Inevitably, almost every time I post a picture of a small project I’m working on, someone will respond by saying they can’t wait to see “the big reveal.” I hate to say it, but that’s what Instagram has done to all of us. So many people are making it look so easy to turn out one huge project after another, when it reality, there’s nothing easy about it. I often have to remind myself that I’m a one-woman show, doing what I can in the midst of all the other things I have to get done in a day. As most of us are. . .
When you’re seeing room reveal after room reveal every time you scroll through your phone, there’s most often a team of people making it happen, no matter how it’s presented. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, but the idea of always coming up with huge “before and afters” isn’t realistic time-wise or financially for the majority of us. Plus, you know, there’s only so many big changes you can make when you settle into one house and decide to stay put.
One of my favorite accounts is and always has been The Nester. It doesn’t have to do with our styles aligning perfectly (although hers is great), as much as it has to do with her approach to slower decorating and the joy she finds in her home on a daily basis. She added a new plate to her plate wall the other day and I was riveted. She’s built an entire online community around helping other people make these small changes.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I could show more unstaged, unfinished projects around our house and still make this a somewhat inspiring place for you to visit. Personally, I love to see this kind of thing on other people’s accounts, but it’s always scary to put something less than your best out on the internet to live–and possibly to haunt you–forevermore. (And of course, the comments. . . The comments!)
I do, however, feel like all of these huge reveals (everything’s a major gut job or renovation!) can weigh us down, even if we’re only observing from our screens. I don’t want “piddling” around my house and taking photos of it to become a lost art. There’s value in sharing small changes and ideas with other people, even if they feel silly or repetitive. I love the idea of adding one small thing to my kitchen countertop that makes me happy when I look at it. I love when it dawns on me that a piece of art looks 100 percent better in another room. I love when I find an amazing mirror at a thrift store and sharing my happiness with other bargain hunters. It may not be the content that grows huge followings, but I think we need more of it.
Do you think seeing constant room reveals influences the way you think about your own space? I’d also love to hear what other accounts you follow that do slow and small decorating well.