Real Life Home Tour

I have been wanting to do this post for a while. While I love social media and being able to connect with so many amazing people, it puts a façade out there and we only show "the good parts." Obviously that's not realistic, or real life, and it sets high standards that we are unable to meet. The styled photos are nice, but I don’t want to set the expectation that your home should always look photoshoot-ready. That's exhausting, not to mention time-consuming and just silly. It's important to remind ourselves that social media is just that: a highlight reel of the good parts.

I, too, have gotten caught up in the social media frenzy and need for perfection. Those all-white, spacious, gorgeous kitchens on Instagram have me yearning for the kitchen of my dreams, only to see our outdated 1950s galley kitchen starring back at me. Truth is there is always more. Bigger. Better Faster.

I'm trying to focus on doing the best with what we have now, so I don't bring up those feelings and the need for perfection that ends up making everything seem inadequate.

In an effort to always be transparent and authentic, I thought it'd be fun to pull back the curtain and share what it truly looks like in the homes of bloggers on a day to day basis. No perfectly styled photoshoots and edited photos. Just regular ole life.

So what better way to do that than airing out our dirty laundry on the Internet ;)

I teamed up with a great group of bloggers today and they are all giving you a peek into their home and what it looks like on a regular basis. Be sure to check them out at the bottom of this post.

Here's our real life home tour...

I snapped these photos on a Sunday afternoon right after we finished installing the built-in bookcases in our living room. We always have some kind of project going on so tools and materials seem to be laying out often.

Look at those pretty (not yet styled) built-ins! I will be sharing how we built them with an IKEA hack soon. When I took these photos the living room was in pretty good condition. No laundry waiting to be folded or bills sitting on the coffee table. The TV of course is on sports all weekend long when Jordon is home.

real life home tour
real life home tour

I struggle with coffee table decor because I want something stylish but not something huge that takes up lots of space. We do eat in the living room sometimes so we like room to set our plates on the coffee table.

Updating light fixtures is still on our list of things to do...

A few days after I took these photos, we sold that credenza on Craigslist. We're moving one of the couches to the basement so I'm switching up the living arrangement.

real life home tour

Here's our 1950s kitchen in all its glory. Linoleum floors, laminate countertops, and the original oven just big enough to fit a large pizza ;) Someday we plan on updating it.

We had a white table before, but my brother gave us this dark wood table set he no longer used that was a little bigger. Definitely don't love it with the dark cowhide rug, so we may be moving the rug to the basement.

real life home tour
real life home tour
real life home tour

Dishes are absolutely my least favorite chore ever since I was a kid. I'm really good at putting them off since we don't have a dishwasher. Luckily Jordon doesn't mind helping out. This is the stack of clean dishes that needs to be put away. 

real life home tour
real life home tour
real life home tour

This is our main hallway in the house connecting every room. You can see the old carpet we had to cut out when installing the built-ins has yet to be put away.

I HATE the orange wood stain on the trim in our house but can't build up the courage to paint it.

real life home tour
real life home tour
real life home tour

I recently swapped out the top wood piece on my vanity and have yet to stain it...

Anyone have good solutions for organizing and storing jewelry?

real life home tour

The stack of pillows we never use.

real life home tour
real life home tour

How is it possible that a bathroom mirror gets so dirty?

real life home tour