There are certain things in life that you just know aren’t capable of living up to the hype they’ve received. Like video doorbells by Ring or the TV show Homeland.
Halcyon House in Cabarita Beach, Australia isn’t like that.
Images via Halcyon House
Despite its being plastered permanently across all the image-based social media platforms like instragram and Pinterest since its opening last year, Halcyon does not disappoint in real life. Speaking of, when I had the chance to visit the boutique hotel in December, I had the distinct sensation that perhaps I wasn’t existing in reality, but a fantasy-design realm.
Could a place in which every detail impresses be real? From the light fixtures (I mean the on and off switches) to the art (collected; an intentional mix of vintage and modern), to the patterns (abundant), to the tile floor, Halcyon House has been lovingly labored over to appear effortlessly eclectic.
A surf, beach motel at the time of their purchasing it, Elisha Bickle and her sister Siobhan recruited designer Anna Spiro and Sydney-based architect Virginia Kerridge to transform the locale into a true luxury hotel.
And that they did. With twenty-one rooms (each one completely unique, and–at least ours–featuring floor to ceiling fabric-upholstered walls), an on-site (stupidly well-designed) restaurant, and a gorgeously secluded beach steps away, Halcyon House has most deservedly become a most-covetable destination.
But you want to know the best part? Despite the exceptionally polished service one would expect to find at a most-possible stars hotel, there’s a palpably low-key air happening at Halcyon. It didn’t feel stiff or pretentious in the least. As if, underneath all its dressed-up instagrammableness, some of the mellow, surfer vibe remains intact. And what’s better than that.
Maybe in L.A. coat closets aren’t a thing. Or Miami!
Maybe in L.A. or Miami one so rarely dons a coat that the necessity of a closet devoted to storing said outer garments is utterly superfluous.
But then, L.A. has to get chilly sometimes, right? And Miami; Miami has its fair share of wild thunderstorms. So I’d hazard to guess to even in those locales you need a couple of jackets to your name. And if you have them, you need a place to house them.
Anyhow, in every other corner of the world I’ve visited, coats and their storage is of primary importance. The absence of a coat closet does not go unnoticed. Rather, it is the continual pain point for households the world over. Coats pile on top of each other. They’re strewn across the sofa. A perfectly pretty staircase banister might go years without seeing the light of day, so obscured by a slew of jackets is it.
This single, contentious issue can be the pull that breaks a homeowner’s zipper. It’s tragic, really.
But there’s hope in the darkness of an open, closet-less entryway; hope in the form of coat racks and hall trees, see.
1. Light wood coat rack
2. Scandtrends Coat Rack
3. Leaning coat and shoe rack
4. Industrial Home Rack
5. Honaz Hall tree
6. Garnet Hall tree with drawers
7. Industrial metal and wood hall tree
8. Modern farmhouse coat rack
There’s a certain type of “organizing” mistake that pains me more than most. It’s when people mistakenly think they should be organizing their clutter.
These well-intentioned souls are obedient in nature, and tend to believe that since objects have come into their possession, it is their duty to not only hold on to them, but to accomodate them properly.
They approach the process of Simplifying first through the lens of organization, rather than editing. They head to the store to pick up a few more organizing products prior to taking an intentional look at what they own and why (cardinal sin).
They are more apt, for example, to dutifully purchase paper trays to house their extensive collection of stationary than they are to ask themselves, “Do I even need all this paper? When was the last time I even sent a hand-written note?”
They work hard, in other words, to manage well the stuff they don’t actually want or need, and few things in Simply-land are as tragic a thing as that.
While people who organize their clutter are similar to those suffering from buy-another-bin-itis, they are decidedly different; another-bin-ers are seeking primarily to delay difficult decisions and avoid the sight of what causes them stress. Clutter-organizers attempt to actively manage what they own and to ensure what they see on a daily basis looks more controlled.
Both, though, are not engaging in the most crucial and beautiful act which is–let’s say it all together–editing.
If you have been organizing your clutter, i.e. spending time and effort and money on maintaining what you may not actually want or need, waste no time on shaming yourself. Realize that your mistake was Simply a flaw in your order of operations. And commit to begin anew with editing, first and foremost. Only after you’ve done that can you turn your attention to how best to organize what you’ve kept.