2.18.2010

It's in the details

I don't like spaces that look too stuffy and uptight.   I like real, lived in places-  like the space is used and loved.  

I mean, I get that things are staged for photographs- flowers are added, the clutter is cleaned up and things are moved around a tad.  But to me, the photos below look real.  They are not museums, not tables so full of stuff you can't touch something without knocking down something else, they are everyday items.  Desk supplies, jewelry, favorite antiques, books, magazines, a treasured flea market find- they are your things.

 

  

 

  

  

  
  

  

  

  

  
  

  

Photos from, top to bottom:  via thisisglamorous.com, Carrier and Co, Courtney Barnes Style Court Blog, Country Living, decorpad, Domino, Eddie Ross, Emma Jane Pilkington, House and Home, Jean Randazzo, Jean Randazzo, Lonny Mag  photo by Patrick Cline,  Lonny Mag photo by Patrick Cline, and Rita Konig's apartment from New York Times via absolutelybeautifulthings.com.

35 comments:

shoestringliving said...

I agree, it does make it more lived in and also reassures me that it's ok to have stuff out.

Beatriz said...

I LOVE that first photo. Wow. So feminine and real. The presentation for the shoes is great!! My dream is to have a dress up room one day :) Vanity, shoe display, gorgeous couch, the whole nine! Just Lovely.

Beatriz.
thatgirlinpearls.com

ashlina said...

i completely agree....i love every single photo. such beauty!
also shows that flowers make the ultimate personal touch in the home.

my favorite!

xo
ashlina
secretsofdomesticbliss.blogspot.com

Julie said...

I couldn't agree more...Great Post.

Julie
Shelter

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

Agree a million percent. I've got a 21 month old....life gets in the way of a magazine ready house....that's for sure!

Katie said...

Me too! Totally agree!

Jennifer said...

yes, this is the kind of clutter I like: pretty clutter! even useful things can be pretty!

Jaime said...

Nice post! This clutter is memory showing I think :)

Kelly Green said...

Me too - I concur!! KG

pve design said...

I used to love to visit my Grandma and visit her "vanity" and look at all her pretties. I love that these images show life.
All so pretty and so glam in a real way!
pve

Lavender and Lilies said...

I agree. I love spaces that look lived in!

Jessica@thelovelist.net said...

Spaces that look lived in always speak to me the most. Overly staged photos and cold museum-like rooms make pretty pictures, but I always wonder about function! Great post and roundup of images :)

my favorite and my best said...

totally agree! i abhor staged rooms to the point of no personality. blech.
those are all images that are def staged but seem a bit effortless in their approach..

my favorite and my best said...

ooo..just noticed...last image would have been less staged had someone had the sense to light the goddamn candle. big pet peeve. should have let it burn for a while for a more lived in feel. don't you think?

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

Don't you just LOVE the sofa from Absolutely Beautiful Things!! I do believe it is the most beautiful sofa I have ever seen...Janell

Alicia B. Designs said...

these look great! I lvoe the desk with the rug over it. thats fabbbbb

LindsB said...

Jenny, you are right- I hate that the candle was not lit- I had to erase that picture because it annoyed me so much.

Janell- I know I love it too!! I want one exactly like it really bad

Sarah said...

I love spaces like these. Real, lived in ones are the best. I hate buying fancy magazines because everything in them is so staged. Don't get me wrong I'll buy a décor magazine once in a while but they always make me so depressed because I know my house will never look like that, but maybe thats a good thing. :) Great photos!

-Sarah

Kristin said...

That's it. I definitely need more pink in my home. Now I just have to convince the hubs. Ah ha ha

Lindsay said...

gorgeous! I would happily live in any of those spaces.

Marija said...

I couldn't agree more - decorate with what you've got and what you love. Leave the staging for...well just leave it! Pretty pics. Marija

bazaarofserendipity said...

I love all these photo gorgeous! Eye candy for sure!



www.bazaarofserendipity.blogspot.com

Rachel said...

I love seeing "real" rooms like these! They make you feel like the look or style is more attainable than those super perfect magazine rooms!

The Zhush said...

Loving all of these vignettes...very inspirational.

sarah, flourish design + style said...

Great rooms! I love a room that is useful and pretty!

Sweet Nothings said...

love love love love!!!


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Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Those are great inspirational images!

Ms. Bright said...

Whenever I start to freak out because our house has gotten "messy" the hubs calmly reminds me that we LIVE here. It's supposed to look that way. These photos are refreshing!

In Honor Of Design said...

I about had a heart attack with that first picture:) Love the color splashes in these images!
Happy Weekend!!

carlee said...

I really need a lot of things in these images. Just an FYI. LOVE it all.

Elizabeth said...

I can't even handle that lucite shelf and I think that the sisters' apartments in Lonny might be my absolute favorite interiors (for the moment anyway!)

Chic Coles said...

What I wouldn't give to have a closet like the first image! Seriously Stunning!

GracefulElegance said...

Love all of these images! The two table lamps on the 10th image down are adorable. I would put those in my bedroom on the bureau in a heartbeat!

Pink to Green said...

I totally agree, I adore all of these spaces!

Colette's Cottage said...

These photos are beautiful- I hate, hate, hate looking at something in a magazine and thinking "But they can't LIVE like this"