I love to read home improvement blogs and organizing blogs (in addition to PF!). I am a sucker for a staged picture, where it is all neat and perfect. And yes, I realize it is staged....because if their house looks like that all the time.....I might cry.
One of my favorites is The House of Smiths. Shelly writes with a comical style, which I like. They do alot of DIY, but they always have a plan. Plus, they have a skill set that allows them to do these things. That is always a plus. I think DIY gets a bad rap sometimes because it implies that the person is just doing it to save money, and the finished product is subpar.
Anyway....I have absolutely no idea how they do all of this stuff.
1) They have 3 kids. How do they tear things apart and not have 3 little people pulling at them every 5 minutes that they need something?
2) Time. Not sure if her Hubby has a job outside of the home, or if their income is their home based business and blog. Because it seems that he has alot of time to work on these projects.
3) MONEY! They always have a new project going on. And they look fantastic! But all of this stuff costs money. And we aren't talking $100. One post is talking about the new granite countertops. One post is talking about building custom furniture (which yes, is less expensive than buying a premade custom piece), but still requires materials. They rarely talk about the final cost of a project. But based on some of the embedded links, I am sure that some final touches are a little pricey.
I already know my house will not look like theirs. My husband doesn't have the attention to detail that they do. Or some of the skills that they do. We don't have the time for some of these huge changes, nor the money to fund what we want.
But it is nice to peek at someone else's home and dream.