Like many bloggers I love household interiors. I love making things look pretty or stylish, well in my head or on Pinterest anyway. I read too many beautiful blog posts about the most recent colour scheme, or stylish home office and I am envious. Their houses look beautiful. I am guilty of watching too much Grand Designs, Homes Under the Hammer or anything with Sarah Beeny. I love looking at how people have converted, decorated and styled their homes. So why is mine a far cry from the glossy double page spread in House and Home? Why when I have all these ideas and plans are they confined to my Pinterest account?
Well, I am sat at my dining room table and I look around and I can see, two toy ride on cars, a little tykes car, an activity table, a toy kitchen with accompanying food sprawled across the floor, dolls, a toy hoover – you get the idea. It doesn’t end there, if you were to take a walk around the rooms of the house you will no doubt find a trail of raisins, sippy cups, kiddies shoes, clothes and more bloody toys. In fact I just opened the door to a delivery driver bringing yet another plastic monstrosity. Our home is overrun and overtaken by the small people. You will also most likely come across a basket of washing that needs putting away, a basket of washing that needs putting on and a dishwasher that needs emptying and refilling – to name but a few undone chores.
Now I know there are plenty of bloggers out there, who like me have two (or more) tiny humans to take care of all day everyday and still manage to turn out the most beautiful Pinterest worthy home. I salute you and I am nothing short of jealous. What is your secret?
For my part however, with a just turned two year old and one year old – two little people with 11 months between them, it takes all I have to get us through the day in one piece. Our days start circa 6am and I do not sit or stop until their bed time at 7pm. The day is ruled by satisfying hunger, thirst, tiredness, tantrums, boredom, dirty nappies, dirty babies. Doing the endless cycle of washing, drying, tidying, vacuuming, sweeping up the floor after every meal time because the small ones are just that messy. Not that it ever much looks like these things have been done – before you say it Mr Tammy.
Squeezing in casual browsing of John Lewis, purchasing wall hangings and deciding on colours and themes, well its not up there in the survival mode we seem to be in at the moment. It is there for a few hours of an evening via the wonder that is the world wide web, whilst I am also blogging, catching up on emails and I don’t know, having my own dinner and conversing with Mr Tammy.
It is a shame as both Mr Tammy and I have said we love our home have and it could be so much more than it is but we are reluctant to spend time and money on beautiful things that the toddler baby combo will draw on, vomit in or probably wee on. We also don’t want to be on their case all the time not to ‘mark the furniture’ or stress about the chocolate that will be inevitably dropped somewhere. It’s OK though, we brought our house with this in mind. It was decorated to a nice standard when we moved in – that was part of the reason we bought it.
We are slowly starting to make our imprint. We have tackled the teenage den loft conversion and spoke with a builder about the dream kitchen, diner, living area extension. Room by room, or rather, part of the room by part of the room we will transform and style up our home to the way in which we have chosen. Hopefully my Pinterest account will start to display boards of actual designs and interiors that we have chosen and not just my fanciful imaginings stored there at the moment. For now i’ll live in awe of all you amazing mummy bloggers with beautiful homes, I’ll post about the ideas I have and rooms I am ticking off the list but most importantly i’ll concentrate on getting us through the day.