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How and why to stop focusing on having a Pinterest worthy home

How and why to stop focusing on having a Pinterest worthy home

Full of inspiring and motivational imagery, Pinterest is one of my favourite sites to browse. I find scrolling through the photos on there to be rather addictive.

Most of the images on Pinterest are of seriously stylish bedrooms and living rooms, luxurious bathrooms and impeccably maintained gardens. I love looking at these kinds of images. I find them to be a wonderful source of inspiration. They fill me with ideas for the way I would like our dream house to look, and they’ve inspired me to make many improvements to our current home and garden, like painting our brick wall white.

White brick wall

However, I find there is a danger that seeing all of these perfect images can lead us down the road of comparison. Whilst I try to see my Pinterest boards only as a source of inspiration, I think it’s very easy to compare them to the reality of my mismatched bedside tables and spare room carpet that’s seen better days. They can make me feel like I can’t be happy with my home the way it is. Not when everyone else’s homes are so #goals.

The trouble is, when you’re a blogger putting photos of your home onto the internet for the world to see, you can’t help but compare your photos to the ones others are uploading.

You can see the decor styles that are becoming really popular and feel like you need to incorporate them into your own home. You can see all of the current trends you apparentlyΒ need to be following, and feel the pressure to create these trends in your own home.

For me, there’s a worry that people will see the photos of my home and think how un-Pinterest worthy they are.

I’ve sometimes looked at popular Pinterest images and wondered if I ought to decorate my home differently. Maybe I need to bring this trend in somehow and that colour seems to be very popular, so maybe I should use it in one of my rooms. I want people to say nice things about my home and follow me to see what progress we make over the coming months and years.

And that’s just what it is. Progress. I feel like there’s real pressure for me to get every room in my home looking like a Pinterest picture. To have everything perfectly matched and looking amazing.

The thing is, this house is our first home. We’ve tried to do most things ourselves and learn from our mistakes, ready for the next time we refurbish a house. When we first started this project, we didn’t really know what our tastes in interiors were. I previously thought I liked traditional decor and so that’s what I aimed for. Now I’ve come to realise that I prefer a more modern vibe.

Changing my mind about the type of decor I like has reaffirmed to me that I made the right decision to slowly buy new things for our home. Making do with older pieces and updating them, like we did with one of ourΒ storage units, rather than going out and buying everything brand new, has been such a good idea.

Living room storage unit makeover

I would rather ensure that I know exactly how I want my home to look and then invest in really good quality pieces over time that I will be happy with for years to come, rather than rushing out to buy things and then regretting it later. This results in us not yet having one of those picture-perfect Pinterest homes where everything matches and looks amazing. And I’m perfectly okay with that. I remind myself regularly that I really ought to be okay with that.

I also remind myself that I need to decorate our home for the two of us, and for no-one else. Who cares what today’s trends are? The likelihood is that next year, they’ll be completely different anyway.

I really enjoy taking photos of our home and putting them onto my blog, explaining what progress we’ve made so far. I think many people will be in a similar situation to us of wanting to take their time with things. I want to create a look in our home that’s completely me and completely us as a couple. Not to mention that this isn’t our forever home, so why waste time trying to make it perfect and buying furniture to fit into particular spaces, when we hope to move anyway?

We’re all at different stages in our lives. We often get told not to compare our chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 20, and it’s true. Your home should be exactly how you want it to be. Take your time and enjoy the journey and the process and remember that slowly moving forwards and investing wisely is always a good idea. I try to remind myself all the time.

Do you ever feel pressure from all the Pinterest worthy imagery out there? Or do you just use them as sources of inspiration? I’d love to know your thoughts.

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45 Comments

  • Reply
    Dylana
    26th July 2017 at 15:05

    Yes decorate for yourself and what makes you feel cozy at home πŸ™‚ I’m moving to a new place in a week and that is exactly my state of mind!

    xx

    http://www.dylanasuarez.com

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      LuxeStyle
      1st August 2017 at 11:19

      Yes definitely – best of luck with your move! x

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    Aleeha
    26th July 2017 at 17:08

    I agree, a pinterest home wouldn’t really feel like a home anwyay. Also you’ve got to remember that even those photos on pinterest are just a section of a home… it’s not the whole place!
    Aleeha xXx
    http://www.halesaaw.co.uk/

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    Gabrielle
    26th July 2017 at 19:35

    I really love your point about not comparing your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 20; that’s a great point to keep in mind for all different areas of life! Creating your pinterest-worthy home is a journey, and one that takes time, and it sounds as though you’re enjoying – which is the most important thing, after all! πŸ™‚

    aglassofice.com
    x

    • Reply
      LuxeStyle
      1st August 2017 at 11:23

      It’s so true isn’t it πŸ™‚ Yes definitely – it’s been a fun process, and it’s never-ending! x

