You know the drill: the latest Pottery barn catalog arrives in the box, you browse through it, drool on a few of the pages, take a look around your family room, and think, “I can get this look. Just a little somethin’ here and a little somethin’ there…” And with a few little tweaks, you’ve got the place looking pretty good.

If you look at almost any Pottery Barn living room pic in their living room gallery, you’ll find a throw on the sofa… just “neatly askew”, as I like to call it.

Like this one here…

And here…

And here…

And here…

Love ’em. They’re perfect and cozy and begging for you to sit down with a cup of coffee,all curled up witha good movie.

And with the weather getting chilly and my living room needing some cozy color, I had to get me some throws.

And I found the perfect ones at Target for a great Target price. So, I brought them in and carefully arranged them, placing the turquoise cable knit “neatly askew” on the sofa and the mustard-colored houndstooth perfectly folded on the love seat.

They add the perfect pop of color and they’re functional.

They also coordinate perfectly with the throw I already had from World Market…

But just when I had it lookingpicture-perfect, I realized I’d forgotten something: People actually live here. And “neatly askew” doesn’t last too long in the real world. Instead, it’s more like “randomly disheveled” and “frumpy and dumpy”, like I found this room this morning.

So, thanks for the dreamy images, Pottery Barn. I know you mean well, but it’s just not realistic for a family of 6. And just for the record, I’m not buying the newspaper on the floor trickeither. It never looks that cute in my house.