This photograph by Pamela Hanson http://www.pamelahanson.com/fashion has always captured my fantasty of living in a European city in my small apartment overlooking a bustling boulevard.
For some reason I imagine this is a very small apartment, maybe even a studio apartment where this woman lives. It just appeals to my love of small homes, small apartments, few possessions, but ones that are meaningful.
One thing I have always loved about Europeans (at least the ones I have known personally) is that they were all so nonmaterialistic.
It wasn’t about buying, buying, buying. It was about living.
For them, life wasn’t about having things. Life was about having experiences.
I have tried to embrace this in my own life.
I remember reading in Entre Nous, how French women “make do” with their clothing, their belongings, even their husbands — not trying to change them to meet their expectations.
I like to remember this philosophy of making do when I cook — using up the ingredients I already have in my cupboards and refrigerator; when I “shop” my closet — working with the clothes I have instead of believing I need more of them; with my belongings — for instance, I will place one pot ontop of another for a voila! instant double boiler instead of thinking I need to go buy a new kitchen accoutrement.
I am trying to live my life this way and hopefully get out of debt and then only spend my money on things like books, movies, language classes, cashmere sweaters, wine, good food, piano lessons for my kids, etc.