Minimalism means many different things to different people. For some, it conjures up images of a stark white room with nary an object in sight, let alone out of place. For others, it may suggest a closet filled with rows of white button-down shirts and plain black pants.
In our world, the idea of minimalism simply means having only what you use, need and love - no more, no less.
How to achieve minimalism and create well-edited spaces that still feel like you:
In the kitchen
In the closet
Only buy clothing that will coordinate with the things you already have. The easiest way to do this is to stick to an overall color palette with a few pops of color to keep it interesting. My closet is filled with black, white and beige with my favorite colors (red and emerald green) as accents.
[Also: see this post on creating a functional wardrobe]
Use what you have when you can
Instead of buying all new artwork when designing a room, frame your kids' (or your own) artwork in matching black frames or pretty eclectic ones and hang them instead. Or dig around in your parents' attic for discarded art pieces and give them a new life in a different space.
Combine your own belongings with carefully selected new pieces