For the past few weeks, I’ve been in a creative funk.
It’s nothing new. I feel like there are some months of the year when I’m just not feeling it. This usually occurs in February and a little into March when I am just so over winter and playing the waiting game until spring (which I love). I also hit the same funk around August when I’m just waiting around for fall and the holidays.
That’s not to say that I haven’t been working on any home projects. I have been reorganizing and purging a lot of our closets, but that type of work really isn’t interesting for other people and doesn’t seem blog post worthy.
That being said, I’ve been perusing Pinterest a lot to see if anything gets my creative juices flowing and I’ve noticed something. With this new system on Pinterest of not showing pins chronologically and suggesting highly pinned posts to you instead, I’m starting to see a pattern in the types of things that are posted (or at least shown to me based on my pinning patterns). It’s a lot of the same — rustic, industrial, monochromatic decor, grey. Don’t get me wrong — some of it I love, and would totally put it in my home. But, I have to admit it to myself… it’s just not me.
On the other hand… I’m guilty of posting things to Pinterest and doing blog posts about things I have no interest in just because they are “trendy” and will get me more repins.
So, I ask you…
When do we stop looking at Pinterest and simply mimicking others and begin to love what we really love?
How many times have you heard the term “dated”? If you’re like me and you watch a lot of HGTV, you hear that term thrown around a lot on shows like House Hunters. What makes something dated? Is it because someone years ago was “following the trends?” Was this room something you would have seen all over Pinterest if it existed in 1993? Or is it just that it’s less dated and more just not your taste? Maybe someone out there really loves that bathroom with brass hardware that you just snubbed your nose up at. I can imagine home buyers in the sixties saying, after seeing a pink bathroom with black and white tile from the fifties, “Eww, it’s so dated” and “It needs updating” (I’m convinced that’s what buyers on House Hunters are told to say). Now, we would use cute words like vintage, kitschy and retro to describe that room, and I know a lot of people that would love to have a bathroom like that in their home. Who’s to say that ten years from now people will be looking at a room filled with industrial fixtures and grey walls and call it dated? At what point does it stop being dated and be more of a question of taste?
When we bought our first home, I decorated it in more of a transitional style leaning toward contemporary. It was, at the time, the thing to do… trendy. I guess you could call it “The Pottery Barn Effect”. After a while, trends changed and I realized that this decor didn’t make my home feel — for lack of a better term — homey.
If you want to see how drastically trends have changed, go to Pottery Barn now — you’ll definitely see the difference.
So, when we moved to our current home, I decorated with more of a classic, french country feel. Someone once told me, “I change out my decor every few years. Eventually, you’ll grow out of this french country phase.” Is it a phase? or is it just how I love for my home to look and feel? Is it just my taste? Sure, my taste may evolve, but will it totally change? Will I wake up tomorrow and want my entire home done in mid-century modern?
Here’s what I say…
I have gold walls. I have tan walls. I have green walls. I have cream walls… and I love them — all of them. I love color. I love warm tones. They’re not “trendy”. They’re not popular, but I don’t care. It makes me feel comfortable, cozy, and at home. Isn’t that really what matters?
So, I ask you… Do you follow the trends? or go with what you really love?