I've been home-dreaming today. Do you do that? I do it often, I am a renowned daydreamer. I often find myself looking around my home and trying to envisage the changes I could make, the way that I feel my home should look (arty, homely, cosy, eclectic, beautiful, tidy, warm) as opposed to the way it currently looks (messy, untidy, chaotic, shabby, disgraceful). I can transform it in my mind into a beautifully styled interior worthy of a magazine shoot. Yet in real life it is nothing of the sort. It's a mess.
It's The Dream v The Reality.
And the reality is that I am ashamed of the state of my house right now. Yet rather alarmingly, although it is making me feel wretched to see everything in such a state of disarray, it is not seemingly bad enough to motivate me to get on and actually deal with it.
Of course I should be tidying, de-cluttering, re-arranging, sorting, doing right now, right this minute......yet I am not. I am procrastinating and daydreaming (and blogging), which offers light relief but ultimately doesn't deal with the root of the problem.
Amongst the mess, the accumulated stuff of everyday life, I create little oases of
escape and prettiness. Painted pebbles, a little stripy chicken with
wire legs, pots of leggy narcissi. Fresh flowers, stripy things, crocheted things.
I can zoom in on these details and make believe that the whole place has this simple, colourful, homespun, pretty freshness. I wish. Oh I wish!
I wish I was better at keeping house. I wish I could be given a means to make the place tidy and keep it that way. Better storage? A Filing System? A ruthless clear-out?
Ah well, I will not dwell on such matters, will not bore you with my faults (primarily extreme Idleness). Lets stick with the home-dreaming shall we?
March issue of Country Living...wasn't this a fabulous issue? Did you see it? Love it?
I absolutely adored the house featured this month, the home of Jette Arendal Winther, a Danish potter.
I love what she said about using the home and interior style of Matisse as her inspiration. It made me look at the rooms in her house in a different way after reading that, seeing them almost as paintings, as compositions of pattern and colour.
I love this phrase, describing her kitchen where "the organised disorder has it's own intrinsic charm".
Oh that tickled me so much!! I love the idea of Organised Disorder!
I think that could be my catch phrase, if only I could make my own disorder appear organised somehow.
I am obsessed with this turquoise colour paint. I just adore it. I would like to paint the legs of my coffee table this colour, keeping the top wooden as Jette has done.
Ahhhh....I so enjoyed my dreamy visit to this magazine-house. So inspirational! So diverting! I breezed through this home and felt uplifted and inspired, truly I did.
Now the question is, do I ::
a) have a coffee and browse through this delicious book yet again?
b) roll my sleeves up and go make a start on tidying the awful mess?
The Dream v The Reality?
What's a girl to do??