I'm a decor mag junkie. I love sitting in the Barnes & Noble cafe with a venti coffee and a big pile of magazines. When I began blog reading, a whole new avenue for beautiful images opened up to me. While doing my morning click around I came across a new to me blog. Herz-Allerliebst. (Thanks Google Translate!) Page after page of gorgeous images and yummy looking recipes. Images like this one.
I love everything about this photo. I love the sofa with fluffy white pillows snugged up to the white painted table with the gorgeous vignette.
But lets get real. I have boys. Rambunctious, destructive boys. That gorgeous tall, footed, crystal server would last about 30 seconds before SB went crashing into it because WD wolloped him across the temple with one of those no longer white pillows.
In the midst of prepping for a small get-together yesterday, I heard the all too familiar sound of breaking glass.
I'd like to say that was an anomaly, but earlier that day CG was super gluing my Easter egg cookie jar back together.
So as much as I adore that image from above, we live in a house of pattern, color, and stained wood. I make a conscious decision to buy glass items with wide bases that are tough to knock over. Obviously this isn't a fool-proof plan, but that green glass vase was 7-8 yrs old vs the 30 seconds that it would have lasted with a smaller base.
Check out my soapstone counters. They've developed a patina of fine scratches that add to the beauty of the stone tops. I routinely have several titanium stick wielding teenaged boys running through this house. My counters were going to take some abuse. I'm glad that they handle it so well.
For those who can do dreamy floaty whites, keep posting pics, but I'm keeping it real here with color and pattern.
Thanks for popping in and checking out how we keep it real. I'm linking this up at Not Just a Housewife's Get Real Party. Don't forget to come back Thursday for my Before Blogging Throwback Thursdays party. Can you believe it's already the 3rd Thursday? April's flying by.