Hello, my friends!
Yesterday I tried an experiment: I walked around our house, attempting to turn random, normal things like an unmade bed and a cluttered table into pretty subjects. All the indoor photos you see online seem to have perfectly clean and tidy backgrounds, but I wanted to take pictures of the way our house looked without cleaning it up first. Was the experiment a success? I don’t know – you’ll have to tell me after you see the pictures!
I think I’ll divide this up by rooms. Let’s start with the…
This is where we hang all of our coats and hats and shoes. I really like the texture of all the overlapping jackets on the right photo.
I couldn’t bring myself to delete this photo even though it’s almost the same as the ones above. Something about it looks peaceful and quiet to me.
I think the trick to getting pretty pictures of messy spots is to wait until the light comes through the window like so. 😀 And also to capture details rather than zooming out so you can see everything.
This brick wall with the wood ceiling looked fabulous in pictures, ah. Mom keeps this clothespin bag hanging above the washing machine even though we don’t have a clothesline to use it for anymore…
Oh look, it’s the red blanket from the sisters photoshoot! When not being used, it reposes on top of the freezer.
I had a ton of fun making “abstract art” with a mix of patterns and textures like this. There’s not exactly a main subject in this photo, but I like all the layers of ceiling and trim.
The obvious choice for a subject in this room is the plant shelf! Dad built this amazing wood and iron stand for Mom a long time ago. It used to hold all our homeschool books and such, but now it holds plants. 🙂
Taking these pictures reminded me of this apple photoshoot. Do you guys remember that one?
Nothing unusual here, just a fluffy fern with its favorite pair of sunglasses. :’D
Mom is drying some flowers on the coat hooks just inside the door.
great room (living room)
One of Megan’s pen pals gave her a tiny fridge for her birthday. Isn’t it so cute and aesthetic? And it works, too! I’m sure she won’t always keep it in the living room, but it was on the bench for now so I snapped a picture.
This beautiful secretary desk makes up for the basket of cords and rusty floor register beside it. The desk was purchased by the previous owners of our house and we bought it again at the farm auction.
So photogenic: electronics and cords. 😀
Ooh, I love this picture. Mom found these old books for free at a library!
I’m not sure why this stool was sitting in the middle of the walkway, but it was conveniently right in the middle of beautiful sun-patterns covering the floor. I love the contrast and geometric patterns/angles in this photo.
My granddaddy restored this beautiful little table that fits perfectly in the narrow schoolroom. Featuring more electronics and cords, along with a lovely folding chair. But also pretty squares of light so it’s all good. 😀
This box of chalk was sitting right in the sun and was practically glowing!
Here’s one thing I did move: this vase of peacock feathers that usually adorns a back corner of the filing cabinet. We got these ages ago at a family reunion, actually, which was at a park with a big cage of peacocks in the woods.
Even after all these years, they. Are. Stunning.
I love the wooden blinds in the downstairs bathroom. Blinds and curtains are fun things to photograph when the light is coming straight through them.
Carmen got a HUGE pack of scrunchies for some reason or other, which double as a bathroom decoration. 😛
Ah, I think this picture turned out so pretty! I did clone out a light switch on the wall, so it’s not usually this nice-looking. 😛 But the vintage feel of this one…!
Staircases are another fun thing to play around with. So many layers and angles to choose from!
Ah, so pretty. (Cloned out another light switch here. XD) I believe Mom found these at Goodwill or some thrift store? So no, sadly we did not embroider them ourselves.
I love this vintage binocular case, but I’m not a fan of the stand it’s on. It wants to tip over practically at the first touch. So… I didn’t move it. 😛
We’ll end with the photos from the bedroom Megan and I share. Tom the cat seems perturbed by the fact that I dare intrude into his napping grounds.
Sorry, Tom, but this is my bed and HEY, THAT’S MY BLANKET YOU’RE SHEDDING ALL OVER.
I reserve the right to take pictures of my own property or anything on- Oh, you’re asleep again. Nevermind.
Our beds reflect some… differences in personality between Megan and I. Hehe. But actually, her beautiful yellow blankets looked almost prettier all messy like this.
These pictures make me happy! The textures and color scheme… ❤
Since Megan has a studio for her Etsy work now, she mainly uses her bedroom desk for writing letters and other such art projects. (Also I wouldn’t drink that coffee if I were you. It’s not coffee; it’s paint water.)
I still love this cute watering can I bought at the Magnolia Silos when we visited Waco! Click here to read the funny story behind it.
Megan loves to collect the most random decorations, like this beat-up flamingo lawn ornament she bought at a yard sale or auction or something and repainted. Right now he’s guarding an air mattress pump and… a ball of yarn…? Why is THAT there? Hm, I think I’m going to go clean after I finish this post. 😛
Last but not least, we have a windowsill with some cute, tiny flower pots. They don’t currently contain any flowers, as you can see. I love the darling little blue watering can especially.
Phew, that was a lot of pictures! I had a hard time narrowing it down to just that many. Clearly, the experiment was an enjoyable one. But I’ll leave the verdict up to you: do you think these random photography subjects made good pictures, or did they just look… random? Either way, I hope you enjoyed this post! Maybe it inspired you to find pretty little ordinary spaces today where you live too. 🙂
Thanks so much for reading, my friends, and have a lovely day!
P. S. Photos taken with my Nikon D3400 and a 50mm lens. Edited with Lightroom.