essentials | introduction


Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.

William Morris

Mimimalism isn’t about deprivation – it’s about appreciation.

This series is my own carefully curated catalogue of essentials – things that are important to me and bring me happiness.

I define an essential as any item that is more valuable to me than the space it occupies.  Space is beautiful and should not be eclipsed by clutter.

As individuals, we have unique personalities, lifestyles, needs, opinions, and values, and our possessions reflect this diversity: the baker needs a rolling pin; the librarian loves the smell of books; the artist requires an easel; the daughter rides a bike; the business woman covets her travel steamer; and the teacher swears by his slowcooker.

Yet despite obvious differences, most people I know are happy to own a toothbrush, a pen, a coat, and a cup. Objects can support and enhance our daily lives without generating excess.

Each post in this collection features a single item which I consider to be essential.

These are the things that I believe to be useful and/or beautiful, that have earned their place in my life.