minimalism vs maximal-ism

I am often torn between the look of minimal-ism and maximal-ism. I know, how can one person like both? Well, that comes with the territory of being a designer and appreciating all styles. But for me, I'm really torn. I kind of love them both.

Minimal-ism is serene, simple, easy and speaks to the zen side of me. Maximal-ism is comfortable, kitschy, charming and speaks to the 'love of stuff' side of me. So how do I choose? I have both in my home. Perhaps not total minimal-ism nor total maximal-ism anywhere for me, but I have some areas that are quieter, and other areas that are not.

This is my office - a testament to my degree of maximal-ism. Yes, my cat often helps me work. 

And this is my living room, dining room. A little less stuff around, and that feels just right to me too. 

Where do you stand on the spectrum? Care to share some of your favourite areas?

a few new resources

interiordesign.to - this website gives you a really amazingly complete overview of so many resources for your home

us & coutumes - a Quebec company making brilliant little things. Do you need an amazing front door bench? Tell Vincent I sent you.

quadrostyle - a peel n' stick way to add whimsy without full commitment - I'm loving the amazing designs available here

green light district - a great little store for that something special - visit it online or go to the store for a hands on feel of the beautiful finishes on each piece. Tell Deborah I sent you. 

room idea - I'm loving their customisation of sliding door possibilities. Tell Cathy I sent you.