Alternative titles being "Where Did Your Individuality Go?" and "10 Signs That It's Time to Get Off Pinterest."
Speaking of Pinterest, search for the term "blogger office," and immediately a stream of gold, white and pink workspaces fills up the screen.
Pretty workspaces – there's no denying that.
But creative or distinctive?
Not so much.
Scroll far enough, and you'll soon start recognizing just how cliche the decor is.
With everyone suddenly becoming more attentive to the details and design of their homes, clothes, meals, hobbies, etc. (and the constant documenting of it all on blogs and social media), it's inevitable that once-fresh ideas become cliche. Individual style preferences have been reduced into a handful of common denominators: the bouquet of freshly cut peonies atop the aggressively styled desk, the faux sheepskin thrown strategically across an acrylic chair and the carefully curated clothes rack complete with faux-haphazardly strewn about storage boxes.
I'm fully aware that my own office is at the top of the cliche decor list.
But I can't help it; I genuinely like the combination of gold and white, accentuated with pops of pink. Major bonus points if polka dots are involved.
I do wonder, though, what bloggers' offices and entire homes would look like if Pinterest didn't exist.
Would we still be drawn to all things Kate Spade? Would it ever occur to us to display clothing and shoes as works of art? Most importantly, would gold be as big of an obsession as it is today?
Perhaps once we finish the house renovation I will forgo cliche decor a la Pinterest and start afresh. But for now, here's a glimpse into my current office, cliches and all.
CLICHE 1: The strategically placed faux fur
CLICHE 2: The carefully curated gallery wall
CLICHE 3: The gold desk accessories
CLICHE 4: The piles upon piles of fashion magazines
CLICHE 5: The explosion of spray painted decorative objects
CLICHE 6: The Kate Spade nesting boxes – or a DIY version from IKEA
CLICHE 7: The color coordinated stationery and notebooks
CLICHE 8: The lone sequin hanger
CLICHE 9: The totally impractical acrylic piece
CLICHE 10: The article of clothing displayed as decor
Are you guilty of these cliches? Got any of your own to add to the list? Where do you usually get inspiration for your own decor? What are some of your favorite decor blogs?
Share your thoughts in the comment section, below!
DIY: Desk, Floral Pompom, Floral Initials // IKEA: Bookcase, Chair, Faux Sheepskin, Candle, Frames, Pink Magazine Holders, Pink Storage Box // FOXY OXIE: Wall Art // c/o See Jane Work: Letter Tray, Stapler, Tape Dispenser, Pencil Holder, Nesting Box Set, Pink Pencil Set, Striped Magazine Holder, Notepad Set // c/o Glitter and Bow: Sequin Hanger // Target: Stationery and Thank You Cards, Metallic Round Vase, Wrapping Paper, Washi Tape, Gold Paper Clips // c/o Sparrow Boutique: Sequin Dress