Cue the laughing until you cry emojis – this should be a real hoot.
I share a lot of home tours here on the blog. Mostly seasonal ones and one that I update as I make changes throughout the home. But today’s is a first!
If you know me, this isn’t much of a surprise at all. In fact, if you follow me on SnapChat (@makinghomebase) you’ve had more than one glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes here. The truth is, I was chatting with my blogger pal a few weeks ago, lamenting about how picture perfect blogging has become and we joked about if only our readers could see what our homes really looked like. Well, today is that day my friend, I’m showing you the real MHB. These pictures were snapped over two days, that’s right my house looked like this over multiple days. I literally did not clean up a single thing because I wanted this to be as real as possible. You’ll either be laughing and saying SAME throughout this whole post, or you’ll promptly want to unsubscribe because you’ll realize what a mess I am. Either way, I hope you’ll appreciate that while I love decorating, and I love showing you the spaces in my home, the majority of the time my home looks a little more like this (maybe not quite this bad) and less like those perfectly styled pinnable images. To really appreciate this real home tour, be sure to check out the regular (styled) home tour as well.
My Real Living Room:
On any given day, you can expect the throw pillows from this sofa to be all over the floor and blankets laying around. Laundry baskets double as cars, trains, whatever Peighton dreams up.
Millie’s favorite past time is opening these doors and pulling out all the things, so it’s usually pretty bare. On the top, that’s all the stuff that was on my coffee table that I had to move in order to take photos for a different project days before. Yep, it’s been there for awhile.
And if you don’t have a circus tent in your living room then you aren’t decorating the right way. Also, if you haven’t noticed, I find it impossible to keep my floors clean. I need a robot vacuum but I’m concerned about the amount of (non-dirt) crap on the floor so the struggle continues.
My Real Breakfast Nook:
This is the most accurate representation of what my breakfast nook looks like pretty much every day. Ha!
Peighton loves to bring out all of her Shopkins and ponies out and build a little town for them on the table.
My Real Kitchen:
Thank goodness for an extra deep sink. You can’t even tell it’s full of dishes.
The kitchen is a disaster. All the time. In my home tour photos, I remove allllll the things from the counters. There really isn’t a ton of counter space so when anything is on the counter it looks cluttered, which is always.
My Real Office:
I’ve never shared this room on the blog before. It’s actually the dining room of our house that I’ve turned into a home office. I love it because it’s right off of the kitchen and I can pop in and edit photos or whatever while cooking dinner. It always looks like this so it’s never been photo ready. The worst part? It only has pocket french doors so I can’t even hide the fact that this room is a disaster! In my defense, I am writing an eBook, re-decorating Peighton’s room, and decorating for fall all right now. But if I’m being honest it probably would still look like this. Also, do you notice that little wall organizer still has the tag on it from TJ Maxx? I’m winning at home office styling, folks.
You bed makers are probably appalled. I don’t make my bed every day! I aim for a couple times a week. I do prefer getting into a made bed but it just doesn’t always happen. And let me just say, Peighton’s favorite thing is to hide under my covers/pillows and go into “Peighton’s world” so basically even when my bed is made in the morning, you wouldn’t know it by afternoon time.
And those perfectly styled bedside tables. Don’t you love my booger sucker + Maglite styling? The flashlight is left over from hurricane Hermine. Which was what, a week ago? Ha.
My Real Master Bath:
Remember that gorgeous master bathroom makeover from last month? Here’s what it looks like now. All of my toiletries are still in a travel bag left over from Haven Conference. And a screw fell out of the hinge on the vanity cabinet about two weeks ago, and we still haven’t fixed it.
I hope you are seeing a theme here. We actually live here. Those picture perfect pinnable images aren’t my everyday reality. While I love the feeling of a clean house, I love happy kids, wild imaginations, full bellies, and family movie nights way more.
And just for fun, I took this picture last night, just a couple of hours after I shot photos of my fall home tour. It doesn’t take long…
I’m not the only one pulling back the curtain and sharing real life. A few of my blogging friends are giving you glimpsing of their real home tours too! I think you’ll find each other them fun and relatable! You’ll love it!
Chelsea from Two Twenty One
Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof
Chelsea from Making Home Base
Taryn from Design, Dining, & Diapers
Charlotte from Ciburbanity
Katie from Bower Power