Can Minimalism and 5 Children Co-Exist? A Design Couple’s Youngster-Pleasant, Litter-Free House

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When most of us see a clean wall, our urge is to cowl it—with pictures, posters, artwork, or shade. However within the inviting dwelling of Maria and Paul Le Mesurier, the founders of UK furnishings firm WoodEdit (see our story about it right here), there may be not a touch of wall artwork to be discovered, neither is there a lot shade. “I can by no means see the purpose of utilizing numerous totally different shades of paint,” Maria, who acts because the model’s artistic director, tells us. “Each hour of every single day of each season, the sunshine modifications on a regular basis, so the white partitions do, too—which, for me, offers a lot variation in itself.”

Despite the couple’s minimalist tendencies, there’s loads of arresting visible curiosity inside their Seventeenth-century abode. As a substitute of shade, Maria and Paul (an osteopath-turned-furniture-maker) depend on discovered foliage to breathe life into rooms. And in lieu of patterns, they emphasize textures, prioritizing pure supplies like linen, terra-cotta, sisal, and wooden of their dwelling. They could be dwelling in a brick-clad former steady in a West Sussex property with 5 children, ranging in age from 4 to 18, however their dwelling exudes a quiet, sunny serenity that feels extra Mediterranean than English Channel. (Maria’s father’s household hails from Madeira, Portugal.)

“We reside fairly minimally, I don’t like having numerous issues— simply what is required. I discover it calming,” says Maria. The important thing to sustaining a tidy minimalist dwelling with youngsters who could not share the identical objectives? Layering. Numerous layering. “There are spills and stains in every single place. I throw numerous jute rugs in every single place to cowl the worst bits. As for the sofas, I layer them with linen throws and blankets.”

Learn on for extra nice recommendations on the best way to make minimalism work in a family with children.

Pictures by Maria Le Mesurier.

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Above: Maria styled the entrance door of the Le Mesurier household dwelling with a few of her favourite baskets. The hampers—a lot of which had been purchased on journeys to Portugal, Italy, and Spain—are her go-to storage device for preserving muddle at bay.

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Above: Tellingly, among the many 30 or so merchandise on WoodEdit’s net retailer are 5 forms of boot racks and peg rails for corralling outerwear and galoshes. “I’m undecided who makes extra mess, the youngsters or the little ones,” says Maria. “I believe all of them! I cling limitless baskets from the peg rails and plenty get chucked in them—Lego items, automobiles, hats and gloves, bathroom rolls.” Simply past the entry is an outdated French armoire; the house behind the linen curtains on the best are “a helpful place to chuck issues.”

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