No Make Up Home Tour – A Real Life Look at Our Home

Oct, 17, 2017
No Make Up Home Tour

I rarely ever participate in Blog Hop House Tours because our house is usually a hot mess and I don’t typically go all out decorating for the seasons. But when Kyla from House of Hipsters asked me to be a part of her No Make Up Home Tour I was totally on board. No styling, no staging – just your home, as is, laid out for everyone to see. This is how our house is 90% of the time anyway and I never want you guys to think I have my sh*t together because I most certainly don’t. I love sharing pretty pictures on here and instagram, but the reality is that I’m human and our house hardly ever looks perfect.

No Make Up House Tour


Oh and if you’re new here, we moved in with my FIL last year. He’s letting us do pretty much what we want with the house, but there are still some areas that we’ve hardly done anything to that need A LOT of work and are still very very stuck in the 90s.

So here’s our home (at least the rooms that are “finished” and I share often) in it’s day to day state. I literally didn’t move one thing out of the way, I just took pictures as is one day, mess and all. Come on in!

No Make Up Home Tour dirty kitchen

I try and go to bed with a clean kitchen but basically as soon as everyone wakes up it gets immediately dirty.

dirty kitchen of a home blogger

Our kitchen is directly connected to our main living room that has that terrible black carpet that I can NEVER keep clean. It literally shows everything.

I don’t share our living room too often but this is where me and Eloise hang out for the majority of our day when we are home. Her toys are always thrown everywhere and I don’t bother cleaning things up until after she goes to bed. The decor is also a sad mix of mine and my FIL’s because it’s just a room we haven’t gotten around to fixing up yet. Plus I think he’s having a hard time letting go of some of his stuff…aka the giant guitar above the tv haha.

real life messy living room

real life behind the scenes of a home blogger

I wasn’t going to show you photos of our formal living/dining room but decided last minute to throw some in. Be prepared. These go WAY beyond no makeup. Forgive the terrible lighting and iphone pics.

This is Eloise’s “playroom”. Very kid friendly with the glass tables and sharp pointy pieces of artwork on the walls, right?

This is a space we just haven’t done much at all with yet and if I touched any of those art sculptures I’d probably get kicked out of the house. It’s a battle I’m just not going to win right now…but we’re working on it 😉

messy living room

real life messy living room

a no make up home tour with messy rooms

And here is the front entry…

real life dirty house

Down the hall into the laundry room….yep this is real life. We’ll be painting over that wall soon. Very soon.

bad wallpaper job

This bench has become a spot to just toss crap. Oh and don’t mind the vacuum and terribly dead plant in the corner.

mud room with accent wood wall

I loooove our countertop in here but it’s also the perfect crap tossing spot and is hardly ever clean except when I throw everything off it to take a picture ha.

a messy laundry room

I’m pretty sure a couple of those shirts have been hanging there for at least 3 months…

clothes in a messy laundry room

Moving upstairs…more stenciling. Eloise loves to stop and kiss the birds and butterflies on her way up but that’s not going to stop me from painting over this wall very soon too ha.

wooden stairs with carpet

I really don’t make the bed that often unless I need to take photos or I’m feeling super ambitious that day. But even if it does happen, it’s usually not until later in the day anyway.

messy master bedroom

If you look closely you’ll notice the eucalyptus is missing from the vase on the dresser. That’s because I stole it to use down in the laundry room 😉

messy bedroom with daybed

bedroom with vintage rug

That poor snake plant has been dead for months and I’ve just been too lazy to move it ha. He stayed alive for a good 2 years without me watering him, but now I can’t find another one to replace it! I’m still not 100% happy with my little desk nook – it still needs some work but I’m not sure what else to do.

office nook with vintage rug

Oaks is always on our bed all snuggled in <3

white mantle with shiplap and brick

a messy bedroom with wood look tile

And into the bathroom we go…

bathroom with white hexagon tile

Eloise’s bath toys are always all over the place. But I did finally replace all the dying plants in here with new ones 🙂

bathtub with wood surround

All the ones on the shelf are fake 😉

bathroom with vintage rug and leaning shelf

vintage credenza in the bathroom

So there ya have it. If you randomly showed up to our house and I let you in, this is what it would most likely look like. With baby #2 on the way in about 2 weeks, I’ve been getting into nesting mode and have been trying to do some serious cleaning around here but I feel like it just gets dirty again the next day. Such is life, right?

