit to tuck in front of a window as a plant stand. Display your favorite greenery without the need of a large shelf or dedicated piece of furniture. Use air-purifying potted plants or some savory culinary herbs for convenient use in the kitchen.

Side Table Stool

If the stool isn’t too tall, it makes a great side table for an inviting nook just about anywhere. Pair with a modest lounge chair, a good book, and a cup of tea or pour-over coffee for a relaxing, rejuvenating retreat in any corner of your home.

Drop Zone

Having a dedicated spot to place your keys or purse upon coming home is an essential element to organization. Use a small tray or dish to catch keys and pocket change and they’ll be handy when you’re ready to walk out the door again. Some hooks on the wall and a little rug for your wellies and you’ve an improvised mud room!

Foot Stool

A basic stool cut down to size (a fun repurposing project) can make an adorable foot stool. Paint, or upholster with some fabric to match your decor and you can have a demure footrest in any room.


You’ll need two stools for this, and a board (or boards) of any length. A fantastic option when you temporarily need extra space for serving, it can also be a permanent fixture as a creative hall or sofa table. Span the space between two stools with the boards and use it as a coffee bar, to display art, or even as a work space.

If you seek to follow principles of minimalism, many of these options can also provide additional seating for larger gatherings, so that you can keep your everyday living room seating to the basics. Win-win!

Celebrate This Autumn with Updated Furniture

Celebrate This Autumn with Updated Furniture

As summer begins to wind down, cooler evenings and shorter days prompt us to spend more time indoors. Make sure that time is spent in comfort and style, but don’t break the bank! We can help. North Hem specializes in quality craftsmanship and designer styles, without the high street price tag.

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Warm Up With a Sofa

Whether you’re looking for midcentury modern or Scandi style, or just want something that will last, we have a sofa for you. Enjoy autumn get-togethers and evenings with friends; there is plenty of room on our three-seat couches, or get cozier with a two-seater.

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Liven Up Evenings in With Some Colourful Lounge Chairs

Our lounge chairs come offer the perfect pop of color to brighten up a room, or choose a monochrome option for a more minimalist look. Comfort, quality, and an excellent blend of classic and modern design, our lounge chairs are an excellent way to update a room and make autumn evenings brighter and more inviting.

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Make Space for Food with a Sideboard Buffet

Entertaining family and friends starts to move indoors during this season, and what better to facilitate gatherings than a sideboard buffet? Room for storage, display, and perfect for serving starters or drinks, our buffet cabinet sports a Scandi design with clean lines and a small footprint. Make the most of the season by enjoying and serving your guests with a stylish sideboard.

5 Dining Tables to Live Life On

5 Dining Tables to Live Life On

Whether you regularly entertain a big group or dine in a small space, be inspired by these 5 dining tables.

round family size dining table

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Round Family Size Dining Table

This lovely round dining table has plenty of space for a family. A table of this size and shape goes well with a larger light fixture. Pair it with some Scandi style wooden chairs or moulded plastic seating for a thoroughly mid-century look, or combine eclectic elements for a unique space. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and great conversation are very welcome here.

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Farmhouse Dining Tables

For a larger space or entertaining a crowd, this farmhouse dining table gets the job done. The natural wood goes well in almost any room, and you can fit your choice of dining chairs around it. Host a family holiday gathering, display your favorite flowers, or spread out for homework, hobbies, and projects and still have room to enjoy lunch.

play room reading nook

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Traditional Coffee Tables as Informal Dining

In a small or dual-purpose space or even as a more casual option, the traditional coffee table can serve as a cozy, informal dining area. Spread out some hors d’oeuvres or light some candles to dine more intimately. An enjoyable dining experience doesn’t have to be big and formal.

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Living Square

A square table is usually a good fit for square rooms, depending on traffic flow through your home. Big enough to hold a festive meal, finish up homework, or as a decorative centerpiece to the room, it can also work well placed against a wall if fewer seating spaces are needed.

sturdy wood table

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Sturdy Wood Table

This sturdy wood table has a bit of a Scandi farmhouse vibe but its size doesn’t overpower the room. A bench gives some added versatility with seating and space, and a mix of finishes provides some texture and contrast. Enjoy time with family and friends around this handy-to-the-kitchen table.

