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The OTHER 95%

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Let’s get real for a moment.

 Have you ever been in the middle of reading one of the bazillion decorating blogs out there, and all of the sudden felt a huge stab of house envy?  You see their beautifully designed kitchen, granite countertops, gorgeous floors, and the stunning master suite.  Whatever it is.. it’s perfect.  All of a sudden, it’s like you’re watching an episode of House Hunters on your computer!  Do you look at their perfect rooms and think to yourself, “There is NO WAY that kids live in that house!”

Sometimes, I think, “Sure!  If I had a brand new home, I’d be happy to show it off!  It’s pretty simple to take 50 pictures and post them online, isn’t it?”  I’d much rather see the blogs of those who have taken an old, falling-down home and turned it into something beautiful.

“The Perfect House”

Maybe you’ve never had the slightest twinge of house envy.  Maybe it’s cooking, or crafting that you see green over.  So, have you ever had one of those, “Yeahhhh… right!” moments while you’re looking at one of the “simple” DIYs on Pinterest?  Has anyone actually successfully done some of those things?  They have a website for that:  Pinterest Fail ..The good news is, we’re not alone!!

For the longest time, I only regularly followed one blog, Emily from  Jones Design Company.  She is super relate-able.  She always seems so nice and down to earth.  I’m not one to sit and read dozens of blogs, so the variety of her blog was just right for me.  It’s just the right blend of decorating, tutorials, and unique fonts and graphic designs.

Then IT happened.  The disconnect between Emily and myself.

The $2700 sofa

My husband and I live in a house that is worth about $50,000.  That’s right.  $50K.  Nope, I’m not forgetting any zero’s. There is no way in the world that I am buying a $2,700 sofa.  I’m not putting granite in my {current} kitchen, and no one is expecting to see any walk-in closets or fancy master suites in this row house!  Sometimes, I am okay with that.  Then I see those pretty blog homes, and a tiny piece of me whispers, “But wouldn’t that be nice??”

Now, here’s where reality and insecurity come into play.  I have my degree in Interior Design.  I know I can create homes that are magazine worthy.  I’ve had the privilege of doing some pretty spectacular rooms for clients over the years. It just won’t be our home in those magazines, because that requires much, much more money than we will ever have.  You want to hear what the funny thing is?  Deep down, I actually LIKE our house.  It’s just not big enough anymore.  Over the past 8 years, it’s grown with us from the house of a single mom and her son just trying to get by, to a home bursting at the seams with life and adventures of our family of 5. 

Haha.. So let’s just clarify one thing right here and now.  This is a safe space.  We are real, and we are AVERAGE.  There is nothing untouchable about our homes.  There is nothing to be jealous of here!!

Next week, I’ll be giving a tour of our home.. The $50,000 one.  Now THAT should be interesting, huh?

See you Monday!

-Cherie

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