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Thursday, January 31, 2008

We Call It Home

The Cinderella fairy tale resonates with me as I peruse decorating magazines. Someday (dreaming) I will transform from sweeping the chimney to dancing in a ball gown. I long for the day (dreaming) when I will live with my Prince in a castle far, far away. . . . There will be horse drawn carriages, pristine gardens, countless rooms filled with the finest furnishings, decorated lavishly in creams and pinks, crystal chandeliers sparkling everywhere, and only the finest imported food will grace our finest china. Stop. Rewind. Put down that decorating magazine and return to reality!Today, I visited Linda's blog at Restyled Home. For a reality check, visit Linda's January 30, 2008 post, "Small Aspirations. . .do you share them??" In a nutshell, Linda wonders why decorating magazines rarely show us photographs of realistic homes? Here is a portion of Linda's post:"Indeed, I am disheartened with never being shown a basic home that has been built in this decade . . .that is simply decorated well. Not all of us can afford to install soapstone countertops, hand-hewn ceiling beams, reclaimed flooring, "walk-through" fireplaces... Why, some of us actually buy all of our building materials at places like Home Depot. . . .For many of us, building centers are often our only source for materials."I agree, Linda! While my husband is shopping at The Home Depot (his idea of fun,) I thumb through the magazines. Most of them get a thumb through, but not a thumbs up! I often wonder who lives on these picture perfect estates? The "Cinderella Syndrome" overcomes me. I often get discouraged. For example, does anyone remember reading one of the later issues of Martha Stewart magazine last year? I believe it was the October or November issue. I wish I had a photo to share with you! Martha Stewart was serving her Thanksgiving Dinner to guests in her new barn equipped with a full kitchen and heated flooring with views of the great outdoors AND her prized horses in their stalls! There must have been a large staff cleaning stalls and lighting scented candles around the clock!

When I see an occasional magazine with charming and modestly decorated homes, it's refreshing! Romantic Country Magazine comes to mind. The decorating magazines (and books) I think are purchase/subscription worthy tend to be those that feature stylish homes with charm and simple renovations on a budget.
Our home is still owned by the bank. No inherited castle here! I still sweep the chimney and don't own a ball gown. We have no horses or carriages, but we have an SUV spacious enough for our large family.
Our garden is not pristine, but laden with weeds that seem to like our sunny location. Our house has several rooms, but they can be counted. Our rooms are filled with furnishings, mostly bargains from furniture outlets and yard sales. They are fine, but not the finest.

Yes, our rooms are decorated in creams and pinks, but nothing is lavish. I have glass, not crystal, chandeliers. Plenty my husband would tell you. We dine on imported food, imported from the local grocery store. Sometimes our china sees the light of day , but our everyday dinnerware is dishwasher safe and paper plates can be a mom's best friend. Our house is often rearranged, redecorated, and renovated with the help of our local Home Depot and bargains from Saturday yard sales! My kids say they NEVER want to move so relocating is out of the question. I live with my Prince in a castle far, far away. . . . We call it home!

16 comments:

Alison Gibbs said...

Great post Cindy. I read and commented on Linda's blog too.
Cheers for the non-inherited castles like yours and mine.
There's no place like home.
Alison

Anna said...

I couldn't agree with you more. I love my home, small and simple that it is.

declanium said...

great post! i have two active little boys and i often fantasize when i pour over those magnificent estate pictures in home mags...but truth is, i have a home, not a showroom......and the home belongs to the WHOLE family....some of the estate stuff will simply not work here.

The Rose Cottage said...

Wonderful post Cindy :) Just goes to show you how one can decorate a modern day home on a budget because you have an amazing home, filled with beautiful items, most of which you have worked on and put hours of love in to, and it just shows. I think YOUR home should be featured in one of those magazines, and I am sure it will one of these days.

Katrina said...

Great post! I was nodding the whole way through :)

debbiekay said...

Oh Cindy:

You are so REAL. Nothing presumtuous, nothing too hoity toity. Thank you for putting the blessings we have into perspective. No matter what size house you have, the heart is what makes it a home.

Thanks for the reality check.

Debbie Kennedy

PAINT MINE PINK said...

aww Cindy your castle sounds better than a big scary one any day. I think your home is just right.
I too live in a castle of my own with my big prince and my lil' prince :)

xo Shann

Charlotte said...

Pink - yes, it has always been and always will be my FAVORITE color. When my daughter was little, I painted her furniture pink in her bedroom. Unfortunately pink was not her favorite color. Blue was. I don't think she has ever fully forgiven me for all that pink I surrounded her with.

PurpleFlowerFairy said...

what a wonderful post! i love it and i couldn't agree more. i too read linda's blog a few days ago and love it!!! to all of us budget bloggers with small cozy cottages that we call "home"... debbie

COLLS GARDEN said...

Hi Cindy, lovely blog, great post. I couldn't agree more, most of us live in our own "castle" & make them beautiful with what we have, or make ourselves. It's time all those magazines had a reality check, I agree, but then, what would we dream over....
Cheers, Coll :-}

NAME: CIELO said...

Cute little yellow house! Just the perfect castle to share lots of love with whoever comes through its doors! Isn’t that all what matters; after all?

Cielo

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Great post! Your home is adorable!

The Old Painted Cottage said...

What an incredible post, Cindy. I couldn't agree more.

oxox
Jennifer

Leslie said...

Cindy, what a fresh, down-to-earth post! I agree with you whole-heartedly! Leslie (just found your web site last night - great selection! Then made my way to your blog - love them both!)

Shabbee Chick said...

Is that truly your house or a picture from a magazine??? I'm serious. It's PWECIOUS!!!!

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