A simpler way to live with your stuff

The Surrey Hotel penthouse suite is streamlined.

Minimalism is not for everyone. We love our stuff. Our stuff is who we are. It’s our lives in the form of objects. Mementos and art are what makes a space our home. We don’t have to live in an empty space in denial of who we are, though. The current thinking in design is simplicity, meaning having both your stuff and your space  — in moderation.

“Minimalism is extreme paring back so that there is one large concept, few materials and a very sparse visual excitement,” says Lauren Rottet, founder of international architecture and design company Rottet Studio. “Simplicity can be full of life, color and collection, but it cannot be overcluttered or overworked.”

Elegantly livable aesthetics can be seen in Rottet’s recent overhaul of Manhattan’s Surrey Hotel, where boutique black and white is swapped for a muted palette of magnolia, brown and gray.

Unlike minimalism, simplicity isn’t about denial. It’s about comfort, just without the excess and, well, junk!

“Think about your kids having to clean out your house when you leave it,” adds Rottet. “Would the objects be collectibles, or worth something? Or would they cost more to haul away in a dumpster?”

Show off your possessions in a neat way

“Keep things simple and fresh, sort and categorize,” advises Rottet. “Take all of your glasses and glass objects, for example, and arrange them by color. Collectables could be neatly arranged in rows or by color or type. This is visually interesting and full, but minimal in the sense that it has been culled.”

Simple is sustainable

Simplicity is about cherishing what you have without coveting more and more.

“Be minimal in your approach and slow to purchase,” advises Rottet. “Make a home feel fabulous with just a little bit of art, rugs, furniture and some flowers. But each object has to be important or at least important to you. [Start] with being careful about what you buy.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

US military tried, but failed to rescue journalist…

The U.S. military earlier this year tried to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages held in Syria ,but failed to find the captives.

National

Fate of captured beluga whales in hands of…

A Georgia aquarium went to court on Wednesday seeking federal permission to bring 18 captured beluga whales to the United States from Russia.

Local

After Eric Garner death, religious leaders meet to…

Interfaith leaders convened with city officials to discuss what the community can do to help dial down heightened tensions after Eric Garner's death.

Local

'Suspicious' Hamilton Heights fire caused by power strip:…

An extension cord overload caused the deadly fire in Hamilton Heights late Monday that killed a 15-year-old girl and injured at least 12 others.

Television

'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: Season…

And then there were six. It was a big night on stage as the Top 6 got to dance with each other, All-star partners and perform a solo routine.

Television

'Doctor Who' personality profile: the 4 Doctors

When the time comes for a new Doctor, there's always some anxiety over the big question: Who will he be? The series owes its longevity…

Television

Billy Crystal to commemorate late actor Robin Williams…

  Comedian Billy Crystal will pay tribute to late actor Robin Williams at television's Primetime Emmy Awards on Aug. 25, the show's organizers said on…

Going Out

Things to do this week in NYC, Aug.…

GAMES Hudson Common Open Aug. 21, 7 p.m. Hudson Common 356 W. 58 St. Free, www.hudsoncommonnyc.com The U.S. Open begins on Monday, but most of…

NFL

Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.

NFL

Jalen Saunders still unsure what caused car accident…

Jets rookie wide receiver Jalen Saunders spoke to the media Wednesday for the first time since his car accident, but he didn't say a whole lot.

NFL

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL defense (DEF)

NFL

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL quarterbacks (QB)

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Wellbeing

Metabolic syndrome could have a sugar link

Scientists in St. Louis may have found another culprit in metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and type 2 diabetes.  Uric acid is…

Wellbeing

Another way stress hurts your unborn baby

Mothers know to try staying calm during pregnancy, as stress has been linked to behavioral and developmental problems for their babies. But now, a new…