Erin Napier is on a mission: teaching everyone how to create an imperfect home that celebrates our heritage and our current livelihoods. But how does this translate to minimal spaces?
Often featuring neutral color schemes, sculptural furnishings, and carefully curated accessories, the appeal behind a minimalist living room is understandable. However, when designing under the minimalist lens, it seems somewhat inevitable that we’ll need to stash away some of our personal items – whether that’s family heirlooms, photographs, or souvenirs. So, how can we enjoy a warm and distinctive home without sacrificing that desirable style?
“What makes a home elegant is having meaningful possessions: things that came before you, that belonged to your grandmother or your mother,” says Erin in a conversation with H&G.
“These represent their lives and your ancestors, and whether you are a minimalist or a maximalist, these things stand out quite prominently.”
“I hope people who don’t have a lot in their homes will at least still have that bowl their grandmother used to make these wonderful cookies. There has to be some personal artifact somewhere.”
Erin Napier is a designer and entrepreneur with a degree in Fine Arts who began her career in corporate graphic design before founding her own international stationery company, Lucky Luxe. She co-starred alongside her husband, Ben Napier, in HTGV’s Home Town and has written three books, including Heirloom rooms(Published by Book Gallery; 10/23/23).
Erin’s education couldn’t come at a better time, with her new book about to be released, and where her ideology plays a role.
Titled Heirloom roomsThe book encourages us to create an emotional space that is less concerned with aesthetics and more concerned with making memories. Naturally, this includes decorating with antiques and bringing meaningful family objects to the forefront of our space.
“I wonder how simple people are. I’m not one, but I imagine it’s nice to have a house that looks completely organized and tidy. hometown The designer adds. “For me, my house has to be clean. I can’t stand the feeling of gravel under my bare feet, and I don’t know if that’s just me.
“Having a house full of memories and things that make you feel things is different compared to a house that needs cleaning.”
We pick up our version of Heirloom rooms Via Amazon below.