Monday, October 26, 2009

In Comparison

Two years ago I discovered design blogs. It was an awesome discovery for me! It's like opening up the pages of a new magazine every day. Every photo is nearly picture perfect with inspiration galore!
I've been thrilled to read of some bloggers who've had the opportunity to actually have their homes photographed for magazines. What a dream come true! I have also been amazed to read just what these photo sessions entail: make-up artists, lighting experts, caterers, wardrobe specialists, and prop designers with loads and loads of beautiful accessories. All these people come in and turn the average pretty home into photos of a home that we drool over and long to have. And we look around and compare our home to what we see on the glossy pages---a home that has now become more of a gorgeous set design than the lived-in, real home it was before all of the specialists swooped in with all of their magical effects.
As I looked around my home this morning I thought about all of the things that would have to be changed in order to have it photographed for a magazine.
The remains of homework left on the dining room table.
Birthday sacks strewn across the floor, remnants of a wonderful family celebration.A bounty of toys to entertain my beautiful granddaughter.Doors to our entertainment center left open wide from late night veiwing.A crumpled up heating blanket deserted by a preteen in the early, chilly hours of the morning.And stacks of books piled high beneath collections of pretty pottery.Is my home ready for a magazine photo shoot?
Not at all.
But it is picture perfect to me.

35 comments:

Love the Decor! said...

Amen Sister!!
We have to live in our homes, and mine often looks much the same as yours! Have a wonderful week

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Absolutely! Your pictures are "real". I've never had my work in a magazine {yet}, but I understand that they wind up moving the way you keep your everyday stuff to look better for the picture anyway, so once the camera's leave half that stuff probably gets put back where it was before.

treva e said...

That's the beauty of our homes different from the magazines- We live in those beautiful environments we create! Your photos show that Life occurs there.
have a great day!

kimmcl said...

I couldn't have said it any better myself.

Karyn said...

I love that you always keep it "real." Thanks Joy!

P.S. I think your home is picture perfect too :)

Joanna said...

I totally say that it's ready...It's a real life lived in home...Your home shows the love and devotion you give to your family on a day to day basis.

Melissa Miller said...

Joy how sweet! I adore this post. You are a genuine person and it shows in your loving and warm home.

Many Blessings, ~Melissa :)

arkie said...

That is just the difference between life and art.

Wonder Woman said...

Your blog inspires me and having a family with five children of my own, I understand the our home is really awesome feeling. If it was always so picture perfect, that would be the sign of a dull life! (That's my opinion anyway, maybe that's how I keep my sanity!)

Miss Obara said...

What a great post! I enjoyed it and can totally relate to the 'joys' of finding blogs, to the 'joys' of decorating your home, to the 'joys' of a picture perfect house! Nice to know I'm not alone!

Miss Meg the Homemaker! said...

With 4 children, I often feel like my home will never be picture perfect. But really, I don't think I'm looking for perfect. I'm looking for comfortable!

Loui said...

I concur..
and join all you ladies who enjoy their live-in totally liveable homes!
who would want to live in a sterile picture perfect place anyhow?
hugs and big smiles!
Loui♥

Beverly @ The Buzz said...

Love it! I've discovered those decorating blogs, too, and I think I was much happier before. Now I compare and always fall short. Not only that, I think my blog was better before I started trying to keep up with the Joneses!

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

Perhaps the minute the camera is put away, those lovely homes become "lived in" once more. :)

Sallie said...

I love my lived in, real life home!!

Yours is beautiful, too!! And, I love all your door stuff :-)


Sallie
http://www.mikeandsallie.com/sallie

Rachel said...

I hear ya! Even though my home is not always perfect like the ones in the magazines, it truly feels like home!

Holly said...

Thank you, Joy! What a great reminder.

Stefanie said...

Please could you share some of those links with us too?
Would love to add them to my google reader.

SarahAnne said...

I hear ya! Such a true sentiment!

LouLou@thelifeofloulou.blogspot.com said...

You are so right.... I love working on my home, and I love that my home is LIVED in.... I have 4 kids running around here from 15 years old down to my 2 and 3 year olds. There is ALWAYS something down somewhere in this house.. If I get a room completely straight it MAY stay that way about 5 minutes...

Sue said...

I believe you must have been taking pictures at my house this weekend. I had MUCH company and after everyone left...my home looked exactly like yours. I wouldn't trade the fun we had for a clean home!!

Lisa-Marie said...

I think your home looks like a lace where people feel comfortable, and like they can be themselves, and that is priceless!

Gwen said...

The important thing is that the homework got done:)

Sunshine said...

I am so glad that my house isn't the only one that looks like this on a daily basis! Thank you for being real!

Sharon said...

Your pictures would be of a home ... not just a styled house. People live and love there.

white flower design said...

I had a kitchen photo shoot over the summer for the idea notebook section of country living magazine. Everything was perfect when the team arrived...two days before my designated day - I shipped my three kids off to stay at my moms. I had my husband basically living in the basement (it's finished thank goodness) My friend came over to help me, and we worked like dogs cleaning & straightening, with only a break for take out pizza (we ate outside) water and a little sleep. The magazine "people" kept commenting how nice & clean everything was. If they only knew, Lori

Annie Rose said...

I must confess that I enjoy the pics of homes and projects where everything isnt "perfect" in them. Its more realistic to me to say look at the great project I did but Ive got kids homework left on the table than to portray a false image of a home that is "nice but no one lives here".

Wendy said...

My house would need a makeover to be in a mag!

Down Home DIY said...

Thanks for keeping it real! And, in the spirit of Halloween, you have been Boo'd on my blog! Check it out.
~MB

Sandy said...

Very cute blog! I agree, I like my home, but it does have that lived in look!!

Desiree said...

I am about to purchase a home and have the chance to make it my own. Would you mind sharing some of your favorite design blogs to get my creative juices flowing?

Connie said...

A home is HOME where there is LOVE, RESPECT and FAITHFULNESS.

How it is put together is not that important.

Sandy Toes said...

Your home is beautiful...you inspire us all...

I am glad to see a pile of books...you really are {REAL}!

sandy toe

Red Door Home said...

Just finished reading your interview on Creative Home Expressions. Thanks for sharing!

I have been fortunate to have several magazine shoots at my house over the past year. It was really a wonderful experience. Although I was proud to have my home featured, at the end of the day, it is the people who live in the house that make it beautiful.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Hi Joy! Just popping back in to let you know you're up on my blog for the "5 Things" feature.

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