I spend a lot of time browsing homes blogs from all around the world and I have to admit, I find the experience a bit of a weird mix. I feel inspired by the perfectly styled interiors I see, with their pretty vignettes and pristine rooms but it’s hard not to measure my own home up against them. When I compare my modest first-time buyer flat to these gorgeous houses, all I can think of are the unfinished DIY jobs, the laundry draped over every surface and the once-beige-now-grey carpets. And I don’t mean grey in a good way.
So you’ll understand why I found this post over at Weekday Carnival so refreshing. Most of the homes featured belong to bloggers I follow – I’ve spent many an hour gazing at their perfect homes, occasionally exuding a small sigh of inadequacy / envy.
But this time, there was something different…
I suppose this raises a question… why do homes bloggers (and I’m sure food / fashion / lifestyle bloggers are the same) put so much pressure on themselves to present a polished version of events all the time? When I post photos of my flat – even when I’ve photographed it on a good day – I always find myself apologising for the things that don’t live up to my vision of how the room should look. As much as I love my flat and there are bits of it I’m genuinely proud of, I can’t help worrying that readers will judge it against all the beautiful homes belonging to amazing stylists and designers out there.
I don’t mean that critically – that’s the way I judge it myself too.
And as much as I want to present the reality of a girl starting out with big ideas and minimal funds, I still can’t help myself tidying and tweaking before I post photos online. It’s the same as when I have real life visitors – I want people to like what they see. I’m a true Monica in that way and I can’t decide if there’s something wrong with that…
Do you think there’s a place for warts and all interiors blogs or do you read them for ideas and escapism? How do the photos in this post make you feel about your home?