Mother's Day is an opportunity to make your mom feel comfortable, appreciated and well taken care of. Like a Queen. Moms deserve luxury on their special day ~ including surrogate moms, doggie moms, moms of any kind. Muse has compiled a list of our top picks for a Mother's Day they won't forget. A mix of Muse items and other links. Handwritten note and sloppy kiss not included.
For the Minimalist:
For the fan of Marie Kondo, simple is always better so use restraint when choosing a gift. Anything useful and small, that won't clutter a clean apartment will be appreciated. A delicate piece of jewelry by Leah Staley, a brass terrarium by Alice Tacheny, a concrete candle holder by Bloomingville, a candle by Brooklyn Candle Co. Minimalists love consumable gifts like luxe lotions, candles, or food items, because they don't have to be kept forever.
For the Earthy One:
For the Glam One:
For the Hipster Homemaker:
A breath of calm.
Don't we all wish the holidays were a little bit easier, less hectic, and more simple?
Before the hustle & bustle begins, order some basic supplies you usually need, like paper, tape, lights, and hooks. Just let go of at least one of your traditions. Putting lights up, going ice skating, baking cookies and sending out a holiday card are all OPTIONAL. It's OK to do less if it makes you happier.
When it comes to decor, many of us feel stressed as we attempt to create intricate & complicated displays in our home. This year, consider embracing a more minimalist approach. It's easier and looks sophisticated and beautiful. Here are some tips for creating minimalist holiday decor using the bare minimum.
1. Twinkly lights. Glittering, star-like fairy lights are one of the most beautiful things about the holidays. Let the lights stand alone, or add them to a garland.
2. "Trim" the tree (literally) & cut some branches off. Add a few ornaments if you wish. Voila!
3. Bend reality. Instead of buying an actual Christmas tree, make the shape of a tree using small branches or ribbons. It's less expensive and more poetic.
4. Use an unexpected color. Don't be afraid to swap the red, green & blue, for black, orange or pink.
5. Pinecones make an easy garland. They are covered in scales which attach to a piece of twine.
6. Don't forget the most important thing - yourself. Spend an hour taking a bath with one of Muse's Herbivore Botanicals products. Feeling refreshed and loved is the most wonderful gift.
Do you lust after pictures in home decor magazines or Instagram and wonder how they created that look? Do you love clean design and minimalist pieces warmed up with natural touches and textures? The new California look is a laid-back mix of Scandinavian, Mid-Century Modern, Zen, with a bit of surf and sunshine on the side. It is easy to achieve because it is based on comfortable, simple living. California has always been at the forefront of health & fashion, and this coveted style is based on chilled-out blue skies and year-round warm weather. If you want to achieve an updated, modern look, but aren't sure what to do first or how to begin, Sophia Wood, owner of NorCal's chic home & lifestyle store MUSE CALIFORNIA will share her inspirations and some of her favorite styling tips with you.
How to achieve this look:
1. Declutter your space. I cannot emphasize this enough. Get rid of the excess clutter either by donating it, recycling it, or selling it. Make sure you start with clear surfaces and a clean slate, and don't hesitate. Read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Say goodbye to yesterday, and to anything that no longer suits you.
2. Bring in the sunshine. Clean your windows, add window screens, and let the most light and air as possible. Fresh air is good for your health, and gives a good vibration to your newly cleared-out space. Think about adding only the most minimal window coverings to bring the focus on the outdoors. Stay away from: heavy, complicated window coverings.
3. Use a light palette with wood accents. Start with white walls and hardwood floors and simple cabinetry. Think mostly white with either neutral brown, grey or black accents. I personally love the look of nude light-washed wood, but other shades of wood work well. When choosing wood furniture, choose clean, simple silhouettes. Modern, Scandinavian styles incorporate well into this look. Stay away from complicated design, or too many heavy rich pieces.
4. Add leafy plants & cacti. Focus on modern shapes. Some of my favorites are tall Cacti, Snake Plant, Monstera, Banana Leaf, Sago Palm, Pothos Ivy, Blue-Green Succulent, and of course the Fiddle-Leaf Fig. Modern, minimalist containers like concrete planters work well. Stay away from: red, glossy foliage and complicated plant combinations in the same container. Again, keep it simple.
5. Add modern texture & statement. When adding rustic or ethnic details, try to pick the most modern looking of the bunch. An African Juju hat, geometric Moroccan rug, Mexican blanket, Turkish rug, Western animal skin or woven wall hanging can look light and fresh if chosen wisely. You should add big, colorful pieces but remember that using restraint actually helps define the space and keep the focus clear. Stay away from: multiple heavy, multicolored objects.
