The Illusion of Perfection / by Michelle Everett

Two weeks ago I stated that too many people confuse perfection for beauty. Or that an illusion of perfection is touted on most forms of social media. But when experienced, one knows it's much more complex. More than a stylized magazine cover or Instagram image.

Just Google it...go ahead, I'll wait.

'the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit'

I hope everyone has the chance to experience a space like that.

One of mine was at Denis Severs' House several years back. Severs worked to turn a Georgian row house into what he termed as a 'still life drama'.

At once beautiful and other times grotesque, the rooms tell the story of a fictitious family of 18th century Huguenots silk weavers. 

Dining Room

Dining Room

The spaces are meant to tell an intimate story of a family who seem to be just around the corner.



Severs lived in rooms where walls are water stained, dusty and even decrepit. But they also brim with life and warmth. Something we should all want our homes to have.

My point to you would be, instead of trying to emulate an illusion, try to create a home that truely reflects you. Your interests, personality and above all, your depth. That is a home anyone would want to visit.