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We moved Donnie’s dresser to the opposite wall for better access to the fire escape.
I think it makes that side of the bed look unbalanced, but it functions better this way.
Young House Love did an episode of their podcast about the trend of big renovations on HGTV. It feels like Pinterest envy comes directly from this idea that everyone should be able to renovate their space before moving in.
Shows like Room by Room used to focus on decor, and always on one space in a home. That feels like a much more relatable approach to design.
I started a Pinterest board of rooms I’ve pinned that you can tell weren’t just gut renovated as a reminder that a room can be beautiful if you’re working with what you have.
I try to combat my Pinterest envy by following people whose content reflects where I’m at in my decorating. Medina of Grillo Designs is a renter like we are and talks about decor from that perspective. She doesn’t sacrifice style but also can’t make any structural changes to her home.
She also runs an Instagram page called How I Rent that shares decor content from other renters and starts conversations around destigmatizing renting.
Shavonda Gardener is always talking openly about how much time and money the changes she’s made to her home have taken, and her focus is on creating something beautiful with what you have.
Elsie Larson of A Beautiful Mess recently did an Insta Story about taking four years to fully renovate her home. These conversations shed light on real stories, which help to combat the feeling that a home should be perfect within the span of an hourlong TV show.