Real Life Fridays

I'll admit that I love Instagram. I'm a very visual person, and I love its ability to make my pictures, look better and more artistic. With the touch of a new filter, my everyday shots are elevated and I can share them with the world.  Or at least my IG friends. That's the tricky part. Over the Christmas break I probably was attached to social media more than usual for me. It got me thinking about the authenticity of it all. There is so much beautiful, magazine worthy eye candy out there whether it's fashion, interiors, food or pictures of our families. It's very easy to feel frustrated with the reality of what's behind the filtered shots we choose to share.

I've had people tell me they feel nervous to have me over because their homes weren't "finished" or were in need of a paint job or a new rug. The truth is, the friends and clients I help will often have homes far more "finished" and put together than my own.  The way I'm wired, my creative wheels spin faster than I can often keep up with. Most days there is a constant to-do list and a host of moodboards running through my brain. And real life can be messy.

So, since Friday is my favorite day of the week I thought it would be fun to share some real, unfiltered photos each week including the good, bad, ugly and honest. I would love it if you shared yours with me as well via the comment section after the post, FB and Instagram.

An inviting entry. 
Ok so these first few shots are not un-filtered or mine. They're images I've drooled over on Pinterest time and again. However I have no true entry in my home. You'll see.

layered entry table.
Pottery Barn
Domaine Home
Little Black Door
Here we go. This is my entry. Teeny tiny. I dream of closing up an unneeded door that's to the right or squeezing in a coat closet at some point, but right now, this is it. And in the spirit of keeping it real, these are gritty and cloudy iPhone photos for you.

I've been wanting to remove that wrought-iron banister for eleven years. Now, I barely see it. Well not really, but at the end of the day, I can live with it since I have to for now. The stairs are usually piled with whatever the kids need to bring to their rooms (and continue to step over on their way up).

Yep. This is the other view you get as you walk in to your left. Today, it's dirty laudry, groceries, a light fixture for the kitchen and a new rug waiting to be unpacked amidst the "ufiltered" mess that is Friday morning.

Our home is not too large, so as soon as you get your coat off, you're in the living room with a clear view of more laundry and the kitchen. I've been struggling to find a vision for this room. My goal is to take the one I have for my little entry area and build on it for the living space when the timing is right.

So there you have it. My messy confessions. Like you, my home is a constant work in progress. The nice thing is that photographing it helps me gain some objectivity and inspiration.

Next week I'll share some of the ideas that are brewing for my entry, but for now I will simply clean up the mess and enjoy it.

Do you have any unfiltered, real moments you'd like to share?