Instagram is choc full of renovation accounts. It’s such an amazing place for gaining inspiration and following along with renovation journeys. Recently though I’ve found myself becoming less and less into other people’s renovations and quick transformations (I know, who even am I?!). Now I’m way more interested in the art of the slow renovation.
I noticed recently I was following a lot of accounts who went for a lot of quick reveals. Instant makeovers. A bit like Changing Rooms (do you remember that?!?). If I’m honest, it made me feel a bit shit seeing other people’s amazing lockdown makeovers when I was struggling with just homeschooling and running a business (I say just, I’ve since stopped giving myself a hard time and realised that, actually, this was amazing!).
I work in the wedding industry which has been decimated by the coronavirus situation. A combination of trying to survive on less than 20% of my income, having my child at home 24/7, home school, dealing with postponed weddings and my husband working at home left me feeling drained. More drained than I’ve felt for a long time. Seeing Barbara’s new kitchen or amazing garden transformation made me feel like I should have been doing more. More painting things, more makeovers. I mean, I haven’t even got any decking or a pergola, and I certainly don’t have a garden bar!
When you think about it though, you don’t need to. Great homes take time, as they say. Your home should evolve naturally. I didn’t want to find myself in a situation where I was painting things in my house to see what strangers on the internet would say about it. I stopped following the accounts who seemed to just be doing makeovers to gain likes and followers. Good luck to them, but it isn’t for me. I’m fully embracing the art of the slow renovation.
A quick search on Instagram will reveal loads more people who are creating their homes over time. One of my favourite hashtags is #greathomestaketime, which focuses on people who are renovating their homes but they’re doing them slowly, in a considered fashion, rather than just sticking the latest trend in their home and hoping the followers will like it. Trends come and go, but by carefully curating your home over time you’re creating a home that is authentic to you.
What do you think? Do great homes take time after all? Do you prefer a slow, considered renovation?