around here // real life home edition

May 12, 2014

My home is far from where I want it to be, but it’s cozy and in general it makes me happy. It stays pretty clean because I’m a “tidy as you go” kind of person, but nevertheless it’s not usually picture perfect. I decided to take some photos of our most used spaces with evidence of real life in them. I think this is the kind of thing that I will really want to remember down the road, not how everything looked perfectly styled.

breakfast nook

This is our only eating table. More often than not you’ll find that cushion on the floor because that’s Meredith’s seat and she hates the cushion.


Here is our counter peninsula, aka the dumping ground. I really try to keep it clean but it’s pretty tough. Here you see the day’s mail, preschool artwork, some random toys and candy of Meredith’s, a cup, gum, chocolate bunny from Easter, and papers that need to be taken care of.


In the kitchen Meredith decided to use her stool as a little table and then abandoned her cup and bowl.

reading room

This is the chair I sit in every morning to do my Bible study and reading. I love the low light when I first get up, but this room stays pretty dim all day since there is no overhead light.

craft room

The craft room is somewhat organized but totally not decorated and is a mishmash of old furniture. It’s where I keep Liam’s playmat and some other baby toys. I think Meredith brought those hand weights in there; I haven’t been using them lately. She likes to pick them up and say, “too heavy mommy!”


Of course I spend lots of time standing at the changing table right now. I’m adding Liam’s monthly photos underneath Meredith’s first year as he grows. On the table I keep everything I might need out for easy access including a tub of coconut oil, xylitol (we give it to M. before bed for healthy teeth), medicines, sprays, regular and cloth wipes, and essential oils. There is also a teether lying out, a diffuser, and some clothes that Liam has outgrown that I need to put away.

bedside table

These four books are constantly on the nightstand because Meredith wants to read them every. single. night before bed. They are good books! But I am so tired of them!


The master bathroom is a good size and has a good layout, but it’s super outdated and is pretty much the last thing on my priority list to update. Here is my little vanity area where I do my makeup.


And here’s the main sink area. Liam’s tub stays out all the time right now, and kids’ towels are always hanging in there.


Our patio and backyard have been so neglected. The dogs tore up any effort we made, so we just gave up other than putting Meredith’s toys out there. I am so excited though; for Mother’s Day David got me some soil and promised his manual labor to whip it back into shape. Next year I hope to have flowers!

So that’s our home, real life style. Of course I would love to have it beautifully designed and decorated but in actuality that takes a lot of time and money, so we are content to fix it a little at a time. We don’t plan to move (anytime soon, if ever) so we have a long time to get it where we want it to be!

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Comments on around here // real life home edition

  1. 1

    From lauren w:

    Omg. Perfect mothers day gift. Well done, David!

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    From kapachino:

    I don’t think he knows what he’s gotten himself into, or the fact that I’m going to want to start working on this in the evenings this week. :)

  3. 3

    From Nora:

    I LOVE your kitchen cabinets. Did they come with the house or did you guys update them yourself? I don’t think your bathroom looks outdated, at least from what you showed us. at least you have six-panel doors. We have lovely (read: ugly) “the 1980s called and want their brown hollow doors back” stylings.

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    From kapachino:

    Thank you! The cabinets came with the house but we painted them white and changed out the hardware. As for the rest of the kitchen, I’m dying to change out the backsplash but we just can’t afford it right now!

    The bathroom looks so bad compared to the rest of the house, probably because it’s the only place that hasn’t been painted…but if I painted the counters and tub and fixtures would look even worse I think. I’m not sure how to give it a refresh without gutting the whole thing!

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    From Sarah:

    My kitchen island is also a dumping ground — ugh! No matter how hard I try, it never stays clear.

  6. 6

    From Kara:

    I really love this post. Every time I see picture-perfect photos on blogs belonging to moms of 2+ kids I wonder how the heck they do it! Staging is great, but chaos is so much more honest.

    The banners of Meredith & Liam’s month-to-month shots are such a great idea! What a great way to look back on how they’ve grown, and how they compare to one another at the same age :)

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    From Melissa:

    I always love these types of posts.

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