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When the gospel of minimalism collides with daily life

Sometimes a little more stuff can actually bring immense comfort.

Former TV host turned lifestyle blogger Karen Bertelsen embraced minimalism - until it became boring. Now, she believes she's struck the perfect balance, living in a well-edited space with expressive touches.

MINIMALISM as a lifestyle creed is pretty simple: The less you own, the happier you'll be. Pare down and de-clutter, the thinking goes, and your mind will have room to exhale. Minimalists say that it's about spending more energy on living, less energy on having. With more than six million...

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