It was a baptism of fire! My first RMS post, firstly I took the pictures of my living and dining long room before RMS even started! My friend at work was in the habit of taking pictures of her home at Christmas time to send for her mom in the U.S and they looked so pretty I thought why not take some pics of my home too?
Now for some people home decor comes naturally, but for me it was something I had to learn, (and still learning) growing up with seven sisters we each had our different functions in the home when it came to helping our mom, I gravitated to the kitchen, so I spent little or no time in the living or dining rooms putting up curtains or arranging furniture. In fact my first experience with curtains and decorating came after I was married, and boy was it tough!!
I remember my first Christmas in my apartment, after I was married, I spent all day trying to get those dang curtains up! Now although I had no experience in 'house-keeping' per se I do appreciate a lovely home that is nicely decorated and I was determined to have my tiny apartment look spiffy for Christmas!
So anyway when RMS started I was hooked! I viewed and viewed and then one day I was going through some photos on my laptop and came across my photos of my dining room and a little sitting room I created off my living room (By then we were no longer in my apartment but in our own home) and I thought hey! I'll post these and see what happens! The photos were taken an hour after midnight on New Years Eve, I had my relatives over and we spent the night on the porch and in the patio. So the dining room and sitting room was not really 'messed up'.
Two of my sisters and a brother in law at the New Years Eve get together
So I posted my 'sitting room' and I waited, and boy did I get it!! The comments were fierce!
'Your wall colors are OK but lose the chairs'
'Oh my I'm speechless'
'Those shelves are WAY too high'
'Pics are a bit dark repost'
'Those curtains do nothing for the room'
Not all were bad though:
'I do like your colors'
And my rating? 2.5 POOR! I have to admit I was a bit sad, I wished they were a bit nicer to me, why did they have to be so mean? I mean I understood the criticism but this is my home, I was just sharing, I felt like the contestants on Design Star after their show was 'cancelled'.
But after a few days I said what the heck, for the few that were nice I would post again, and I would even learn from the meanies and make the changes that I saw fit.
So undaunted and I even had a good laugh I posted my dining room:
The comments were not as fierce but still fun to read:
'What the heck is that on the table?'
'hmmmm those curtains!'
'lose the rug!'
And the nicer comments:
'Your furniture is lovely'
These posts were taken off a long time ago, to be honest not much has changed, (I did lower the shelves though) lol!