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Decor For Real: My Uneducated Thoughts

Decor For Real: My Uneducated Thoughts

I am always looking for easy and cheap decor ideas to spruce up my home for each changing season. Here is where I encounter problems. Most of the decorating blogs and websites out there are just not realistic.

Many decorating blogs have an air of pretentiousness to them. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there are some incredibly beautiful ideas on these blogs, which we will call “Those who shall remain unnamed.” It’s not my style to specifically call someone out that I’ve never even met. Besides, these blogs serve a purpose, and there is a reason they are successful. People use them for inspiration.



However, I am real, not fancy, and my house is never going to look like it came straight from the pages of Better Homes and Gardens. It’s just not sustainable for me, nor do I want it to be. I love my gloriously messy and realistic existence.

I recently relocated from Vancouver, Washington to Flagstaff, Arizona. We went from a small two bedroom apartment to a significantly larger three bedroom house. Needless to say, I needed some inspiration. So I spent an afternoon perusing different blogs and studying beautiful pictures, specifically of living rooms, my starting point.

 

 

Photo by Flaunter .com on Unsplash

 

After “Oooing,” and “Aahing,” over the sheer beauty of some of the ideas, I tried to picture if any of these would be realistic for my living situation.

That’s when a few things really began to stand out to me. First, none of the pictures have televisions in them. Most people have a TV set in their living room. My question is, do people with perfect homes just not watch the Tube? Because I have a television in my living room, as well as one in my bedroom. We have another set in my stepson’s bedroom that the kids use to play games on. These televisions get used. A LOT. Why? Because the people in my house LOVE to watch TV.

Check out this chart that shows the number of televisions in the average American home:

 

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Residential Energy Consumption Surveys

 

Come on people! I need décor ideas that include my beloved friend, the television set.

Another thing I noticed is that many of the living rooms I was looking at were filled with white furniture. Really? White? I’m a stepparent with two wonderful stepchildren, a boy of 12 and a girl of 10. They are pretty clean kids, relatively speaking. They are not what worries me. Even if I wasn’t a stepmother, I couldn’t trust myself with white furniture. I don’t wear white. I avoid white like the plague.

 

Photo by Stephen Di Donato on Unsplash

 

No matter what my intentions, if I am near something that is a beautiful stark white, or a creamy ivory, or any other hue, tone, or shade that could be referred to as a variation of white, it will not be white for long. I have impeccable aim when it comes to spilling. My spills almost always land on the lightest color and the most stainable surface. It’s almost a talent, really.

Then there is Mr. OG, whose nickname is “The Spiller.” Need I say more?

Lastly, I couldn’t believe the outrageous amount of money certain pieces cost! I will not pay $600 for a coffee table. It’s just not feasible for my lifestyle.

After coming to these realizations, honestly, I was pissed. “Who lives like this?” I kept wondering. Who would want to? Not me. I’m better than that. I’m above all tha…..

….wait a minute. NOW who is being pretentious?

As I began mulling this over, I started to realize that the nature of finding inspiration for décor is to find something you aspire to, a goal. I’m a firm believer in setting goals that may seem impossibly high. Because with hard work, nothing is impossible.

Perhaps I can’t afford the gorgeous blue desk with anchor knobs. But you know what I can afford? That perfectly sized $30 desk at the thrift store that is made of solid, good quality oak. I can also afford sandpaper, and small can of navy blue paint from Walmart.

When I began looking back through the pictures I was so harshly criticizing, I realized that like everything else in life, a few small tweaks are all I need to customize these décor goals to my life.

For example, I can wall mount my television set in the living room. That way it almost becomes a piece of art in of itself. And I don’t ever HAVE to have white furniture. I can go with whatever color I want. That’s called being an adult.

My home will probably never look as good as those pictures. But you know what is missing from those perfect pictures? The warmth. The laughter. The kids and cats and dogs. The funny movies. The unfolded laundry and unscrubbed dishes. The fights and tears. The hugs and kisses. The LIFE. The life is missing from those perfect shots.

I’ll take real life over a perfect snapshot any day.

 

My actual living room (complete with wall-mounted TV!).

 

Have a great day Broads!

 

 

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I’m the founder of The Bonafide Broad, and a thirty-something broad originally from the Pacific Northwest. I now live in Flagstaff, Arizona, with my guy, Mr. OG. When I’m not busy rescuing kittens from tall trees, carrying babies from burning buildings, and trying to establish world peace, I work for the school district in Flagstaff, and I run this blog.

Cheers to REAL!

I love social media.

I love being able to see what my brother in Okinawa is up to. I love checking up on my mom, my sisters and my nephew, who live a few states away in Washington. My dad lives in Oregon, so I also like to keep tabs on how he is doing.

I have friends all over the country and world, and social media keeps us closely connected. It’s so nice to be able to hop on to Facebook or Instagram and see what everyone is doing today. I dig getting recipes, product recommendations, ideas and inspiration for decor, gift-giving, organizing, fashion, beauty and more. What’s not to love?

 


 

A lot, actually. As much as I love social media, I also equally hate it.

