Your Home Isn’t A Show Home And That’s Okay!
Many homeowners take inspiration and interior design ideas from the glossy decorating magazines such as Elle Décor, House Beautiful and Country Sampler to name just a few. But can our homes actually look like those in the magazines?
Well honestly the answer is No!
The problem reader’s face is that the magazines are for inspiration and for resource and are not a true reflection of how our homes actually look. The magazines are a great place to take ideas from and to find solutions to problems, find helpful tips when redecorating and advice when taking on building projects such as a conservatory or orangery. But they are not real and expecting your home to be perfect isn’t a realistic option (for most of us).
Here are just a few reasons why your home isn’t ever going to look like a magazine home:
1. Your Home Is Real.
No one lives on those magazine pages, but you live, sleep, eat and use your home every day. You may even have four legged friends who insist on bringing half the garden back into the house and jumping on the sofa with muddy paws and then there are children who have their own house rules! Basically your home is a used space and not a staged set.
2. Lights, Camera, Action.
This brings us nicely onto point two; the photos in the magazines are staged! Yes that’s right a team of professional designers puts the look together, even the photos you see of a “readers home” has been redone to make the home look its absolute best, items added or removed to make the rooms look basically like a show home.
3. The Piggy Bank.
Let’s face it unless you are a celebrity you are not going to have an unlimited budget to blow on home decorating. Re-decorating and interior design takes money and doing it on budget is hard enough without the pressure of trying to keep up with the Beckham’s.
The magazines also have access to many “freebies” which they are able to use in the photo shoots which of course benefits the companies who donate these items as they get credited in the magazine! So unless you have a good relationship with the buyer at Harvey Nics you aren’t going to have endless deliveries of freebies.
Let us be honest who realistically has the time to devote working on design boards, experimenting with ideas and spending every waking hour shopping and decorating? No this is the real world where we have limitations on our time, most of us have to juggle working, school runs, hobbies and actually have a social life!
When you need a new “whatever” you don’t have the time (see point 4) to spend scouring the internet looking for the newest, trendiest “whatever”. You live in the real world and when something needs replacing you buy what is readily available at the time. That’s what it’s like in the real world and not on a photo shoot (see point two) you have to make do with what is on offer at the time you don’t have the time to ponder over what should be a simple choice.
You may be a very good at DIY and that’s why you read Prior Home Improvement articles, but unlike a professional interior designer who have properly spent 5 – 10 years training you are self-taught and do not have the knowledge or access to the same resources they do which is absolutely fine. But not having the skills and resources a professional does means it is difficult to do their job and let’s face it if you wanted to be a professional decorator you would have been.
So relax take the pressure off you don’t have to compete with the magazines use them for what they were published for a resource and inspiration.
Our homes are should reflect our family; hang your children’s paintings with pride, smile at the piles of magazines stacked up on the dresser and embrace the madness that family life brings. The most important decorating feature every home should have is that it is well loved and lived in.