Editor’s Letter; Things We Love; Megan Nicol Reed
Here’s a new home design trend to strike joy/fear into your heart, depending on your hate/love of order: shabbism. Truth be told, there’s nothing new in it at all, it’s how many of us live, but it’s now being rebadged as the way to have a happier home life.
If you’re the sort of person who thinks you’re being organised if you manage to close the cereal packet with a peg before stuffing it back in the pantry, or finds it a small triumph when you hang up the pile of worn-but-really-not-dirty clothes on your spare chair in the bedroom, then you are shabby. The term was coined by an English couple, who see it as the antidote to the mania for decluttering and minimalism that has infected (sorry, overtaken) middle-class houses across the globe.
Theirs is not a house where the surfaces as cleaned daily; crumbs are allowed to linger on coffee tables, and the shedding hairs of the dog are ignored, until they can be no longer. If that sounds like you, you’ll probably enjoy the interview we have with them on page 10, but if the thought of mess makes you violently anxious, we also have an interview with cult minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, who are coming to New Zealand shortly, on page 12.