I was having a conversation with a friend the other day about the progression of blogging over the years.
When I started blogging (about 8 years ago), I used the blog as a daily-ish journal – dark, grainy photos and all. Once pinterest came on the scene and my blog grew from hobby into profitable business, it forced me to up my photo and content game (which I love, actually). At that time, Instagram became that place for less-than-perfect daily photos that were not quite polished enough for the blog. A few years later and instagram has morphed into a curated collection of photos that are a vital part of the business. Rather than random snapshots of the boys making forts or me with coffee spilled down the front of my shirt (yep, both waaaay back there in my ig feed), I pay close attention to the look and feel of each photo I post to make sure it feels on brand for JDC.
Has it all lost it’s ‘realness’?
Yes, I think it has and I wrestle hard with this.
I want it to be real! I really do. One of my biggest hopes with this online life is that I would come across the same on here as I am in real life.
And yet sometimes I just get annoyed with the whole thing. I catch myself in the moment and think:
Why am I trying to get the perfect picture to post with the perfect caption to get the most likes when what I really want/need to be doing is putting down my phone and engaging with the actual people in my life?
Why does anyone care about what we’re doing or what I have to say?
And is it even right to post a picture of a lovely part of the room when behind the camera are hidden piles of who-knows-what?
Or, even worse, when family dynamics are funky or parenting is hard or there is sadness or struggle – how do I keep posting pretty photos and stay honest and genuine in those moments?
Anyway, that’s the rub I’m feeling right now.
Perhaps you feel it in your own way too.
I still love blogging. And I still can’t stop instagram. Both are so creatively inspiring for me and a true blessing in my life. There’s just a thing happening in my soul about it all and this is me saying to you, I don’t yet have it figured out.
So until then, I just take it day by day. Sometimes I’m all about posting. Somedays I’m not. I’m allowing myself the freedom to pick and choose and be as genuine as possible through it all.
I did not mean to go that direction with this post! I was truly just going to catch you up on what I’ve been posting to instagram in case you missed anything :) I post over there one or two times per day and I try to switch it up from what’s on the blog, just to keep things interesting. Instagram (while definitely curated) is where I put snapshots of life in the moment.
Like this moment:
We had friends coming over for dinner and they got stuck in traffic, so it gave me an extra hour to clean the kitchen. There is nothing that gets me motivated to tidy up the house than when we have people over.
And then, of course, a few hours later and it was all messy again. As it should be :)
Sometimes I’m just doing my normal things around the house and a sight catches my eye. That’s what happened in this photo:
The way the sun shines through the window in late morning gets me every time.
I had a similar moment when I walked into my in-law’s house recently:
Ryan’s mom has such a natural talent at mixing patterns, layering, making a cozy and beautiful home. I’m grateful for her example and hospitality! (Did you know she teaches our Simplified Flowers online class? She’s adorable and talented and so peaceful to listen to).
Speaking of talented mama’s, I was at my mom’s house last weekend (they took all four kids for the weekend and it was such a treat!) and her entry was looking particularly inviting:
And now you know that plant-loving runs in the family.
Our entry keeps getting little updates:
One of my favorite pastimes is puttering around the house, moving and styling and putting more holes in the walls. Very little feels permanent as far as decorating goes, but I’m having fun trying out different pieces and art and accessories to see what feels right.
Note: many have asked if I’ll be putting up the wall of L’s in our new house (see it in the old house here). Short answer: no. I don’t have a wall for it and also I am loving the creative challenge of doing this house in its own way. So I’m just picking from the collection of L’s and putting them around the house here and there.
One thing we are sort of repeating from the old house is the wall of art in Audrey’s bedroom:
We collected so many cute pieces and I loved how the gallery wall looked in her old room (see it here with tips for how to create a gallery wall) that I created a second edition for her new room.
A few weeks ago I decided to tackle the little bathroom and painted the vanity:
Then I put up a sample of wallpaper and love it!
It is going to be a little wacky and pattern-crazy, but this little no-window bathroom needs something fun and unexpected. I’ll post the full makeover once the wallpaper goes up for good!
Another summer project we’re taking on is phase one of the family room:
This is our most-used room and hasn’t been touched yet! I painted the walls the same white as the rest of the house (shoji white by sherwin williams) and finished the trim this weekend as well. Details and a few paint tips to come soon.
And that is that.
Real life, in pretty-ish pictures.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments or thoughts on how you reconcile real life with social media.
You’re the best, you guys. Thanks for reading. XOXO.
P.S. you can find my on instagram @jonesdesigncompany.