Decor Books: Simple Home by Mark & Sally Bailey

Simple can be a relative term,

can it not?

This blogger can frequently be heard chanting:



It takes discipline and effort to turn away

from complicated though.

So today my thoughts are turned

to how to truly achieve the elusive

“simple home.”

According to

Mark & Sally Bailey,

authors of

Simple Home: Calm Spaces for Comfortable Living

(Ryland Peters & Small)

“The simple home is calm and uncluttered,

with each item carefully chosen.

It’s in tune with the current desire

to buy well-made, well-designed items

that will grow old gracefully,

and to create homes that are

sustainable and stylish.”

The Baileys’ color scheme?

Inspired by nature to create tranquility.

And comfort?

It’s “paramount,” they say,

“…with cosy textiles

and warm wood.”

The philosophy of the simple home

embraces recycling.

“Recycling furniture and materials will give your home

an air of individuality, with old and new objects living

happily alongside each other.”

Simple Home: Calm Spaces for Comfortable Living

even includes the Baileys’

own recipes for cleaning products

without harsh chemicals.

Debi Treloar’s inspiring photography

beautifully captures

the simple home philosophy

which beckons us to surround ourselves

with only those objects we truly cherish

in order to enjoy a calm and uncluttered home.

random twisted thought of the moment:


Do you suppose if my life

ever slows down and becomes

really calm and simple,

*let us not forget I have teens,

hormonal  imbalance,

and assorted anxiety issues*

I will want to clutter my home

with loud color and lots of unnecessary

to keep myself stimulated and awake????

Peace to you right where you are.




  1. August 16, 2011 / 6:30 pm

    I love the simplicity of this home and the outside table and chairs and wonderful and love the chippiness.

  2. August 16, 2011 / 7:43 pm

    Trust me even uncluttering our space hasn't made life simple or calm except in one area: house cleaning! Love these spaces but they don't always have to be white to be simple and calm. Looks and sounds like an interesting read, thanks!

  3. August 16, 2011 / 8:49 pm

    *sigh*…. I really wish my life was simple and beautiful like this. 🙂

  4. August 16, 2011 / 11:51 pm

    Just lovely ! I just can't do simple I love stuff too much!!
    Pamela xo

  5. August 16, 2011 / 11:52 pm

    these books look great – will see if I can pick them up somewhere.

    Our modern lives are too often complicated and wrought with material things – time to pare down.

  6. August 17, 2011 / 3:31 am

    simple is not as easy to achieve as a lot of people imagine!

    you will not regret owning this fabulous book–so inspiring.


  7. August 17, 2011 / 4:41 am

    that just might be possible…we'll see you splashing color all over your home! hahaha 😉
    i am in love with the chippy paint metal chairs and saw horse table from the book!!

  8. August 19, 2011 / 4:56 pm

    perhaps i'll start with POPS of color and see what happens to my mood, yes?

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