Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Reality check

This week is the week my two subscriptions arrive. Country Living that I have been an avid reader of for about 20 years and Molly Makes, a relatively new mag my mum subscribed to for my birthday last year. 

I sit ALONE with a coffee, wearing my jimmyjammers and slippers, curled up on the sofa, and look wistfully at the artistic shots of gorgeous homes, spotless sofa's with perfectly placed blankets and patchwork quilts, a farmhouse table with vintage bake ware ready to be used for high tea, mixtures of old and new furniture artfully arranged, a bowl of dust free pebbles collected on the beach, at the end of the cottage garden. 

I dream of how I can transform my little terraced ex-mill workers house into a haven of eclectic ephemera, how magazines will clamour to photograph it, how I will swoosh around my home in long silk kaftan's and hand knit cashmere socks (that never get grubby underneath), slump onto my reupholstered patchwork chesterfield sofa and admire the glorious garden through french doors softly draped with shear linen that billows in the warm air. 

This whole scene is so far removed from reality! I wonder how close to reality the magazine images really are? Has the owner of the house spent days scrubbing, polishing, dusting and tidying up? has an artist been around thoughtfully rearranging items into a perfect tableaux? Is there a huge box of plastic toys just 1 foot to the right of the shot? are the kitchen cupboards crammed full of the Ikea crockery they actually use? is the 10 foot trampoline packed away in the shed? and where do they hide the washing machine?

A jealous part of me hopes it is all an illusion - but the romantic in me hopes they really do live in these serene surroundings.

Here are 2 photo's taken in my tiny sewing room today. The first is the arty shot. The second is the reality check!


Country Girl said...

Don't worry - I think that is the reality for most of us!

Cheap2Chic said...

Really interesting topic!

I think we'd find it all very refreshing to see a "normal" house. Perhaps a publisher could try it and see the response.

Many years ago I was told the children would never remember a tidy house but they'd remember having fun instead.


Wibbo said...

Relax - it's all an illusion! Magazine shoots have at least one stylist running round arranging stuff and making sure everything looks wonderful and anything that's not wonderful is kept out of shot ;o)

VintageVicki said...

Am sure the 2nd shot is the reality for us all. I suppose its like blog photos - perhaps we should revert to reality shots occasionally or would that spoil things for our readers??

Suzie Sews At DOTTY RED said...

er maybe its just me, but I like the second shot better anyway!!!!

KC'sCourt! said...

I agree with Wibbo - but sometimes I wish my house looks like they look in the magazines........but....would I be happy.....?
Julie xxxx