I am no minimalist.

by byanika on 13/11/2011 · 41 comments

in By Anika,interiour and fashion,self worth

Hi Sweethearts!

As you know I am working my way back to my happy self, one day at a time, and one room in my new flat at a time. I am recharging, redefining, expressing my self, grounding my self within my self and in my new home. going at it determinedly.

I finished my living room yesterday, and looking at it one thing jumped out at me. I am no minimalist.

In fact, I am a maximalist, in my fashion, in my designs and in my life. When I love I do it with all of who I am. When I mix prints I don`t hold back.

This approach to life and style is not about taking the easy way out, but I have a secret weapon. I know that I can get away with it. And when I can`t, I can laugh about it.

Case in point:

Getting my heart broken.

Incredibly hard to deal with, but worth it.

Am I not going to dare to fall in love again? No way.

I have been blessed with the gift of being completely close, completely happy.





Buying the biggest lamp known to man.

I laughed so hard when I was assembeling it and realized just how bleedin massive it is that I nearly wet my self.

Was I going to admit defeit and return it? No way.

I took it to the next level instead by decorating it with some fabric. I nearly got the measurments right. I`ll fix it if I can be bothered. But I probably can`t be. I don`t need perfection.




Meanwhile, how`s this for daily affirmations:


                                                                                                                                                                       I`ll report back on that one.

Ps. The soft furnishings are mostly my design. Also, thank you so much for not giving up on me. I love you.

Tell me my friends, what is your approach to life?


 I would love to connect with you!

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1 NeshaNo Gravatar November 13, 2011 at 2:20 pm

wow, your home is so interesting and silver! haha!


2 FashnlvrNo Gravatar
November 13, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I love what you have done with the place! You are so brave and daring to mix all those prints in black & white and it WORKS! I saw your comfy couches and they look so inviting! I am seriously going to visit you one day! Love the pillow that says “High Heels High Hopes” > it is so me!! I really like what you have done with that lamp. The rug you have chosen is gorgeous.
Way to go Anika! Great job!!


3 FarNo Gravatar November 13, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Hey Anika! I love the look. Totally! SO much fun :)


4 LuAnneNo Gravatar November 13, 2011 at 3:54 pm

You’re so talented, I LOVE your place! I look at it and think Anika- stylish, glam and so warm <3 You've always had the knack for mixing prints, gorgeous Anika!


5 LaurenNo Gravatar November 13, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Seriously woman, this is like a luxury dream pad! Did you make the lampshade cover? I bet you did – it looks AWESOME. You need an interior design show! xx


6 SACRAMENTONo Gravatar November 13, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Wonderful, wonderful home. I love maximalism, and I hope to feel the warmth of your place one day.
I love you, my dear Anika.


7 Bella QNo Gravatar
November 13, 2011 at 4:51 pm

I love the look of your home- I could totally live there. The color is somehow soothing and the patterns are lively but not overwhelming. God I’ve missed you. Good to see you back, and that you are still thriving, heartbreak and all. xo Bella Q


8 RocquelleNo Gravatar
November 13, 2011 at 7:12 pm

OH MY ANIKA! You are no minimalist, and I love it!! I totally want to come over and have chats with you in this living room.


9 yvonnaliviannaNo Gravatar
November 13, 2011 at 8:04 pm

I am glad you are getting your happy back! I also re-did my room (dorm room), I am trying to get my happy back as well. I love your layout and the blacks and white, also love that high heels high hope pillow. You are amazing and also an inspiration, kept the happy going!



10 JenmarieNo Gravatar
November 13, 2011 at 8:12 pm

I can’t believe you get to live in such a beautiful place! Seriously, you have mad skills girl! You’re so artistic and so inspiring! Loving the “High Heels High Hope” pillow (?). Looks like a pillow but I could be wrong.



11 Patti @ NotDeadYet StyleNo Gravatar November 13, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Your home is beautiful! And full of cozy warm places, and inspiration. Keep on your journey to yet more happiness.


November 14, 2011 at 12:21 am

You amaze me, always. I love your home and I, too, see myself as a maximalist! I give everything 110% and if I get hurt, so be it — at least I gave it my all.


byanika 13 byanikaNo Gravatar
November 28, 2011 at 10:44 pm

I know love, and I adore you for it. My sweetheart bomb. x


14 Stacey KayNo Gravatar
November 14, 2011 at 1:59 am

My approach to life is positivity. I’m hoping if I put out good things, I’ll get good things in return. Karma.

Goodwill Huntingg
Best casual boots on a budget – $50 and under


byanika 15 byanikaNo Gravatar
November 28, 2011 at 10:41 pm

A-freakin-men. I love that, and I so agree. Lots of hugs and good karma coming your way :)


16 Laura ConnellNo Gravatar November 14, 2011 at 3:03 pm

The look of your home is so comfortable and inviting, also very chic. I love all the throw pillows.


byanika 17 byanikaNo Gravatar
November 28, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Thank you so much my friend. Lots of love coming your way!


