Less is More

This past year, my husband and I visited Charleston, SC. When we were walking through the fantastic downtown area, we stumbled upon a home decor boutiqe that had some of the most unique items I had ever seen. That store is called South of Market, and it was started by designer Kay Douglass.

South of Market

South of Market

Lo and behold, that very next month, I was reading my House Beautiful and saw an interior design that I absolutely loved and reminded me of that shop. When reading the article, I found that the designer was Kay Douglass. What I loved about her design was that the rooms felt so comfortable and uncluttered. She had statement pieces in every room that you could focus on because of the simplicity of the room design.

In the article, Kay said that she has to show her clients through her designs that less is more. That living with less “stuff” and less “decoration” actually makes the room feel better overall. I don’t think that this style is for everyone, but it definitely speaks to me.


Kay Douglass Designs

Kay Douglass Designs


Kay Douglass Designs - Oversized Light Fixture

Kay Douglass Designs – Oversized Light Fixture


Kay Douglass Designs - Simplicity

Kay Douglass Designs – Simplicity

Kay Douglass Designs - Kitchen

Kay Douglass Designs – Kitchen

One of the items that Kay sells at her shop are oversized light fixtures, which I absolutely adore. She loves turning unexpected things into pieces of art or functional items. For instance, she transforms oversized baskets into hanging lights, outside cement planters into side tables, and farm equipment into wall art.

What I don’t love about her stuff is that is way, way, way out of my price range. Not sure who can afford a $1,500 pendant light, but it is definitely, most certainly not me. However, this shop and Kay’s designs inspired me to DIY my own oversized light fixture. Because when you can’t afford it, just make your own, right?

Next week I’ll show you how I turned an ordinary lamp shade into this pendant light for my kitchen, inspired by South of Market designs.

Lampshade Turned to Hanging Light - Middle Redefined

Lampshade Turned to Hanging Light – Middle Redefined

3 Comments on Less is More

  1. Ashley
    May 3, 2013 at 2:32 pm (4 years ago)

    Agreed! Plus the less stuff you have the less you have to dust. :)


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