I recently moved into a new apartment. It is a one bedroom unit on the third floor of an old Victorian home in the Ashmont Hill section of Dorchester, a "burrough" of Boston. Built in the 1880's, the single family home was broken into apartments during the Depression. The apartment maintains many period details, including a clawfoot tub and incredible woodwork throughout. Here are some photos of the place before I moved in:
So far I have just the bare minimums: a table and chairs in the kitchen; a futon, coffee table, desk and chair, and small TV in the living room; and a bed in the bedroom. It's a very bare-bones experience, to be sure, but it's actually quite refreshing. The small TV, sans cable, DVD, or video games, hasn't been turned on since I moved in. In turn, I find myself with more time to read, work (I work from home), or maintain my blog. Having less furniture actually helps me keep a cleaner house, as there are less places for clutter to hide.
I plan on truly making this my home by buying new (for me, I'm hoping for some great thrift store finds) furniture, and working on the color throughout. But even when I do, I don't plan on filling the place just to have stuff. It's an old saying, but it's true: Less is more.