18 Anne @ The Frump FactorNo Gravatar
November 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I love that room. I want to move in and live there RIGHT NOW. My personal style is very different — I would never create a room like that — and yet I adore it beyond belief. I think that’s a testament to how great your eye for design is. Thanks for sharing!


byanika 19 byanikaNo Gravatar
November 28, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Honey, I can barely afford my rent, so you are so welcome to move in asap! hahah. I often find that I love something in someone elses home that I never could have in my own. I love diversity, it is so inspiring! Love to you from me.


20 anitaNo Gravatar November 15, 2011 at 12:34 am

those patterns are awesome! so many so rad! love it! and that quote on your chalkboard is so cool. glad youre getting your new flat set up the way you like it. and glad its helping you pull everything together! you will find someone amazing this was just another step to finding that someone :)



byanika 21 byanikaNo Gravatar
November 28, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Mwuah muwah mwuah! I always want to kiss you when I read your comments! Hope you don`t mind ;D Big hugs to you from me darling friend.


22 OfeliaNo Gravatar November 16, 2011 at 5:08 am

I love your new home! Its full of your spirit and your light and even though is has a lot of silver, black and white it feels full of color.
I also think that you must take your time decorating sometimes a place speaks to you in different ways and the way that you decorate changes as we change as people.
I’m in my place for just over a year and I’m still adding, moving, painting, taking stuff down, moving things from one room to another, adding fabric to the walls and creating my little “niches” all around.
So keep being you and decorating for you and for this moment in your life.


byanika 23 byanikaNo Gravatar
November 28, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Sweetheart, thank you so much for being such a friend. Got your email, thank you so much. Will reply soon. As for our space, yes, it changes as we do, continually. It is a beautiful and blessed thing. One day I hope to ring your door bell and hug you. In the mean time I am sending much love your way!


24 JTwisdomNo Gravatar
November 17, 2011 at 6:18 am

Your home is really chic. The silver, black and white is so mod. Glad to see you are moving forward. You are an inspiration.


25 JamillahNo Gravatar
November 17, 2011 at 3:21 pm

I love you!!! And I LOVE your space! Friend, you know I’m no minimalist either!

I am also so in awe of the way you can look at the positive and be so positive. I do miss you tremendously but I know you are working through your life in the most beautiful way possible.


26 Kirstin MarieNo Gravatar
November 17, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Your living room is incredible!! I love the combination of patterns & textures, and your gigantic lamp.


27 Susan TinerNo Gravatar November 17, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Your place looks great! I want to come over and chat. It looks like the kind of place where people can enjoy getting to know one another. For starters I would ask you how you came of with some of these fabulous designs.


November 17, 2011 at 9:00 pm

“High Heels, High Hope” I love that! You my dear are an artist! I adore your living space, it’s so beautiful with all of the diverse patterns… very inspiring.

Oh and yes, dear just let me know when you are available & I’m down to Skype anytime.. xo
Have a wonderful day, love! xx


byanika 29 byanikaNo Gravatar
November 28, 2011 at 10:36 pm

LOVE you! Got the app, let`s have a date soon! Hugs and kisses.


30 NefertitiNo Gravatar November 19, 2011 at 12:33 pm

quelle magnifique decoration,j adore,bravo

bon w end


31 KimberleeNo Gravatar
November 19, 2011 at 5:35 pm

I love it! haha so stylish. My decor is black and white with hints of red :)


32 Fajr | Stylish ThoughtNo Gravatar
November 22, 2011 at 8:04 pm

I simply adore your place, it is full of personality, warmth and off the wall humor like you my dear! I’m picturing you and I having girl talk right on those lovely cushions!!!


byanika 33 byanikaNo Gravatar
November 28, 2011 at 10:32 pm

OMG, when you come that will be a dream come true. Love you.


34 sahraNo Gravatar November 30, 2011 at 4:16 pm

wow, your living room is GORGEOUS!!! I’m so envious, and I think your style is great dear <33

XO Sahra


35 caraNo Gravatar December 2, 2011 at 5:23 am

I want to live in your living room…hah hope youre well :) ….its gorgeous


36 RachelNo Gravatar December 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Wow, your living room is absolutely gorgeous! You did an amazing job with the space, it looks as if a professional interior designer came in and decorated. You have a talent, one of your many it seems. I absolutely love black and white, I can’t get enough of the two colors together.



37 Ashe @ Dramatis PersoaneNo Gravatar December 7, 2011 at 9:34 pm

I LOVE this look! It’s so bold, yet somehow not overpowering… it looks so cozy!


byanika 38 byanikaNo Gravatar
January 4, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Honey, would you please come over and check if my sofas are comfy enough in person? Do me that favour, would you? If you came over I would totally pamper you and soak up your fab company. Happy new year, love.


39 LorenaNo Gravatar December 22, 2011 at 7:20 pm

I love your decoration !
It’s patterns coming together, old, new….
Continents coming together and just working in an unexpected perfection –
great job Anika.
AND happy holidays. I really like that quote on the chalkboard…. i could not agree more.


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