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    TINA H
    26th July 2017 at 20:40

    This is so true. When we’re so focused on trying to make our home to perfection like these pinterest photos, we lost the feel of what a ‘home’ should be that is home to us rather than home to others.

    xo Tina
    IG: @tinasweetheart
    http://www.tinasweetheart.com

    • Reply
      LuxeStyle
      1st August 2017 at 11:32

      Yes I totally agree! It’s such a shame when our home is somewhere that should be totally us and how we want it to be x

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    Jasmin Charlotte
    26th July 2017 at 21:21

    So true! I definitely think it can give all the pressure. I just don’t have the time / brain power to make my house look like that, but if your home makes you happy that is what matters! x

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      LuxeStyle
      1st August 2017 at 11:34

      No me neither! It seems like way too much effort to me to get a home looking completely perfect x

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    Yana
    26th July 2017 at 22:07

    I never really feel pressure from Pinterest, but I can totally see that happening. Just like in any other social media outlet, we only see perfect images, which sometimes make us compare them to our own things.
    I am sure your home decor will be perfect because it is created by you!
    Loved reading this post! πŸ™‚

    http://www.lifeofardor.com

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      LuxeStyle
      1st August 2017 at 11:35

      Thanks so much πŸ™‚ I’m glad that you don’t feel pressured by Pinterest. It’s so helpful to remember that all the images we see on social media are just highlights and not the whole story x

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    Rach
    27th July 2017 at 13:50

    I’m with you and do not compare! Everyone is at a different point in their lives. Pinterest used be used for a source of inspiration!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

    • Reply
      LuxeStyle
      1st August 2017 at 11:38

      Yes totally – definitely best just to see it as inspiration πŸ™‚ x

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    Anika
    27th July 2017 at 14:13

    Love the idea of not comparing chapters, so important!

    Anika xo | anikamay.co.uk

    • Reply
      LuxeStyle
      1st August 2017 at 11:50

      Yes, definitely! It’s something we need to remind ourselves of πŸ™‚ x

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    danielle
    27th July 2017 at 15:07

    i know exactly what you mean, i’m such an impulse buyer especially when i see things online. it’s good to be inspired but ultimately you have to stay true to yourself πŸ™‚

    http://www.avecdanielle.com

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      LuxeStyle
      1st August 2017 at 11:55

      Yes definitely – it can be so easy to get carried away! x

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    Corinne
    27th July 2017 at 19:56

    I love pinterest but some of the home photos are there are not somewhere you can really live and be. I want to be able to slob out on the sofa and make a bit of a mess!

    Corinne x

    • Reply
      LuxeStyle
      1st August 2017 at 11:57

      Yes I think it’s so important to have a house as a home not a show home! x

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    Allie
    27th July 2017 at 21:17

    I am ADDICTED to Pinterest and pinning luxurious and trendy looking home and bedrooms but totally agree with you – it’s just not reality but more of a ‘pinterest fantasy’!

    Allie
    http://www.champagne-tuesdays.com

    • Reply
      LuxeStyle
      1st August 2017 at 12:01

      It’s SO addictive isn’t it! I love seeing all of the fab images on there! Yes definitely, I think it’s too easy to get carried away with it x

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    Hanney
    27th July 2017 at 21:36

    I totally agree! I have an extensive home decor board on Pinterest however I know realistically my house will never look like that and that’s totally okay! xo

    Hanney | http://www.blogabouthanney.com

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      LuxeStyle
      1st August 2017 at 12:04

      Yes it’s so important to be realistic and not get too swept up in it all! Thanks for commenting lovely x

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    Amanda
    28th July 2017 at 20:33

    I had a really similar reaction when I was wedding planning. At some point in time I realised that pinterest was becoming more of a hindrance than a help, and that you’d not want your wedding to look like someone else’s pinterest perfect one! x

    rhymeandribbons.com

    • Reply
      LuxeStyle
      1st August 2017 at 12:04

      Yes I can totally imagine feeling like this about wedding planning and Pinterest! Definitely better to make it your own day x

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    Kris
    29th July 2017 at 08:52

    I think it’s important to decorate the way you feel comfortable!

    Have an awesome day!

    xx Kris

    https://dreamingofpink.wordpress.com

    • Reply
      LuxeStyle
      1st August 2017 at 12:06

      Yes I totally agree πŸ™‚ Thanks for commenting lovely x

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    eleonora
    30th July 2017 at 10:42

    I love your blog so much! This post is so useful thanks
    xx Ele | http://elewithlove.it/

    • Reply
      LuxeStyle
      1st August 2017 at 12:10

      Thanks so much! Very kind of you to say x

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    Steph
    31st July 2017 at 15:31

    I find that there’s a difference between having a house and a home. Many of the pictures on Pinterest are of houses- just rooms decorated to perfection. Many of them aren’t ‘homely’.
    A room shouldn’t look like a hotel. It should have clutter and a coffee stain from that time you spilled your coffee from laughing so hard. That’s a home.

