Do you remember that episode of “Friends,” where Jon Lovitz played a pot smoking restaurant owner? Monica was going to cook for him as an audition to become head chef at his restaurant, but he “sparked up a doobie” in the cab on the way over. When he gets to her apartment he says, “You have a lovely apartment,” and she replies, “Oh, thank you. Would you like a tour?” He answers, “I was just being polite, but OK.”
I love that episode. Especially when he says, “Tartlets? Tartlets? Tartlets? Word has lost all meaning.”
Perhaps I watch too much television.
Anyway, the subject of this post, which I’m getting to in a very roundabout way, is home tours. How do you feel about them? When I asked you to tell me about your favorite posts, a couple of readers indicated that they would like to see one. I did one a couple years ago, and I see tours on other blogs all the time, but I worry about doing another one because I don’t want you to think that I’m showy-offy, or proud, or fishing for compliments, or anything like that. Because some home tours I’ve seen do come across that way, and I’m so not about that.
I love my home and I’m happy here, but I make no secret that I live in a small, 70s ranch-style house. It’s simple and (usually) clean and comfortable, but you will not see it on the “Parade of Homes” or anything. I do enjoy seeing other people’s houses because I like to see how they organize and decorate, and it gives me ideas for my own house. Sometimes it’s good motivation for me to make a change or improvement that I’ve been putting off forever. I also think that a person’s house says a lot about them, and visiting someone in their home is a good way to get to know them better.
However, home tours can sometimes make me feel not so great. In fact, one of my favorite bloggers has a gorgeous home that I’m so envious of, and want for myself, and whenever I see pictures of it I feel discontented. I have to remind myself that her children are grown and gone from home, and that’s why she has time to paint and redecorate every room, and she never has to plan her decor around a playpen. I think it’s human nature to compare and contrast ourselves with others, and I admit that this is a weakness of mine. I work daily on just being content with what I have, which is pretty much why I started this blog. Usually I succeed, but sometimes I don’t. And I confess that if I do a home tour, and you don’t comment, I’ll think that YOU think, “Whoopee. Why does she think I would care about that?” Because I’m just that insecure. But at least I admit it.
So tell me. What do you think? Do home tours interest or bore you? Would you like to see one on this blog?