I can’t stand when people’s timelines consist of dozens and dozens of selfies, sprinkled with post updates like “Sooooo bored!”  It drives me nuts when I see a post directed at some mysterious person who is unnamed, with vague statements that nobody will understand.  If you aren’t going to explain who the hell you are talking to and what the hell you are talking about, don’t be surprised when nobody gives a crap.

I lose my mind when people post about politics or religion with a narrow world view, and no courtesy or respect for the opinions of others. I want to punch the people who call out anyone and everyone for the tiniest, most insignificant issues, just to make themselves feel bigger. Trolls. Bullies. Keyboard warriors. They hide behind a monitor because they aren’t brave enough to say what they believe in the actual presence of others.

But the thing I hate the ABSOLUTE MOST about social media is how perfect some people try to make their life look. I have never met anyone in person who is as happy and put together as their social media accounts claim. The sad thing is, even knowing that these profiles are not real, it’s easy to start feeling completely inadequate, self-conscious, and unkempt. Often I find myself wondering, as I scroll through my feeds, how the hell so many people seem get it right, when I struggle daily.

As a side point, I am guilty doing all of these things that drive me crazy. I’m as guilty as anyone else.

You know, it seems like the way many of us portray ourselves on social media is quite often the same way we portray ourselves on our resumes and in job interviews.

 

 

Best foot forward. Only the good. We are great, our lives are awesome, and we’ve got this adulting thing down.

 

Here’s the real deal: We all make numerous mistakes every single day.

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes life IS easy. Sometimes I actually meal prep for the week on Sunday. Sometimes I get up the first time my alarm goes off. There are some days my hair barely needs to be brushed because it looks THAT GOOD. But these anomalies are the exception, not the rule.

The rule is, life can really effing suck. There are days where  I forget to set my alarm entirely. Days where I realize halfway through work that I’m wearing two different colored flats. Days where I’m amazed that I am able to get myself out of bed, to the office, and back home again without committing a homicide.

It ain’t easy to put on my big girl panties every day and go out and change the world a little at a time. It’s necessary, but certainly not simple.

Sometimes I get so frustrated and beside myself that I just want to scream until no more scream will come out! Some days I do.

 

 

The crazy thing is, as much as the artificial nature of social media drives me batty, I don’t necessarily think it’s BAD that we do this with our profiles.  Maybe our profile is more of a representation of the person we ASPIRE to be, instead of what we actually ARE. There isn’t anything wrong with that, is there? It’s good for us to have goals, to work toward that perfect life.

I just wonder if most people realize that they’re profile isn’t an accurate representation of who they really are. If they don’t, then they likely aren’t actually trying to be like the person they want us all to think they are. Having a goal isn’t enough. If you aren’t working to achieve it, the goal is completely pointless.

I crave honesty and authenticity from others. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing the best of people’s lives. But there is this whole other part that I want to see. Unfortunately, it usually remains hidden.

I want to know the hardships, the mistakes, the bad days of my fellow travelers in this thing called life. Not one of us has a perfect life. Isn’t it true that life is wrought with tough times, with wrong decisions and their repercussions, with days that, no matter how hard we try, things just won’t go right? Don’t we all sometimes feel like we are running and running and getting nowhere?

 

 

Why be ashamed? Why not share our crazy with others? Why not seek out the humor in our messed up existence? One thing I know to be true is when I see a glimpse of someone else’s imperfection, it makes me feel more adequate. It reminds me that it’s okay to suck sometimes. It reminds me that I’m real, and so is everyone else.

My goal for this blog is to write about REAL life, in all of its disheveled, confusing, sometimes dirty and unorganized glory. Lucky for me, my own life has so much REAL in it, I’ll most certainly never run out of things to write about.

This blog is a representation of my journey, the things I’ve learned, good or bad, the easy way or the hard way, in my imperfect life. I’ll write about cooking, decorating, losing (or gaining) weight, fashion, parenting, current events, how pissed I am at my guy. I’ll write about whatever the hell I want. You can join the journey and share your experiences along the way. Or you can navigate away from this webpage and never come back. Honestly, I don’t care, because I’m writing this for me, and for those who want to hear about REAL LIFE.

It’s my hope that sharing these things will create an atmosphere where people can feel comfortable in their own skin. Where we can help each other with our problems. Where we can get honest opinions about everything, whether it be political, spiritual, or even just about a product. Let’s just be real here people!

I’m proud to be a bonafide broad who mostly doesn’t get it right. And who knows, maybe sometimes I’ll accidentally achieve that close-to-perfect that we are all aspire toward. I wouldn’t count on it, though.

 

Cheers to REAL Broads!

 

 

**I love to hear from my readers. If you have a thought or opinion about something in this article, please comment! Let’s get a convo started!**

 

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I’m the founder of The Bonafide Broad, and a thirty-something broad originally from the Pacific Northwest. I now live in Flagstaff, Arizona, with my guy, Mr. OG. When I’m not busy rescuing kittens from tall trees, carrying babies from burning buildings, and trying to establish world peace, I work for the school district in Flagstaff, and I run this blog.