    I’m moving houses and get to re-design my room. I looked at Pinterest for inspiration…for about 15 minutes. I soon realized that I couldn’t live up to ‘Pinterest standards’ and stopped looking.

    Lovely post!

    Steph
    http://www.socialspying.com

    • Reply
      LuxeStyle
      1st August 2017 at 12:15

      Thanks so much! Yes I totally agree with you – I want my house to be a home. To create something that’s totally us and homely is so important to me x

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    Kemi
    31st July 2017 at 16:45

    I’m still at the point where I’m renting and finding my feet, so having really had an issue with decorating in the past. I agree Pinterest seems great for inspiration for many thing – but as you said it’s always good not to completely compare, after all “comparison is the thief of joy”!

    http://skylish.co.uk

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      LuxeStyle
      1st August 2017 at 12:18

      Yes it really is! I love that saying and often remind myself of it. Thanks for commenting x

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    bee
    4th August 2017 at 12:02

    OH MY GODDD. I relate to this so much, but seriously, my home is NOT Pinterest-worthy and it sometimes stresses me out. But you know what, who cares. My house is my home and if I’m comfortable there, then that is all that matters.
    Bee xxx

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      LuxeStyle
      5th August 2017 at 20:46

      So very true Bee – enjoying it and making it our own home are the most important things. Thanks so much for commenting and sharing lovely! xxx

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    Heidi
    5th August 2017 at 18:33

    A really good post! I had problems with this when I first find out Pinterest, but not anymore. Now we are at the same place as you guys are, just making our home a home.

    Heidi ? | Heidi’s Planner | Instagram

    • Reply
      LuxeStyle
      8th August 2017 at 11:37

      Thanks so much! It can difficult at first can’t it, but our house should be a home we love x

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    Kim
    8th August 2017 at 21:23

    I love love LOVE looking at home decor on Pinterest. Like it’s an obsession. But I completely agree that it’s rather impractical and nearly impossible to actually achieve! Unfortunately, I am too messy and own quite a lot of belongings. Thanks for your post! We should all live in the homes that we personally love.

    Kim
    Simply Lovebirds

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      LuxeStyle
      13th August 2017 at 08:11

      It’s so addictive isn’t it! I love looking on there. I totally agree – we need to love our homes and not worry what everyone else thinks! x

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    Asaake
    10th August 2017 at 14:18

    I decided earlier on what I wanted pinterest to me to me. For me it’s a source of inspiration and rather than I place I go to feel lost in an imaginary world. I try to understand that many of the things I’ll see are way above my means and I’m pretty good with not desiring what I can’t have. So that mentality helps.
    Great points in this post! I hope it helps someone who’ll need it!

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      LuxeStyle
      15th August 2017 at 10:37

      Thanks so much! Yes it’s definitely good to just see it as a source of inspiration πŸ™‚ x

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    Yara
    18th August 2017 at 14:36

    As always, following the hype can get you in a rut. It’s crazy that so many people for ex, will spend for a minimal aesthetics when the core of minimalism is about not spending. Everything becomes a trend, monetization begins as well as comparison and that’s when we loose authenticity!

    Great post!

    http://www.desiringsme.com/

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      LuxeStyle
      21st August 2017 at 11:50

      Yes that’s so true – I much prefer to spend slowly and gradually to make sure I’m buying things just because I want them, not because of the hype. Thanks so much for commenting x

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    Stacey Sheppard
    20th October 2017 at 22:20

    I definitely feel the pressure. I write an interior design blog so everybody automatically assumes I’m an interior designer. People always say “I’d love to see your home, it must be amazing”. In reality it’s totally not. I’m not a designer or a stylist and nor am I rich. Plus I have two kids who are intent on keeping my home as messy as possible. So these amazing Pinterest Perfect homes are way out of my league. Like you, I feel immense pressure when sharing my home online. It kind of takes the pleasure out of Pinterest a little.

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      LuxeStyle
      23rd October 2017 at 18:51

      Oh I can well imagine with 2 children it wouldn’t be easy to keep everywhere tidy – my next door neighbours have 2 little boys and they’re always saying they can’t keep their house tidy. I think the boys like to make a mess! Yes I do feel that there’s so much pressure for our homes to be perfect, when a home really isn’t going to be perfect! x

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