My home currently looks like storm Doris took a tour of each floor. Thanks half-term. I will always feel jealous and woefully domestically challenged when I compare my home to those on Instagram. Try as I might, I never seem to be able to rid ourselves of clutter, and so we live amid a sea of plastic.
There is a saying that goes ‘comparison is the death of joy’ and though I recognise the merits of this statement, I also think it only conveys one way of thinking. This way of thinking is predisposed to a negative mindset. I may get a pang of jealousy when I see someone’s seemingly perfect home or life. That’s a natural human instinct after all, but it is not the only possible reaction to seeing a beautiful image. What about the whole raft of positive emotions that are felt when setting eyes upon a beautifully dressed fireplace, or a family photo taken at a moment of happiness? What about feeling inspired or joyful?
Recently, I have observed Instagram come under fire for only presenting the ‘perfect’ side to life. Yes, Instagram usually presents a snapshot of the better moments, but have you seen the accounts that don’t? I’m hazarding a guess that you’ve no desire to follow the latter at all. If it’s not pretty or it’s not funny, why look at it? There has to be something to motivate you to follow and derive an enjoyment from an account, or what’s the point?
There are a few simple reasons why I love scrolling through my Instagram feed. Firstly, I like to keep up with what my friends are doing, though my non-blogging friends rarely post there. Secondly, to feel inspired by beautiful accounts. Thirdly, to keep up with the Instagrammers I love to people watch. For me, Instagram is a form of entertainment.
I seem to have gone off on a tangent here because I had only intended for this post to be about pretty interiors, but I felt it was something I wanted to say. Getting back on topic, here are a selection of images from Instagram that I find inspiring. I love taking inspiration from images like these when decorating our home.
The Plant Stand of Dreams
Plants are big news in interiors right now. Basically, if the inside of your house looks like a rainforest, you’re very much on trend. However, once you have bought a garden centre’s worth of plants you then need to find somewhere to put them. Enter Cara Sutherland’s Homesense plant stand. Want.
Flowers Hide a Multitude of Sins
Capture by Lucy has a rather beautiful Instagram feed, in which beautiful flowers and her stunning country home feature heavily. According to Lucy, flowers in the home detract eyes from dust, this is all I need to know.
Sunshine indoors 💚 Pretties distracting our eyes from all the dust. For every corner of our house that is finished there’s another waiting to be done. I love that even at its most chaotic, with ceilings almost falling down we can still see the vision of what it might be one day. It’s topsy turvy here right now but I adore it 💚
Classics are Classic
I am a huge fan of incorporating traditional style into modern day decor. There’s something about a traditional finish that makes a design scheme appear expensive and well put together. Take Emma’s traditional radiators for instance. This image would not be the same with a bog standard modern radiator.
Last proper day of half term. Where has this week gone? I’m doing that speedy clean that you can only really achieve when you’re about to have visitors. You know the one where you whizz over the bathroom with Dettol wipes and dust bust your entire floor instead of just getting the proper hoover out? If anyone wants to come and help me baby wipe the radiators you’re more than welcome. 😬 #idomybestworkunderpressure #speedclean #interiors #home #myhome #hallway
Chunky Knits are Everything
I don’t think there is any area of the home that a beautiful knit like this wouldn’t improve on. Introducing you to, the blanket of dreams.
Uh-oh, I feel another cold coming on – I can’t breath out of my nose, my eyes are watery, I feel a bit shit and I’m pretty sure my nose has just dripped onto my pjs 🤧. Why do I keep catching these awful colds? Actually, don’t answer that, I already know; it’s most likely a mixture of my bad diet, lack of sleep, non-stop working and being surrounded by two germ monsters who like to bring home the latest bout of germs from school, every week 😷. Hope your weekend is fun and germ free.
Embrace Your Dark Side
Change is afoot. Gone are the days of scrolling through super white, after super white image on Instagram. People are showing their darker side and I like it.
Steely colours and a perfect pairing in the hall – Ana & ‘The Don’ – our Toulouse vase makes a statement in size and upright stature! It comes with a quirky little handle and gorgeous gunmetal finish to show off winter branches, wild rambling arrangements or structured Pom Pom-like flowerheads 🌱💐 Happy Tuesday! ⛅️ 📷@jonaarongreen Styling: @hannahcorkinteriorstylist
Find Beauty in Simplicity
It’s easy to become caught in a trap where you feel like you need the best of everything, but beauty can be found in the simple things. Take this image. What do you see? A plant in the wrong sized pot? Or peace and tranquility. You don’t need the newest or shiniest of things to have a beautiful home, beauty can found in the most mundane of things.