I thought I would share something fun with you today. A couple of pictures behind the holiday house walk. I think sometimes we get in the habit of thinking people live in all the beauty they are photographing all of the time and start comparing and then feel bad about ourselves a bit. The thing is, magazines and blogs are like TV… All glitzy and glammed up for the viewer. I mean would you buy a Better Homes and Gardens issue for decorating ideas if pictures had dirty socks on the floor,a bunch of unfolded laundry (clean) shoved in a basket someone has been getting dressed out of for the last two weeks, and dirty dishes in the sink? I mean that’s how we live around here and I still want to know why dirty socks get shoved under the couch cushions and it just can’t make it into the laundry bin.
It’s 8 steps away people.
I was remembering back to when my house was shot for for a publication years ago. I had cleaned and scrubbed the main floor to a shine thinking that was all the crew was going to see. Wouldn’t know you that the stylist ended going through every room to look for props. Well, since all of the other rooms were full of the crap we moved form the main area I was horrified. Not only were those rooms dirty, because I was getting the rest of the house ready,but things were thrown everywhere. In one room you literally had to wade through all of the piles of laundry and junk. It was a 10 x 12 space and you couldn’t see an inch of the floor. It was like a drunken frat party had happened in there. When she opened my linen closet to find a tablecloth, things fell on her.
Sometimes I find photographing my house a challenge, because I really have to clean beforehand.Lots of times I shove the junk out of the way and only photograph the “clean area”. My house is always full of stuff. We would really like to move and get a bigger house but I told my husband that I don’t know if we would be truly organized with a bigger house or if we would just be pigs in a bigger space.
And for me, mirrors never lie.This is after I “cleaned”. I took these and then realized all our laundry was up in the hallway.Classy. Don’t. Go. IN. The.Bedrooms.
And I had taken down every coat and backpack ,toy and stuffed animal and shoved it behind the couch until it was brimming over the top. And these are the ones I can show you. I was too embarrassed to show you the piles in the other room. Like behind here.
Oh,There is an awesome reason that there is a curtain there,and it has a little name called ” too much crap.”.
What I want to tell you is when you come on the house tour, we clean for you.We stage for you. It’s not about appearing perfect, but for me it’s about making it nice for you,like when party guest comes over. We want you to enjoy the times you are here and get inspired… Not by dirty socks and backpacks.I actually love this angle a lot because I don’t have to clean the rest of the room, and it looks like a whole room shot. If you look back you’ll see i use this shot a lot. I am going to have to change it up now that you know my secret. 🙂
So, I guess what I am trying to say is be inspired by others, but be happy with how and where you live.Please don’t compare. We don’t really all live that way. Be happy and blessed with YOU. Because you are AMAZING. And whether we can keep a spotless house or live in a mad house with dirty socks and unfolded laundry,you’re the best and I am so happy you are here. I hope you enjoyed my take on A Real Christmas House an Essay. Thanks for being here. I am so glad to know you.