Guess what folks, it’s another minimalistish community spotlight! Who’s decided to be brave and show off their minimalistish home? Mrs. Happy Clam and her husband Mr. Handsome. Just who is Happy Clam? Well that’s an international secret, but you can find out all about this mysterious digital nomad over on her simple living blog Happy as Clams. You’ll find a delightful menagerie of posts ranging from photography around the world to minimalist cooking to sustainable living.
Today I’m honored to share their inspirational home with you. Want to be in the next minimalistish community spotlight? I’d love it and so would everyone who swings by the Minimalist Packrat blog. If you feel like sharing head right over to this spot and send me your story and a few pics!
Now let’s see Mrs. Happy Clam and Mr. Handsome’s serene minimalistish home. Take a look and get some serious minimalistish inspiration!
Happy Clam and Mr. Handsome’s Minimalistish Home
Happy Clam: My first thought when I read the first entry of this little (genius! Love seeing people’s homes!!) series was that we probably don’t actually qualify for it because we own stuff. There are certainly more than 100 things belonging to our household right now. That hasn’t always been the case though – stuff levels are fluctuating depending on where we live and for how long.
When me and Mr. Handsome merged our lives, each of us came from a tiny studio and moving was quite easy (170sq. ft for me, 200sq. ft for him). Shortly before, I owned only one suitcase full of personal stuff and a box full of work-related stuff. I never had any significant furniture of my own.
The housing market is tough here and we were under time pressure, so we had to take what we could get. Our new 2 bedroom flat seemed huge (750sq ft), so we bought furniture. I got more excited than I anticipated over having my first own sofa, and we thoroughly enjoy having it. I got even more excited to see that our green IKEA sofa is featured in Jessica Alba’s flat in the movie Machete :).
Happy Clam’s Modern Minimalistish Living Room
I didn’t take pictures of the second bedroom, because we have a visitor living in there at the moment. Come to think of it, there is always someone staying in our guest room, friends, family, colleagues – it’s good to have that extra space. We also love cooking and spending time eating together and with friends, so we own kitchen stuff. Add the pets (three snakes and a fish). Together all of this makes our home less than empty.
Happy Clam’s Vibrant and Fun Kitchen
However, despite that “excess” of space, we still try to live without excess of stuff – for example, we don’t own a TV or entertainment system, or a microwave. Also, we don’t have much closed storage furniture – just two closets and the kitchen cabinets – so what you see is pretty much all we own.
Happy Clam’s Lovely and Simple Bathroom
We keep a strict regime as to what is allowed to enter our house and what has to stay out. While I consider myself a true minimalist at heart, I don’t believe in self-deprivation or making our elderly parents sit, sleep or eat on the floors. We surely don’t believe in the accumulation of material items, but we definitely do believe in appreciating what we are able to own – our perspective coming from having seen with how little the rest of the world has to get by. So, I would like to make the case here to say some *gasp* nice things about our stuff.
I love my collection of souvenirs. Yes, you heard that right. Souvenirs – a minimalist’s worst nightmare. I knew early on that I won’t be able to stay at one place for longer periods of time, but I also like to take little pieces of the big world outside back from my travels with me as a memento of the memories and what I have experienced, but I am very choosy in picking them. They need to serve a function.
For example, the wooden bowls that hold our fresh fruit, vegetables, onions and potatoes come from Kenya and Madagascar. A wooden cutting board comes from the Dominican Republic. Our tablecloth (that we use only rarely, usually the table is bare), comes from Zimbabwe. The salad fork and spoon, a small mortar and pistil for grinding spices, and the salt container come from Madagascar. A small woven basket from Ruanda holds coins for the community washing machine. Our placemats were a present from South America. The hubby brought a cheap Mexican cooking pot set made of aluminum that looks super ugly but is 100% non-sticking.
Happy Clam’s Office Full of Fishy and Snakey Priorities
Years ago, I wanted to own a piece of art that would make my tiny studio I was living in at that time more of a home, but that I wouldn’t have to leave behind when I move. I purchased a hand painted Japanese scroll painting featuring pines and crane birds, which are supposed to bring luck to the home, from an art collector’s auction. You can roll it up, so the scroll made it into my one-suitcase move, and now I am able to make any home my home instantly just by hanging up my scroll painting.
Happy Clam’s Soothing and Serene Bedroom
Three hand-drawn pictures from my mom are hanging above the sofa. The avocado painting in the kitchen has been done by one of my husband’s aunts. The good thing is, that for our next move (in about three months), we can simply put all of these items in a single moving box, ship it to our next place, and make that place our home again. Probably for the next place we’ll downsize to one-bedroom. It’s going to be temporary again (only for a year). But I won’t complain – there are up- and downsides to every lifestyle, and I think we arranged ourselves with ours pretty well.
What Do You Think?
What a great tour! Thanks Happy Clam for sharing your space with us! I especially love your gorgeous brick accent walls in the dining room and living room, as well as how serene and simple your bedroom space feels. There are other little details that I loved too, like the intriguing use of storage space in your bathroom and they way you’ve added in fun splashes of color.
So what do you all think? Let Happy Clam know what you think of her minimalistish space! And if you’re feeling brave share your own minimalistish home! Comments below…