Social media is awash with meticulously curated posts. The Instagram era means you can create whatever version of yourself, your house, your pets (or even your family) you want the world to see.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with that — we’ve all been guilty of finding a favourable light or friendly angle with a selfie, but when the scrolling stops, reality awaits.
And when you’ve got a family, home reality can be very, very #messy.
So is it possible to strike the right balance between keeping things functional while maintaining a ‘grammable style?
Even one of Australia’s best interior designers has two versions of his home. While Darren Palmer uses his social media profile to share his life and his inspirations, there are still parts he would prefer to keep away from the lens.
“There’s the photoshoot part of my house, and then there’s reality,” freely admits Darren Palmer.
“I have all the skills to make a home look perfect, pristine and gorgeous with just the right flowers in all the right places. My house can look spectacular and styled within an inch of its life… but I don’t want to live in a photoshoot.”
We all want to feel comfortable in our own homes. It’s our sanctuary. It’s where we relax, recharge and escape from the outside world.
And while he’s built a career around style, Darren Palmer’s ethos centres around not sacrificing comfort over style.
“I think you can achieve both by having a place for everything, but also taking into consideration the different occupants of the home from family through to guests,” suggests Darren.
“If you treat your home as a place where everyone has different needs, it helps inform colours, materials and textures.
That sentiment even extends to pets.
“Rather than telling your dog off every time it jumps up on furniture, have washable covers, or just wipe everything clean.”
“And don’t worry if you have a white sofa, just take the covers off regularly and bleach them. It’s pretty simple,” admits Darren.
It’s okay to have nice things that only see the light of day on special occasions. But on the flipside, don’t be afraid to enjoy what makes you happy.
“That one day might never come,” says Darren.
“Don’t just have one good room or good things that are rarely used — you might as well buy things that are going to last and enjoy using them.”
It’s sound advice when it comes to settling on a style for your home. Make choices that suit your life, and if it makes you happy, let your design choices follow.
Darren Palmer has long-held the desire to make high quality design accessible to everyday Australians, no matter their budget. That dream has come to fruition in the form of the Tailored Inspired Home Collection, an exclusive collaboration with G.J. Gardner Homes.