Our house is obviously in a very confused state. Half 21st century modern design – half trapped in the 90s. But it just goes to show you that it’s a work in progress and not every inch is updated or even close to where we would want it to be. We don’t have the money to completely gut every room and make it our dream home, but I’m grateful for the changes we have been able to make and grateful to have a roof over our heads. We’ll get there one day 🙂

I always want to be transparent and open with you guys – and this is true life for us. Yes I’ll keep sharing the pretty and perfectly styled pictures, but just know that behind the scenes, this is what things usually look like.

There’s a whole bunch of other bloggers taking part in this home tour so be sure to check out their “no make up” homes below too!

No Make Up House Tour

House of Hipsters :: Jojotastic :: House of Brinson :: Bigger Than The Three of Us :: Simple Stylings :: The DIY Playbook :: Oscar Bravo Home :: Apartment 34 :: Francois et Moi :: Anne Sage



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    March 5, 2018

    Love it! It means there is still a lot of work for you but it also gives me a hope that one day I will be living in a perfect house. Now I have this same – totally mixing styles and new with old – because of the money! You will keep doing your work , me – mine – and at least will be great! Thank you for hope and inspiration!

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      March 8, 2018

      Our home is far from perfect! I never want anyone to think it is haha. It will take time but we’ll get there!

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    February 2, 2018

    Wow! This gives me hope! I mean I don’t even have my own house yet lol but when we do one day I know we’re probably gonna have to work on it. But wow I never would have guessed about that black carpet living room or the entry or that “play room”!! Definitely giving this amateur home decor designer wanna be lots of hope! Lol????????????

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    Kate Evans

    November 16, 2017

    Hi Bre, your kitchen looking great with realistic look. I think the real life of a blogger is not different from everyone else’s! This blog is so cool and real. Thanks for sharing it.

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    October 22, 2017

    Looks like a house with great features. (“Great bones,” I believe is the correct terminology.) Basically, looks just like a house with a toddler (soon to be two). One thought—don’t worry about toys being strewn everywhere. That problem solves itself sooner than you’ll believe possible, because our little ones grow up.

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    October 21, 2017

    Oh I love this! It is fun to see behind the scenes. Your home is beautiful!

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    Do gia dung thong minh

    October 20, 2017

    I love that circle mirror. Gonna buy one. Your house is so beautiful. I always wish that I could live in a heaven place like that. Cheers!!!

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    Summer Hogan

    October 17, 2017

    I LOVE this tour! It’s so interesting to see everyone’s true story! I can’t wait to see more of what you are going to do with the untouched rooms! Congrats on the new little coming soon!

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    October 17, 2017

    That guitar!! Oh my gosh! Ha! I can’t wait to see more of this house as it evolves.

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    joanna // jojotastic

    October 17, 2017

    i’ve been loving your home on Instagram for so long, it’s really nice to get a ‘real’ peek now!

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    marlene @ Idle Hands Awake

    October 17, 2017

    Oh Bre — that black living room made me laugh so hard I cried. Thank you for sharing that real life for a blogger is no different from everyone else’s! You certainly do a good job cropping for Instagram. 😉

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      October 17, 2017

      I can’t wait until the day that black carpet is gone!

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    October 17, 2017

    Thanks for confirming that my life is normal. Ha!

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      October 17, 2017

      haha we’ve all got messes!

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    Pat M.

    October 17, 2017

    Bre – I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at the decor of your FILs house. Did a decorator do that, or was this your in-law’s taste? I am familiar with a lot of 90s houses, but none quite like this. You have done such wonders with the rooms you have tackled, whether they are picture perfect all the time or not. You have a talent that will one day take over the entire house and have it looking amazing. Keep grinding away at it – and take care of yourself now and after this new baby gets here. The house will still be there, waiting for you to kiss its froggy face and turn it into the prince/princess it’s meant to be. 🙂

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      November 6, 2017

      My thoughts exactly, Pat! I am always shocked by the sheer amount of décor he had/has from that era! LOL It seems to be everywhere. I am excited to see what Bre does with this place, it has so much potential, and she’s clearly the one for the job with what she’s accomplished already.

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    Sue w

    October 17, 2017

    What you have been able to redo and complete since you have been there is remarkably beautiful. I am pleased to see that you are just like the rest of us mortals and not always show room ready.


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      October 17, 2017

      Thank you Sue! Little by little we’re getting there!

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