You know how I sometimes post a shiny pretty “room reveal?” (I have a whole page of ’em right here!) Man, those rooms are nice. Tidy. Not a rogue sock or dust bunny to be found. That’s basically the norm around here, but today my friend Chelsea from Two Twenty One challenged us to DIG DEEP and try our hardest to show our normally pristine homes the way one might “imagine” a regular ol’ house would look. Just so we’re clear… this was a STRETCH. Let me know what changes you might make to achieve that “keeping it real” look… I’m afraid I’m a little out of my depth here.
This is clearly how our foyer looks on a daily basis. Clean. Bright. Clear. Free of debris and left shoes.
Such an open space is probably where 4 small children would gravitate to, right? I figured they’d set something up that could be run across to take full advantage of the space. Not that I’d know, but I also bet they’d enjoy how LOUD that piano might sound from the top of the stairs right there.
This is our newly painted living room and I LOVE how bright and clear the light is now… Those white walls make EVERYthing better.
I was more subtle in here… slim evidence of children… but still something. Always something. Whether a car under a chair or a travel game of Hungry Hungry Hippo on the coffee table, that’s the unexpected little ‘pop’ of children I was going for.
I actually haven’t shared our playroom at all because it’s almost “too” perfect. I worry that people won’t find me accessible if they see every finished space in the home. So I scurried around to stage this space ‘just right.’ (Some might argue that the TWO cushions pulled from the furniture was taking it too far, but I encourage all of you to take risks with this sort of a thing.)
Onto the dining room. I finished this space for the One Room Challenge, and it’s basically a showpiece at this point. People come to our house just for a glimpse of the navy walls and the macrame.
For the Keeping It Real version, I brought in an eclectic array of craft projects and flea market purchases. It can be hard to mix and match like this, but play around until you strike the right balance.
This fuchsia girl’s room is one of my favorites. Eleanor picked out the colors and helped me bring in a new desk. She’s a real minimalist, but I suspect as she gets older, she will find a thing or two to use that extra storage for.
I decided to go for a robbery-ish look in here… I wanted the space to feel chaotic with a ransacked texture and the color palette of larceny.
For a little boy who loves superheroes… it seemed natural to bring in some ‘heroic’ elements to his space when “Keeping It Real.” His rumpled and unmade bed was intended to compliment the disarray on the opposite side of the room.
This boho room has always been one of my favorites. This spring Louisa asked for a ‘big girl’ bed, so I brought in that thrifted beauty. She’s a happy camper and will spend hours carefully arranging her pillows and organizing her books.
Because the vibe in here is colorful and diverse, I used feng shui when placing things like her package of pull ups immediately inside the door and the full basket of laundry by the window.
When Martha asked for her own desk, how could I resist?! We made this thrifted cuteness together and she will often retreat for a quiet non-belligerent moment to herself up here.
I used a technique for this space that I discovered on YouTube. I put on a blindfold and move slowly around the space shifting and scattering things as I go. The trick is to train your body to stay in motion as you manipulate the space.
I haven’t played around with laundry too much in this Keeping It Real tour, and the master seemed like a suitable spot for an installation. I used the bench at the foot of our bed, and then tried to complement that ‘volume’ with the open book on the rug and the accents on the dresser. The missing map above the bed is a metaphor for a project yet to come.
Last but certainly not least, is our family room. As I sit here typing, the coffee table has a lovely vignette with a tray and a stack of books and some brass animals and an orchid; the couch is draped with a cozy tassel throw blanket.
Have you ever heard of the rule of threes in design? For the Keeping It Real photo shoot, I gathered items in odd groupings to keep the eye glancing around the space. Note that window AC units are always a nice way to block light and bring in an industrial detail.
How’d I do? Is the “REAL” tour believable? I feel like it’s not quite as cohesive as our usual appearance… the ‘flow’ from room to room isn’t as smooth as it could be, but there’s a first time for everything which means room for improvement, right? (In these days of multitasking, I feel compelled to say that if you couldn’t tell… this post is dripping with sarcasm. My house is such a pig sty right now, I was able to take ALL of the pictures for this tour in 30 minutes. Yep… this was LITERALLY the state of my house at one moment last week.)
Here’s where the fun begins! There are a handful of other bloggers who have also offered to put together a “real” house tour for you! I’m SO excited to see what creative elements they’ve added to their homes… dirty dishes displayed in the sink? Underwear accessorizing the bathtub? Legos peppered into the decor? You’ll have to see for yourself! Gifted these gals are. Gifted!
Chelsea from Two Twenty One
Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof
Chelsea from Making Home Base
Taryn from Design, Dining, & Diapers
Katie from Bower Power