As you may have noticed, I tend to feature a lot fantastical items on Apartment 34. The blog has become a bit of an escape for me. It’s a make believe, perfect world, if only I could kind of place. Because who really wants to see the reality? Especially when you compare it with enviable realites of some of my favorite fellow bloggers. (if you want to be envious, check here and here).

But, I’ve been thinking why not throw the curtain back a bit? I suspect we all have quite a lot in common when it comes to what our lives really look like. So here goes. My first blogger confession:

This is my ideal bedside table: clean, organized, sparse, lovely.

via for me for you my idea bedside table
via for me for you

This is my actual bedside table: it is…well….the exact opposite of everything above. But at least it’s very real.

I offer this peak into my reality only as a quick reminder that, while there might be a lot of things out there for you to covet or strive for, don’t forget to notice the details in your daily life!

What do you think?

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  1. Thank you for being so honest Erin, it is refreshing to hear that no everyone has perfect looking houses all the time 🙂

  2. This is great and so very true thanks for the honesty
    makes me feel better about my beautiful eames molded plastic chair in my bedroom that's usually covered with clothing and a bra or two 🙂

  3. i love your confession 🙂 reminds us that our lives might not be all the time perfect, shiny and out of fashion magazines (like many blogs wants us to believe), but REAL!
    viele gruesse, Kristina

  4. i have been following your blog for a little while now and i must say you have some great stuff.. i really like the confession in todays post.. it is funny but in a good way.. sometimes its more comfy to have a few things not so perfect!

    i started to think i was the only one with a few curtains pulled over the content until i started sharing my '365 days of Change' and reading this post!

    have a great day!

  5. i love this. it's so easy to get caught up in all the fabulous-ness on the blogs and then you look around and go, 'huh? how did i end up here.' but it's reality and it's beautiful. thanks for sharing!

  6. i love this. it's so easy to get caught up in all the fabulous-ness on the blogs and then you look around and go, 'huh? how did i end up here.' but it's reality and it's beautiful. thanks for sharing!

  7. Oh thank you for showing! I'm definitely in the same boat as you!


  8. This post is definitely speaking to me! I think we can all relate. It's a wonderful little escape from reality, though, isn't it?

  9. This confession could not be more true to me, and I'm sure countless other bloggers out there. Pretty things are our lives, but in reality who keeps things pretty 24/7?! Thanks for sharing!

  10. I am so moved by this (I have a very similar nightstand). Thank you for showing that reality can be just as intriguing as fantasy.

  11. thanks erin! I admire your honesty 🙂 i have books stacked under and atop my nightstand-at least 12. i hate it, but they're there…perhaps i'll post.

  12. Great little reminder for this morning! Thanks for sharing a peak into your life!

  13. Thank you so much for keeping it real! I totally agree, sometimes its tempting to edit out reality when we post online. Great post!

  14. thank you for this post…seriously it made my day and was so refreshing to see and read 🙂

  15. Just proof that we are all human. Well, some people are stylists and live in perfect houses. But I have a feeling that they don't really touch anything in their homes. It's all staged. Love this post, girl.

  16. Ha! Love this post, it's so true. I love browsing throw interior design blogs and find that these houses are so picture perfect, I wish mine was like that! Thanks for coming out with the real you 😉

  17. i think i just let out the biggest sigh of relief! we all have the grandest dreams, but it's the realities that make us who we are. and with a cluttered fiance and a crazy career, our little home has turned into “a beautiful disaster.”

    love your blog. it makes me smile every day.

    sylvie of silver lining

  18. This is wonderful! I think it goes to show that regardless of how close we may or may not be to our own dreams, we can still inspire others in theirs!! You do such a great job of collecting images and creating ideas that fuel your readers' imaginations and hopes!

  19. haha! This is hilarious…. My house should be featured on an episode of “hoarders” at this point.. Thanks for sharing!!


  20. Love this post – sooo true!!! I think a lot of people struggle with this and it's easy to forget that we're all normal imperfect people. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  21. i envy those people who can keep their stuff so neat and in perfect order… but also worry how much time do they spend doing just that instead of enjoying other things!

  22. haha! i LOVE THIS. i love love love it. the blogging world is a great escape, but sometimes it makes me feel a little self conscious because it seems like everyone is so put together, rich, incredibly resourceful. glad to see you are a real person after all 🙂


  23. i am SO HAPPY you posted this. i recently moved in with my boyfriend and have become obsessed with making our apartment picture perfect and “cozy”. this is obviously a huge undertaking and often leaves me feeling frustrated. its nice to be reminded that picturesque is not the norm.

  24. so refreshing – i wish everybody did a reality check pic. what fun that would be!

  25. this is so very refreshing! Thank you for sharing this. As a new blogger, I sometimes find myself scolding myself when things are not just so. It's hard to balance it all and sometimes, you've just got to take it out on your nightstand!