Curators carefully shop for their homes and find the perfect items with which to style their homes. I also find curators tend to contract out any renovation jobs, but will still select materials on their own.
Creators, on the other hand, are all about the Do It Yourself. They are very crafty and most things in their homes are handmade and they are more likely to tackle a renovation themselves.
I find these blogs probably attract readers based on these qualities. But when I think to my own home and blog, I feel like I am more in the middle. I am not afraid to recover a pillow or try and make something by hand, but I have accepted that I am simply not a "crafty" person. I mean, I can wield a glue gun and sew some stitches, but I am just not super creative with coming up with my own stuff. When I started this blog, I thought DIY was what home blogging was all about. However, I think knowing your skills is important, and I am starting to think I am more of a curator. I love buying the perfect object for my home! And I do add in a bit of craftiness in that I am quite willing to paint to recover furniture to fit my home's style.
On another note:
I have also noticed that my style was not what I thought. I always thought my style was lots of colour, but looking at my condo?
It is neutral, neutral, neutral. I have a couple of bright accessories, like my yellow turtle, turquoise side table, or chevron throw pillow, but I generally stick to neutrals and metals when I decorate. I did paint the hallway navy, but I consider navy to be neutral so that doesn't count :). I wonder how much of this is because I am afraid of going bold, having a small space, or just I prefer light and bright! It will be interesting to see what I do when I one day own a whole house! I am hoping to go bold when I repaint the bathroom, but we shall see if I can pull the trigger on that.
I thick blogging has been such a good exercise for getting to know my style and what I am willing to do when it comes to decorating. It has made me focus on the choices I am making, and has encouraged me to make changes that I might otherwise have been to lazy to make. I have also learned what projects I find tedious (painting) and which I actually find fun (shopping!).
So tell me, are you are curator or a creator? Do you wish you were the other? What is your style?