Monday, July 28, 2014

Through Rose Colored Glasses

This happens to me sometimes, maybe to you too, I browse through some of my favorite blogs looking for a decorative inspiration and I leave feeling quite inferior. Their EVERYTHING looks so perfect. Their photos shine and every room screams perfection. While I am truly inspired by their projects and their ideas do get my creative juices flowing, all those perfect shots leave me feeling a little a lot deflated. 

Yesterday, Danielle over at Blissful and Domestic, honored me greatly by featuring a tour of our home on her blog. I am blown away by her kindness and it was such an absolute thrill to see our little house being featured, but it also left me feeling a little hypocritical. I've posted about this before, but I think it's so important for us all to remember. The glossy images we see on our favorite blogs are only a tiny bit of the whole truth. I think we bloggers that write about room re-do's and before and afters, owe all of our readers the whole truth. Our homes don't look like those photos on a daily basis. I know mine sure doesn't! We are just really good cleaner-uppers I think. I'm able to get it all staged well for the shot, but it is usually a mess again before I even get the pictures downloaded onto my computer! 

So the next time you begin to feel a little inferior after gazing at some one's stunning photos of their home, or magical re-do, remember these unedited shots of our home and that we all need to get real sometimes, don't you think? We owe it to one another to be honest. Sometimes my house is a wreck. Sometimes other things take priority and cooking and cleaning are last on the list. That's OK. That's life! Now brace yourselves for a reality check.............

What can I say, more often than not, the bed just doesn't get made!

The sad truth, we have six house dogs {yes, I know, a slight hoarding issue} , and this is what happens if I don't vacuum every other day. But, on a positive note, if you go barefoot down the hall, it's kind of like ice skating. Cool, yes?

He's seven, need I say more?

They're a tween and a teen, even worse than the seven year old on most days!

And laundry is behind too!

Sometimes it's just like this. Other times it's not. So later in the week when I post the after photos of our girls bedroom refresh, keep this in mind will ya.......

My favorite part is the cotton balls peeking out of the drawer. I couldn't have even staged the scene with so much realism!
Just keepin' it real people, just keepin' it r-e-a-l! 

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  1. I love this! Thanks for keeping it real for us moms out here! Hugs!

  2. This is all so true. The kids rooms confused me before I started blogging. I wondered where all the toys were. Did my kids have too much? But then I started blogging and staging pictures. In order to show the projects you need to de clutter. And toys are clutter. So they get removed from the room to better show the space. I realized it was necessary, but yes. Slightly misleading. However I adore seeing rooms, projects and spaces, it gives me inspiration. And a messy room helps me relate to them. But a finished and polished room inspires me to keep at this home decorating, DIY thing.

    Emily- Our house now a home

  3. Great idea for a post! I can totally relate to the dog hair. We have two dogs and two cats. I could make them all toupees every week from the hair they shed. I just recently started following your blog. Hope you can stop by mine. I'm at

    1. Kim, thanks ever so for your visit and your invite! I'll be over in just a little!

  4. I absolutely loved having you on the blog and am so thankful for your sweet shout out. You made my heart so happy today:)

  5. Laughing out loud! I actually quite like the real photos, minus the hair. It's really nice to hear someone else's point of view and flattering. It makes the hard work worth wile and you're doing a great job. A home is to be lived in and sometimes staged.

  6. I can so relate to this! I love looking on Pinterest, and visitng blogs to see all the beautiful, inspiring spaces, but I also leave feeling a little defeated. I'm always thinking my home will never look as nice as theirs. AND having pets in the home like we do--3 cats and a dog-- makes it that much harder! Thank you for sharing this, it's nice to know I'm not the only one out there that feels this way.

    1. Your welcome Amanda! Sometimes I think I share TOO much of the personal, but at the same time, I think transparency and honesty is so important between all women. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

  7. Amy,
    I try to keep things real on my blog too!! With working full time, My house is not always the cleanest but life is too short to devote all your time to cleaning, right???


    1. Yes ma'am, you are so right Debbie! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. LOVE this post!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz


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