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Behind the Instagram: Kim Deboes

We asked ambassador Kim Wuyckens to interview her name-pal Kim Deboes, who's a design addict and proud mother of two young girls. Kim's interior was one of the first interiors to appear on Roomin, but it's safe to say her interior has undergone a major transformation the kids came. Kim had a talk with Kim about the wondrous world of Instagram, a medium Kim considers as the ultimate mom-community.

ROOMIN: Show us one picture that sums up your entire feed and tell us why.

"I wanted to show you one of Nie and Pola. But I've noticed that it's hard to capture both of them in one picture. The life of my kids is what my account is all about! How they enjoy every single part of the simple life: their playground at home or a weekend walk in the woods. So maybe one of the pictures that sums it up the best is one of my latest, the one of the three of us together snapped by my husband."

ROOMIN: What’s your most liked picture? Do you agree with your followers?

"Pola’s first photo. It was taken a few minutes after she was born and I posted it when she was a few hours old. Those are the different kinds of likes, they are congratulations-likes for the most intense happening in your life. It's sometimes overwhelming how the community engages with your feed, so in a way with your life. It’s not the most artistic photo, but as I said, the most emotional one."

ROOMIN: How do you edit your pictures? Do you still take pictures with your iPhone, or do you only use your DSLR?

"Confession: since a few months I use my DSLR. I used to refuse using it because to me, instagram was all about iphone pictures. But I realised that the accounts I adore the most also use a professional camera. An iPhone camera isn't just not good enough to edit and I wanted better quality. I upload them to my computer in RAW and edit them with photoshop. Then I upload them to my phone (bye bye storage capacity). Then I edit them with with VSCO, Snapchat and Lightroom. Sometimes I use Darkroom to change a specific color or Facetune to get rid of nasty shadows. I don't like to over-edit, especially when it comes to the face."

ROOMIN: What would you consider the best image in your feed, and why?

"That's a hard one! I guess a spontaneous photo of my daughter Nie. I was trying to take pictures of her and all of a sudden she turned at me, smiled and waved and yes, I could capture that moment. We were in a white room, so the light was pretty perfect. It's also one of my most popular photo's too!"

ROOMIN: How important is a well-curated feed for you? How do you keep up with it?

"To me it's even more important than an individual photo. I use the explore page a lot and when I click on an image, the first impression of a feed is the most important one. I love it when a feed is consistent and when a certain atmosphere is created. I'm still in doubt and searching the way I want to build up my feed. I love intense and slightly saturated photos, the ones that pop up, but the hardest part is the consistency of the colors and the overall look and feel."

ROOMIN: You have lots of different skills and interests and a very own style! How do you manage to combine them so effortlessly on Instagram?

"My children are the key. In one way or another, they are very photogenic. I don't ask them to pose, that would be impossible BTW, but I snap them when I think the moment is right. Sometimes we are eating all together and I think 'Oh this is the right moment, the right light and the right outfit'. So I grab my camera and take a photo. This means that I stop doing whatever I'm doing and even get on the table to get the right angle. The morning light is my favorite light."

ROOMIN: What’s the best part about Instagram?

"Everything is so versatile and you have easy access. You can interact with great accounts instantly. You don't have to check their website, you just scroll through their photos and you process a lot of information in a very short amount of time."

ROOMIN: Which picture holds your fondest memories?

"I would say the pictures right after their birth, but that's actually not true, because it wasn't the easiest … Let's be honest: it was the most painful and awful experience of my life. It's pretty paradoxical, but I associate those photos with pain and not with the pink cloud. So again, our family photos are the most precious to me, like Nie en Pola sitting side by side in their stroller. Nie doesn't like being in her stroller anymore, so I have to bribe her with cookies. These childhood memories (popular hashtag btw) are the most precious ones because you know there's a story behind the picture. I also love the pictures of the two of them playing together. Please do note, it's not as idilic as it looks because Pola is grabbing everything she can, even if her sister is playing with it, which frustrates Nie."

ROOMIN: What are your five most favourite Instagram accounts and why?

"Well, great framily accounts, the real ones with fabulous photos. Where you have a peek into their lives and you can follow their adventures and the growing of their kids."

  • @70percentsteph: "I love following Juliet and the slightly powder pink feed. Always with the same aesthetics. Stephanie can make something very banal, look very interesting. Like her litlle Ikea kitchen for Juliet. It inspired me to pimp Nie's kitchen with great accessories like a faux tiny cactus."
  • @haaikie: "Sarah has the most adorable and sweet boys and I love to see the transformation of their house. I'm a huge fan of her photo skills as well!"
  • @liesbethdepuysseleir: "A mom who seems to know it all. Very jealous of her gorgeous marble feature wall that she uses as a backdrop!"
  • @sofienoyen: "Oh, I love her artistic feed! I don't know how she does it, but the overall atmosphere of her feed is the best. It all looks so effortless and simple and she can capture those small things in life that make you happy."
  • @phoebesoup: "Not completely my kind of style (not really into the monochrome trend), but oh boy she can style a photo. So sleek, so perfect and it looks so so easy."
  • @valentineprpht and @josephineprpht: "Because of their 'over the top old money hercule poirot' kind of feed."

ROOMIN: You love to share your family-life! How did you decide on to show your children or keep them anonymous? Did you talk about it with your husband?

"Well, it's a strange thing. I am absolutely not into Facebook, I keep my account very private and don't share a lot on Facebook. I really know my followers on Facebook and that is a threshold. But on instagram it's different. In a way the aesthetics of a photo are way more important. So for me instagram is about taking beautiful pictures of our family life and not about sharing your life in the first place. In a way instagram is for me the perfect account to express myself and to show snapshots of our daily life. This doesn't means that I show everything, but it is a real coverage of our life. Do hence, I'm selective about the moments I capture. Sometimes it overwhelms me and I think 'Oh my god what am I doing'. So when one of my daughters one day will tell me it's over, then it is definitely over! That's the reason I don't geotag that much because I don't want people to know where I live."

ROOMIN: How do you cope with the expectations of the Instagram community? Curating an Instagram feed is one thing, but it often leads to curating your life… 

"I don't have a problem with that. I'm getting older, so I put everything in perspective! I see people buying a lot of stuff so they can show off and take an outfit post with it, just for their Instagram account. Their complete offline life is all about their Instagram feed. They buy the it-handbag of the moment, they go to the coolest coffeeshop or they eat the hippest salads of the moment. It's extremely exhausting and time-consuming to live that way. I put my priorities straight! First family, then pictures! Somebody asked me why I didn't share my outfits anymore... well because in our hectic life I don't find the time to pose, look for the right backdrop and light and take the right photo anymore. Now it's the other way around, when the moment is right, I take a picture, instead of creating the right setting to take a photo. But that doesn't mean that I don't create a setting at all!"