I’ve mentioned previously how much I love orchids.
I don’t have a Brown Thumb, per se, but it isn’t exactly a Green Thumb either. People are often under the impression that orchids are a pretty delicate flower… hard to grow… easy to kill… Not. True.
OK, the Keepin’ It Real part… there are amazing, gorgeous blogs all over the place. The rooms are perfect. The photography is gorgeous. There’s no dust. Things are meticulously clean… yet still manage to be warm and welcoming.
I read these blogs and am inspired. Mostly. But sometimes I read them and feel a little behind the curve.
Sometimes I read them and look at the beautiful photos and feel a wee bit intimidated because my house doesn’t look like that. (And I don’t have dinner cooked, and I need to still run errands, and …)
It’s not just me. There’s been a lot of talk lately about people who feel like they aren’t measuring up.
But then it dawns on me: I’m doing fine. The bloggers whose beautiful decor I admire probably just know how to stage a photo. Their houses are probably just as “lived in” as ours are, but the lived in part doesn’t get into the photo.
Case in point. See the last photo of the orchid?
I dusted that half of the dresser in order to take the picture, and I shot it from the right, making sure to keep the un-dusted half of the dresser out of the shot.
I promise you that shoving the books, receipts, hairbrush and loose coins to the other side of the dresser was easier than the alternative… Which would have been to fold the laundry on my bed…
Can you see the big pile of sheets and towels in the mirror? Hiding the mess was the deciding factor in how I framed my shot.
So whenever I start feeling a bit down on myself that my rooms are not all beautifully put together, or my kids are being total slobs, or I’ve wadded up grocery bags and shoved them into flower arrangements… I take a little comfort in knowing that I bet there a few others out there who are just like me.