To paraphrase Sarah, there is a word many television decorators/designers use as something of an insult when critiqueing a space. That word is suburban. They use it to imply that a design is average…just like the next one...normal.
She responds "What’s wrong with normal?" and "to me, more than anything... suburban means A FAMILY LIVES HERE. Why is that so horrible?"
Well I whole heartedly agree with her. Embrace who you are - what you are. I am a suburban mother. My style has changed - evolved - since becoming a mother. It is now more confident, focused, comfortable ... authentic.
I still want my home to be beautiful, but I am not concerned with a lot of the BS that I once was.
FACT - We have stuff. The little person has alot of stuff. He doesn't always put it away. I can do my best with attractive storage solutions, but in the end minimalism is not for our family.
FACT - The little persons toys are not all hand carved wooden beauties. Some are, but he loves anything with a Pixar character on it. They're his toys he's the one who needs to be happy with them.
FACT - We have a television. A big one. We watch it everyday. So what? In all honesty who doesn't??? I used to have a small one in an armoire that I could close the doors and hide, but I never really bothered to anyway. Now it is large, loud and proud in the family room.
I could go on, but the point is this: To me the most important thing about our home is that our whole family can feel relaxed and comfortable here. That it is a place we can truly be ourselves.
That is the sentiment I took from Sarah's post and it made me feel good to know that I am not the only one who thinks authenticity outshines trendy.
All the pictures today are from Sarah's beautiful, suburban home.