I used to be a big HGTV.com "Rate My Space" junkie. I loved looking at the rooms. If I didn't like a space, I did what our moms taught us, I didn't say anything if I didn't have something nice to say. In the past few months, I've posted a couple of spaces on RMS, mainly to see if I could get some ideas from readers. There are a lot of talented and creative people out there.
When I posted my nailhead pumpkins a couple of months ago, my rating was 4.1. (Ratings are 1-5 stars.) People left very nice comments about this post.
When I posted my kitchen dining area, I asked for suggestions for warming it up a little. Many readers suggested adding a round area rug. I really liked that advice and did end up ordering a new rug for that area. I received a rating of 3.6 for the space as it was. Not too bad considering I was asking for advice on how to improve the area.
Last week I posted my dining room makeover and asked for suggestions for adding accessories. I find choosing accessories the most difficult part. Let me preface things by saying that I really like the choices that I made for this room and put a lot of thought into it. Yes, I was trying not to spend a lot of money, but I was happy with how the room was shaping up. Apparently, I am in the minority as far as RMS readers are concerned. I received a rating of 2.3 stars out of 5. Ouch!
Granted, the quality of the picture isn't good and because of the small size of the space, it's difficult to get a good shot of the room. Also, in this photograph, it appears that the table is sitting closer to the far wall than it really is, that's just an optical illusion. There really isn't a lot of space on either side of the table. However, my self-esteem got a mild kick in the butt by comments like this:
"I am not a fan of the wallpaper you used..."
"I'm not sure about the graphic stripes on the seat cushions..."
"The wallpaper panels cry for a contrast..."
"I would have gone vertically [with the stripes], because you now limit yourself with artwork that won't clash."
Should I be questioning my choices? What's done is done, I'm not recovering my chairs or ripping out my new wallpaper because of someone's comments on RMS, but it does make me wonder if I could have done better. While I really enjoy visiting RMS and seeing what others have accomplished in their homes, I'm not so sure that everyone who visits has the same motives.
Have you ever posted on RMS? Were you offended by any comments? Did you use any of the advice?
Warning, catty comments ahead: The woman who made the crack about not being a fan of my wallpaper posted a couple of her rooms. Of course my curiosity got the best of me. I took a peak. Her highest rating was a 2.5. There were bad faux finishes on the walls, dated vertical blinds on a sliding glass door and fake ivy in every nook and cranny. Maybe I should take the comments with a box of salt.