the reality of home tours

social media is tricky. especially now that it's used as such a powerful personal branding tool. it's all about the highlights – which is great – but rarely dives into the elements of day to day life. sometimes sharing your highs and lows can be amazing. and hilarious. so please laugh at this with me.

we photographed our home for a crazy dream-come-true home tour feature this last week and it went so vastly different than i expected. 

over the last few months, i've spent so much time unpacking our home and simultaneously trying to get it to look great. it feels like we did two years of settling in within a span of four months, and it's – needless to say – been pretty hectic. 

i always thought a home tour was an elite home that was perfectly photographed as it always is, in its perfect natural state. and so i tried (unsuccessfully) to prepare it as such. but that's not true. people live in these homes. there are dishes and laundry and sometimes the dog drags all your socks all over the house. the reality is, these homes do not look like this. my home does not look like this.

so, if your home is messy and doesn't look like everything you see on instagram or in west elm catalogs, be encouraged – you are normal.


so without further adieu, the funny part of my week (AKA: The Reality of Home Tours):
 

WHAT YOU THINK A HOME TOUR LOOKS LIKE:
(in front of the camera)

 

WHAT A HOME TOUR ACTUALLY LOOKS LIKE:
(behind the camera)

so cheers to moving things from one room to another to make your imperfect house look perfect. and cheers to revealing those secrets, because these people with these "perfect" homes are actually – just like you – incredibly normal. and that's a wonderful comfort.

 

JW
jen wagner