6. Add tasteful elements that relate to the coastal lifestyle. Maybe a custom surfboard, a shell from a beach trip, or a large print of the Pacific Ocean. These elements will help you tie everything together to create that California vibe. Stay away from: glittery beach-themed decor with cutesy sayings.
Hopefully these steps will help you create your own version of this look. Remember, stay true to yourself, and be inspired to create a beautiful life!
There's something so stylish about wearing delicate sandals to and from a strenuous workout. I've loved practicing yoga for years, and one of the fundamental reasons is the lack of extraneous equipment or tools needed. It's a minimalist routine, like a barefoot walk on the beach. It's just me, my mat, a bottle of water, and my breath. After class, I can slip on a pair of sunglasses and be on my way. Unlike cycling, skiing, or the countless other activities that require bulky, expensive, and often sharp equipment, yoga simply utilizes the body and mind and not much else. The act of yoga is beautiful, and the simplicity of the routine feels effortless and chic.
White Moroccan bedrooms & bedspreads, pink pastel buildings, Tulum beach-front hotels, Mexican blankets on white sand beaches, blue-green succulents in copper flower pots, white unglazed porcelain, matte dark grey, dark bronze lanterns with pinholes, faded blues and greens, Venice CA, sparkles in the sand, Danish design, smooth natural wood, buttery-soft natural or light tan leather, crescent moons, getting lost in thought, polished concrete or matte concrete, coconut palms.
Minimalism is a term that may sound a bit extreme. Decluttering your home doesn't sound quite as far-fetched. It doesn't have to be complicated. Your home is an extension of you. Think of it this way: being around people you like makes you happy. Having a job you care about makes you happy. It's no different with the objects in your home.
No matter how big or small your living space is, take a look around and ask yourself, do the objects around you make you feel happy and light? Or do they make you feel heavy and depressed? Touch each object, look at it and feel it. Tune in and decide whether you feel mostly positive or negative about each one. If you can't tell right away, take a few moments to really listen to your gut - the feeling in the pit of your stomach, not in your head. Objects may be inanimate, but they certainly each hold some emotional value and carry some weight because of what they are associated with.
If you feel negative or frustrated about your living space, it might be time to consider paring down your belongings, and begin eliminating some of the clutter. Spring is the perfect season for this. 'Tis the season of birth, growth & change.
Say goodbye to the old toaster, the pants that don't fit, the teddy bear, the stacks of papers. Let go of old books, movies, gifts from friends and family that you feel guilty about not using. Donate or repurpose decorations that no longer represent who you are. Each of these things is taking up space in your home, and in your mind.
We all deserve to feel happy, peaceful, and positive about our living space. You shouldn't surround yourself with things that weigh you down with sad memories or guilty feelings. It's okay to let go of things you don't need or want in your life anymore. To declutter is to lighten up both your inner and outer realm. To take this further, your home should ideally represent who you are now, not in the past, and should be a reflection of the present moment. Your home has the potential to make you happy, joyful, and inspired!
As you might have guessed, I have been influenced by Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. It is a delightful book that for me, truly was life-changing. I would highly recommend this book because it will give you clear direction and the tools you need to begin the process. Kondo clarifies the pragmatic details of keeping a clean home and lifestyle, while touching upon some fascinating psychological discussion about what it means to possess and to let go of objects.
Spring is a fresh start. Everything seems to lighten & brighten as we shed the outer layers of Winter. Injected with a rush of sunshine, I want to capture the invigorating feeling from the outdoors and bring it inside my home.
It's an old artist's trick: First, choose your focus. Then, dim the lights on everything else. Now, you have your star in the spotlight.
Neon colors are almost unbearably bright. They are highly saturated colors with the effect of being lit from within. The use of neon color is most commonly seen in garish freeway signs or drugstore marketing. Neon color, like anything intense and speedy, is easily abused and almost never used with moderation. Slowly turn up the volume, and suddenly, it's too loud. A pop of color gone haywire.
The key is to harness the power of color without letting it take over. Like taming a wild bull, it must be done swiftly and deftly, and with a strong hand of restraint. When neon is used sparingly, against a cool, mellow background, it can be sublime.
These Mikado inspired pillow covers are the perfect example of using neon color in a sophisticated way. The delicate neon graphic features thin intersecting lines set against a tonal grey. The grey plays the perfect foil for the neon, letting it shine. These pillow covers were handmade in Mallorca, Spain by Moira Neilson of Paleolochic. She has a unique range of housewares and original patterns inspired by natural elements and the Mediterranean environment. These and other select designs by Moira Neilson are available at MUSE.
$36 each. Each pillow cover measures 18" x 18". The front is 100% linen in silver grey with ecological vinyl. The back is 100% cotton, and there is an invisible zipper along the side. Gently wash inside-out, delicate cycle. Do not tumble dry.