Keeping it Real in a Pinterest World: Calling it Done


Welcome to this month’s installment of “Keeping it Real in a Pinterest World,” where Breanne from This Vintage Moment and I explore what it means to live purposefully in a world that bombards us with a million good things.

We’re just two moms on a journey toward being ok with not being able to do it all and fully embracing the season of life that we’re in–with all of its joys and limitations.

Once a month, we’ll share about our crafting fails, what we’re currently saying “yes” and “no” to, and the beautiful reality of daily life. Will you grab a warm cup of something and join us?

e recently switched Bun from a crib to a “big girl bed.”  Surprisingly, this transition went smoothly, with no weeping or gnashing of teeth to speak of.

We started by taking the front rail off of her crib and watching for any madness to ensue.  When she took to it really well and talked of nothing besides getting a big girl bed, we took the plunge and hauled out the twin bed that had been in the basement for two years.

Hey, we just hadn’t been ready yet.

Bedding was pieced together and Hubs constructed the bed.

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Bun’s new sleeping digs required that other pieces of furniture be rearranged.  And then the wall art had to be moved accordingly.  Of course.

And little big girl gave all sorts of input along the way. Of course.

As I hauled furniture this way and that, I noticed her things more than usual.  Some pieces I noted with fondness: the handmade tooth fair bird from a dear friend, pictures of me pregnant with Bun, some treasured childhood books and trinkets from my childhood and Hubs’s.

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Others brought less happy thoughts: My first attempt at crackle paint on that dresser–should I have just stained the wood darker instead?  From across the room, I could also see all the disproportionate imperfections on the “family tree” I painted for Bun. 

Maybe I should have added one more row of stencils on the bookshelf.  And woah, how many different prints do we have in here, anyway?

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I started to think I should check out Pinterest for some more little girl room ideas.  I hadn’t consulted it (or any other online sources) much when I did her room the first time.

I love adding handmade touches, refinishing furniture, and I know what styles I like.   But I’m not great at having a clear vision for a space before I get started.  I kind of just jump in and do/buy stuff I like until a room seems done.

Which mostly works for me.  Until sometimes I take a step back and wonder if any of it goes together after all.

And so began my over-thinking of Bun’s room.

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But it stopped suddenly when I realized that scouring Pinterest would be opening the Pandora’s Box of DIY.  I would see 10 things I wanted to make, lots of amazing little girls rooms in color schemes unlike my own (making me rethink the entire room), and it would probably leave me dissatisfied with my own efforts.

I love Pinterest and refer to it often for ideas and inspiration.  But there’s a time when I just need to step back and call the stuff/room I already have done.

I love decorating and treating my home as a kind of canvas.  But at a certain point, all the “inspiration rooms” do less for inspiration and more for discontentment or stress with what I have.

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So I have to stop browsing for a while.

When I look around Bun’s room, I see handmade items that make me smile, colors and patterns that feel fun and warm and just right for our big girl, pictures that prompt sweet memories, and pretty pieces that function well.

Someday when she’s older, I’m sure I’ll have fun updating it.  For now, I think it’ll carry her further into her little big girl years just fine.

For my own sanity–and because it really is good enough—I’m calling it done.

Do you ever need to take a Pinterest break or just call something “good enough?”

Keeping it Real Around the Web

And, in the interest of “keeping it real,” here are some other snapshots of real life from around the web: Jessica on having realistic expectations, Breanne on crafting with littles, and my two cents about saying a purposeful yes.

If you’ve written a post about the beautiful reality of daily life, feel free to put a link in the comments!

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Jenn is a mommy of three and wife to her best friend. She enjoys good books, dinner guests, elevenses, and proper apostrophe use.

  • Mare Ball

    Yep, I get Pinterest-fatigue sometimes. The ideas are so vast and varied. And some don’t work! It’s a great place to START for ideas, but in the end, you make the project your own, doing as little or as much as you like.

  • I can get a tendency to nit-pick my kids’ rooms too. I think it’s part of being creative, and part of being a perfectionist. I have to remind myself that it’s good for now. It’s her space, and she loves it. She’s eight, and in a few years, she may have her own requests for a change. For the time being, I’m just going to go with how it looks currently and focus on all the living that takes place in that space!

    • Shana, I hear you on the creative/perfectionist combo :).

      “Focusing on the living that takes place” –so good.

  • I love the Brambly Hedge lunchbox!! How sweet is that?! The one thing that many ideas on Pinterest don’t have is personality, what sets a room apart and tells you about the person who lives there.
    Good, good post. And I’m going to pick your brain about wall art for my girls’ room which currently has a lot of blank canvas to work with. =)

    • I know, I love that thing. I don’t think I fully appreciated it when I got it as a kid ;).

      Pick away, friend! 🙂

  • rosyposey

    I totally get this. Our son’s nursery in our old house was “done”, but we moved house when he was 3 months old to a bigger house with less character, and now it just seems blank and a bit impersonal. I’m itching to add to it, but we rent so I don’t want to do anything to the room itself – and a potential addition to the family in the near future would mean a room-reshuffle that would end up with him in a smaller room, so I don’t want to get loads of stuff to put in it either. Being a bit stuck, for now I just really have to try to find contentment with the current state of affairs.
    Your stunning room for your daughter has made me feel totally inadequate though, haha.

    • Ak, I can so relate about the room-switching dilemma. And as a frequent mover, I often wonder what I should invest time/money in vs. just deal with for now. The Nester’s new book actually addresses renting in that regard–and she had some good tips!

      Bless your heart about my daughter’s room! It’s funny how we focus on the unfinished-ness or imperfections but others rarely do :).