Simple Things

A guest post about simplicity by Melanie Rothschild

I like the month of May because of the simplicity and shortness of the three-lettered, shortest of all the month’s names: May.

Sometimes, a simple idea can be a valuable gift because it offers lots of room for meandering growth.

Here’s a really simple “recipe.”


Watermelon and feta cheese served together, somehow.

A few suggestions for the somehow part:

Skewers– on skewers

Cubes– cut up and put in a bowl

DSCF2575– arranged on a platter


Along with the two tastes, sweet and salty, the two colors together, red and white are so appealing and offer an opportunity for creating lavish presentations. In addition to being simple, it’s also delicious and elegantly carefree.

Sometimes simple can be easy. But an effective use of simplicity is also very deliberate and entails vigilant choosing. Back to the fruit analogy, pairing just any cheese with just any fruit wouldn’t necessarily hit the sweet spot that lies within a carefully considered approach to simplicity. Think about bananas and swiss cheese.

The preciousness of a well-founded simple idea is the wealth of opportunity that can be mined from putting in the effort to find ingredients which “sing” together. Rather than getting hung up juggling a mountain of elements, working with a simple idea allows room for endless play and creativity. The concept can apply to any creative endeavor: food, visual art, music, architecture, etc.

I suppose the concept is pretty black and white.


Melanie Rothschild is a self-taught artist whose elaborate interior accessories have been sold in stores throughout the United States including Neiman-Marcus, the shops at the Smithsonian Institution, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and hundreds of others for almost two decades. Her work is shown in fine art galleries and has been licensed to Target. She considers moxie, an irreverent nature, and a respect for mistake-making to be the tools of her trade. Melanie has a master’s degree in the Study of Creativity and an undergrad degree in Anthropology. She is from and lives in Los Angeles. “Like” Melanie on Facebook today!

Click here to see more of Melanie’s artwork and a short preview of her documentary, MISTAKE.

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