Here at Design*Sponge, one of the things we talk about the most is the concept of “real life.” You know, “What does that room look like in real life? Is it always that neat and tidy? Can you really get away with a white sofa and kids?”
For me, the word “real” is as problematic as the concept of “authentic”: what does it actually mean? And who am I to determine what is real and what isn’t? I’ve come to the conclusion that “real” means different things to different people, and what’s “real” for one person is totally unrealistic for another. And that’s totally okay.
Most people think very carefully about what they post online and they try their best to put their best foot (and pictures) forward. But I know that deep down, a lot of us wonder what things look like when they’re not being styled for that perfect Instagram shot. Statistically, we can tell you from 12 years of blogging that people prefer styled pictures and interiors, but when it comes to conversation, candid shots always generate more a meaningful discussion.
So for this month’s hashtag challenge, we’re embracing a life less styled. Not because it’s any better or worse than any other type of life, but because I think it’s important to show spaces and people and ideas that aren’t “perfect,” as much as it’s nice to see things that seem like they are.
Upload a candid moment from your creative life and share it with us at the hashtag #DSCandid, along with a story about what’s happening in the picture. Hopefully these photos will inspire some moments of openness, understanding, empathy and humor. Because if you can’t look at my living room above and laugh, you’re clearly not imagining the amount of hours I spend on my knees picking up tiny tufts of shredded dog toys. xo, grace
Above: Candid moments from Kelli and Caitlin’s homes