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How Very Pinteresting

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As someone who currently lives in the Bay area (and, as a direct result, can forget about buying a home for several years at this point), I spend an inordinate amount of time scrolling Pinterest for the kind of home that I’d like to live in now someday.

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Several years ago, this was how I pictured my future house – and to be honest with you, I don’t know that my taste has changed all that much. However, I would like to think that I have refined my style at least a bit since graduating from college (where all of my rooms were somewhat reminiscent of a rainbow explosion), and so I use Pinterest to torture myself collect any new thoughts I have about the house I’ll never have own someday.

(Can you read between the lines? I want a house NOW. www dot now dot com.) 

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One thing that is downright terrifying is how Pinterest’s taste has “grown” right along with me. My home scrolling page on Pinterest is now made up of almost entirely their suggestions for “what I might like”…and I like almost all of it. What does this say about me?

I think that one of the reasons that Pinterest seems less offensive than Facebook is that it’s everyone dreaming together. It’s not really people showing off how great their lives are. You know? Everyone’s just like, “Oooohhh, I wish my house/hair/wedding/kids looked like THAT!” ::pinned::

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My personal and corporate coach training has been encouraging lots of visioning recently, and part of that vision is your physical environment. So, you get the picture: modern-ish farmhouse, light and bright, a big, beautiful kitchen, and a super open-plan living space for everyone to hang out in.

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And, you know what? If it happens to have big bookcases with a Beauty and the Beast ladder…I will still think it’s okay.

(Here is a real inner monologue that just happened in my head:

“You know, since I’ve had a Kindle for a long time now, we might not have enough books once we buy a house to fill a rolling ladder bookshelf. What a tragedy! But…couldn’t we still have a rolling ladder shelf of some kind? Where else would benefit from a rolling ladder? Hmmm….maybe…THE BAR? That is a GREAT idea.”)

So, you kind of see what I’m dealing with here.

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How cute is that laundry room?! Compared to my current laundry room, which has actual plants growing out of the wall (I don’t want to talk about it), it is just a dream. And also it looks like those people have an old-school detective office in their house. (Right? The Maltese Falcon, anyone???) There are definitely some laundry whodunnits being solved on that chalkboard.  (I just started to think more about what a “laundry whodunnit” would be exactly, and now I wish I hadn’t. So I’m sorry to everyone involved.)

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I’m sure you get the idea at this point. If you want to see more examples of me being pulled into the Pinterest time-suck, you can do that here.

PS: Can someone please buy me a house? Thanks!

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