The truth behind designer mum's Insta-worthy home

A mum has gone viral after revealing a series of Instagram versus reality images showing the truth behind snaps of her picture perfect family home.

Interiors blogger Katie Woods has amassed 70,000 online fans for sharing swoon-worthy photos of her stunningly-decorated five-bedroom Edwardian house in Leeds.

But the 40-year-old has now turned the tables by lifting the lid on what her dreamy abode really looks like most of the time as she juggles her part-time job as a dentist with the day-to-day whirlwind of life with four children and a dog.

“My carefully curated Instagram grid is mighty different to the everyday view,” Katie, who has twins Maxwell and Felix, eight, Toby, four and two-year-old Dottie with husband Chris, said.

Photo: @ComeDownToTheWoods/Caters News

“The clear surfaces and toy-free carpets are all an enigma.

“The made beds, the perfectly positioned cushions – all for the camera.

And her posts, confessing to her followers the real facts behind her carefully-curated Instagram grid, have since racked up hundreds of likes and shares.

“If there is one thing for certain, it’s that just out of shot there will be a pile of plastic toys, a mountain of dirty laundry and one very sweaty middle-aged woman holding the camera,” she said.

“You see, this is our home.

“We live here, we have fun here and we make one heck of a lot of mess here.

“The strive for perfection is futile and totally unattainable, especially in a busy family home.

“If we lived our lives trying to ‘keep up’ with other peoples’ squares, it’ll have us crying into our scatter cushions every day.”

Photo: @ComeDownToTheWoods/Caters News

Katie, who blogs at Instagram handle @ComeDownToTheWoods, is now encouraging her followers to share photos of their real non-curated homes on social media as part of the #MyHappyMess campaign.

Her move comes as a new survey by intelligent home robot vacuum company Neato Robotics revealed 76 per cent of millennials feel pressured to have a perfect home, with 68 per cent laying the blame for this with social media.

“One of the most frequent questions I get asked is how do I keep my house so clean and tidy,” Katie added.
“To this my answer is ‘I don’t’ – and the last thing I wanted was to show people on social media that this curated grid is how I live.

“I wanted to encourage people not to overthink these little squares; in an imperfect world, it’s important not to strive for perfection.”

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