Living Small & Happy

May 7, 2015 3


I feel a bit repetitive when I try to blog about living small. To be honest with you, I feel a bit idle in my circle of topics and images. Why idle you might wonder. Well, sometimes I feel I am not as inventive and ever-changing as many other interior bloggers. Others seem to reinvent their homes on a weekly basis like shuffling the furniture, changing the colour scheme, exchanging all decor items, adding new pieces to the home and so on. I on the other hand feel like I only change bits and pieces over a longer period of time. Is it interior decoration idleness? I used to blame my little apartment with limited space for it. But who knows who’s to blame. And is there anyone to blame and for what?

A few days ago I mentioned this feeling of idleness in a comment on the blog or Instagram – I don’t remember exactly. I said something like I feel a bit ‘boring’ as I am sharing the same images from my home whereas others have so much more variety to show and change constantly their homes. A reader replied to my comment saying something like: Maybe this is exactly what your readers like about you. A certain continuity and steadiness. Good point. It made me rethink and reevaluate my concerns. I wonder, do you have such concerns about your home from time to time?

I’ve been living for seven years in this tiny rooftop apartment in Munich. Questions popped up like: Shouldn’t I be moving to a bigger place finally? Shouldn’t I exchange everything? I mean I have some furniture pieces from day one being in the very same spot. That ping-pong of doubts and questions resulted in a ‘cut-the-crap’ attack and an affirmation of my happiness about where I am, what I do, how I dwell. Simple. It seemed like the only good way to go on: Embrace your life in the moment and live happily ever after. No matter how big or small your home is.

Of course I am not preaching an interior standstill here. My home does change and evolve – over time. I add and take away. Key is that I have grown way more conscious about the choices I make. I have stopped buying things on impulse because they caught my eye in an instant (yes, I was guilty of that). I let it sit a day or two and take a more conscious decision thereafter. Do I want that new chair? That new vase? If the answer is ‘yes’, then I’m good to go. If it is something like ‘well, yeah, maybe, if…’ – just forget it. It’s not meant to be.

Here I am again feeling repetitive by saying that living in a happy home is about surrounding yourself with people you love (ok I live alone for now but you know what I mean) and things that have a meaning for you, that tell a story. Go around in your home and try to remember those stories behind your choices. A certain piece has no story? Well, you know what I’d say now. But then I would sound repetitive once again. Live happily, my friends!

Photography by Igor Josifovic
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