Instagram – Dream Homes or Real Homes?
I absolutely love to see great pics of beautifully curated homes on Insta.
I try to take my own pictures when I am out and about, and I also enjoy setting up gorgeous shots of my own home (a work in progress as we have recently moved). So, it was interesting to read two pieces recently in the weekend papers about the Instagram effect.
In Helen Davies’ article she wonders ‘What does a dream house look like?’ and goes on to explore the differences between our real life homes and a ‘dream life’ home. Apparently, two out of three home owners think that their home is still a work in progress. At this point – on a purely decluttering and organising level – I want to say that hopefully we are always a teensy bit working towards our vision of perfection. Even when we have completed the (sometimes epic) journey to clutter free living, there is always room for change, otherwise we get stuck and the energy will become stagnant. Davies goes on to question how the ‘slightly messy, uninterested other half’ thinks about when their house is constantly being rearranged into mini photo shoots, with the less pleasing areas being disguised by cunningly placed pot plants and a spare room crammed with all the stuff we don’t want to see, such as overflowing wardrobes, stacks of toys and bits for unfinished projects.
The next article by Katrina Burroughs talks about the square vignettes of inspiration, but she also discusses the fact that these beautifully contrived, well lit and designed images don’t always translate to the average UK home. Apparently, one in ten people are dissatisfied with their homes – could this be as a direct result of the beautiful homes we see in Instagram posts? Scarily, this dissatisfaction even has a psychological term for it – Home Dysmorphic Disorder (HDD). It seems that you don’t have to always have ‘the edge’ – aspirational is good- but your home design ideas need to be regular and comfortable, sincere and achievable – otherwise it’s only going to bring you misery.
It’s all sounding a bit gloom and doom when it’s picked apart, but actually I think Instagram has done a great thing for highlighting achievable, (trendy), looks for our homes without us having to consult a designer… we are all able to pick through the images and decide which will work for us and our families andhelp us to feel happy
Even if we don’t buy into the whole Instagram thang, there is something good to be said for having an awareness of how our homes/lives are looking. It can be on a quiet personal level – not everybody wants to shout it from the rooftops or show us their curated, minimal creations; I get that. However, another knock on effect of the homes of Instagram is that we see how attractive it is to live in a clear and organised space. Clutter impacts on all aspects of our lives. When we live without the clutter, our levels of stress and overwhelm drop and there is happiness to be had. Our homes don’t have to be picture perfect – they can be a work in progress, and most importantly they have to be comfortable for you and your family. It’s not healthy for our self esteem if we base our happiness on whether others ‘like’ our homes, or if they look like carbon copies of other people’s homes, but it certainly is healthy for usto love and enjoy ourhomes.
So, let’s get it in perspective – Instagram allows us to take a look at other people’s homes, be inspired, decide which bits we value and want to import into our lives. Then we can tidy, declutter, organise, decorate or whatever it takes create our version and then celebrate our success by living in our own beautiful space.
What do you think of my version of Insta-Stylee pics?
Plenty of plants, lots of textures, candle, soft lighting – look at that fabulous shadow from the lampshade, squishy sofa and interesting cushions – you just have to ignore the hideous carpet, the fact that it is painted magnolia rather than white (it’s the next room to be painted), and the brown upvc window!
We don’t have any storage in the new house – so here’s a groovy hanging rail made by my clever (and longsuffering) husband… No I haven’t spent a fortune on lovely matching hangers yet, but I did declutter and organise my clothes. (Excuse the wire coat hangers).
Thinned out bookshelves – always a joy!
The Ultimate Insta-Success image – include your pet #ottovoncrumpet
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