There's something very personal about showing someone your home for the first time. Your home is your castle, and also a place that shapes your life and expresses who you really are. If you're reading this website, chances are you've put a lot of thought into your design decisions, and you may find yourself feeling the need to explain or justify them to other people. With that in mind, here are five things you should never apologize for.
1. Having a house that isn't perfectly clean all the time.
I'm not saying it's ok for your house to be totally filthy: if your garbage is overflowing or there are dishes in the sink with the remains of last week's dinner, this might make your guests a little uncomfortable. But I don't think you should feel the need to explain away the few spots on the bathroom mirror or the fact that you haven't dusted in a while. Life happens. Nobody is perfect. Your friends will understand.
2. Not following trends.
Some of the most charming houses I've been in were full of antiques, or garage sale finds, or hand me downs. A home doesn't need to be super modern or current to be really beautiful. If you've filled your home with things you love, show it off with pride.
3. 'Stealing' ideas from other people.
I could also have called this item "following trends." Maybe you have the same Beni Ourain rug or Keep Calm and Carry On poster or clever DIY that everyone else on Pinterest has. If you love it, it really doesn't matter. Good ideas are meant to be stolen. They never get any smaller.
4. Taking your time to find the (sofa, rug, paint color) that's just right for you.
Everyone's home is a work in progress, and it's totally okay that yours isn't 'done' yet. Maybe you have paint swatches taped to the wall or a cardboard box for an end table. Ok, you might want to explain that the cardboard box isn't for forever — but it's totally alright that your home is evolving, just like you are.
5. Creating a home that suits you and not anybody else.
Maybe you've decided not to have a couch. Maybe you turned your dining room into a library, or a shrine to your Star Trek obsession. These are the kinds of things that make your home unique, that set it apart from other places. So show them off with pride. Your home doesn't have to conform to anybody else's idea of what a home ought to be — it should be as unique as you are.