Repeat after me: Magazines are not real life. Magazines are not real life. In fact, magazines have got nothing on real peoples' real homes. Because real homes have life. And love. And so, so many finger paintings.
The next time you want to compare your place against a room that's been impeccably styled for a big photo shoot production, don't. Yours is undoubtedly so much better than that magazine space, because your home is full of these treasures that pop up when you share your life and home with people you love.
Children's artwork. The pinch bowl on your nightstand. And a handmade valentine from three years ago that has their name scrawled in crayon.
Save the dates and wedding invites stuck to the fridge.
Baby announcements pinned to the corkboard by the front door.
Holiday cards on the mantel. Way more delightful than Facebook for remembering what your far-away friends look like.
Kitschy collectibles. Like that coffee mug from a family trip to Dollywood that has your name on it.
Love notes. Or reminder notes. "Please don't forget the milk for the thousandth time, love you!" notes.
What trinkets do you like to keep around?