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How to Integrate Natural Lighting Into Your Inspired Living

How to Integrate Natural Lighting Into Your Inspired Living

To highlight the beauty of a space, or even to boost your health and mood, there’s really nothing like natural lighting. See how splendidly these five homes use nature’s generous bounty.

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Awe-Inspiring Openness

These sleek floor-to-ceiling windows give an awe-inspiring openness to this small office. From sunrise to sunset you’ll benefit from the green energy of natural lighting and the quiet rhythms of the outdoors. Forget endlessly slogging through your tasks under fluorescent lights; inspire your work with the vibrancy of nature.

Kitchen Windows

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Abundant Natural Light

This kitchen enjoys an unmatched view of sea and sky, and is bathed in abundant natural light. Windows that reach from ceiling to worktop provide a nearly uninterrupted view as well as plenty of light in which to cook and meal prep. The disinfecting quality of sunlight will certainly be welcome in this space, and your spirits will be buoyed while you work.

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Outside Lighting

Forget bringing the outdoors in, take the indoors out! This stunning courtyard offers privacy from neighbors, plenty of greenery, a comfortable space for relaxing or entertaining, and obviously has natural light in profusion. Carefully consider the location of your outdoor room and choose a spot with indirect lighting, at least for the time of day you plan to use it, and find rest and rejuvenation right outside your door.

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Diffuse the Natural Lighting

If your patio area doesn’t offer much shade or is a rooftop location, a pergola or other light-diffusing structure can provide both privacy and protection from the direct rays of the sun. Enjoy an extended or second living room with some comfortable furniture, and keep the grill nearby for easy entertaining. Planters with flowers or even a tomato plant can take advantage of the natural light while greening up the space – even if it is not at ground level.

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The Best of Both Worlds

This semi-tropical living space enjoys the very best of both worlds. Open to the outdoors, this room has retractable blinds that can be employed when the weather calls for added protection. In mild weather, trees and greenery diffuse sunlight for a calm, verdant alcove.

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Scandi Farmhouse, Utility Meets Beauty

Scandi Farmhouse, Utility Meets Beauty

In a Scandi farmhouse, you don’t have to sacrifice style in order to have a productive, useful space. These four examples showcase some truly functional, beautiful rooms.

Farmhouse kitchen and loft

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Open Kitchen and Dining Area

This open kitchen-living area exudes a comfortable, practical beauty. You can enjoy rustic charm with a sturdy farmhouse dining table and painted ceiling beams and boards, but add some modern dining chairs and a stylish sofa to keep this nordic farmhouse feeling airy and modern, if eclectic. Beautiful dinnerware is useful as well as decorative in this welcoming, functional room.

working kitchen

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Working Kitchen

Natural materials and natural lighting set the tone for this working kitchen. Wood floors and worktops make the space warm while clean white cabinets and fixtures give a bright airiness to the room. Natural fibers in the rug and baskets fit well with the nordic farmhouse look, and useful dishes and cookware are displayed in open shelves. The large central island works with the oversized modern pendant lights and offers a convenient way to display and store coffee cups, handy for your morning pour over coffee, perhaps?

Scandi Farmhouse Entryway

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Scandi Farmhouse Entryway

This small space doesn’t forfeit either utility or Scandi style. Natural brick and wood bring an earthy feel to the otherwise crisp, white mudroom where a handy bench and painted chairs offer a convenient spot to put on (or remove) outerwear. Arched windows and doors provide natural light and some movement in the square, boxy room. Guests can hang coats and a unique cupboard offers out-of-the-way storage.

Dining Room

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Dining Room Welcome

A warm welcome on a cool, crisp day, this room is just waiting for friends and family to gather. A Scandi style table and linens are eminently functional and the tablescape is beautiful to behold. Stylish dinnerware and an abundance of candles and greenery provide a festive air. An arrangement of pillows and rugs are a comfortable contrast to the stark, rustic floor and the stove doubles as a sideboard where coffee waits to be shared.

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