28 June 2011

why my home won't be winning any style & design awards this Winter

Greetings all,
A lovely mummy fresh from the gym breezed into Shop Handmade & purchased a couple of dozen ceramic dishes in all sorts of sizes & colours for her dining table - which was ready for a Housing Design Awards photo shoot.  I wish.  While i have amazing plans for the homestead we're going to build, i have a vision of organisation, storage & casual, comfortable styling . . . reality is, i live in Army housing, our house is too small for our big family & the laundry is too tiny to even house an airer for Winter washing.
 
 So as my eyes rest peacefully at this part of the lounge room . . .
 this is the reality . . . i'm sure the Italians who designed these dining chairs & the Stokke folk planned them to double as flannette-sheet-dryers . . .
 or the Biggest Loser trainers would like to see a treadmill acting as a giant clothes line!!
 It's not often i lounge about in my knitted booties, but i'm letting the last of my head cold leave . . .
 & enjoy OffSpring, i ponder about life like Nina (now on twice a week, loving that) . . .
 pretending my cushions are styled nicely, not where the children let them land . . .
& like i cared that our puppy had helped himself to a blanket!!
I do love a neat & tidy home, at least one where the laundry is in . . . the laundry & puppies aren't lounging on human blankets, i also don't mind a bit of honesty in stylish blog world.  Keeping house . . . sometimes i throw up arms & consider watching the likes of OffSpring as a much better headspace than primping & preening a home which a stampede of children will dishevel again in the morning.  No, i will straighten the cushions, wash that blanket & fold the blankets, i have to wake up to a tidy house, but the washing, well, it's -1C when i drop the children at school, those sheets are only going to dry indoors.  Love Posie

27 comments:

texwisgirl said...

loved this! a little honesty and reality in blogland! :)

Brenda said...

The little house I live in has NO STORAGE it drives me crazy. I'm the kind of person that doesn't like clutter.....here in this house it's unavoidable. My laundry also happens to be the entrance (doesn't that sound nice ) so on any given day anyone who enters can see our nickers waiting in line to be laundered.

Posie like you I dream of a simple life, with storage, a huge veg patch and a sewing room all of my own.

The Provincial Homemaker said...

We have an army home too - complete with plastic bathrooms and laundry. When I say this, I mean the walls as well as all the fixtures are plastic. All I can say is, what was DHA thinking?

I often wonder what our home would look like if I could move my furniture into our ideal home. I think, so often, people's projects look so on their blog because they actually have a decent background - be it kitchen or bathroom to photograph it in:)

Seaweed and Raine said...

Thanks for keeping it real girl! I thought chairs were made for drying washing? ;) When we have a week of rain - there IS no choice but to dry stuff hanging around the house (which I hate), but with 2 small washing generators, what choice do I have but to wash? Can't have them running around in the nudd! lol

Michelle said...

LOVE love love this post, as it is honest and a reflection (fingers crossed) on how the majority of us get through life. I have taken a photo of my sewing room but am still not quite game to post it as I'm sure someone will feel the need to notify the authorities! So sad this was, I tidied, but due to LACK OF STORAGE I still didn't get the result I was looking for! Have a great week, Michelle xx

Sarah B said...

So much of blogland is so perfect so I always enjoy a little reality. In my house my pooch gets to sit wherever and on whatever she wants. Yep, she has me very well trained!!

BeachVintage.com said...

I love that "pretending my cushions are styled" comment. Made me laugh this morning. Have a great week.

Lizzie said...

It's the things that make a house a home that really and truly matter, not how gorgeous the crockery looks on the duck egg blue shelves. The kids will always remember how much time you spent with them but I can just about guarantee that they won't remember that you dusted every day or that the cushions were perfect everytime they walked in...
You've got the right formula Jennie, don't mess with perfection..
Lizzie
xxx

Jennie said...

I've let everything go at the mo too - gotta get rid of these colds!! Hope you're better soon Jennie.XX

circle retreat quilter said...

I remember my little laundry but I have left defence housing and one day soon it will be a distant memory and you will have that fab laundry, we all know is the work room of the home.

dixiebelle said...

Reality is not a glossy magazine spread, is it! Kids just don't care for that 'clean & tidy' house feeling that mamas like... but do I want to grow up and think that their mum was strict and they lived in an ordered/ stylish house? Or do I want them to remember that mum was happy and enjoyed life, so they did too?

sarah said...

Hi Posie,

Appreciating the treadmill as clothesline! - my old non-electronic and very old elliptical ski training thingimijiggimy has become a permanent clothes line as well as a play gym for children! Can't wait to follow your adventures in rural living when you get there. I can't wait to get down that way and begin that adventure (eventually)!

ange_moore said...

I love honest photos of people's houses. We built our house and the designer needed photos for some awards applications - I always laugh at them because furniture was moved around the corner out of sight, other bits and bobs are photoshopped out of the picture altogether and we just don't live tlike that! I'm pretty sure I blogged actual house v display home photos - http://angesramblings.blogspot.com/2009/10/blogtoberfest-day-7-where-is-sadie.html

ally said...

totally made me giggle!
running a chinese laundry here too
(is that pc now?)

Amy @ Flowerflame said...

I swear I spend several hours a day picking the lounge cushions up off the floor...I'm sure I'm the only one that picks them up, everyone else just walks over the top of them...it drives me nuts!

Oh to live in a picture perfect world where nothing is ever out of place *sigh* maybe one day when I don't have any children living at home anymore will be the day I will FINALLY have a clean & tidy house - until then I'll just keep dreaming! xx

Tas said...

"Dull women have immaculate houses" Anonymous.

Hot Fudge said...

We will be moving next month from a 4 bedroom house in Brisbane to a 2 bedroom unit in Sydney. There's a lot of soul searching going on in the Fudge household as we try to cut down the amount of stuff we really can't live without.

Think I'll join you in forgetting all about it as we watch Offspring.

Maxabella said...

This is what EVERYONE's house looks like, Jen. Even the Stylish People. x

Bec said...

haha.. gorgeous!! Love it Posie! xx Bec

Sindy said...

well, I tidied out my clothes storage areas (since we are in pre-renovation mode, these consist of nasty open flatpack shelving with canvas covers - ugh). But althought they look neater, I have accumulated 3 large black binbags of clothes to be recycled, which now sit next to the neater shelves. Not really an improvement. Still, at some point over the next 3 months I will get the energy to hoist the black bags to the donation bins. Not easy in 30 degree heat we are having in London...

Taylor Made said...

I am all for the Chinese laundry look....it is part of the lived in charm of a home in winter time...wouldn't have it any other way...hmmm well maybe just a little :)

Linda said...

I know what you mean about the washing, our laundry doesn't have room for the clothes horse so it is permanently in the lounge and the towels and sheets stay out for a couple of days in winter then are drapped over chairs too!!! It's a Chinese laundry

polkadotpeticoat said...

your so fun, loved your knitted booties and I hope your feeling all snazzy real soon!

Amanda said...

Yeah, my house doesn't any style and design awards any season. Maybe I am normal after all lol

CHECKS AND SPOTS said...

I'm hearing you - couldn't be happier that Offspring now graces our tv twice a week! My husband on the other hand, is not so sure about it!!

Happy Wednesday...

Polka Dot Rabbit said...

so nice that others have real homes like ours!

Working london mummy said...

But you have a house full of love and fun and a gorgeous family. xxx