First off, we appreciate so much the kind comments you all made about yesterday’s post. Your kind words and encouragement mean so much to us………Now on to today’s post.
This might be a downer of a post, but there’s something I need to share. Yesterday when I was at Homegoods shopping for bathroom mirrors, I ran into a blogger friend. We have known each other for years, and it was so nice to see her. We talked briefly about our blogs, and the state of the blog world in general. We both agreed that we aren’t loving blogging as much as we used to and for the same reasons. Let me elaborate
As a reader of mostly decorating blogs, I find myself feeling inadequate when it comes to our own blog and my own home. I feel that neither our homes nor our blog can measure up to the perfectly photographed, edited, sponsored, and flashy blogs out there. We just sort of plug along here at The 2 Seasons, but we try to keep it very real. You will not see us longing for fall and hanging an autumn wreath on the door when Aug. 1 rolls around. You will not see our Christmas decorations going up mid-November, and when they do go up, they will certainly look like we did the work and the photography. You will see us reusing decorations and colors from last year. You will not see us changing the decor in our bedrooms every two months. You will not see us avowing that this is in, and that is out.
As you know Mike and I are remodeling a house, and this is not the first time we have been down this road. We have built two houses and extensively remodeled two other houses before we started this project. However, with this house I have lost all confidence in my decorating choices. I have found myself second-guessing so many decisions, and I have found myself taking the safe route when really I might have wanted to be more daring. I have purposely tried to make choices that aren’t trendy because I don’t want to spend tons of money on something to read or hear in two months that it is out of style. I find myself wondering what will our readers think about a choice I made. Or how will it look in photos? That’s just not the way to decorate.
Here’s an example: When I do my morning walks, I like to listen to decorating podcasts. One that I love is hosted by some of my favorite bloggers, and they have strong opinions. One morning I shuddered when one of them announced that fancy range hoods are “out.” We just spent almost $6,000 on a custom range hood that will be the star of our kitchen. You can imagine how I felt after hearing that. Now, granted I have not read or heard this information any place else but on that podcast, and our kitchen designer said it isn’t true. Still, it made me question my hood choice. I decided that day that I have to stop listening to that particular podcast because too many times I have learned from them that something that I own and love is “out.” The best way that I can describe it is that I felt uneasy and unsure after listening to them. Rather than feeling empowered, I felt deflated. That’s not a great way to start a day.
Like I said…..as blog writers we try to keep it real. We do a lot of DIY projects to save money. We paint our own houses, mostly. (I am not doing the remodeling painting but if I want to change a paint color in the future, I will be the one on the ladder with a paint brush.) Jordan painted her entire house, including ceilings and all of the wood, when they bought their house so she could save that money to use on plantation shutters. We buy things at Goodwill and the Habitat Restore and fix them up for our homes. I buy decorator fabric from the discount bin to use for shams, and pillow covers, and bed skirts. We both do a lot of traveling, but we buy our airline tickets as cheaply as possible, stay in average hotels, eat at restaurants where the locals eat, and don’t wear fancy travel clothes. We share links to items we have actually purchased. We are just regular people earning a little extra spending money with this part-time gig.
I know I am rambling, but the bottom line is that as readers of blogs, we all need to beware. We shouldn’t question the decorating choices that we have made just because we read somewhere or hear somewhere that something is out or ugly or overused. Jordan and I hope to be an inspiration to you. We should all be reading blogs that make us feel inspired, motivated, and better.
Thank you so much for being a part of our day, and thank you for making us a part of yours.