Thursday, October 28, 2010

Perfectly Imperfect - My Own

After my "Imperfect" post last week, and the wonderful response I got from readers, I was inspired to start a new blog feature called "Perfectly Imperfect". No, I'm not going to ask bloggers to start sharing their imperfections... well not their personal one's anyway.

I started thinking about how it's not just our lives and ourselves that we often portray as perfect... most often it's our homes. We renovate, decorate and style rooms before sharing them on our blogs. It's not very common that we share photos of the way we live everyday; the way we truly see our homes. Let's be honest, between work, blogging, family and a social life, it's not always the easiest to stay on top of the house keeping, am I right? So what exactly will "Perfectly Imperfect" be about? Here's the DL...

I'm looking for bloggers to share rooms, decor, furniture, etc. in their home that may not be gorgeous, perfectly styled or decorated or magazine worthy, but that work for them and their family just the way that they are. Let's let others know it's okay and normal to not have a perfectly beautiful and styled home; that it's okay to have a less beautiful but functional home as well. Or maybe you just have a room that's a mess and you want to share that! Whatever works... let's share in the imperfectness of the places we call home. Afterall, as inspiring as all of these beautiful homes and projects can be... sometimes it's gets stressful when you feel like you just can't keep up!

In this inaugural post, I'm giving you a glimpse into the most imperfectly perfect room in our little home... our basement living space (in all of it's lived in glory)!

How it looks on any given day, with the dogs hanging out. Not "messy" just... used.
Okay, so the room is a lot more "pretty" than it was before the whole renovation thing started last December, but it's still a long way from perfect. Little details are missing like trim, the tile under the fireplace and paint needs touching up in places. The day bed is too large for the space (and just has an old duvet and cover draped over it), the nasty rug on the floor needs to go, we have a stinky dog bed in one corner and a crate in the other for a pup who likes to chew pillows. We also have some seriously huge entertainment pieces...

You'll never see my basement in the pages of a glossy shelter mag, but this is where B and I come at the end of the day to unwind together. The dogs loving having their big comfy bed, and Harley often likes crawling into his crate and curling up for a nap. It's a real family space that we can all spend time in together, and that's exactly what we do.

There are a couple of specific spaces that I look forward to completing the future... 

The little "closet" under the stairs has become the home to my old fridge from my university days. Perfect place to store some drinks for easy access while watching TV, a movie or (in my case) blogging. Directly next to it is this great seating bench that B built for me (inspired by Lindsay's in her kitchen!). It's basically done, I'm just waiting to find the perfect fabric to cover the foam (that we bought in July... darn!)

But that's it.. not perfect, not glamours and stylish and sparkly, but real life. A room in progress. A room we live, laugh, love and hang out in. A room where the dogs can play without getting into (too much) trouble. A room that will one day be more stylish than it is right now... but for now, it's perfect just the way it is!

I've already got some really great bloggers who have been oh so sweet and agreed to contribute to this new feature. I'm so looking forward to seeing what some other bloggers have to share... how about you?


  1. i love this idea kerry! nothing like real life! i must have missed your "imperfect" post--but i totally agree--right with you!

  2. I love this! I'm really excited about this feature, Kerry - way to keep it real! I want to curl up and watch a movie here! Is that chair in front of the daybed a footstool or a drink holder? haha.

    And I'm loving that little bench in the corner!

  3. @Christine... that chair works as a little of both! hahaha and for whatever else may need to rest and/or pile up there!

  4. I LOVE this idea! Every house has a perfectly imperfect room, and to be honest, I get so tired of seeing magazine quality designed rooms. They lack interest. It is brave to show how normal you are and I hope you have good response to this!

    I just stumbled across your blog for the first time and thought I would say hello! I looked through a few of your posts and love your style.

    I'm a blogger as well, about the world of art, but my history is in interior design and fashion. I love to hear what people are saying! Hope we get to see more of each other in the future.


  5. love the idea! you're just in the sharing mode these days!!

  6. Love this feature! Cozy and comfortable and a place to make memories (:

  7. I love this idea! Although I have to say that I am a perfectionist so if I don't think the room is perfectly finished I might have a hard time putting it out there. First stop to your blog. Look forward to following along!

  8. My dad's house is perfectly imperfect. As the oldest kid in the family, I stepped up when my mom passed away years ago and still have a big influence over how the place looks. It's usually a total disaster, but the couches we sit on to watch tv and snuggle with the dogs are THE most comfortable things ever. there is no style or theme, but the wall colours are a nice creamy pale mustard and a print my mom bought years ago hangs over the couch. it's a mish-mash, but it's home.

  9. Thanks so much for sharing Kerry. Your basement looks so cozy and lived in...and that's what it's all about right?

    I will be submitting one of the rooms in my house this weekend!

  10. Love this idea! Just came by your blog via Wallpaper, glad to find another Canadian blogger. I am going to add you to my blog list!

    I also have a room - its my living room/dining room. Not matter how much I try to style and clean it up, it becomes the dumping ground for my sons' and husband's hockey gear. I even wrote a post about it:

  11. Thanks you everyone for all of the great comments! I'm loving the positive feedback... and the new faces that have popped up! Looking forward to checking out all of your blogs as well!

  12. I really like this idea. I mentioned you on my blog today.

  13. If you find any more blogs to follow I'm going to have to buy you a second computer just to keep up with all of them. :P

    This picture is actually about as 'messy' as it gets, once the next project is completed, that piece of drywall will finally be out of the basement. I hope to have the whole basement 100% finished in time for the year anniversary of the reno. Not too bad a timeframe with all the other projects thrown in between.


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