Sometimes I get tired of all of the rules, schmules with decorating, do you? I sometimes wonder if people make up these things just to sound impressive. I understand some of them, and how they don’t always fit into high-end show-house homes, but not for the rest of us that actually have to live. You should be in a home that reflects you and your lifestyle.
I read an article by a very well-known designer that said rugs around the toilet were the worst offense ever. I do have counter-point for that. I grew up in a home with brothers. You know what’s grosser? Pee-stained grout that never comes clean, because anyone who has grown up with brothers (or sons) knows that they seldom worry themselves about direct aim. I say if you have little boys, and a rug around the toilet has to take the brunt of the punishment to save your grout. Go for it. Because that’s real life right? Or, having every home in your house look like it came from a magazine. I love these people who show their teenagers room looking like they just came out of a Restoration Hardware catalog, and it’s filled with art and fancy bedding. Do you know what my teenagers room is filled with? Old food bowls, ripped paper, and unwashed laundry. No RH here, just real life. When I complained about it,My mother-in-law once told me, “Sweetheart, that’s why God made doors.”
It’s these kinds of rules, and ideas that make people feel bad about themselves, and decorating and your home should never make you feel bad about yourself. It should make you happy. Your home should be a place when you look around, you love what you see. Every day. It’s hard with social media to not feel less-than, but please keep in mind, people who are in magazines and bloggers try very, very hard. It’s how they make money, it’s how they promote their business. It’s their job to not show you dirty underwear on the floor and socks under the couch.
Everyone can’t afford to put high end items in their homes, and you should also never feel less-than because you can’t afford a $600 coffee table, or if everything doesn’t match. I stage homes all of the time that don’t have expensive items, or things that seem to go together, but once you move things a bit, it becomes a lovely space. It’s all about how it’s put together. We can’t live in perfect homes, but they can be perfect for us. I love how The Nester say it. “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.” And, she’s totally right (#myhero).
Picture used with permission of Baird and Warner
So, love what you see when you look around. Know that it’s OKAY if you don’t follow the decorating rules. It’s a part of being in a home that reflects you and your families lifestyle. And for heaven’s sake, just stop complaining and shut the door.
Are there decorating rules you’ve found that you think are just ridiculous? Share them in the comments!