My sister (the youngest one) is a photographer, a rather awesome one at that*. She takes amazing pictures and has an ability to edit them into something even better. She has this great eye for getting the best out of anything and it’s not just limited to photography – she’s the kind of person can work a weird jumble of unrelated bits and pieces into a fantastic sideboard setting. I call it the beauty gene, the ability to see potential, to turn junk into something beautiful.
I totally don’t have that gene.
I desperately wish I could take good pictures but always get disappointed when what I see with my eyes isn’t what the camera picks up. I like to blame that on my lack of a decent camera since our good one bit the dust a while back but I really think it’s just me lacking the ability to see beauty through the lens. I totally lack the ability to upcycle, much as I would dearly love to because I look at junk and just see junk instead of doing as my sister does and finding the possibility of beauty in everything. I don’t shop vintage because I don’t see the point in having mismatched dishes despite being slightly in love with vintage china and, regardless of being (on the whole) eco-friendly and environmentally conscious, I can’t stand the thought of having things that somebody else has sweated on unless I can boil or bleach the germs right out of it. I have a toddler and he brings home enough germs for the whole family thank you very much!
I look around at my house, decorated in the style of ‘early 3 year old’ and have to sigh. Even if I wanted to tidy the assorted messes, find out what really lives under our couch and start with a clear sideboard there is no way I’d be able to style my home like all the pictures. I just don’t have the eye for it, and, for the most part I‘m ok with that – after all, I have a sister who can help.
Can you create beauty? (link me to your efforts) Or are you more like me? Be honest because, c’mon, I can’t be the only one who sees all these gorgeous pictures of bunting and artfully arranged sideboards, breakfast bars and nooks only to think “ooh pretty” followed very quickly by “bet it will be a total dust trap”.
See… practical (but still awesome).
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